THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG is full of stereotypes. At times I had to fast forward because the songs didn’t hold my interest
and I could still get the gist of the plot (which isn’t a good thing if fast forwarding means you can still get the
basic plot). You have the traditional movie stereotypes of how you should remain in your place, the playboy who
finds himself, the moustache twirling villain (the evil voodoo man), and the dim-witted frog trappers to name a few.
It is interesting to see a Disney animated film take place in New Orleans and combine the music of the place in the music
The story revolves around Tiana who dreams
of opening her own restraunt that she works two waitress jobs to save up for the down payment on a place. Meanwhile,
her lifelong bubbly rich blond friend wants to marry herself a prince (Prince Naveen) who happens to be cut-off from
money by his parents (sand he's black). The prince and his manservant comes across an evil Voodoo priest (Doctor
Facilier) who curses them. Naveen becomes a frog and he kisses Tiana mistaking her for a princess (and she
also ends up becoming a frog).
Tiana and Naveen have an adventure into
the bayou and back. They meet a Jazz horn blowing croc, a blind voodoo priestess, and a firefly. They search
for a way to become human again while Doctor Facilier plots to take over New Orleans.
I'll think I'll stick with Japanese animation,
a good Pixar film, and old classic Disney animated films. THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG was a little too thin and
boring for my tastes.
The DVD has an audio commentary by the
The deleted scenes are in storyboard form
even though one has test animation for the alligator. Each scene has commentary
(before each scene) by the co-directors.
Also on the disc are a music video and
a Princess Portraits Game.
The Blu-Ray has many featurettes-
THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS
CONJURING THE VILLAIN
THE RETURN TO HAND-DRAWN ANIMATION
THE DISNEY LEGACY
DISNEY’S NEWEST PRINCESS
BRINGING LIFE TO ANIMATION
It also has art galleries
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE PRINCESS
AND THE ROG has wonderful hand-drawn animation, but the story just didn't interest me.
this DVD review is (c)3-27-2010 David Blackwell
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