May 12, 2007 08:11:20 GMT
Disney has changed the title and heroine's name in "The Frog Princess" due to early protests it received for the project.
It's still two years later before it can greet the moviegoers in theaters yet protests have already been addressed to Walt Disney Feature Animation's "The Frog Princess", which marks the studio's return to the traditional 2D version.
According to Disney watcher Jim Hill, the rage directed to the flick was for its alleged racial and ethnic insensitivities that were detected in its original announcement of the film. Most debated about was its title, which might be regarded as a slur on the French, as well as the name of the main character, Maddy, that reportedly was sounded too much like Mammy.
In response to this, Disney finally came up with decision to make change regarding the two subjects. Title will be changed into "The Princess and the Frog" instead while the heroine is renamed Tiana. The character will also no longer be found as chambermaid working for a rich, white spoiled Southern debutante.
With this change, the company has already released a statement observing the picture's story, informing that the "story takes place in the charming elegance and grandeur of New Orleans' fabled French Quarter during the Jazz Age" and that "Princess Tiana will be a heroine in the great tradition of Disney's rich animated fairy tale legacy, and all other characters and aspects of the story will be treated with the greatest respect and sensitivity."