Some viewers weren’t happy about the portrayal of Tiana, star of The Princess and the Frog and Disney’s first black princess, in last month’s trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet. Outspoken fans took to social media to point out that her facial features were changed and her skin was too light, making her look racially ambiguous, rather than the black woman she was meant to be.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney decided to reanimate the scenes where Tiana appears, which can be found in the final trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet. In addition to the Twitter backlash, the company evaluated feedback from Anika Noni Rose, the actress who voices Tiana, and from the organization Color of Change, which advocates fair media representation of people of color.
Brandi Collins-Dexter of Color of Change personally assisted the animation studio on the changes made to Tiana’s design, praising Disney’s efforts when it chose to “restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair.”
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnson, Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives in theaters Nov. 21. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill and almost every Disney Princess voice recorded.
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