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There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'' doesn't count since America didn't exist as a country yet), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.

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There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'' doesn't count since America didn't exist as a country yet), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.


There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (Disney/{{Pocahontas}} doesn't count since America didn't exist as a country yet), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.

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There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (Disney/{{Pocahontas}} (''WesternAnimation/{{Pocahontas}}'' doesn't count since America didn't exist as a country yet), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.



* MortonsFork: There was '''''a lot''''' of debate on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to there being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.

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* MortonsFork: There was '''''a lot''''' of debate on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, ''WesternAnimation/BigHero6'', there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to there being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.


** There's also some AluminumChristmasTrees and RealityIsUnrealistic going around too. The relationship between races and people of both was often complex as well as subject to RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement. Suffice to say the movie probably came closer to reality in some places than most Disney fantasies.

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** There's also some AluminumChristmasTrees and RealityIsUnrealistic going around too. The relationship between races and people of both was often complex as well as subject to RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement.Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement. Suffice to say the movie probably came closer to reality in some places than most Disney fantasies.

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** There's also some AluminumChristmasTrees and RealityIsUnrealistic going around too. The relationship between races and people of both was often complex as well as subject to RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement. Suffice to say the movie probably came closer to reality in some places than most Disney fantasies.


There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (Disney/{{Pocahontas}} not counting for the latter, since America didn't exist as a cultural entity in the 1600's), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.

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There were quite a lot of interesting, behind-the-scenes politics that went into the planning of this movie, as it introduced the first Black and the first American Disney Princess (Disney/{{Pocahontas}} not counting for the latter, doesn't count since America didn't exist as a cultural entity in the 1600's), country yet), during a time period when Black Americans were heavily oppressed, meaning the animators had to tread delicately on many issues. All tropes pertaining to those anecdotes belong here.


* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant, and it's possible they only refused to sell it to her because of her race. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal. Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. (Let us not forget: in the real New Orleans, Naveen could have been legally barred from marrying either Charlotte or Tiana until [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia 1967]], depending on [[AmbiguouslyBrown where you think he's from]].) However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant, and it's possible they only refused to sell it to her because of her race. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal. Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.


* Catch22Dilemma: There was '''''a lot''''' of debate on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to there being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.
** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the least!" (or whatever offends you the most, given how fan reactions tend to go).


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* MortonsFork: There was '''''a lot''''' of debate on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to there being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.
** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the least!" (or whatever offends you the most, given how fan reactions tend to go).


** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the least!"

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** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the least!"least!" (or whatever offends you the most, given how fan reactions tend to go).


* FacialProfiling: A delicate issue with Tiana's design. It's very clear with her fuller lips and broader nose that Tiana wasn't just a generic white design coated brown. At the same time, artists had a challenge in not playing up any "blackface" stereotypes.Tiana is more or less an Inksuit Actor of her voice actress, Anika Noni Rose.

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* FacialProfiling: A delicate issue with Tiana's design. It's very clear with her fuller lips and broader nose that Tiana wasn't just a generic white design coated brown. At the same time, artists had a challenge in not playing up any "blackface" stereotypes. Tiana is more or less an Inksuit Actor [[InkSuitActor Ink-Suit Actress]] of her voice actress, Anika Noni Rose.


* FacialProfiling: A delicate issue with Tiana's design. It's very clear with her fuller lips and broader nose that Tiana wasn't just a generic white design coated brown. At the same time, artists had a challenge in not playing up any "blackface" stereotypes.

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* FacialProfiling: A delicate issue with Tiana's design. It's very clear with her fuller lips and broader nose that Tiana wasn't just a generic white design coated brown. At the same time, artists had a challenge in not playing up any "blackface" stereotypes.Tiana is more or less an Inksuit Actor of her voice actress, Anika Noni Rose.


** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the most!"

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** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the most!"least!"


* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal. Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant.restaurant, and it's possible they only refused to sell it to her because of her race. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal. Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.


** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack from liberals for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the most!"

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** The decision to make Naveen AmbiguouslyBrown also came from the fact that Disney would have gotten flack from liberals for making him black ("Disney hates interracial marriage!") or white ("Oh sure, the princess can be anything, but the prince ''has'' to be white!"). Naveen's design was [[WriterRevolt basically the animators saying]] "Here! Now he can be whatever offends you the most!"


* Catch22Dilemma: There was '''''a lot''''' of debated on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to their being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.

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* Catch22Dilemma: There was '''''a lot''''' of debated debate on whether or not Prince Naveen should have been black. Up until 5 years later with Disney/BigHero6, there had never been a black male protagonist in a Disney film. Many felt that Disney missed an opportunity to actually have their first black male prince as well. On the other end of the spectrum you had viewers react positively to their there being a mixed race couple. Not to mention that Naveen being black would've opened an entirely different [[UnfortunateImplications can of worms]] concerning his character. Naveen was created as a foil to Tiana by being a lazy bum looking to marry into money. Considering the negative racial connotations that would've been connected to the character if he were Black, this may have pissed viewers off more.



* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal.Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Zig-Zagged. The movie takes place in the Disney Animated Canon, so its outlook is brighter than the real world. However, Old South attitudes are still present, if gently handled: Tiana and her mother sit in the back of the trolley and clearly live in "that" part of town. Further, the realtors selling the sugar mill Tiana wants to buy are very condescending towards her in a combination of racism and sexism at the idea of a black woman running a restaurant. However, Big Daddy Le Bouf has no qualms eating at a black-owned diner, or with his daughter marrying a Latin(ish) royal. Tiana's restaurant proudly serves and employs people of all races.

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** Humorously enough, an early concept was to have her ''actually'' be fat, hiding an enormous potbelly with her corset.

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