When it comes to Disney’s latest animated movie “The Princess and the Frog” one thing is for sure, Richard Corliss of Time Magazine is a fan. Either that, or he just really thought the rest of the movies in ‘09 were awful. After all, he called it “the best movie of the year.”
High praise for Disney’s first 2D animated musical since Mulan. In our world of computer generated 3D animation, it took a decade long absence for many of us to remember how beautiful, charming and artistic hand drawn animation can be.
Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is more than stunning animation. Just ask Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight who called this movie, “a delightful gumbo of music, comedy and great storytelling.”
The story is based on the familiar fairy tale of a princess kissing a frog to turn him into a prince. Only there is one little twist, the heroine, Tiana, is not a princess and when she kisses the frog she is turned into a frog too! Consequently, this movie teaches a valuable lesson to all the children: Always read the fine print.
Speaking of Tiana, Disney decided to create their first animated African American heroine. It’s about time Disney! Disney’s new slogan: Better late than never.
As you may have guessed, the story of this movie centers on the couples happy life as frogs while they raise frog children. Ok, you got me. I don’t think I will be spoiling anything by saying they embark on an adventure to ditch their frog bodies for human ones.
Set in the 1920’s in New Orleans, the two end up traveling across the bayou together to find voodoo priestess who they hope will fulfill their wish and make them human again. That’s all I am going to say. I don’t want to spoil the…she makes them human and they live happily ever after! What…? It’s a Disney movie.
Fortunately for Disney, as of today the film has grossed $105 million worldwide, it’s break-even point with it’s $105 million estimated budget.