At this year's 86th Academy Awards show, race was central to several Oscar conversations. Black characters' humanity can often be perceived as hit or miss in movies and, until now, not one major Hollywood studio has even released a 3D animated feature starring a black character.
But all that is about to change, with Home. The upcoming DreamWorks animation is a project with something just a little bit different going on: This 3D post-apocalyptic film stars a little black girl, called Tip. Aside from the Tiana character in Disney's The Princess and the Frog, black lead characters have been scarce in animation. It's about time for more!
Based on the popular children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home follows a human girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and her new alien friend (voiced by JLo) on their quest to save not only mankind but also the alien race of Boov. Comedy legend Steve Martin will voice Captain Smek, the leader of the Boov, who believes that relocating the human race to another planet is the best thing for them.
Sounds cute, and I like how it's just a normal little black girl in a typical kids movie. I hope it does well at the box office and marks the beginning of a much broader trend. What are your first impressions of Home? Let me know in the comment section below!
DreamWorks' Home arrives in theaters November 26, 2014.
Will you be watching Home?