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Tiana is a fictional character who a main character of Walt Disney Pictures' forty-ninth animated feature film The Princess and the Frog (2009). Created by directors Ron Clements and John Musker and animated by Mark Henn, Tiana is voiced by American actress and singer Anika Noni Rose. American actress Elizabeth M. Dampier provides the voice of a young Tiana.
Based on the heroine of E. D. Baker's novel The Frog Princess, which was inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Frog Prince", Tiana is a hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant. After kissing a prince who has been turned into a frog, Tiana must find a way to turn back human before it is too late. A hardworking, determined, intelligent, and strong-willed young woman, Tiana is the ninth Disney Princess and the first to be of African American heritage.
Reviews of Tiana's character have been mostly positive, with critics highlighting her hardworking personality, contemporary goals, and strong values. However, reception towards her ethnicity has been somewhat mixed, further driven by speculation and controversy. While some critics commended Disney's decision to make Tiana their first black princess, others scrutinized it, calling into question the company's reasoning behind it.
Tiana was based on the protagonist, Princess Emma, of E. D. Baker's novel "The Frog Princess", which was inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Frog Prince". Directors and writers Ron Clements and John Musker described Baker's novel as "a twist" on the original fairy tale: "In [Baker's] story the princess kissed the frog and instead of him turning into a prince she turned into a frog and then the two sort of went on an adventure together."
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