“Princess and the Frog” Retheme of Splash Mountain coming in 2024 to Disney World — KnightNews.com
The popular water ride, Splash Mountain will be completely reimagined to the 2009 hit animated film, “Princess and the Frog”. Anika Noni Rose, the actor who voiced Princess Tiana in the animated film said in a appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan Thursday, that the ride will open in 2024. “Timing has not been determined for an official opening of the new ride. However, more information is set to be released at this month’s Essence Festival of Culture, set to kick off in New Orleans on June 30.”Disney originally announced plans to reimagine Splash Mountain back in 2020. This came off the heals of a growing criticism of having a ride back on alleged racist Disney film, “Song of the South” released in 1964.knightnews.com
Chadwick Boseman earns 2 nominations for NAACP Image Awards
This image released by Netflix shows Michael Potts, from left, Chadwick Boseman and Colman Domingo in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Boseman was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding actor in a motion picture for his performance in the film. Boseman was also nominated in the supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in the SPike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)LOS ANGELES – With his final two performances, the late Chadwick Boseman earned two NAACP Image Awards nominations Tuesday, while “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” could make its presence felt at next month’s ceremony. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” came away with nine nominations.
Holiday movies, music specials arrive to light a bleak year
(NBC/Apple/HBO Max/Netflix/Disney + via AP)LOS ANGELES – Bring on the sentimental holiday rom-coms, the chorus of Christmas music specials and the nostalgia of last century’s animated charmers. HOLIDAY HARMONY— “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” now streaming on HBO Max. — “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” Dec. 4, Apple TV+. Music, dancing, animation and surprise guest stars help create what the streaming service promises to be a heartwarming journey with the pop star. Dolly Parton sings hymns, holiday pop classics and tunes from her new album, and shares personal and faith-based Christmas memories.
Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film
The Splash Mountain ride at Disney parks in California and Florida is being recast. Disney officials said the ride would no longer be tied to the 1946 movie, "Song of the South," which many view as racist. Instead, the revamped ride will be inspired by the 2009 Disney film, "The Princess and the Frog," which has an African-American female lead. Splash Mountain first opened as a log-flume ride at Disneyland in the late 1980s. Many adults and children ride this attraction because it brings back childhood memories," the Keep Splash Mountain" petition said.