Disney Dazzles: Princess and the Frog

There has been quite the hype around Disney's latest. For two reasons:

  1. They have returned to the original hand drawn animation of old, last seen in classics such as Aladdin and Mulan.
  2. It is the first Disney Picture to feature a black princess.

I am thrilled on both accounts! Why it took so long for both to happen is beyond me! As much as I love the pixar, computer generated versions.. there's something so heart warming about this type of animation. And so sooo Disney!! TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6DmEgtibOg

As for the gorgeous main character, Tiana, she reminded me of Belle from Beauty and the Beast in her strong, independent and resilient nature. A great casting, she was really awesome!! There were a few arguments between her and the spoilt prince, "Listen here, mister. This stick in the mud has had to work two jobs her whole life while you've been sucking on a silver spoon chasing chamber maids around your - your ivory tower!" (Tiana) Naveen[glances away] "Actually, it's polished marble."

I'll admit.. part of me resents Disney for the false expectaitons it gave the childhood me about men. They really are not like that in real life. No offence guys... But let's be honest. I also think its a bit ridiculous that people fall in love in a day or at first glance in Disney stories. We don't see the resulting relationship when Jasmine resents Aladdin for his earlier dishonesty and they have to undergo counselling. Or how intimidated Mulan's husband was of her stature and fame.

ANYWHO twas a fabulous couple of hours spent with my 8 year old sister. Set in beautiful New Orleans in the 20s. My favourite characters were the tough little glow-bug, Ray and the excentric and magical Mama Odie. I loved Louis the alligator's plea to Mama Odie,

“I want fingers and toes and a belly button-- not the kind that sticks out, but, the kind that goes in.” - Louis.

As always in true wonderful Disney style there were morals to the story and issues touched on such as class discrimination, marrying for the right reasons and never judging a book or erm.. frog, by its cover. A thumbs-up goes to all involved including the directors John Musker and Ron Clements as well as the voice of Tiana Anika Noni Rose, her mother played by Oprah Winfrey, Bruno Campos as the gorgeous Prince Naveen, Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie and Jim Cummings as Ray. The visual effects were striking and warm, really capturing and enhancing New Orleans and the magic of the Bayou and Mardi Gras, along with the darker side of the Voodoo used by the 'bad-guy'. And let me not forget the AMAZING soundtrack! Such rich jazz! Loved it.

*Sigh* the joys of feeling like a little girl all over again.

PICS: Thanks to http://www.filmpeek.net/the-princess-and-the-frog-first-pictures/, http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3488974848/tt0780521, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_and_the_Frog