Disney thought it deserved a pat on the back when it released Pocahontas in 1995. Not only was it the studio’s first historically based animated film, but it also helped diversify a rather homogeneous group of past protagonists with its Native American lead — the second nonwhite Disney leading lady, after Aladdin‘s Princess Jasmine. But Native American groups complained that the studio strayed too far from history in the name of entertainment. For starters, there was no love story à la Romeo and Juliet between the real Captain John Smith and Pocahontas — a major theme in Disney’s version. In reality, Pocahontas was only about 10 years old when Smith arrived with the Virginia Company in 1607; she later considered him somewhat of a father figure but never a romantic interest. She did go on to save his life once, when Powhatan Indians wanted his head, which was how she earned the respect of the settlers. But there was no teary-eyed goodbye when Smith returned to England, as the Disney film depicts. Around 1613, Pocahontas was abducted by English colonists and taken to another part of Virginia; she was baptized as a Christian, married tobacco magnate John Rolfe and changed her name to Rebecca.
I'm sorry but I dont get this american critisism about the female characters in Disney movies and that they are not role models for little girls nowadays. maybe thats because most of them are portraying figures from a time when women were actually portrayed as housewifes, weak and helpless. I mean did you ever read Grimms fairytales? they are full of these images of women, cause they mostly play in medival time.living in germany I grew up with them and I believe that not that long ago we still had that image of women in general. don't misunderstand me, I am a women and a total feminist but this whole crap about the educational aspect of disney movies just sucks. if you want to educate your daughters, swich of the tv and send them to universities, don't let them watch cartoons cause they are made to dream and escape reality for a little while. besides why is tiana the first independant rolemodel or frozen the first one to show a female character not in need of a man. elsa was not 'not in need for a man' she just didn't found him yet. and before frozen and tiana we had ariel, mulan and pocahontas to be a perfect female rolemodel. not only fighting for their rights and protect their loved ones but also not being afraid of falling in love. so please stop trying to make women and man become foreign to each other. I wonder if you would scream out as feminists if ariel wouldn't have given her voice to follow a man but a woman. she did not follow a man she followed her heart and love.
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Ambiguous name and suspiciously light skin colour? What idiots complained about that? The Prince was Mediterranean. He would've been European with some possible north African blood, like just about every other noble from Southern Europe. So instead of complaining maybe they should have taken notice that a white male European found his purpose in being the house husband for a black female American...
"Whats with the voodoo theme?"
Voodoo is a part African-American culture in Louisiana. There is a lot of history to it. Do some research, seriously.
i was really upset but the article is just telling the whole issues about this and it is really informative and educational articles. i love the movie tangled and frozen
Being black I do not see a single issue with Princess and the Frog and actually it is one of my favorite movies being able to somewhat relate to the mannerism and culture showcased in the movie. On top of that, all my black friends (male and female) love the movie as well, so I do not understand how there are people still not happy that Disney finally made an African-American princess embraced in her Louisianan life style and on top of that as independent as ever by wanting to own her own restaurant.
I saw the Lion King when I was four years old. I cried when Simba's father died because it was sad, but it didn't traumatize me or do me any psychological harm. Nor did it to my brothers.
Barbaric? The entire world was barbaric back during ancient history. I'm middle eastern and don't see how this is at all offensive.
I love The Princess and the Frog