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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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Will people start throwing rocks at me if I say I’m not a… what’s the word… die hard Disney fan?  I mean, don’t get me wrong – Disney has its place in the world.  Sleeping Beauty is beautiful, and Aladdin has fun songs but, with the exceptions of Beauty and the Beast and Mulan, I feel like I’ve grown out of that stage.  And it’s not animation – I feel completely different about Pixar.  I could watch Ratatouille, Toy Story, and The Incredibles of my own choosing, but I haven’t seen Cinderella since I was six.

Anyway – in a great year for animation, P&F holds its own as a charming story about a spunky girl named Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) who has a dream of owning her own restaurant in New Orleans.  When Prince Naveen (voiced by Bruno Campos) comes to town, the whole community goes berserk, including her silly and spoiled friend Charlotte (voiced by Jennifer Cody – and this character’s a lot of fun).  Naveen strikes a shady deal with The Shadow Man (voiced by Keith David) and turns into –  you guessed it – a frog.  And then what happens – you guessed it – Tiana kisses the frog.  But Tiana is not a princess, so she turns into a frog too.  Bummer.

I never thought I’d hear “voodoo witch doctor” and “Disney” spoken in the same sentence.  There are some fun musical numbers (Randy Newman!), clever dialogue, and colorful characters (Louis the gator being my favorite).  I must admit that though our prince is suave and funny, and our princess is down to earth, hard working, and likeable – their connection felt superficial to me.  It didn’t have that same magic that Belle and the Beast had or other such examples.  But this is a minor flaw.

I laughed out loud, the animation is refreshing, it’s charming and worth the watch.  Though I doubt I’ll be buying it on DVD. 7/10

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Written by laurenthejukebox17

June 30, 2010 at 7:01 pm

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  1. I feel the same way about the old school Disney movies. But when my sister sat me down to watch The Princess and the Frog, I genuinely enjoyed it. I felt that Disney had finally upped their game by bringing in a strong female lead that wasn’t just your sit-around-looking-pretty princess. My only complaint was that some of the characters look recycled from past films. My brother described the Shadowman as a gap-toothed Jafar in a belly shirt.

    Anyway, really enjoy your blog. Keep it up. 🙂

    alysonkrier

    July 16, 2010 at 3:59 am

    • I also genuinely enjoyed it, but I agree with the side characters (though as I said – loved the alligator!) Disney movies are great movies for kids and some last the ages but it wouldn’t be a movie I would just choose to watch.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I should be updating again sometime next week, I apologize for the delay.

      laurenthejukebox17

      July 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm


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