Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and Bruno Campos
Directed by: Ron Clements and John Musker
Waitress Tiana dreams of owning her own restaurant one day but before she has a chance to gather the money for a down payment she is sent on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human. She inadvertently joins the prince becoming a frog after she kisses him expecting it to reverse the spell.
I’d say that I’m somebody who has seen the majority of Disney’s animated movies, especially the older ones as it’s something I’d always watch as a kid. However The Princess and the Frog slipped past me and it’s probably because it’s quite a late release and for a while when I was in my early 20’s I just didn’t watch animated movies. My wife really liked this movie when it first got released and asked if we could watch it so I though why not?
Princess and the Frog is the last Disney movie that uses this particular type of animating and this is how I prefer my Disney movies to look. It gives it an old school feel which takes me back to my youth which was already a positive as I do like a little nostalgia. As for the movie itself, it’s a really captivating story and the characters are so well written. My favourite two characters were Louis the jazz playing gator and Ray the Cajun firefly. This movie also explored some dark natured themes like voodoo which is something Disney tend to do, adding adult themes to their movies which are targeted towards kids. The Voodoo man voiced by Keith David was a great villain and an extremely charismatic character to watch.
Another thing that Princess and the Frog does superbly well is having a top notch soundtrack. There were so many wonderful songs which allowed the story to flow and develop through them. It may not have a great deal of recognisable songs like other Disney greats such as The Lion King and Aristocats has but each song used suited the movie perfectly.
All in all this Disney movie was an enjoyable watch which is a great family movie to watch again and again. While it may not be Disney’s best production it’s certainly one of their most fun movies.