Princess and the Frog, The

Release date: December 11, 2009
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Story by: E.D. Baker
Screenplay by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards
Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman

The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s return to classic 2D animation, takes on the well-known story of the princess who kisses the frog, who in turn magically transforms back into a prince… and gives it a little spin. And it’s obvious that the princess, who isn’t really a princess, turns into a frog instead.

There’s a lot of history-in-the-making on this one, sadly. Why sadly? It took Disney decades to finally have an African-American princess… who isn’t really a princess at all, and who’s not African-American for the most part of the film. The good thing? Well, Tiana is a feisty character with a backbone. She doesn’t mope around and gets things done with hard work.

Prince Naveen, on the other hand, is the prince you never dreamed of. He’s a bum that’s been raised by his castle’s staff, until mom and dad decided to cut him off. And check out Dr. Facilier, who actually got me thinking about being scared, but then I remembered kids nowadays watch a lot of other sick stuff on TV. However, two side characters where the ones that made the film for me — Louis the crocodile and Ray the firefly. Unlike Tiana and Prince Naveen’s happy ending, I thought that there was such a bittersweet magical ending to Ray and Evangeline.

Of course, you can call this a review for the sappy viewer who misses Disney, but you can’t deny that what makes Disney so successful is that it makes you feel home.

Nevertheless, am I the only one thinking that Tiana could have gotten her dream restaurant without actually falling in love with Naveen? Something like, “Wow, she doesn’t have to get married to be happy!” Now, that would have been a progressive fairytale.

Oh, why! Did you watch that Chipmunks film more than once instead of this one…

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

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