Wednesday, March 18, 2009

At the Hat

An afternoon spent breezing through the hallways of Disney Animation Studios, and nothing much to report, except ...

The PATF artists to whom I spoke think that this "black princess, white prince" semi-controversy is silly:

"Black/white isn't what this movie is about. It could be anywhere or anybody in this story. The race thing just isn't a factor ..."

Staffers feel that some of the jobss that management eliminated doing this new hand-drawn feature has cost the studio more money than it's saved.

"Older style, made-by-hand cartoon features are not the kinds of movies the new management is used to making ... or knows real well ..."

Everybody is working hard and with satisfaction over the quality of the movie they're making. Rapunzel moves steadily into production. (It's ... ah ... changed some over the six or seven years it's been in work.)


Kate said...

I'm still puzzled. Now that I know the prince's name ("Naveen"), where is this "black/white" argument coming from? (Unless he's related to the Viceroy of India.)

Nuts to politics. I'm more interested in the story. Is this supposed to be based off the Frog Prince, the Frog Princess, or is it an original story? I've been curious about that for awhile.

Anonymous said...

It's your classic decision-by-committee that Disney is so good at. Naveen is neither white nor black, just some nebulous tone inbetween.

Anonymous said...

just some nebulous tone inbetween.

And what the heck is wrong with that? Are you implying being a mixed race is a bad thing? Thats freakin offensive man.

Anonymous said...

Aaaaaaaand you see here what Disney is hoping for.

Since America isn't mature enough yet to discuss race in any capacity without someone's panties getting in a wad, this movie is going to generate LOTS of controversy. Oh boy! Controversy means big boxoffice money, as everyone will check it out to see what the fuss is.

Looking forward to it all!!!

Anonymous said...

The Disney folks aren't trying to create controversy. They're trying to be inclusive. I just hope they won't find cause to regret it.

Anonymous said...

The new president is 50/50 half white half black. what's the big deal?

If anything those dopey "what race are you pick from 3 categories" areas of applications need to go the way of the antique.

Anonymous said...

It sometimes seems we've gone backwards. People used to ask what race you were so they could make a judgement on your character.

Now, if you don't focus on race they make a judgement on your character.

You can't win with some people. They will always be perpetual victims no matter how level a playing field is.

Anonymous said...

Have they return to the term "Rapunzel Upbraided" for the film?
I'm just hoping there was something wrong with the links for the above website.

Anonymous said...

To Bolomon, etc,

You are making an assumption; that any time a race question is asked, it's for negative reasons, that it's discrimination or a quota. It could be serving an entirely different purpose, like Affirmative Action, for example.

In any case, the bottom line success factor for "Princess" will be entertainment. If it's a fun ride and doesn't skew too juvenile, it will get good word of mouth and big box office; here and around the world.

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