This Disney Papercraft is the princess Tiana, based on The Princess and the Frog animated film, the paper model was created by J. Ossorio. Princess Tiana is the main character of Disney’s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The storyline centers on young Tiana, a waitress and aspiring restaurant owner living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age, and a prince named Naveen who has been transformed into a frog by the evil voodoo magician Dr. Facilier. She is voiced by Anika Noni Rose and is the ninth official Disney Princess.
Tiana was born to James and Eudora in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they raised her in an all-black neighborhood. Tiana has been a talented cook since she was very young, and shared the dream of opening a restaurant with James, which he called ‘Tiana’s Place’. Tiana’s father taught his daughter that in order to achieve her dreams, wishing was only part of it, and that she would need to work hard for them. However, James also told her to never forget what was most important, which, though Tiana thought that her father was talking about her dreams and getting the restaurant, what he truly meant was love. After James died, Tiana worked long and hard to earn enough money to achieve her goal, working two jobs and almost never taking time for fun.
Tiana has been best friends with Charlotte La Bouff since they were little girls, and Eudora read stories to them, such as The Frog Prince. As a child, Tiana was frightened of frogs, and swore that she would never kiss one, but in 10 years later, she did kiss a prince turned into a frog, which is where her adventure began.
Tiana is a beautiful young woman of African-American heritage. She is tall and slender with a sculpted figure, has medium length black hair usually tied in a low ponytail, light brown eyes, a bright smile and dimples.
Tiana is a motivated, determined and independent young woman who finds pride in doing things her own way, without help from anyone. During the early scenes of the film, Tiana is too absorbed in her work ethics to care much about anything else, especially romance. However, Tiana gradually begins to fall in love with Naveen, and realizes the most important thing in the world is not only success and hard work, but a balance between friendship, love and fun.
Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana, says: “She’s a strong woman who doesn’t need anyone to do things for her…She wants to do things for herself.” She must learn that balance is important in life; to be happy, she needs both love and a career. On The Princess and the Frog bonus features, Anika Noni Rose announced that she and Tiana are left-handed.
Tiana doesn’t like to be underestimated, as seen by the expression she made to the comment by Mr. Fenner, about a woman of her background having her hands full running a big business. She started to stand up for herself for them to change their minds, but fell down after beignets got on her dress. Tiana is sensible; she would push away Naveen’s romantic advances on her, then reminded him that he was getting married after he was flirting with butterflies. Tiana is friends with Charlotte La Bouffe, and when Charlotte became nervous and wished on a star Tiana tried to tell her that you can’t just wish on a star.
From early in the film, it is revealed that Tiana is a natural expert in the culinary arts. She is able to dice and chop a variety of vegetables at incredible speeds, and cook a delicious meal out of very little. She can recognize the ingredients needed for the dish, and Tiana was even able to transform Mama Odie’s nauseous soup to perfection. The fact that Tiana baked five hundred beignets for Charlotte’s masquerade ball that was the next day means Tiana is a competent enough cook. Tiana’s gift has been pointed out on several occasions, by her father and by Naveen.
From working as a waitress, Tiana has excellent balance and hand/eye coordination. She could balance four trays of food on her head, hands, and right foot that were tossed one after the other. She didn’t lose balance. Then she balanced three trays on her head and hands.
Tiana has intelligence, too, because she built a raft when it doesn’t appear she was taught how to build one. She was smart enough to flick her tongue out to grab Dr. Facilier’s talisman to break it. Tiana is the only princess with a real job, and considering she didn’t go to college, has knowledge of economy to run her business, even though people underestimated her.
Tiana showcased her relatively quick adaptability as a frog; she could hop fast enough to get away from Stella considering she became a frog not long before that. Tiana avoided getting eaten by a crane, one of the natural predators of frogs. When a group of alligators tried to eat her and Naveen, Tiana swam away without being caught and, unlike Naveen, found a hiding spot. Furthermore, Tiana had enough physical strength as a frog to escape from a hunter’s grasp by bending back his fingers with her feet.
The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film is loosely based on the novel The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker, which is in turn based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Frog Prince”. After kissing a prince who’s been turned into a frog by an evil witch doctor, Tiana becomes a frog herself, and must find a way to turn back into a human before it’s too late.
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