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The Disney Princesses are very popular.
Disney has abstracted the female
characters from their various movies and
amalgamated them as "Princesses". With
the inclusion of Mulan, Jasmin and
Pocahontas, they are a racially mixed lot
except there are no black princesses.
movie is the Lion
King, which features animals. I am sure
Disney has its reasons for not producing
movie with a black female lead. But they
can step around these problems!
Computer colorization technology could
be applied to the Disney classics like
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to change
the complexions of all the characters to
various chocolate and coffee tones. It
would be as simple as that. Just as there
exist dark skinned iterations of Santa,
Barbie and Jesus, the newly black
princesses could stand shoulder to
shoulder with their lighter counterparts,
and thus round out the Disney pantheon.
Here they are! With music! [bungston, Nov 23 2006]
you just have to laugh [xenzag, Nov 24 2006]
Song of the South
[DrBob, Nov 24 2006]
animals again... [calum, Nov 24 2006]
||worth making the stills if nothing else....
could merge The Seven Dwarfs with that
other film gem "Freaks" +
||Perhaps Disney needs a few new black female leads, but digitally changing past ones to make them more racially balanced, is little more than political correctness, and as [21 Q] said, would likely annoy people.
||The race or colour of the characters is no reason to produce any movie, TV show or book. Story should be the driving force behind any of these. Big fishbone from me!
||I still love the crows in Dumbo, but it would be hard to find a more racist expression - these are literally Jim Crows.
||//The race or colour of the characters is
no reason to produce any movie, TV show
or book.// so let's re-make "Memoirs of a
Geisha", for example, without paying any
attention to Japanese ethnicity. Denial of
race and colour is the worst form of
||//The character's race was essential to the storyline.//
I think that xenzag's point, if I may be so bold as to make it for him, is that the actors in MoaG were all Chinese, which went down just brilliantly with the Japanese. And with the Chinese, too. Shades of Mickey "Fucking" Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
||I disagree - you guys are mistaking "race" for "culture".
||And the Black Prince had black hair, as well as a black disposition. Plenty of black, brown and khaki princesses in the world, and Disney has indeed done some of them. But either way, whenever one culture portrays another, it usually gets many fine points wrong, generally laughably so to the natives.
||21 Quest, as a lawyer, my use of the masculine pronoun always automatically encompasses the feminine.
||boysparks, van Dyke's got nothing on Brigadoon, Monarch of the Glen, Harry Lauder, Braveheart...
||//Then xenzag's point was either
fudged or unclear.// I was careful to
select MoaG, and the point was not lost
on Calum. I like a bit of confusion. A
black Snow White would be a gem....
actually I'd put her in a niqab and
convert those seven dwarfs into pygmy
||Wasnt the princess in Atlantis Black?
||yes it was. Also Lilo and Stich was heavily populated by Hawian Characters who had very dark skin.
||Although not by Disney, HBO's "Happily Ever After -Farie Tails for every child" did a nice job of putting the well known stories into various settings all over the world. They didn't have any toy, or other merchendise connected to them, though.
||I loved the Rosie Perez "Thumbelina".