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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Anika Noni Rose
Terrence Howard
John Goodman
Keith David
Oprah Winfrey
Bruno Campos.
Directors
Ron Clements
John Musker.
Screenwriters
Running Time
97 minutes

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The Princess And The Frog
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Plot
Tiana (Rose) works two waitressing jobs in order to earn enough to buy her own restaurant. Naveen (Campos) is a lazy prince who is turned into a frog by a voodoo man (David). When frog-Naveen persuades Tiana to kiss him in the hope of transforming back, she too becomes an amphibian, and the pair set off in search of a cure…


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The Princess And The Frog
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Much has been said about the historic milestones this represents — the return of hand-drawn animation; the first African-American Disney princess — and that’s all worth remarking upon. But it doesn’t really sum this film up, because this is a thoroughly old-fashioned fairy tale, the epitome of a Disney movie that distils the essence of Walt for a new generation weaned on the cynicism of Shrek. In fact, this is the anti-Shrek, a sincere fairy tale with a good heart, but one that is never naive or boring.

Certainly, all the familiar fairy-tale elements are here. So, welcome a beautiful heroine, a handsome prince, overweight comic relief, a magic-wielding ne’er-do-well and a fairy godmother, of a sort. In 1920s New Orleans, our hero is turned into a frog; the heroine, kissing him in order to turn him back, finds herself trapped in the curse, and the pair hop off to the swamp in search of an old voodoo witch to turn them back. Hedging their bets, legendary animation directors Ron Clements and John Musker have made a film bookended by princesses in pretty dresses but with a middle section filled with comedy talking animals, following the sharp Disney practice of leavening the gooiest love stories with plenty of non-human slapstick (see also: Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast).

But there are differences, and a more recognisably modern feeling that prevents this feeling like a simple rehash of what’s gone before. For a start, the female roles belie the sometimes patronising attitude of Disney towards its past heroines. Tiana (Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose) is a hard-headed heroine who works hard and displays a focus and drive — aimed at opening her own restaurant — hitherto entirely lacking from Disney princesses. Never mind her skin colour: her character is the biggest sign that things have moved on since Walt’s day, and the scenes with her mother, Eudora (Oprah Winfrey), ring true as a bell.

Our prince, too, has moved on. Naveen (Bruno Campos) is a feckless playboy without a lick of sense. And in this movie, that’s acknowledged as a character flaw rather than celebrated as a lifestyle choice. So while Tiana has to learn to lighten up a bit, Naveen has some growing up of his own to do. Throw in Tiana’s delightfully airheaded (but never avaricious) best friend (Jennifer Cody), a comedy alligator called Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley), a lovestruck firefly (Jim Cummings) and a truly frightening villain in the lizard-like Dr. Facilier (Keith David) and his demonic shadow, and you’ve got yourself a fairy tale. Add hand-drawn animation of unsurpassed beauty and some insanely catchy tunes from Pixar stalwart Randy Newman and it becomes a Disney fairy tale. It’s no spoiler to say that the ending is happy, but this will throw enough curveballs en route to make you doubt it. And it’s no use complaining to us that the ending’s implausible — don’t you know that true love conquers all?


Verdict
Exactly as good as Musker and Clements’ earlier efforts, so a return to the form of Disney’s early 1990s classics. The animation is gorgeous, the heroine feisty and the animals amusing — but this may be too scary for the very small.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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this is the best princess movie in years my little sister love this so much that she never stops watching it ... More

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Posted by Grace Duckworth at 14:03, 25 April 2011 | Report This Post


4 ... More

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Posted by philshepp at 23:37, 13 January 2011 | Report This Post


Average. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 12:09, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


Cute Princess and Frog

Cute, traditional animated film just like from my childhood. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 20:26, 10 July 2010 | Report This Post


Cute Princess and Frog

Cute, traditional animated film just like from my childhood. ... More

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Posted by lynnshep at 20:26, 10 July 2010 | Report This Post


Good But Doesn't Have The Spark Like The Classics Did.

You can't deny that Princess And The Frog looks beautiful, especially on Blu-Ray. It shoots out a stunning picture and a great sound as well. It does have a enchanting story with a little twist and it's wonderful to see a drawings Disney than a CGI one all the time. Problem is, I couldn't really feel any spark like the old classics had. The characters are cute but not ones to really root for, the songs arren't toe-tapping and the ending seemed a little rushed. Also it's quite scary for the young... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:53, 10 July 2010 | Report This Post


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it on DVD upon release last week, had got decent reviews and add it to my Disney Collection, a well delivered film that I felt was heavily influenced by the Jungle Book in it's structure.t="trebuchet ms"] animation and voice work and clearly a step back to Disney of old in terms of delivery, narrative and quality of songs, a far moved film from 'Home on the Range' era.t="trebuchet ms"] back Disney !!p; olor] ... More

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Posted by JIm R at 16:54, 29 June 2010 | Report This Post


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It's decent,but not classic. The next release is Disney's 50th animation release(i think!). It will be significant-this did around 250 million dollars in box-office,which in this mad world we live in is classed as disappointing. My,daughter,an expert in Disney,tells me this is great but not as good as the other films. Guess that's the crux of it-if you like what went before,you'll like this too. ... More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 23:01, 24 June 2010 | Report This Post


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Picked this up on Blue Ray to go along with the other Disney gems I have and Ioved it. The film looks stunning, the story is great and the characters are all well developed. Reccomended. ... More

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Posted by The REAL Bozz at 21:42, 24 June 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780521/]The Princess And The Froghe first not-computer animated, not-sequel film from Disney in years and I really liked it. Great songs, good and likeable characters are wrapped in the usual Disney message that didn`t get too preachy. That made it watchable and not too pushy. Really entertaining little film. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:13, 30 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

Watched this the other night and yes it is a return to form for 2D Disney animation.  While it doesn't reach the heights of great Disney films of the 90s it is as others have said a step in the right direction and hope they can build on this for future films.  Not sure what is missing from the film itself the animation is great and all the usually Disney staples are there but for somereason they was just something missing.  It might be the fast pace of the film as events pass by ... More

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Posted by goldleader at 15:01, 06 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

Well they're both very good, I can see myself watching Princess And The Frog more often, but I think Up is the superior movie. ... More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 08:43, 13 February 2010 | Report This Post


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The movie should had been nominated instead of Up for Best Pic. ... More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 23:00, 12 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

Its great to see Disney returning to 2-D animation and The Princess And The Frog is an enjoyable enough tale without ever reaching the heights of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin or The Lion King. The "scary" scenes were superb and to be honest I wished the Shadow Man had played a larger role. The rest of the film is just ok (and I WISH Disney would stop using Randy Newman!) Good, not great, but a step back in the right direction. 3 stars ... More

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Posted by skeletonjack at 22:04, 12 February 2010 | Report This Post


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Ah Christ, that's my bad. I meant to say "her friend WASN'T completely two faced and bitchy as you'd expect her to be." Proof-read, Ti, proof-read! ... More

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L: Timon her friend was completely two faced and bitchy as you'd expect her to be r?  When?! ... More

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Posted by Invader_Ace at 19:26, 11 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

A cracking throwback to 90s Disney,The Princess And The Frog has yet another variation on the two lovers cursed with an enchantment plot that has been the basis for so many classics from the studio, gathers together all the tried and tested elements you expect, from star crossed lovers to funny animal sidekicks to a scary villain, tweaks them ever so slightly to better reflects today's attitudes lonks them down in a very interesting and vividly realised New Orleans setting. The animation is s... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 18:38, 11 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

I thought it was a suitably moving, surprisingly dark and well written return to form for Disney. Tiana was the right side of driven and not too stuck up, her friend was completely two faced and bitchy as you'd expect her to be and Naveen was charming whilst still being a complete plank Throw in some decent songs and I'd say Lassenter is steering the House of Mouse back on course. 4/5 ... More

Posted by Timon at 09:13, 11 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

Pretty Good.  Obviously Disney.  Seemed quite restrained and understated compared to most kids films these days.  The bonkers Princess obsessed friend was brilliant.  Erm... gonna go 3 stars. EDIT: Nah, bollocks to it. 4 Stars. ... More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 18:47, 08 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

Love it, love it, love it! Fantastic characters (not just the leads, but of course, the sidekicks... Ray in particular could have reminded me of the Transformers 2 twins but he won me over very quickly, as did a trumpet-playing Gator nd then there's the villain, I love Keith David loads and he was perfect, a really scary, charming and sinister villain (lots of scary voodoo stuff, bit suspect and a first for Disney but very effective) and miles better than the villain who was the one weak l... More

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Posted by DJ Rob C: Mark II! at 12:44, 07 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

L: wildphantom L: bozo To tell you the truth, I expected more from the Disney film that was to signify a 'return to form'. Yes, the film is beautiful eye-candy and the characters were amusing, but the story was thoroughly unoriginal and there were too many songs. 4 in the first 20 minutes. Still, it's better than their last 4 theatrical films (3 of which computer animated), but they really have to work super hard on the story of the next one. A little more risk-taking and outside-t... More

Posted by bozo at 19:37, 06 February 2010 | Report This Post


Traditional Handrawn Cell Animation Masterpiece

This film is gorgeous you have to respect the art of the traditional handdrawn animation. I also liked the sound track by Randy Newman I guess John Lasseter influenced that. This is a good old Disney Fairy tail. ... More

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Posted by Bighousewill at 18:46, 06 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: The Princess And The Frog

L: bozo To tell you the truth, I expected more from the Disney film that was to signify a 'return to form'. Yes, the film is beautiful eye-candy and the characters were amusing, but the story was thoroughly unoriginal and there were too many songs. 4 in the first 20 minutes. Still, it's better than their last 4 theatrical films (3 of which computer animated), but they really have to work super hard on the story of the next one. A little more risk-taking and outside-the-box thinking wou... More

Posted by wildphantom at 11:00, 06 February 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Superb

Definitely a return to form, too scary for young kids?  No but it is certainly scarier than anything that Pixar have put out, which is kind of funny due to the John Lasseter thing. Proves that there is still a market for 2D animation and that disney can still turn out the goods. ... More

Posted by genejoke at 17:48, 05 February 2010 | Report This Post


Superb

Great animation (under John Lassiter Disney has returned it's hand drawn animation to rival Miyazaki's marvels again). The Princess and the Frog is brilliantly casted, Rose and Campos really bounce off each other, It's got great songs (especially Almost There), a simple but effective fairy tale story and funny companions. I'm just a sucker for a trumpet blowing alligator. ... More

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