I’m sorry HOW did you completely miss her character growth? What I love most about Tiana is her ambition, hard work, intelligence, and endurance (but I guess that’s just makes her a ‘bitch’ in your eyes)
Don’t mis-interpret what I said - I thought her part in that song made her come off that way. I never questioned her ambition, her intelligence, or endurance. The others sing about their dreams, and her lyrics were little more than a scolding to Naveen - he sings that he wants to live it up, and she responds with
“Your modesty becomes you
And your sense of responsibility
I’ve worked hard for everything I’ve got
And that’s the way it’s supposed to be
When I’m a human being
At least I’ll act like one”
Instead of what could have been something about her own dream, she uses half a verse to condescend. She was a brilliant character, and I think they did her a huge disservice by making her act that way - it felt really out of character to me, it was just… blatantly rude.
As far as character development goes, I don’t see “spend more time partying, less time working toward your goals” as growth; maybe it just came off wrong, and I’d have liked it better if they’d executed the same lesson in a different way? I don’t know. When you’re scrimping to reach a goal, going out partying usually sets you back - her “head down, power through it” attitude was admirable in my book, not a flaw to be fixed. And once she had her restaurant, she would have been able to go have fun more often.
She got her dream in the end, but it felt like they tacked that on, sort of a “boy, you sure are lucky you got to turn back into a human!” kind of way. I feel like it seriously cheapened her success. The thought of the restaurant as frogs never occurred to me - it felt like being resigned to being a frog, her dream would be dead, so you make a good point with that. Disney would have found a way to make that work somehow.
I get how she would seem condescending in that one verse, but she’s only ever condescending or ever rude to Naveen, never any other character in the movie, and that would make sense to her character. He starts off lazy, self-absorbed, full of himself, self-entitled, plus he pretty much lied to her when they first met and he was the reason that they were turned into frogs hindering her chances of getting her restaurant; she hated him. And I don’t blame her, I wouldn’t exactly be rolling out the welcome wagon either for someone who almost ruined my life.
However, after the verse she does sing about her life and how her hard work is going to get her places
"If you do your best each and every day
good things are sure to come your way
What you give is what you get
My daddy said that and I’ll never forget”
Just because she doesn’t sing in exact words that she’s going to get her restaurant doesn’t mean she’s not singing about her dream and more importantly how her dad (who she has a deep connection with even after his death) gave her the values she’s holds dear to after all those years.
And with Tiana’s development they’re not saying, “spend more time partying and less working” they’re saying you need to take the time to relax. Keeping your head down and constantly working is just as unhealthy for you as doing nothing but partying. Too much stress, lack of sleep, constantly moving, etc. are all bad for your heart and body and actually have negative side effects on your working process. Also, again, with her all work attitude she was pushing people away so that she could keep working, which would be fine if she did it the right amount times, but she did it so much that she would have probably lost most of her friends and ended up alone. What’s success if you’re alone and have no one to share it with? This is another reason why I love Tiana’s character because it’s so complex and layered. Her strength also serves as her weakness; just as having pride is essential for having self-esteem and confidence, but having too much of it makes you unwilling to admit to mistakes or ask for help. Plus she WANTED to be able to let go and have fun, you could see it several times throughout the movie, but she was essentially afraid to because she was afraid to leave her comfort zone and that did make her unhappy.
And I also didn’t feel like the ending it was tacked on because after both Tiana and Naveen grew from their experiences together it felt like they earned their chance to be human again. Again, it wasn’t just luck that they somehow turned human in the end. They chose to stay together despite being frogs and live their lives happily ever after (which is HUGE change since they spent the whole film trying not to be frogs anymore). When they turned human it was like they earned to gain what they wanted now that they had with they needed (message from Mama Odie :P)