I think Disney need to be very, very careful were they go from here. I don't think taking out another princess type film like Tangled so soon after releasing the Princess and the Frog last year, is such a great idea, however so many of Disney's major hit films were based on "fairy-tales", not nesscarily princess orientated ones but stories aka tales that were turned into very successful and much loved films such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pinocchio!
I agree that Disney need to move with the times and can't stay static, which they haven't done with films like Pirates of the Caribbean or Pixars Wall.e, Toy story etc I just worry that if they dump the past and try to walk away from what made Disney so successful to start with they will loose the magic along with it and perhaps many fans. I love most of Disney's pixar films but at the same time I like them less than original Disney type films.
I have to say I was not a massive Fan of Disney's the Princess and the Frog and I am not surprised to read it didn't do too great, I don't believe it truely has to do with the fact it was another princess film but because of the story itself which in my humble opinion isn't great, in fact it doesn't even feel much like a princess film as the main characters of Tiana and Naveen spend the majority of the film as frogs. What actually made the film for me was the music and I do think it is brilliant to have a princess who is from a different race.
I think Disney would be very silly to walk away from musical type films as most of Disney's major successful films had rememberable and forever classic songs such as the lion king - the circle of life, can you feel the love tonight, Mary poppins - a spoon full of sugar, lady and the tramp - Bella note, Mulan - reflections (naming films that arent princess films). When I walk around Disneyland and hear the Disney music from films it just feels so magical but if we remove this element I think we remove a part of what makes Disney successful.
I think Disney should be able to make modern animated films, that don't nesscarily have princesses and princes in the storyline but have strong male and female characters who we could love and have amazing music that we will remember the film for and will be singing years from now, just like "the bare nesscities, when you wish upon a star, cruella devill etc
I just hope Disney don't try to run too far from their magical formula whilst trying to keep up with the times.
Luv Aveen xoxo