In Dreamworks Home, a young girl named Tip befriends a misfit alien named Oh after Oh’s people, the Boov, have taken over Earth as their new homeland. While the film features a number of familiar tropes, it’s exceptional in that Tip is the first African-American female lead of a 3D animated feature. She’s also the first African-American female lead of any animated feature who stays human through the whole movie (unlike 2009’s Princess and the Frog from Disney).
Voiced by Rihanna, who is joined by Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as Oh, Tip shows a slow, but hopefully growing, trend toward diversity in Hollywood. Consider looking at this animated feature, or study results on diverse casts in Hollywood, for a paper in film studies or African American studies. Read more