Disney just announced that its newest princess is Latina and I could not be more excited. First of all, they have never had a Latina princess and with so many little girls identifying with these princesses Elena is right on time. In an exclusive with USA Today, they describe the details of the movie:
Meet Elena, Disney’s first Latina princess. Go behind the scenes of the new Disney Channel series ‘Elena of Avalor’ to see how its creators weaved Latin and Hispanic culture into her magical world.
Disney is adding another diverse face to its iconic collection of princesses.
Elena of Avalor is a new Disney Channel series that features its first Latina princess, “a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore.”
Elena’s mythical kingdom of Avalor is a colorful quilt of Latin and Hispanic traditions, from its vividly-imagined landscapes to the princess’ wolf-like spirit guide.
“It was very important to us that, since we were doing a show with a kingdom inspired by Latin American culture, that we get that right,” says Craig Gerber, the show’s creator and executive producer. “Even though it’s a fairytale world, there are things that feel very authentic.”
Elena’s original score is no exception, with mariachi and salsa among the many genres soundtracking the show. “The styles of music we’re using overall — it’s all Latin-based, it’s very festive,” says Rene Camacho, a Latin music consultant for the show.
Consultants played an important role in ensuring Elena’s world properly represented Latin culture.
“We have cultural consultants help us every step of the way,” says story editor Silvia Olivias. “They read everything from the premise all the way through the final draft.”
[The show] has this visual element that’s so evocative,” says cultural consultant Diane Rodriguez. “It takes the look of the Latino culture, of the Americas, almost to another level.
This is awesome!