Friday, April 24, 2009

Princess Tiana's Accent

Disney's first Black princess is voiced by Anika Noni Rose. Rose grew up outside Hartford, Connecticut in the community of Bloomfield, so she's from New England, but she sustains a Bostwanan accent in HBO's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as Grace Makutsi. You can get a taste of Rose's New Orleans spin on Princess Tiana's voice in the teaser:

Here's what she sounds like in real life. Interestingly, Disney chose to write Prince Naveen, Tiana's true love, as Middle Eastern/South Asian-ish, and he's voiced by Bruno Campos, a Brazilian-born actor who grew up in the States. Wonder how his accent will sound? The film is set to release in December 2009, but the teaser says 2010.


tanita davis said...

Should I venture a comment on the gap-toothed lightning bug? No?

Mitali Perkins said...

Please do, Tanita. Would love to hear it.

Erin said...

I am SO excited for this movie.

tanita davis said...

...okay. HIS accent is what worries me. It's not just "Southern." It's... pretty Song of the South/ignorant. Of course, it can be argued that every Disney princess needs a sidekick that's the funny one, but ...*sigh.* I don't want to be a killjoy, but the uneducated slave-jargon of dem' and dey' isn't funny.

My two tiny cents.

Anonymous said...

To Tanita, not to insult you but I can tell you're not fully up to date with your USA stereotpes because if you were you would know that Ray the firefly is not speaking in slave-jargon but Hilbilly-jargon and he has red hair which means he is meant to be a hilbilly like in the show "The Beverly Hilbillies." Hibillies are only ever portrayed as caucasian and since caucasian people were never slaves in the U.S. what they say can't really be called slave-jargon. Just for the record.

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