Excerpt: Enter Princess Tiana's world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little bit of courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realize what's truly important in life...love, family and friendship.
Excerpt: Disney’s return to traditional animation should not have been a “return” at all. The seemingly forgotten art was dropped by the studio with the success of Pixar, and Princess and the Frog is at least some proof as to that mistake. Tradition is a strong word here though, as the film’s story arc, characters, and style rely on the classic clichés. Although fresh, much of the content feels dated.
Excerpt: The Movie Disney's newest addition to their roster of cinematic princesses is the strong, lovely Tiana, a waitress and aspiring restaurateur in 1920s New Orleans. Just when her lifelong dream is on the verge of slipping away, she crosses paths with a suave, talking frog--in reality visiting Prince Naveen, who wound up on the wrong end of some voodoo magic--and their fairytale smooch brings unexpected results in The Princess and the Frog .
Conclusion: The Princess and the Frog may not be the insta-classic its most ardent fans and many critics have declared it to be, but it does represent a triumphant return to form for a studio built on the magic and artistry of hand drawn animation. Thankfully, Disney's Blu-ray release is a magnificent one.
Excerpt: The Disney princess phenomenon has become a marketing gold mine, spawning special branding, a dedicated website, a Broadway show, and endless frilly products for little girls. So it’s hard not to see The Princess And The Frog as a calculated cash-in, an attempt to add another highly salable princess (and the first African-American one!
Excerpt: It’s actually only been five years since Disney’s last traditionally animated feature but not since the mid-90s has one of them felt this right. The Princess and the Frog is an entry in the mold of Disney’s most enduring, classic, fairytale movies and while its been done before, it never seems to get old. Their obsession with princes and princesses continues and now it’s set to inspire a whole new generation of little girls to run around wearing tiaras.
Summary: After dabbling with fruitless novelties in the early 2000s ( Atlantis , Treasure Planet ), Walt Disney’s hand-drawn animation department returns to more traditional fare in the guise of a fairytale. Where better to set it than in America’s deep south, a land rich in mysticism, where our heroes navigate ornate New Orleans mansions and swampy alligator-infested bayous, whilst evading devilish voodoo practitioners like the villain, Dr Facilier.
Excerpt: "The Princess and the Frog" is a charming and vibrant film that is sure to satisfy its little fans, but unlikely to find itself labeled a classic. Beautifully drawn and steeped in the effervescent glow of New Orleans, it almost rises to the occasion, but somehow manages to fall short in both magic and authenticity. The scattered bursts of jazz music strive to bring the movie to life, but the feature songs are forgettable, unfortunately like much of the film itself.