Beautiful, Well Thought Out Movie--Disney Has Done Well
I think one of the most important issues that the movie highlights is hardwork being an important part of making one's dreams come true. Tiana's determination and independence makes her both a wonderful role model and a much more well rounded character than some of the other Disney princesses. I also think that the issue of racism was very gracefully handled, though possibly subtle enough for most children to miss. For a film about New Orleans in the 1920's to gloss over the issue of racism would be both innacurate and a waste of a very important teachable moment.
Additionally, the film's use of Voodoo, while not entirely accurate to how Voodoo works, was well executed. It might be a bit scary for younger children, but Dr. Facilier is a much more modern and comprehensible villain than most. He is after money and power, something childern will eventually learn about.
I was very impressed. I've been waiting for an African-American Disney princess since I was about 5. After 16 years, I got my wish.
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