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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    'The Princess and The Animator' a new featurette on the making of the film featuring interviews with Supervising Animator for Tiana - Mark Henn (Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan) and co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker.

    AWNtv :: The Princess and the Frog - The Princess and the Animator Featurette





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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    Wonderful footage from the film from yesterday's Comic-Con presentation:

    Dailymotion - The Princess and the Frog - Exclusive Comic Con 2009 Footage - a Film & TV video

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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

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    Announcement follows First Lady Michelle Obama's official launch of United We Serve initiative

    WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is pleased to announce five new additions to its National Celebrity Cabinet, a group of celebrity supporters who promote Red Cross services by donating their time, helping neighbors prepare for emergencies, responding to disasters and lending a helping hand to those in need.

    New members to [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8167Ve0Zfo"]the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet[/ame] include country singer and professional ballroom dancer Julianne Hough; Tony Award(R)-winner and actress Anika Noni Rose, who lends her voice to the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures animated comedy adventure "The Princess and the Frog" and appears in the HBO/Anthony Minghella television drama series, "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"; Hollywood Records artist and Disney Channel star, Demi Lovato, who is supporting disaster relief via a Text 2 Help campaign throughout her summer tour; actress Sally Pressman from Lifetime's "Army Wives" who will be supporting Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces and actress Amanda Peet.

    Peet has already made a personal commitment to support the Red Cross Measles Initiative. "As a mom, I feel privileged to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to vaccinate millions of children around the world through the Measles Initiative, a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally. I commend the American Red Cross for tackling this global health problem in developing countries, where measles remains a leading cause of death, despite the availability of a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine. I am passionate about this cause and look forward partnering with the American Red Cross to ensure children worldwide have this life-saving opportunity."

    "The American Red Cross runs on the valuable service of volunteers to fulfill our mission, and we are grateful that these celebrities are setting an example by volunteering their time and talents to help raise awareness of our work in responding to disasters, providing blood, helping military members and their families and promoting preparedness through first aid or CPR classes," states Gail McGovern, President and CEO of American Red Cross.

    The announcement of these celebrity supporters closely follows First Lady Michelle Obama's official launch of the United We Serve initiative, a call for nationwide service to begin a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to meet community needs. The initiative spans throughout the summer and will culminate with a National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11. During this time, the Red Cross will promote volunteer opportunities throughout its network of more than 700 chapters to help encourage community service.

    "I am honored to be a part of the American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet and help support an organization that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war and aid to victims of devastating natural disasters. Being part of this amazing organization will provide me with an opportunity to join its efforts to help others and encourage the American public to become involved with their local Red Cross and make a difference," said Julianne Hough. Please visit Celebrity Cabinet member quotes.

    The Red Cross benefits from the involvement of public figures and celebrities dating back to World War I. Over the years, actors, artists, and sports figures committing their time and talents to the organization have played an important role in raising public awareness of Red Cross services nationwide.

    New Members of the 2009 American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet:

    • Julianne Hough is multi-talented; a singer, a dancer and actress.She is widely known for being a two-time winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Her self-titled debut album was released in May of last year, debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and is currently in the studio working on her second. This spring, Hough won the Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. She can be seen on stage this summer as the opening act for George Strait's Summer 2009 tour.
    • Demi Lovato burst on to the scene after starring alongside the Jonas Brothers in the Disney Channel Original film "Camp Rock." She released her first album, Don't Forget, in 2008 and will release her second studio album, Here We Go Again, on July 21, 2009. Demi also stars in her own hit series "Sonny with a Chance" and co-stars in the Disney Channel Original film, "Princess Protection Program" with Selena Gomez. Lovato performed as the Jonas Brothers' opening act for their "Burning Up" tour last summer, and this summer she has her own tour, with special guest David Archuleta. Additionally, Lovato's family was devastated by a tornado that struck Mena, Arkansas on April 9 and Demi is committed to support disaster awareness through the American Red Cross Text 2 Help campaign.
    • Amanda Peet gained recognition as the leading lady in the smash hit comedy "The Whole Nine Yards" with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry. She was also named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" the same year. Peet showcases her talents in feature films "Something's Gotta Give", "Igby Goes Down", "Syriana", alongside George Clooney, and this year's disaster film "2012". Peet's passion to serve is demonstrated in her support for non-profits and advocacy for childhood vaccination.
    • Sally Pressman plays the role of Roxy LeBlanc on Lifetime's "Army Wives," and has previously acted in the independent film "The Dread" and the TV show "Shark". She was classically trained in ballet and is a former member of the Manhattan Ballet Company. She attended Yale University where she acted in several plays and received a B.A. in theatre studies.
    • Anika Noni Rose won the 2004 Tony Award for her role in Broadway's "Caroline or Change", and this spring she could be seen weekly as Grace Makutsi on HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency". She starred in the feature film "Dream Girls" alongside Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson, and this year Rose lends her voice to Disney's upcoming animated feature "The Princess and the Frog," becoming Disney's first African-American princess.
    This group of newcomers joins the National Celebrity Cabinet that also includes Greg Biffle, Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Chayanne, Jamie Lee Curtis, Miley Cyrus, Sara Evans, George Foreman, Leeza Gibbons, Amy Grant, Pat Green, Marcia Gay Harden, Dwayne Johnson, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Peyton and Eli Manning, Marlee Matlin, Dr. Phil McGraw, "Access Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell, Masi Oka, Rascal Flatts, Raven-Symone, Elisabeth Rohm, Jane Seymour, Jimmy Smits, and Daddy Yankee.

    The Red Cross is honored to have Sherry Lansing, former chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures and former member of the Red Cross Board of Governors, to serve as National Celebrity Cabinet Chair.

    Please visit American Red Cross to learn more about the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.

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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    all im concerned about is the following things

    1.after derailing , home on the range..is this movie able to bring back the 2d animation dept ?
    2.is rethemeing the story in new orleans nessacery ? instead of doing justice to the origional fairy tale?
    3> will disney change the story? like they have in so many other films....like the little mermaid and hercules..
    4 why cant the give us an origional peice of 2d animation?

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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    Quote Originally Posted by sunrider View Post
    all im concerned about is the following things

    1.after derailing , home on the range..is this movie able to bring back the 2d animation dept ?
    2.is rethemeing the story in new orleans nessacery ? instead of doing justice to the origional fairy tale?
    3> will disney change the story? like they have in so many other films....like the little mermaid and hercules..
    4 why cant the give us an origional peice of 2d animation?
    Concerned? Walt Disney didn't have any problem being inspired by and working with great source material why should you? Nor have many of the thousands of filmmakers throughout the world over the decades.

    Maybe actually see the film and then work through the above, enjoy.
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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    ill go see it and try to keep an open mind..i really want this to do well, so disney animation can begin a strong comeback..but if it dont i think they should take a lesson or two from our freinds in the east anime runs wild and appeals to every taste....heres hopeing disney can regain what they once had..

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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

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    Event to Feature Special Footage from “The Princess And The Frog,” A Performance from Anika Noni Rose and Disney Parks’ Unveiling of Princess Tiana

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 10, 2009 – Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are combining forces at this year’s National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention and Career Fair to present an exciting lineup of entertainment, including a sneak preview of special footage from Walt Disney Pictures’ animated comedy adventure, “The Princess and the Frog,” and the debut of Disney’s newest princess, Tiana, voiced by Tony Award® winning-actress Anika Noni Rose.

    Rose will also perform a song from “The Princess and the Frog.” The performance and the sneak peek of select footage from the upcoming film are part of the NABJ Convention’s “NABJ Presents” event on Thursday, Aug. 6 at the Tampa Waterside Marriott Hotel and Marina.

    “Disney’s magic is in full-force again this year and we are especially thrilled they have chosen the NABJ Convention to highlight ‘The Princess and the Frog,’” said NABJ President Barbara Ciara. “We are also proud of Disney’s involvement in the African-American community through multiple initiatives including Disney’s Dreamers Academy. And we are pleased that convention attendees are offered the opportunity to experience the theme parks of Walt Disney World Resort first-hand.”

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will unveil Princess Tiana live and in-person, just as she will appear to park guests, at the NABJ Convention—two months before her scheduled debut at Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Park in California.

    “This is the first time anyone will see the new princess,” said Craig Dezern, vice president of Global Public Relations for Disney Destinations. “We’re excited for NABJ attendees to see first and first-hand our newest Disney princess.”


    The two-and-a-half hour event also will highlight some exciting additions to Walt Disney World Resort, including:
    • the re-opening of the iconic Hall of Presidents attraction in Magic Kingdom featuring the likeness of President Barack Obama as a new Audio-Animatronics figure;
    • the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios;
    • Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey - an innovative career inspiration program that includes interactive workshops, motivational talks, hands-on creative experiences and fun for high school students;
    • re-branding Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex with ESPN to welcome thousands more young athletes to compete in Central Florida;
    • a spectacular performance highlighting What Will You Celebrate? – in which Disney Parks on both coasts help guests turn personal milestones into magical Disney experiences.
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts took the stage at the 2007 NABJ Annual Convention in Las Vegas with performances by American Idol finalist Paris Bennett and comedian George Wallace followed by a breathtaking display by acrobats from the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. This year, NABJ warmly welcomes Disney’s return as a Platinum-level sponsor in what is sure to be an attendee favorite.


    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presents the “The Princess and the Frog,” an animated comedy adventure set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. “The Princess and the Frog” marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar® - winning composer Randy Newman.

    The NABJ Annual Convention and Career Fair is the largest gathering of minority journalists in the country. The 2009 Convention takes place at the Tampa Convention Center and Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina Aug. 5 – 9, and welcomes workshop hosts, speakers and sponsorship from Google, Microsoft, ESPN, CNN, Bloomberg and many others. More information is available at NABJ.org.
    NABJ : 2009 News Releases : NABJ/ Journalismnext.com Résumé Database at the Tampa Convention

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    photo: Disney

    Anika Noni Rose and Princess Tiana character cast member

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    Re: 'The Princess and The Frog'

    2 things:
    1. Am I the only one a little offended that every time Tiana is mentioned her race has to come into play? This didn't happen with other princesses who happened to be minorities. Why is she different? This just reduces her to a token character.

    2. Why is Mulan a part of the princess collection?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH KNITE View Post
    2 things:
    1. Am I the only one a little offended that every time Tiana is mentioned her race has to come into play? This didn't happen with other princesses who happened to be minorities. Why is she different? This just reduces her to a token character.

    2. Why is Mulan a part of the princess collection?????
    first of i understand why they are attempting to bring her race into it.. its " look at us being pc aint we cool?"

    on the mulan front havent got a clue..

    on a side note isnt this like an eggs in one basket approach for the 2d animation dept?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunrider View Post
    on the mulan front haven't got a clue..

    on a side note isn't this like an eggs in one basket approach for the 2d animation dept?

    It seems like it, doesn't it? I just hope this isn't like the situation with Treasure Planet where they said "if this doesn't perform then that's proof that 2D is over" and then opened it up against Harry Potter. My roommate's Godmother was the Assistant Art Director for that movie and she called my roommate almost crying she was so upset. She said Disney was assassination her movie.

    On the Mulan and Pocahontas front. I'll give you the party line. Even though neither one is technically a "princess" they are part of the the Disney Marketing line of Princess merchandise. So even though the actual characters are not nor ever will be Princesses, they are marketed as part of the "brand". At least that's the official answer I got when I was a manager at the Disney Store

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    Pocahontas, and Mulan provide a multi-ethinc demographic from which Disney can mine more profits from plain and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH KNITE View Post
    2 things:
    1. Am I the only one a little offended that every time Tiana is mentioned her race has to come into play? This didn't happen with other princesses who happened to be minorities.
    People don't "happen" to belong to ethnic or racial minorities anymore than Europeans just "happened" to trip over Bermuda and bump into the North American continent, then "accidentally" come up with such novel concepts as Manifest Destiny.

    Race and ethnicity play and have played a major part of American life, whether some people are willing to acknowledge that or not. Plus, talk regarding race and ethnicity DID come into play with prior non-Caucasian Disney princess roles, albeit to a somewhat lesser degree, but since it happened over a decade ago, you're likely not familiar with the discussions that ensued.

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH KNITE View Post
    Why is she different?
    Because this is the first time Disney has had an African American character in the lead role of one of its animated features. That's socially and historically significant. Also, because the Black/white racial dynamic still dominates the dialogue in American race relations, primarily due to historical reasons, it makes a greater impact.

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH KNITE View Post
    This just reduces her to a token character.
    I disagree. If she was the only African American character in a film populated primarily by Caucasian characters, she could be considered a token character. That's not the case with this film, since the majority of the cast is Black.

    Quote Originally Posted by DARTH KNITE View Post
    2. Why is Mulan a part of the princess collection?????
    To make the marketing of Mulan merchandise more demographically inclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunrider View Post
    first of i understand why they are attempting to bring her race into it.. its " look at us being pc aint we cool?"
    Uh, no, actually there are people with genuine concerns that voice their opinions and aren't really interested in "looking cool," but it's completely understandable that a junior high school student might think that way.

    To belittle those concerns and mock them is shameful and indicative of some very deep-seated ignorance.

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    Either I'm being misunderstood or people just aren't reading what I'm posting thoughtfully. I'm not saying she IS a token character, I'm saying that constantly only associating her with her skin color reduces her to that and weakens her identity by making her nothing more than a token in Disney's library.

    As far as the historical/American culture argument, I stand by my statement that she just happens to be black. I don't know what you're argument against that means. Especially considering that the film take place in the US. Why not says she's the first American Princess? I guess that would denounce Pocahontas, but you get my point. Her race is not part of the storyline, and if I were the first black person to do something significant and my appearance was all people looked at, I would be very offended. Not only because it gives the impression that one person can represent an entire group of individuals, but because it shows no progression. The real sign of acceptance will be when people can see a character and their race not even be a thought. Which should be the goal for this character. I'm not saying it's a realistic expectation, but it should be expectation nonetheless.

    As far as Mulan and Pocahontas: Pocahontas would qualify and as Princess. Mulan, I hate to say it, but perhaps they are just playing the diversity card. I don't know

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