Anika Noni Rose (the other (Tony Award-winning and extremely talented) Dreamgirl) has been slated to be the voice of Disney’s first Black princess.

To bad the writers couldn’t come up with a better name for her. Maddy?? Why not just go all out and give her a real down-home name, like Hattie-Mae?

From USA Tday:
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. has started production on an animated musical fairy tale called The Frog Princess, which will be set in New Orleans and feature the Walt Disney Studio’s first black princess.

The company unveiled the plans Thursday at its annual shareholders’ meeting in New Orleans.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and the Disney-owned unit Pixar Animation Studios, said the movie would return to the classic hand-drawn animation process, instead of using computer animation that has become the industry standard. He called the film “an American fairy tale.”
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