Maddy the new Disney PrincessWhen I saw the announcement that Disney is introducing its first new princess in 10 years, I was excited. My daughter loves all the princesses and their stories. They are very diverse and beautiful in their own ways. The fact that this new princess, Tiana (originally it was reported that her name would be Maddy), is black is really not here nor there as far as I’m concerned – she is beautiful!

She will be the lead character in the 2009 animated release of The Princess and the Frog (The Frog Princess), an American fairytale set in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The musical will be scored by Randy Newman and I’m sure it will be an instant hit.

UPDATE: This Disney masterpiece will be hand drawn. Voices cast for the film include: Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana, Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie, and Keith David as Dr. Facilier.

The Princess and The Frog, especially its lead character Tiana,  will quickly become one of the most popular birthday party themes, and her toys and games will be hot this holiday season too. Here are some of our favorites (click on image for ordering info).
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