Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Searching for happy endings
Many people can remember how once upon a time, they were just kids drinking a glass of Kool-Aid and watching a Walt Disney Co. movie on TV. It became clear that fairytales have a profound effect on people after we asked readers how they feel about the upcoming film, “The Frog Princess.” We received an overwhelming response about the movie, which will feature Disney’s first black princess. Take it from LaSondra Dawn of Detroit, Michigan, whose kids get excited about seeing Disney on Ice every year.

"They look at princesses like a fairytale where everything is right and everything is the way they want it to be -- their fairy world complete with all the lace and the trimmings and magic. It's an escape to a faraway place, their own little world where they are beautiful and they are magical."

Amid majestic castles and magic spells, the character becomes a reflection of the child’s hopes and dreams, she said.

“It’s seeing themselves and actually being able to visualize, ‘That's me. I'm that princess,’ as opposed to saying, ‘I want to be like that princess.’ I think it's more of a physical connection.”

This fairytale isn’t just kids’ stuff. Check out our audio slide show, reader e-mails and gallery, and let us know what you think.
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