Of all these ladies, Captain Amelia must be my favorite (as a character in general), followed by Meg.
However, watching all these ladies made me wonder... I might have missed something, of course, but apart from Pocahontas, has Disney ever created a black-skinned heroine?... And when I say black-skinned I mean mostly a native African girl (yes, I know that Pocahontas is native American)... Talking on Disney heroines (be them classic cartoons or modern just CGI), what do white-skinned heroines have that black-skinned ones lack? I never found an answer to this...
Ah, yes- I haven´t watched that movie yet (although I am not in a hurry to watch it ) but I´ve seen a few images on Tiana and the frog. Pretty Tiana ^^ although so far it makes her the only Disney black-skinned she-protagonist... And yet, if there was some another black-skinned Disney heroine, I guess that it would make seldom half a dozen of black-skinned girls as against who knows whatever amount of white-skinned girls (both classic cartoons and CGI characters)... Still a clear race unbalance. Maybe there is a larger variety in hair colors and haircuts (for example) among white-skinned girls than among black girls, but still I find it repetitively dull and monotonous to see just white-skinned girls over and over again...
Worryingly enough, as far as I roughly saw so far, this race unbalance does not seem to limit itself to Disney only (and possibly to other cinema companies like DreamWorks too), but it also seems to apply to images on girls that I saw over here in DA. Once more I might be wrong (I cannot know everything about everything, of course ) but I´d say that not less than the 90-95% of girls both in Disney and at DA are white-skinned, and I find it suspiciously and boringly unbalanced. I do hope that there is nothing in dealing with racism over there in Disney and other places to explain such an unbalance. An unbalance that, by the way, currently inspired me to create a black-skinned, native African girl, for the sake of artistic variation and creativity...
If there is a disparity for black-skinned female characters in feature animated movies to an extent that it bothers black-skinned people then black-skinned people should make more feature animated movies and feature dark skinned people as they please. As it is, Disney himself was white, made stories he identified with, the vast majority of Disney employees are white, as they represent the best of feature animators Disney hired, and thus the majority of the characters they've created are white, the characters being a reflection of what the creators know and imagine best. So far they've gone out of their way to include diversity that they were never logically obligated to include. If you think you're found a market niche that can be lucrative, then I suggest getting involved and making it happen. Otherwise, I don't see that there's a problem. Good luck with your endeavors.
Frankly, I think it's telling that you didn't notice Tiana the first time around.
Of the 11 Officially listed princesses, 4 of them are of color (36% minority). That's 72% white skinned. That's counting Ariel the half-fish person as white, which I don't personally see as accurate, but moving on... Of what race do we count other Disney leads? Minnie Mouse sells millions of products a year. She is clearly a cartoon animal, does she really represent a certain demo? What about supporting cast female protagonists like Nala from the Lion King, Lady from Lady and the Tramp, Tinker Bell, Maid Marion. Are you counting these characters as representing a certain race?
Why is the Disney unbalance so shameful? After all, real life has an unbalance. Census bureau indicates as of 2013 nearly 38.5 Mil white children (52% of child population) versus 10.1 mil black (14% of child pop). Lilo (of Lilo and Stich Disney fame) is native Hawaiin and representative of this demographic and yet only .5% of the children in USA are native islanders!
Just trying to understand your viewpoint. In Joel's parade, there are 2 animal girls, 1 mermaid, 7 brown/black girls, and 8 white girls. Are you counting the Greek, Spanish, Arab, and brown-skinned fictitious Atlantian as white?
When I say "black skinned" I refer mostly to native African people, not to "hybrids" like Afro-Americans or native Americans like Pocahontas, which in NO WAY means that I "despise" Pocahontas or any other character from any other race (Mulan or whoever). As a matter of fact, I have to say that non-white-skinned characters like Pocahontas, Mulan, Lilo or Tiana from Disney, or Chel from DreamWorks´ "The Road to l Dorado" (even if Chel is no way my favorite character from that movie) mean to me a breeze of fresh air and a welcome deviation from the trend of showing white-skinned girls only.
In other words, I am for using more people from other races (Indians from India, Japanese, Chinese,... and native Africans themselves). Anything to deviate from so many white-skinned characters that are becoming so boringly repetitive to me. And as I said before, of all the races in the world, (black-skinned) native Africans are personally the ones that appeal to me the most. I would even say that Tiana was not 100% African, by the way...
And of course, cartoon characters inspired by animals like Minnie Mouse or Nala or the bitch Lady are a completely different story, and they have nothing to do with this (as I personally see it, because I am talking about human characters, not animals)...
Characters from Atlantis? Mmm... they are such a special case to my view... I am unsure on what to say about them. Maybe I´d consider them still as white-skinned after all, although I am not 100% sure... Those other characters that you mentioned (Maid Marion and Tinkerbell) are white-skinned too, so to me they are just the same as any other white-skinned human Disney character. I´d even include Ariel the mermaid in here, even if she´s not 100% human (but she´s white-skinned after all).
In short, what I´d like to see are more human characters from other races, and not so many white-skinned ones I hope to have made my viewpoint clear
....... Pocahontas is a "HYBRID"!? what the hell? Did you even watch the movie? She was PowhatanPamunkey She was not mixed with any foreign ethnicity. so she is not a "hybrid".
Also, the race of a character does not deduct their "Character". Your mind is making them "dull" and "boring". It's YOUR problem, not the animators/artists. You're the one misconstruing characters because of your viewpoint.
if you think a character is boring because of the colour of their skin, you've got some serious issues there. And that means YOU are the racist for thinking this way. gj
You want Disney to retell the story of a native African, that is clear. There is no trend of "showing white-skinned girls only", however, and what you consider to be black, white, or brown is clearly personal bias and not factual. No one takes "black-skinned" to mean Native African. I had to Google Native African to even understand what you were talking about. BTW Maid Marion was a Fox and not human.
I absolutly love the way you made Pocahontas and Kida super skinny to show how sick it is to make little girl's idols so thin and make them think they need to weigh 90 lbs to be princesses. Love love love