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Another year, another Disney princess

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 10 2010   /  03:51 pm

The Princess and the Frog's Tiana is notable as Disney's first African-American princess. She's also a timely heroine, a role model for a generation of children growing up during a global financial crisis. Hard-working, independent and carefully saving to realize an honorable dream - owning her own restaurant - she contrasts with the film's villain, a tricky witchdoctor willing to rack up huge debts in an attempt to accrue money and power. She also teaches a charming prince - Naveen, a spoiled playboy - that the best things in life can't be bought, a worthy if clich*d message. Since 1937, with its first full-length feature film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Disney company has presented a succession of "princesses", some actual royalty such as Sleeping Beauty's Aurora, others simply admirable such as Mulan. These princesses remain highly popular today: Disney's offic...