So, I'll preface this by saying that I haven't yet seen "The Princess and the Frog," and probably won't until my son expresses an interest in it (at which point I'll probably preview it to determine appropriateness, and then go from there). Since he, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't heard of it, it will likely be a while before I watch it.
I found this review of it very interesting: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/12/09/apop120909.DTL
I was especially interested in the comparisons he makes between this disney princess movie, and the previous disney princess movies featuring protagonists of color. The main difference being, apparently, that disney is actually directing their marketing towards African American consumers. Will that make/has that made a difference in the way disney treats this princess (see the second quote if you're not sure what I mean)? I don't know.
"While it's true that three "multicultural" princesses -- Jasmine from "Aladdin," Pocahontas and Mulan -- preceded Tiana in integrating Disney's royal sorority (Delta Pi!), it's also apparent that the earlier trio were included simply to bring a diversity of aesthetics and traditions into the overall Princess canon. The intent wasn't to target Arab, Native and Asian American markets; multicultural outreach attempts by Disney on behalf of those films were primarily defensive in nature -- focused on stemming potential negative press from those communities, rather than actively cultivating them as consumers."
"The less robust consumer prospects of the smaller Asian American and Native American markets have had a direct consequence on the profile of Mulan and Pocahontas; they're generally pushed to the rear of group portraits, and they're the two princesses most likely to be left out when the herd is trimmed down, appearing only in the most inclusive sets of merchandise."
What about you guys? Have you seen the movie? Is it as you would hope? Is it at all problematic? In what ways is it successful? How does it add to/change/affect the canon of disney princesses, in your eyes? I'd love to hear y'all's thoughts.