Tiana’s Voice, Anika Noni Rose, Met With Disney Regarding Her Depiction In ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’


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Tiana was Disney’s first African American Princess and remains the only one at this point.  As such, she holds a high honor in pop culture in general and especially to the millions of black females (or males for that matter) of any nationality that see her as an inspirational figure.

Naturally, she was included in a scene in the upcoming ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ sequel ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’, but things backfired when images of her in that film were released.  In what is probably a cute scene, Vanellope encounters all of the Disney Princesses and encourages them to ditch the tight, formal gowns and slip into some more comfortable clothes.  After that, we see the Princesses lounging in pajamas and sweats.  However, for whatever reason, Tiana… well, no longer looks like Tiana.  Not only are her skin and hair decidedly lighter, but some of her more African features, like her nose, seem streamlined into a more ethnically ambiguous/mixed race appearance.

Fans lashed out online and Disney has announced that they are going back in to alter the animation in these scenes to make Tiana look the way she did in ‘The Princess and the Frog’, with darker skin, black hair and a rounder nose.

As it turns out, this about-face was spurred by none other than Anika Noni Rose, the actor who lent her pipes to Tiana in ‘The Princess and the Frog’ and returned for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’.  As she states:

“My team and I immediately put in a call to the studio to talk about the visual changes, and three weeks ago I had a meeting in person with the Wreck-It Ralph team, my original animator [on The Princess and the Frog] Mark Henn, and others. They explained how CGI animation did different things to the characters’ color tones in different light compared to hand-drawn original characters, and I was able to express how important it is to the little girls (and let’s face it, grown women) who felt represented by her that her skin tone stay as rich as it had been, and that her nose continue to be the little round nose that Mark so beautifully rendered in the movie.”

In all fairness, it seems the ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ snafu was just a mistake, with no harm intended.

When this controversy first broke, one Twitter user posted this video showing the ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ animation team celebrating the wrap of the movie:

Yep, all dudes and mostly white ones.  Honestly, I think this was more a matter of ignorance or insensitivity.  But now that the issue has been raised, Disney is addressing it accordingly.

Do you agree?

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ stars John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, with Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alfred Molina, Ed O’Neill, and Alan Tudyk and hits theaters on November 21.

Source: Cinema Blend

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.




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