Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. In 1920s New Orleans lives a poor black family with a little girl named Tiana. Her father (Terrence Howard) likes to cook and hopes to open his own restaurant and her mother (Oprah Winfrey) is a seamstress. Several years later, Prince Naveen visits the city hoping to find a rich wife. The evil Dr. Facilier turns him into a frog that can speak. He finds Tiana and asks for a kiss, turning her also into a frog. Now they must seek out Mama Odie, a voodoo priestess who can return them to human form.

Jasmine was a dark-skinned Arab, but Tiana is Disney's first black American princess. The story is based on the 2002 novel "The Frog Princess", written by E.D. Baker and was also influenced by "The Frog Prince" fairytale from the Brother's Grimm. This is the 49th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics category and used traditional animation. The evil magician has similarities to Captain Hook and Cruella De Vil. This had the best opening weekend in December for an animated film.

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