This year at the American International Toy Fair in New York City The Walt Disney Company revealed a few of the beautiful toys set to accompany it’s next animated feature The Princess And The Frog. Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in collaboration with Mattel and CDI, a division of JAKKS Pacific, unveiled a dazzling and magical toy line inspired by the film and its colorful characters. Tony Award-winning actress/singer Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, unveiled the line which includes dolls, play sets and role-play dresses.
Opening Holiday 2009, The Princess And The Frog is a magical fairytale set in New Orleans that marks Disney’s return to musicals and the warmth and grandeur of 2D hand drawn animation. Embodying the timelessness of Disney’s storytelling heritage, the film also introduces Disney’s newest princess in more than 10 years, Princess Tiana. The event marked the first time that Ms. Rose and Toy Fair attendees were able to see the toy line. Mattel presented a one-of-a-kind Princess Tiana doll created specifically for Ms. Rose in celebration of her role.
“I have loved Disney movies since seeing Fantasia, Bambi, and Mary Poppins when I was little,” said Ms. Rose. “I have always wanted to do a Disney voice, since before I even thought of being an actor, so for me, this is a dream come true. It didn’t even need to be a princess, so this is just the cherry on top. Tiana is a different sort of princess in that she has had a very loving childhood and is not waiting for someone to change her life for her – she has a vision and a plan. I saw early models of the toy line, but seeing them today in final form, they are just beautiful. What an absolute thrill to be a part of something so timeless!”
In addition to toys, DCP will also introduce an extensive line of The Princess and The Frog-inspired apparel, accessories, home décor, consumer electronics, school supplies and personal care products arriving to retailers nationwide this fall. Disney Publishing Worldwide will launch an assortment of titles including story and activity books. In malls across North America and Canada, over 220 Disney Stores will also celebrate the debut of Princess Tiana and The Princess And The Frog with gorgeous window displays and merchandising. The one-of-a-kind product assortment designed by Disney Store will offer something for everyone including Halloween costumes and role play dresses.
More and a video of Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Princess Tiana, accepting her special one of a kind doll below the cut:
The Princess And The Frog Toy Line
The Princess And The Frog toy line is inspired by the magical elements and characters featured in the fairytale, including the beautiful Princess Tiana, Frog Prince Naveen, a trumpet-playing alligator and a love-sick Cajun firefly. The toys boast vibrant colors such as purple, green, gold and blue, with decorative elements reminiscent of New Orleans and the bayou. New playthings include stunning dolls, imaginative playsets, fun role-play items and costumes and colorful accessories that offer plenty of Disney magic and hours of play for little girls everywhere.
About “The Princess And The Frog”
The Princess And The Frog marks Disney’s return to the warmth and grandeur of 2D hand drawn animation. Set in one of the greatest musical cities of them all, New Orleans, the film teams Ron Clements and John Musker, creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, with Oscar winning composer, Randy Newman. From the heart of Louisiana’s mystical bayous and the banks of the mighty Mississippi comes an unforgettable tale of love, adventure, comedy and heart. Voice talent includes Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, John Goodman, Jim Cummings, Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey.
My goodness, I love Anika. What a talent, what a beauty… Thank you so much for sharing!
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Love It! Love It! Love It! I can’t wait for the movie…the cartoon show on TV and the toys!!!!
i cannot wait till this movie is released i love the way they made the doll’s, tiana is so pretty.hopefully they’ll make the doll of the charlote laBouff too, that’ll be cool.
I think it’s going to be a very romantic movie, and I can’t wait to see it with my daughter :)
I love it. I cannot wait for the movie to be released and I cannot wait for the toys to be released. My daughter is 2 and I’m extremely excited about decorating her room with Princess Tiana and movie items.
I am soooo excited about this movie. I am going to by everything for myself. Now, I can dress up as a princess for halloween,! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!
I am 39 years old and my name is Tiana. I am African American. I can not believe that my race and my name is in a Disney movie. I am single and working; however, I never thought my name or race would be shown positively in a Disney movie. I would love to see Disney and talk with Oprah, about the changes in Disney and portrayal of African Americans in cartoons. After years of misspelling and poor pronunciation of my name (Tiana) as a child, I am finally seeing my unique name in a Disney character and a princess at that. Many years went by being ashamed of the name because it was not common back in my childhood days. My we have come a mighty long way! Thank you Disney , Anika and Oprah! I can not wait to see the movie and get the doll.
I am the real Tiana. :-)
Hi,I am a 35 yr old mother of a 4 yr old who loves everything about Disney Princesses.To buy a doll that she can look at and say “she looks like me” is going to be such a joy.Finally seeing a movie about a princess that my daughter can watch and say”Mommy she looks like me” will be the very best.We are so excited! I can’t wait to buy her the doll!
Amen, Tracy. My sentiments exactly. By the time the movie comes out, I will be 35 and my daughter will be 4, and you said EXACTLY what I was going to say! :)
I love the fact the Disney will finally have a black princess!!! I hope this will not be the last one to come out, because of all of the critism that disney has gotten for the movie. people it is a kids movie. I will be at the movie theater with my daughter and I am already planning Christmas around the toys for the movie.
I been waiting on this moment for a long time
a black beauitful princess and I can’t wait until the kids bed room set come out
My 2 year old just got interested in dolls and i cant wait to buy all the dolls and dresses for her im so happy, finally disney.Cant wait to see the movie!!!
If I had those barbies I would use the little girl as Tiana’s sister and the prince doll as Tiana’s boyfriend. I would use one of my other barbies that I have and I would use a guy and a girl as Tiana’s parents.
I have been seraching the disny sites and store sites once a month every since i heard about this movie and I cannpt wait for it to come out my daughter has a very fair complextion and so as not to induce confusion i have only stricly bought her african american and black dolls despite loving the princess line. i had to settle for the faries room set that only displayed the beautiful iridessa in the backround. I am so happy that I can finally buy my lil princess a disney princess that is representive of her and one she can be proud of . When the diney faries came out a searched for hours on line to buy her the iridesa , lily and fira dolls ( which were not easy to find ) and cannot wait to fill her entire room with tiana’s merchantdise bed room set clothes and dolls. hopefully there will be many more black charecters to come from disney movies which I have watched from a child I waited 26 years of my life to see this and know my two year old lil daughter aleena will share the joy of seeing the movie with me the day it comes out dec 11th .
I am absolutely overjoyed. My daughter (Koi) is 3 1/2 and she loves everything princess. I think that I am more excited than anything. I watched the clip of Anika Noni Rose and how humble and touched she was of receiving such a unique gift. I think so many girls will realize that they are truly beautiful and special. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to make her whole room Tiana.
P.S. When will the doll be officially released.