For decades, most Disney films – both animated and live-action – claimed to cater to everyone, but the protagonists in the movies really just looked like one type of people.
There was very little purposeful diversity in the male and female characters as far as the overall plot of the storyline or the stars of the film.
Aladdin came along and changed the game.
There was finally a movie whose main characters didn’t have fair skin and Caucasian features. Aladdin and Princess Jasmine were olive-to-medium skin toned, had jet black hair and dark eyes.
Finally, children who didn’t look like Snow White, Cinderella, or Belle had someone else representing them on the silver screen in Disney’s vast universe of fantasy.
Aladdin opened the door for movies like Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, and Moana to be produced.
The change was reflected on the small screen, too as shows on Disney Channel began to incorporate other ethnicities into their animated series, live-action sitcoms, and TV movies.