After facing criticism over the look of Princess Tiana in the trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney is re-animating certain parts of the highly-anticipated sequel, reports The Wall Street Journal.
As evidenced by the previews and high-res production stills released thus far, Wreck-It Ralph 2 will feature every Disney princess ever to grace the silver screen. That includes Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), the studio's first African-American princess, who made her debut in 2009's The Princess and the Frog, which also marked a return to traditional animation for the family-friendly company.
However, many on social media were quick to point out that Wreck-It Ralph's depiction of Tiana made her more "racially ambiguous" by lightening up her skin and making her nose more narrow. Disney decided 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.
To make sure they got it right the second time, the studio asked for input from Anika Noni Rose as well as Color of Change, "an advocacy organization that focuses on issues of racial representation and political inequality, including portrayals of black characters in Hollywood."
Color of Change's senior campaign director, Brandi Collins-Dexter, traveled to the Disney Animation HQ in Burbank to take a look at the changes and advise the animators further. She released a statement last week, voicing her support for the company's effort to "restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair."
A box-office and critical success, The Princess and the Frog was considered to be a culturally groundbreaking moment for Disney (and cinema in general) and was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Animated Feature. It was also recognized by the NAACP Image Awards, Saturn Awards, Grammys, Golden Globes, Annie Awards, and the Women Film Critics Circle.
Ralph Breaks the Internet arrives in theaters Nov. 21.