Reel History 3×03 – The Princess & The Frog (2009)

The 49th Disney Animated Film is the focus in this Reel History UK

Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television. Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events. From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?


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Recorded during UK Black History Month 2020 but now released in US Black History Month 2021.

In a film full of the flavour of New Orleans Disney Animation returned to 2D animation with Princess and the Frog. However, the era that the film is set in is a troubled one for people of colour in America. Hugh and Jenna discuss the difficulties of depicting this era for a “family-friendly” audience.


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