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A charming new classic, but might be too scary for children under 7

  • Aug 19, 2010
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Disney's The Princess and the Frog, on Blu-ray, is first and foremost gorgeous on Blu-ray. The picture quality is crisp and sharp with eye popping colors and great sound.

The story ... is the same pedestrian princess-fantasy drek that Disney has been pumping out since 1937. Your kids will most likely love it, you are probably getting sick of the story-by-numbers themes that Disney runs.

[WARNING!: Philosophy, skip if this bores or offends you]
I have to say, I was a little bit surprised to see how Disney portrayed the first African American princess in their animated features. Yes, I know Disney has a long history of re-telling classic fairy tales with their own take on things, and that many of those tales include a rags-to-riches main character. But ... for the first African American princess ... a poor New Orleans (complete with southern accent) girl ... really? I consider myself a fair-minded person, and I can see that this type of story is fair game. They have been telling the same basic story featuring Western European princesses for decades now: Cinderella being the one that comes most immediately to mind. I was just surprised that they chose this type of story to feature their first main character African American princess in. But I guess that shows that society really is making progress towards being color blind?
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ANYWAY, that being said, the story is charming. Their firefly hero, Ray is charming and endearing. His love for "Evangeline" (a bright star) is sweet and poignant. We all loved Louis, the horn blowing jazz player-at-heart. Tiana, the main character is also believable in her motivations and flaws, as is Prince Naveen as her love/hate interest.

My wife and I agreed that the character of Dr. Facilier is both creepy and scary, and that he is also not well explained. The voodoo magic that he does during the movie, and the things that happen because of it, are most likely to severely frighten small children aged 6 or younger.

Overall, the story is good, and has all of the classic Disney touches: rise and fall, true motivations playing out, precarious situations, reversals of fortune, etc. But is it still a good film, with a decent message, and it is well implemented. We bought it and we own it now after renting it. I am not sure if the film is for everyone, but we liked it.

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August 23, 2010
i thought it was cute in typical Disney splendor...the only thing was that the accents were a little to strong that they were borderline irritating.
 
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review by . June 25, 2010
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The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated family feature film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, which is loosely based on E.D. Baker's novel The Frog Princess and the Grimm brothers' fairy tale "The Frog Prince". It is the 49th animated feature in theWalt Disney Animated Classics line, and the first of these films to be traditionally (2d) animated since 2004's Home on the Range. The film was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, directors of The Great Mouse Detective, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, andTreasure Planet, with songs and score composed by Randy Newman and featuring the voices of Anika Noni Rose (as Princess Tiana), Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Jim Cummings, John Goodman, Jenifer Lewis, Bruno Campos, Michael-Leon Wooley, Peter Bartlett and Terrence Howard.

The film, which began production under the working title The Frog Princess, is an American fairy tale, Broadway-style musical set in theFrench Quarter of New Orleans. A prince named Naveen (Bruno Campos) from the land of Maldonia is transformed into a frog by the evil scheming voodoo magician Dr. Facilier (Keith David). The frog prince mistakes a girl named Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) for a princess and has her kiss him to break the spell. However, the kiss doesn't break the spell, but instead turns Tiana into a frog as well. Together, the two of them must reach the good voodoo priestess of the Bayou, Mama Odie, while befriending a trumpet-playing alligator ...
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DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
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