Friday, March 26, 2010

“The Princess and the Frog” in New Orleans

While I haven’t seen Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” I find it very interesting that it is set in New Orleans. They chose New Orleans because it is “the most magical” American city. I find this so interesting because I feel like it ties in with we were talking about in class about Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a celebration that upholds this magical sense of New Orleans through the elaborate parades and shiny beads; the city truly transforms into a vivacious and lively place. It is because of this atmosphere that it makes it possible for a fairy tale to happen there.

However what is so interesting about New Orleans is that it has these two distinct vibes, a magical one and a tragic one. The shocking reality of Katrina (like what the Woods article talked about) puts the city in a different light, one of devastation, destruction and racism. I think New Orleans is unique in this way because it somehow balances these two very distinct worlds. By having “The Princess and the Frog” based in New Orleans it shows that it is fairy tale worthy, but it is important to see that New Orleans is not that simple because as Katrina uncovered there are many aspects of the city that don’t contribute to such a happy ending.

Once you go to the homepage, they talk about New Orleans under “Video” à “Featurettes” à “New Orleans”

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