Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Disney Princesses

Disney is in the process of making the first ever black princess. The animated film will be called "The Frog Princess" and the setting will be in New Orleans. Her name is Maddy and she will be about the fourth non-white heroine in the Disney line-up. Orale Disney (and Pixar)!

But what about a Chicana princess? Or a Mexican princess?

I remember watching Cinderella and Ariel...wanting to be in their shoes/fins. But I could never dress as those princesses for Halloween. I didn't (and still don't) have blonde or red hair. And wearing a wig didn't complement my skin color. Blonde and brown is not a good match; red and brown is even worse.

So if Disney and company were to make a Mexicana princess, this problem would be solved. If they need help to make her or the plot, I am available.

Her name would be Rosa. She would live during the 50s, during the times of the Zoot Suit Riots. She would be from a humble, hard-working family. Rosa will be a senior in high school. She will have two younger siblings (brother and sister) and one older brother.

The main conflict Rosa will encounter will be whether she finishes school or leaves to work in order to help her family out, since her father was deported back to Mexico.

Rosa's love interest would be an American salior named James and a Zoot Suitor named Rafael. She will have to choose between a white male or a Chicano, like her. James parents won't like Rosa and her family because they are of a lower social class. But his love will know no race barriers. Rafael and his family have lived in the same neighborhood as Rosa. He tries to protect her from all the harassments of James' "friends" who dislike her because of her race.

The climax will be when James and his group fight with Rafael and his group. It'll be like West Side Story, Jets vs Sharks. But James' parents will come and take him away before the police arrive. They will move to New York so he won't be near Rosa.

Rafael is hurt but lucky that the police didn't arrest him like they did his homies who helped him out. Rosa consoles him. A day passes and he tells her that he loves her. Rafael tells her that he just inherited an estate and some bonds that are expected to grow. He proposes to her and she agrees. He tells her that she can continue to study and that he will make sure that her family is protected and secure.

Rafael and Rosa live happily ever after.

There it is, Disney! Now draw and produce! This story is a mix of real social problems and cultural aspects that were once prominent in families.

With this little brown-skinned girls will be able to relate and maybe even meet Rosa at Disneylandia someday.


K.Bergh said...

Okay, this storyline actually works. Hmmm, who do we know in the biz?

Keep those creative juices flowing, Mija!

~Prof. B.

Monica M. said...

Thanks Karen! I think I will make a screenplay.

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