Friday, May 11, 2007

Princess Mammy... Sorry Maddy... Sorry Tiara... Sorry Tiana - And The Frog

The Disney film previously known as The Frog Princess has undergone some changes. Now, it's The Princess and the Frog. And now, Princess Maddy is Princess Tiana. Apparently, some thought the name Maddy sounded too much like Mammy, or Addy which was, reportedly, a slave name...

And this kind of thinking is why Song of the South is still under lock and key.

Jim Hill had the scoop, as per all things Disney. Best bit: that the title change was due to some seeing the original name as a slur on French Royalty. French Royalty? They're hardly an ongoing concern, are they.

The villain is, at least currently, a "smooth sinister black man who practices voodoo" called Dr. Duvalier. Will this change to appease the hystericals? And will Randy Newman get booted from soundtrack duty because, to put it bluntly, he's white? I don't think so. I sincerely doubt John Lasseter would do anything so silly, so open to criticism, so reactionary.

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