18 dicembre 2009

I meant to post this a week ago...

I had been anticipating the release of this movie for a long time. Not only is this Disney's 1st African-American princess but it's their 1st hand drawn animation movie in a little over 5yrs! I decided I would take 2 of my little cousins, Jimmy (10), Alex (9), and 2 of my youngest siblings Jack (9), and Sophie (11) with me.
Of course, the kids loved it as did I. They spent the rest of the evening quoting the frog aka Prince Neveen and the toothless firefly Ray.
A short summary:
A modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree and BROKE Prince Naveen, who comes from some fictional country but has a thick French accent, and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving gap toothed voodoo magician (referred to mostly as the shadow man) and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree and makes a mean gumbo in an old bathtub, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.

  • The film is set in the 1920's in New Orleans. Jazz and traditional New Orleans food play a big part. Randy Newman did his thing and worked in some lovely Jazz, Blues, Gospel type tunes.

  • Tiana is the 1st Disney princess with an actual job....in fact, she's got TWO jobs. She's a 19yr old waitress trying to save all her money to buy a restaurant. Also Tiana, much like my FAVORITE Disney Princess Belle, isn't impressed buy newly arrived handsomest guy in town Prince Naveen. Instead like Belle, she's too busy being wrapped up in her own world of dreams to even notice him.

  • Color and money are not issues...like it should be. Poor, black, Tiana and rich, white, Charlotte are BFFS. The movie opens with the 2 little girls listening to Tiana's mother, Charlotte's seamstress, read the classic version of the story, theP&theF.

  • Cons:

  • I hate that some people are saying this movies is Disney's way of capitalizing on the Obama's. This movie has been in the works for so long. Thats just ignorant.

  • I wish Prince Naveen wasn't from some made up place. He sounds so french at times.

  • Next movie I'm excited for: Avatar!

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