Over the past few years, conversation surrounding the filmmaking industry has evolved-- especially when it comes to on screen representation. Advocacy groups and moviegoers have been calling for more onscreen diversity and inclusion, allowing to see their experience shown to the masses. Disney has been producing a diverse set of animated features, with movies like Moana and The Princess and the Frog introducing princesses of color into the Disney catalogue. The latter starred Dreamgirls actress Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana-- a role she briefly reprise for the big Princess crossover in Ralph Breaks the Internet. But as footage was for the scene began being released, fans noticed Tiana's skin color appeared lighter, and her features (especially her nose) were made sharper. After Disney revealed the character would be reanimated for the movie, Rose finally spoke up about her thoughts, and how the situation went down from the inside. Check it out:
Well, this is interesting. It looks like Anika Noni Rose and those involved with the beloved Princess and the Frog movie noticed the physical changes made to Princess Tiana's appearance, and leapt into action to have it rectified. Disney seemed to be open to these conversation, and heard Rose and animator Mark Henn in order to fix Tiana's 3-D rendering.
As a reminder, you can check out a shot of Princess Tiana in Ralph Breaks the Internet below.
In her same Instagram post, Anika Noni Rose spoke to how Disney and the Ralph Breaks the Internet folks ultimately responded, including a presentation about how they were going to adjust Tiana appearance. Rose wrote:
While the Ralph Breaks the Internet may have offended some by changing Tiana's appearance in its first trailer, the issue was ultimately rectified before the animated blockbuster hit theaters. And if Anika Noni Rose's comments are to be believed, the studio is really trying to make things right.
Ralph Breaks the Internet will arrive in theaters on November 21, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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