|Movies||The Princess and the Frog|
|Television Programs||Sofia the First
|Video Games||Kinect Disneyland Adventures|
|Voice||Anika Noni Rose
Elizabeth M. Dampier (as a child)
|Personality||Intelligent, hard-working, sassy, loving, honorable, talented, passionate, modest, humble, opinionated, stern, persistent, artistic, patient, steadfast, mature, down-to-earth|
|Goal||To open her privately-owned restaurant (succeeded)|
|Allies||Prince Naveen, Ray, Louis, Charlotte La Bouff, Mama Odie, Juju, Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff, Eudora, James, Stella, Georgia|
|Enemies||Doctor Facilier and his shadow, the Shadow Demons, Reggie, Darnell and Two Fingers, Lawrence|
|Likes||Cooking, food, music, working, success, fireflies, Charlotte, Ray's humor, Naveen's charm and selflessness, Louis' trumpet-playing, her family and friends|
|Dislikes||Failure, embarrassment, disrespect, laziness, giving up, Naveen's narcissism, Dr. Facilier, dark magic|
|Quotes||"I'm almost there!"
"How can I let up now when I'm so close? I've got to make sure all of Daddy's hard work means something."
"Just.... one kiss?"
"There is no way I'm kissin' a frog and eatin' a bug on the same day."
"I've got news for you, Shadow Man: It's not slime. It's mucus!"
"Oh, sounds like somebody's got the blues. I'm Tiana and if what Mama Odie told me was right, then I'm here to help you. So what's troubling you, Sofia?"
“The only way that you can get what you want in this world is through hard work.”
Princess Tiana is the protagonist of Disney's 2009 animated feature film The Princess and the Frog. She was a waitress and gifted cook living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age, with a dream of opening her own restaurant. She is voiced by Anika Noni Rose, and is the 9th official Disney Princess.
Background[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
Tiana made history as the first African American princess in the Disney Princess franchise.
Early in development, Tiana was originally called Maddy and worked as a chambermaid in the La Bouff household. However, public criticism eventually caused her character's name to be changed to Tiana and her job, a waitress. Disney spokeswoman Heidi Trotta later stated "Princess Tiana will be a heroine in the great tradition of Disney’s rich animated fairy tale legacy, and all other characters and aspects of the story will be treated with the greatest respect and sensitivity." This reworking of the story itself was greatly inspired by the life story of New Orleans chef Leah Chase, and she in turn would contribute to the "Tiana's Cookbook" that was published when the film came out.
Ron Clements and John Musker decided not to hire "big stars" to voice the film's main characters because "it can help with the identification of that animated character with the voice if you don't get an instant mental picture of the real actor." Several well-known African American actresses and singers had expressed an interest in voicing Tiana, among them recording artists Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, as well as actress and fashion model Tyra Banks. After enduring three auditions, the role ultimately went to American actress and singer Anika Noni Rose, with whom Hudson and Knowles co-starred in the musical film Dreamgirls.
A longtime fan of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Rose had always wanted to voice a Disney animated character. When the film was brought to her attention, she was drawn to it more by its "story of the young woman" than by the fact that she would be voicing Disney's first black princess. Rose told The Root that the film "wasn't really pitched to me that way...I don’t think the cultural significance hit me until later". Rose was also fairly confident in the role. "To be perfectly honest, I thought it was for me from the moment I got the audition."
Rose described the recording process as "very solitary work" that required her to do much research. To prepare herself for the role, Rose "called people in New Orleans...listened to their voices to hear what they sounded like...did a lot of reading up on the city, and listened to a lot of music in the jazz era." Rose only met with her co-star Bruno Campos twice to record a few scenes together. At her first session, Rose recorded all her dialogue "from top to bottom" in a session that lasted eight hours.
Mark Henn served as the supervising animator for Tiana. Henn was hired by John Lasseter because he had animated nearly every Disney Princess since The Little Mermaid's Ariel. Describing Tiana, Henn said that she is following "a new trend in our princesses," likening her to Ariel from The Little Mermaid. "When animating Tiana, Henn was inspired by voice actress Anika Noni Rose, borrowing from her dimples and left-handedness. Henn was also inspired by studio employee Jaimie Milner, a film intern who was working in post production." The fact that Tiana is African American was "never a big issue" for Henn when it came to animating her, but drawing her as both a human and a frog proved difficult." Tiana appears in the movie in so many different forms...she's a little girl, she's an adult human, and then she's a frog."
Personality[edit | edit source]
“She's a strong woman who doesn't need anyone to do things for her...She wants to do things for herself.”
―Anika Noni Rose
Tiana is an intelligent, resourceful, and highly talented young woman. However, at the start of the film, and mostly throughout, she can be overly uptight and far too absorbed in work ethics to focus on relaxing, family, and friends. Though she notices this and appears to have some regret over her busy schedule, her obsession with bringing her dream of opening her own restaurant into fruition overshadows it all. She also, for the most part, has appeared to accept that over the years, as seen when she and Eudora visited the old sugar mill in preparation of its purchase.
With a strong sense of honor and integrity, Tiana firmly believes nothing deserves to be obtained in the world unless it's done through hard work. A view she's brought up when dealing with her excessively dreamy and immature best friend, Charlotte La Bouff, as well as the party-loving Naveen.
Aside from her workaholic nature, Tiana has another side to her; one that's passionate, imaginative, and ambitious. She enjoys humor, music, quality time with loved ones, and dancing (though not at first). She becomes excitable whenever mentioning her restaurant, lighting up when she does, as Naveen puts it, and although she initially had very little knowledge over romance, she values it highly once she starts to fall for Naveen, to the point where her restaurant was no longer the most important part of her life.
She's also incredibly strong-willed, and doesn't take lightly to being undermined or insulted by anyone. Despite her poor background, she sees something far greater in herself and jumps at every opportunity available to prove so, whether it be to the sleazy Fenner Brothers or the originally arrogant Prince Naveen, who initially looked down upon the woman because of her occupation as a waitress and uptight attitude, only to be proven there's far more to her than meets the eye.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Tiana appears in the episode "Winter's Gift", where Sofia is assisting a young faun in breaking an icy curse that constantly harms her loved ones. In order to do so, the faun (named Winter) must present a gift to the choleric Glacia the Ice Witch, in hopes that she will break the curse in exchange for the gift provided.
After being informed of the dilemma by Mama Odie, Tiana arrived and told Sofia that she was cooking a special meal as her perfect gift for her family and then sings the song "From the Heart", telling Sofia the perfect gift is one conjured from the heart, giving the young princess the idea on how to break the curse: That the gift should come from Winter's own heart.