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MOVIE REVIEWS: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

by Dawn, December 22, 2009

OBS loves everything supernatural and that includes all forms of media for it. Today I bring you another news blog, this time it’s Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. If you have any kid’s this is a must see for them and you.

Name: The Princess and the Frog
Rated: G
Running time: 74 minutes

Director: Ron Clements & John Musker

Synopsis
The stars shine bright over New Orleans in the 1910’s and a young Tiana (voiced by Elizabeth Dampier) and Charlotte La Bouff (voiced by Breanna Brooks) sit all dressed up as princess while they listen to the story of “The Frog Prince”. As the story finishes, Tiana proclaims she’d never kiss a frog, but Charlotte could care less if she got to marry a prince. Instead, Tiana shares a dream with her father James (voiced by Terrence Howard) to open a restaurant of their own, named “Tiana’s Place.”

Years pass by and Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is now working hard to achieve the dream she wished for, but everything goes array when a penniless Prince Naveen (voiced by Bruno Campos) comes to town with the intent to marry Charlotte.

Review
Disney is finally back, with their legendary tales, impressive detail and memorable music. The tale, loosely based on E.D. Baker’s The Frog Princess and the Grimm brothers’ The Frog Prince, is the 49th fully animated feature (first hand-drawn since 2004), but the first to have the feeling an emotion we last saw in Beauty & the Beast. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who have Disney fame of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, this film takes up where the old classics left off – with a little more culture involved.

We all know that every Disney film has used a winning formula that was developed decades ago, but lately that formula has been washed out and stretched to its limit. Now Disney has gone back to its roots and found what made use love them and I honestly hope they stay there. This time around this lovely fairy tale doesn’t take place in a far away land, but in our own New Orleans and more interestingly it stars an ethnic heroine. Finally taking a step out of the white princess box, Disney takes us through a world of culture, music and ultimately love.

On a more artistic scale, Disney’s animation studio is finally seeing some real action. At the art school I attend, students are always worried about in Media Arts & Animation on the traditional art side of things saying, “hand-drawn animation is dying,” but now we can show them that it’s alive and kicking. The animation and movement of the characters is smooth and lively while the colors used to express this Jazz influenced world shows what I’ve always figured – New Orleans is like a whole other world of dark magic and beautiful colors.

The only part that is lacking from those classic animations, such as The Little Mermaid, is the intoxicating and memorable music. While the music fits completely into the world that the characters inhabit, something about them lacks the emotions of Disney’s finest movies.

This is one of Disney best movies since The Lion King and a must see for anyone, no matter your age.

Rating: 9.5/10 stars

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