Okay I just have to go on about The Princess and the Frog a little deeper, alright?
Here’s what’s great about this movie: All of my life, films had told me that women can only choose between a career or love. Do you know how many movies I’ve seen where it starts, “She was a workaholic, who was never going to find love. But once she stopped working and following her career goals for a dude, everything was perfect,” ? So many fucking movies. It’s like the desire for a career means your lady parts instantly wither and die.
But then Tiana comes along. Tiana is taught that passion is only a part of making her dreams come true. She also needs to work hard. And she’s appreciated for having a dream. Like, her love interest fucking supports her working hard on what she wants to achieve. In other movies, it’s like they’re insane if they keep working after finding a love interest. Seriously, check half the rom coms out there.
Growing up, I always told myself that if I wanted to get a great career, then I’ll ignore finding someone special. Like, I’ve even been teased because, “Hanna, you’re like the character in the beginning of the movies, because just needs to get laid.” Because obviously all your problems are solved like that. It was always more important to me to find success in a career than with a significant other. The Princess and the Frog was the first film to tell me it’s okay to do both.
I’m sorry if this sounds stupid, but this has always been really important to me. I know this movie has a lot of great messages, but I’ve always thought about this.