Something that I think people vastly overlook in The Princess and the Frog is the friendship between Tiana and Charlotte. It may be only a small part in the film, but in the scheme of Disney movies, this is a revolutionary element.
If you trace the history of all of the other Disney princesses - Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Rapunzel - no other princess is shown as having a female friend. Some may have mother figures such as Grandmother Willow in Pocahontas or the various fairy godmothers, and Ariel has sisters, but the princesses rarely interact with other women as friends. The Princess and the Frog is the only Disney princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other.
Charlotte and Tiana were pals since childhood, and not once did we see Charlotte ever do anything but be a good friend, not falling into any pitfalls of petty friendships or letting class differences affect their relatiojship. When Tiana is trying to earn money on her own? Charlotte hires her knowing that it will help Tiana’s goal. When Tiana fell at Charlotte’s ball and much of the desserts were ruined? Charlotte didn’t care about the food, her number one concern was to make sure Tiana was alright. And when Charlotte learns that Tiana loved Prince Naveen? Charlotte didn’t even flinch; she was willing to forgo her own aspirations of being a princess because she cares about Tiana’s happiness more.
I think this aspect of the film is what in my mind, separates it from other Disney princess movies. It deserve a lot more credit for being the only princess film that actually shows women being friends with each other, helping each other, and caring about each other.
Poor Pocahontas and the lack of shout out for her human female friendship with Nakoma.
See, this that type bullshit.
Well of course she was a gold digger, what with her dreams of starting a successful business to run…wait, I thought gold diggers didn’t work? Oh..okay. Wait, wasn’t the prince the poor one seeking to marry for money in this one? Yes, yes he was…oh. Okay. So, the Prince was the actual gold digger & Tiana lied about what exactly? Oh right, technically she wasn’t a real princess. Except this is set in a universe with talking frogs, voodoo priests, & no royalty outside of the Prince. Who gets turned back into a man after she becomes a Princess by marriage. Not an unusual plot device & in fact it was used in Ever After & people loved it when Drew Barrymore did it. Hmm, so the real issue here is what? Oh right. Tiana’s black. Of course.