Ralph Breaks the Internet criticised over depiction of Princess Tiana's hair

Anika Noni Rose reprises her voice-acting role as Tiana from 2009's The Princess and the Frog in the new animated flick.

Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet has received online backlash over the depiction of Princess Tiana's hair.

The animated comedy, the sequel to the 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph, is due to be released in November (18) and sees Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly reprise their voice-acting roles.

Ralph Breaks the Internet also features a number of Disney Princesses, including Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell as Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Auli'i Cravalho as Moana, and Anika Noni Rose reprising her part as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. However, a number of fans have taken to social media to comment on the depiction of Tiana, the first American-American Disney Princess, with many taking issue with the rendering of her hair.

"Y'all don't understand how important Princess Tiana is to Black girls," one user wrote on Twitter. "We finally had a Disney princess that looked like us, and now, she doesn't. They gave her Eurocentric features and turned her into a racially ambiguous woman. It's a no from me, dawg."

In the first teaser trailer for the movie, Tiana's hair was styled in a press-and-curl updo and appeared to have a rounder nose - much like the way she appeared in the 2009 animated flick. However, in the latest trailer, she is pictured at a sleepover with a seemingly lighter complexion and natural, curly hair.

In a string of messages on Twitter, cartoonist and publisher Charlie 'Spike' Trotman compiled a "cheat sheet" for Disney animators and executives on how a black woman would most likely wear her tresses at night.

"Hi, folks! Just spur-of-the-moment decided to put together some reference for folks who want to draw/model black characters in their work, but aren't confident they won't make simple, obvious mistakes w/r/t (with respect to) black hair," she wrote, alongside a series of hairstyle images. "I could honestly go on forever; black hair is complicated, political, and not something one thread on Twitter can explain. But I think it's time to get to a few basic styles."

Ralph Breaks the Internet, also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson and Gal Gadot, is due to hit cinemas from 21 November.

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