Published: Tue, September 25, 2018

Disney Reanimating ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ After Backlash Over Princess Tiana Appearance

Disney Reanimating ‘Wreck-It Ralph 2’ After Backlash Over Princess Tiana Appearance

One scene, which shows Tiana and other princesses in a sleepover-like setting, was criticized for Tiana's chosen hairstyle and her seemingly lighter appearance.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney made a decision to reanimate the scenes where Tiana appears, which can be found in the final trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet. The rest of us finally got a peek at this scene in this year's Wreck-It Ralph 2 trailers, but excitement over the cameos soon turned to anger when fans noticed that Disney's only black princess, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), was considerably lighter than when she had appeared in 2009's The Princess and the Frog. Disney chose to tweak the look of the character, something that is highly unusual for an animated film, according to a source close to the sequel's production, because they take so long (about a year or more) to produce.

Internet users pointed out Tiana, the first black Disney Princess, had improper hair in the Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer and that she now carried the features of a "racially ambiguous" woman.

Disney was initially accused of whitewashing Tiana in August when the trailer for the film dropped. "The revisions-an unusual move given the years-long process of making an animated film-come in the final months before the movie's release", WSJ writes.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney met with Anika Noni Rose, who provides the voice for Tiana, as well as Color of Change - a black advocacy group - to work together on changes to Tiana's appearance, which they said was markedly different than her 2008 debut, for "Wreck-It Ralph 2".

Rashad Robinson, president of the organization, also fired off a tweet on Thursday about the newly revamped Tiana.

Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in theaters on November 21, 2018. The film features the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch, Ed O'Neill and nearly every Disney Princess voice recorded.

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