These Awesome New Animated Characters Are Spreading Cultural Diversity

by
Cierra Bailey
Marvel and Disney have each recently announced new animated characters that display the cultural diversity we’ve all been waiting for.

Marvel and Disney have each recently announced new animated characters that display the cultural diversity we’ve all been waiting for.

In conversations with women of color in the millennial generation, it’s often a running joke about how growing up the only princesses there were to relate to were Jasmine and Pocahontas.

Yup, just those two — and if you really wanted to get technical, you could throw in Nala from the Lion King too — among the myriad of Caucasian characters. 

If you were more of a comic book reading kind of girl, you pretty much just had Storm from X-Men.

With that said; as Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Pixar and others have received continuous criticism for the lack of diversity among its characters and heroic icons, we've begun to see more splashes of color popping up on our screens.

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Over the years, we've been introduced to Mulan, Dora The Explorer, The Proud Family cartoon series, The Princess and The Frog, Frozone from The Incredibles and so on.

Now, Disney is even set to introduce a new Polynesian princess in 2016 named, Moana.  

The Marvel feature films have done a decent job of including racially diverse casts, but the comics are starting to mix it up as well.

The iconic comic publishing company has introduced several new animated characters of color just in the last year including the new Muslim female superhero Ms. Marvel, the Native American hero Red Wolf and most recently the new Korean-American Totally Awesome Hulk.

"I think it is very important that people of all types see their reflection in Marvel's heroes, especially kids," said Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso. 

"When you take a character as iconic as the Hulk, and give him a new face that opens the door for new stories, and new fans, that's a huge thing."

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These post-millennium changes come at a time when the entire country is diversifying and the entertainment industry has been slow to follow suit. 

How refreshing it is to know that new generations of children will be able to see idols and heroes that look like them more frequently in mass media. 

 

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