Set in New Orleans, The Princess and the Frog is about a young woman who kisses a frog after he tells her he’s a prince. Instead of him turning into “Prince Charming”, she ends up turning into a frog herself. Together the pair have to find out how to break the curse that has been cast upon them or risk staying green forever. It’s a fun, vibrant film that returns Disney to hand-drawn animation (their first since Home on the Range in 2004) and is a work of beauty. It’s also the first time in the history of Disney that the princess is portrayed as an African-American.
The very talented and glamourous Anika Noni Rose, whom you might remember from Dreamgirls, voices Princess Tiana. I had the pleasure of sitting down with her to chat about what she feels the impact an African-American princess will have on children, her thoughts on whether the film will help ignite tourism to New Orleans, and how doing a voice is different than acting or singing in live-action films or on Broadway. Watch the full interview below.
The Princess and the Frog is in theatres December 11.
Top image: Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures.