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Tiana
Princess Tianna.jpg
First appearance The Princess and the Frog
Created by John Musker
Ron Clements
Voiced by Anika Noni Rose

Tiana is a Disney Princess, the protagonist of Disney's 2009 film The Princess and the Frog.[1] At the start of the movie she is a waitress and aspiring restaurant owner[2] living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age. She is voiced by Anika Noni Rose[3] and is the ninth Disney Princess to join the official franchise.[4]

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Development

Tiana is the first black princess in the Disney Princess franchise.[3][5][2][6] She is the second American Disney Princess, after Pocahontas. Tiana was originally named Maddy and worked as a chambermaid,[7] but her character's name was later changed to Tiana and her job, a waitress.[2] Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta stated "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."[8]

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Voice casting

In February 2007, it was reported that Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose were top contenders for the voice of Tiana, and that Alicia Keys directly contacted Disney's studio chief Dick Cook, telling him that she wanted the role very much.[9] It was later revealed that Tyra Banks was considered for the role as well.[10] On April 19, 2007, it was confirmed that Anika Noni Rose would be voicing Princess Tiana.[11]

Profile

Tiana is a young waitress and talented chef who dreams of owning her own restaurant like her and her father dreamed of doing.[2] She is a "diamond in the rough" who will have to learn some lessons before she reaches true princess status.[3] Director John Musker stated that Tiana will be one of the "strongest" Disney heroines yet.[2]

She is a motivated, determined, and independent young woman. She wants to do things her way, without help from anyone.[3] Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana says: "She’s a strong woman who doesn’t need anyone to do things for her...She wants to do things for herself."[3] She must learn that balance is important in life; to be happy, she needs both love and a career.[2]

Appearances

The Princess and the Frog

A press release describes the story as follows:

When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and the once suave royal is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. An unforgettable tale filled with music, humor and heart where two frogs—along with the help of a 200-year-old voodoo priestess, a love-sick Cajun firefly, and a trumpet-playing alligator—discover that what they want isn’t as important as what they need.[12]

Theme Parks

On October 26, 2009, Tiana's Showboat Jubilee debuted with appearances from Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen, Louis, and Doctor Facilier, at the Walt Disney World Resort; and later at the Disneyland Resort. Tiana and Naveen will soon be in the "Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade". Tiana and Naveen are also doing meet and greets at Disneyland's New Orleans Square and Walt Disney World's Liberty Square. She will join Disney's "Once upon a Dream Parade" at Disneyland Paris in April 2010 as part of the "New Generations Festival".

References

  1. ^ "Official Princess and the Frog website". Disney.com. http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/princessandthefrog/.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f "A Fairy Tale Beginning: Snow White, She's Not. Among Disney's Royal Ladies, Tiana Is a Notable First.". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/16/AR2009041603139.html.  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Anika Noni Rose As Disney’s First Black Princess". The Bleu Mag.com. http://www.thebleumag.com/2009/02/anika_noni_rose_as_disneys_fir.html.  
  4. ^ "Disney to release 'Frog Princess'". Variety.com. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960765.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&query=african+american+princess+disney.  
  5. ^ "New Disney Movie Features First African-American Princess: Animated Comedy Set in New Orleans". WDSU.com. http://www.wdsu.com/news/19714014/detail.html.  
  6. ^ "Conveniently Color Blind? Disney's First Black Princess Raises As Many Questions As It Answers". Black Voices: Black Spin. http://www.bvblackspin.com/2009/06/08/conveniently-color-blind-disneys-first-black-princess-raises-a/.  
  7. ^ "Planet Gossip — Update: Princess Anika and the Frog". E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/gossip/planetgossip/detail/index.jsp?uuid=32acc85e-a531-4ba2-93d6-650ee3432d89.  
  8. ^ "Movie & TV News @ IMDb.com — Studio Briefing — May 11, 2007". IMDb.com. http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2007-05-11/#3.  
  9. ^ "Alicia Keys into Next Movie Role". E! Planet Gossip Blog. 2007-02-05. http://www.eonline.com/gossip/planetgossip/blog/index.jsp?uuid=d21d0e39-9f0d-4b01-b81d-3989932f34ab. Retrieved 2007-03-09.  
  10. ^ "Princess Anika and the Frog". E! Online. 2007-04-20. http://www.eonline.com/gossip/planetgossip/detail/index.jsp?uuid=32acc85e-a531-4ba2-93d6-650ee3432d89. Retrieved 2007-06-01.  
  11. ^ "Disney Crowns Its Frog Princess". E! Online. 2007-04-19. http://www.eonline.com/gossip/planetgossip/detail/index.jsp?uuid=781c7854-fddc-4433-8b02-c295bc4899f1. Retrieved 2007-04-20.  
  12. ^ Art Daily

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