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The Princess and the Frog

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Princess and the Frog

    All Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) wants is to make enough money to open the restaurant her father always dreamed of but died before he accomplished his dream. But when spoiled Maldonian Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos) comes to New Orleans and has a run in with The Shadow Man Dr. Falicier (Keith David) that turns him into a frog, Tiana gives him a kiss to turn him back into a prince only to find herself a frog as well. Now they must find The Shadow Man before his greater plot of New Orleans domination unfolds.

    It seems like it's been forever since the last time we've actually seen a hand drawn animation from Disney, or course part of the reason for that is that the last hand drawn feature film from Disney was the forgettable Home on the Range. After that Disney closed the doors on hand drawn animation, that is until the new president and chief creative officer of Disney Animation reopened the doors in 2006. After reassembling the animators who were laid off or left the company they started work on a movie idea that borrowed from E.D. Baker's novel The Frog Princess and The Brothers Grimm's Frog Prince.

    The Princess and the Frog is a welcome return to form for Disney animation, which outside of Pixar hasn't really had a great animated movie in years. Basing the style of the film on Bambi and Lady and the Tramp gives the film a physical style that recalls the greatest era of Disney animation, while using a mix of jazz and blues in the musical arrangements for the film gives it a fresh flavor and distinction from previous animated musicals created by Disney. Also the story and script for the film also gives off a very old fashioned vibe, fitting in superbly with the more innocent times of Disney animation, but with fresh locales as well as strong characters that are very modern also give set the film apart as something new and exciting.

    Another great thing about the change in locale is the chance for many of the voice actors to experiment with the various types of accents that you can hear in and around New Orleans during the period the film is set in. Even John Goodman, who won't be heard using an accent in his new show Treme on HBO, uses an accent that perfectly suits him for the role. Stealing the show is the firefly from the bayou Ray, who has that quirky role that can be seen in most Disney films (think Rafiki from The Lion King) who's crazy, but wise and fun to watch whenever he's on screen.

    While the music in the film is great, and fresh for a Disney film, nothing seems to hit the ear the way songs like "Whole New World," "Be Our Guest," or "Under the Sea" did in the late 80's and early 90's animated musicals from Disney did. Also, I felt the moral of the story was a little to "in your face" something I can't really say that I felt with Disney's previous offerings. Fortunately, these minor quibbles don't detract from the film, and most likely just stem from me being overly critical based on what I expected from the high standard set from Disney's last golden period of animation.

    Overall, if you enjoy a good Disney animated feature (and I know your kids do) I highly recommend this. It has all the earmarks of a classic Disney film: great music, great characters, comedy, great story, and a moral for the kids. Even if it is a little bit on the lite classic side, it is still a very enjoyable film, and definitely one that can hold it's own against Disney's earlier films. Welcome back Disney!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Princess and the Frog

    All Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) wants is to make enough money to open the restaurant her father always dreamed of but died before he accomplished his dream. But when spoiled Maldonian Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos) comes to New Orleans and has a run in with The Shadow Man Dr. Falicier (Keith David) that turns him into a frog, Tiana gives him a kiss to turn him back into a prince only to find herself a frog as well. Now they must find The Shadow Man before his greater plot of New Orleans domination unfolds.

    It seems like it's been forever since the last time we've actually seen a hand drawn animation from Disney, or course part of the reason for that is that the last hand drawn feature film from Disney was the forgettable Home on the Range. After that Disney closed the doors on hand drawn animation, that is until the new president and chief creative officer of Disney Animation reopened the doors in 2006. After reassembling the animators who were laid off or left the company they started work on a movie idea that borrowed from E.D. Baker's novel The Frog Princess and The Brothers Grimm's Frog Prince.

    The Princess and the Frog is a welcome return to form for Disney animation, which outside of Pixar hasn't really had a great animated movie in years. Basing the style of the film on Bambi and Lady and the Tramp gives the film a physical style that recalls the greatest era of Disney animation, while using a mix of jazz and blues in the musical arrangements for the film gives it a fresh flavor and distinction from previous animated musicals created by Disney. Also the story and script for the film also gives off a very old fashioned vibe, fitting in superbly with the more innocent times of Disney animation, but with fresh locales as well as strong characters that are very modern also give set the film apart as something new and exciting.

    Another great thing about the change in locale is the chance for many of the voice actors to experiment with the various types of accents that you can hear in and around New Orleans during the period the film is set in. Even John Goodman, who won't be heard using an accent in his new show Treme on HBO, uses an accent that perfectly suits him for the role. Stealing the show is the firefly from the bayou Ray, who has that quirky role that can be seen in most Disney films (think Rafiki from The Lion King) who's crazy, but wise and fun to watch whenever he's on screen.

    While the music in the film is great, and fresh for a Disney film, nothing seems to hit the ear the way songs like "Whole New World," "Be Our Guest," or "Under the Sea" did in the late 80's and early 90's animated musicals from Disney did. Also, I felt the moral of the story was a little to "in your face" something I can't really say that I felt with Disney's previous offerings. Fortunately, these minor quibbles don't detract from the film, and most likely just stem from me being overly critical based on what I expected from the high standard set from Disney's last golden period of animation.

    Overall, if you enjoy a good Disney animated feature (and I know your kids do) I highly recommend this. It has all the earmarks of a classic Disney film: great music, great characters, comedy, great story, and a moral for the kids. Even if it is a little bit on the lite classic side, it is still a very enjoyable film, and definitely one that can hold it's own against Disney's earlier films. Welcome back Disney!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Leaping Lily-pads.

    This story has a different spin on the usual Disney princess fairy tale. Set in New Orleans, Louisiana with its rich culture and history this princess story has great "flavor." The protagonist's dream of being an entrepreneur may become a reality as she works hard to achieve her goal. Yet, a few spells, voodoo, and a variety of mishaps may side track her. A wonderful tale is in store for you, and this is fascinating family entertainment. With a secret agreement the plot is spun. Our leading lady must leap over some "frogs" to reach her goal, along the way some lively characters assist her. The vivid visuals in this DVD are spectacular and sure to hold the viewers attention. Many life lessons are taught within this storyline. Some of the various characters the protagonist meets on her journey are funny, entertaining, and endearing; and make this truly a cinema delight. Therefore, you should go get your popcorn or other movie snack, sit down and enjoy this swinging, hip, jazzy "princess" story. A favorable review: "Leap" into the fun and enjoy yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Leaping Lily-pads.

    This story has a different spin on the usual Disney princess fairy tale. Set in New Orleans, Louisiana with its rich culture and history this princess story has great "flavor." The protagonist's dream of being an entrepreneur may become a reality as she works hard to achieve her goal. Yet, a few spells, voodoo, and a variety of mishaps may side track her. A wonderful tale is in store for you, and this is fascinating family entertainment. With a secret agreement the plot is spun. Our leading lady must leap over some "frogs" to reach her goal, along the way some lively characters assist her. The vivid visuals in this DVD are spectacular and sure to hold the viewers attention. Many life lessons are taught within this storyline. Some of the various characters the protagonist meets on her journey are funny, entertaining, and endearing; and make this truly a cinema delight. Therefore, you should go get your popcorn or other movie snack, sit down and enjoy this swinging, hip, jazzy "princess" story. A favorable review: "Leap" into the fun and enjoy yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    cute movie

    Both of my kids, 6 years old son and 3.5 year old daughter love it, they have already watched it at least 10 times since we've got it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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