Disney Introduces Its First Latina Princess In Animated TV Series
As princess Elena reclaims her tropical kingdom from an evil sorceress, she says,”It was finally my time.” True to her words, Elena restores far more than power to her kingdom: She represents hope to the Hispanic and Latino communities.
Disney’s first-ever Latina princess will be featured in television series, ‘Elena of Avalor’ starting on July 22. The 22-minutes episodes will include Latin folklore, cultural traditions and songs with musical styles such as mariachi and salsa.
The first episode is now available through the Disney Channel app. While the show has generally received positive feedback, some question why Disney is only introducing Elena through a television series, rather than a movie.
Rebecca Hains, an author and associate professor at Salem State University, commends the strength and courage of the princess, saying that she has, “…real political power, [which is] genuine progress.”
However, Hains is cautious. She notes that the older characters in the series speak with Spanish accents, while Elena herself does not. She fears this may imply that being modern and cool means talking like an American.
Elena’s television show will total up to five seasons, run in 163 countries and be translated in 34 languages.
To learn more, read the New York Times’s article HERE.