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The Actor Behind Princess Tiana Responded To The “Wreck-It Ralph” Sequel Controversy

Anika Noni Rose said she spoke with Disney animators about fixing the first black Disney Princess’s skin tone and natural hair.

Posted on September 25, 2018, at 11:54 a.m. ET

Anika Noni Rose, the actor who voices Princess Tiana in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, said she’s spoken with executives and animators at Disney after the recent controversy about her character’s appearance in the Ralph Breaks the Internet trailer.

Representatives for Rose didn’t immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
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Representatives for Rose didn’t immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

When Disney dropped the trailer for the Wreck-It Ralph sequel over the summer, a lot of people weren’t happy that Princess Tiana looked different from her Disney debut in The Princess and the Frog.

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A lot of people specifically took up an issue with Tiana’s lighter skin tone, hair color, and shift to more Eurocentric facial features.

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“I’ve been very quiet on this subject because it was important for me to do my due diligence before publicly addressing something as near and dear to my heart (and face) as Princess Tiana,” Anika Noni Rose wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.

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Rose said she and her team “immediately put in a call to the studio to talk about the visual changes,” which she also noticed. The actor said she met with the Ralph Breaks the Internet team as well as her original animator, Mark Henn.

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BuzzFeed News has reached out to Henn for comment.

“They explained how CGI did different things to the characters’ color tones in different light compared to hand-drawn original characters,” Rose said.

“And I was able to express how important it is to the little girls (and let’s face it, grown women) who felt represented by her that her skin tone stay as rich as it had been, and that her nose continue to be the little round nose that Mark [Henn] so beautifully rendered in the movie.”
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“And I was able to express how important it is to the little girls (and let’s face it, grown women) who felt represented by her that her skin tone stay as rich as it had been, and that her nose continue to be the little round nose that Mark [Henn] so beautifully rendered in the movie.”

Rose also said Henn explained “the steps they were taking to bring those things back that got lost in the move from hand-drawn to CGI.”

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“It was important to me to hear what Disney had to say, and to have an open dialogue about legacy and representation,” she said.

BuzzFeed News reached out to a representative for Disney for further comment.

CORRECTION

Ralph Breaks the Internet is the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. The title was misstated in an earlier version of this post.

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