Which is probably why we weren’t so shocked that one of the new characters in their Christmas 2009 movie, The Princess and the Frog was a stereotypical cajon-type. We weren’t the only ones who recognized the obviousness. It was fairly on par with some of their other past efforts, which doesn’t make it right or excusable.
Disney has a long history of racist portrayals as you’ll see below and in some of their most recent efforts as well. Still, I’m not sure what’s worse: subtle racism like a character called Jim Crow (true) or the hidden sexual innuendos found in Little Mermaid and The Lion King. No, scratch that. Racism wins. Or loses, I guess, depending on your point of view. Anyway, the point is that a company built of family-entertainment should no better and we should expect better from them and that starts with calling them on their shenanigans.
Good for Disney at least trying to go back to 2-D animation, but we could do without the simple characterizations of certain groups of people. We poked around on YouTube and someone has spliced together a montage of exactly what we were looking for – examples of Disney’s past transgressions.