Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Princess and the Frog

What can I say? Disney, you have really done it this time. So maybe I am still young enough to enjoy animated films. But honestly, I feel in love with The Princess and the Frog. I felt like a six year old obsessed with finding Prince Charming again. Which isn't really a bad thing, because now I'm back to my fourteen year old self (oh yeah, I'm looking for Prince Charming, but I have lowered my standards a bit).
Set in the Jazz-era in New Orleans, there is a young woman Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) who is working to reach her dream of owning a flash restaurant. One night her life changes when she kisses a frog who is actually Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), and then turns into a frog herself. Together the pair work to become human again, realising that true love is right before their eyes.
It so reminded me of films like Snow White and Cinderella, which is probably the biggest reason as to why I liked it. It took me right back to my childhood so rather than being just a kids movie it was actually a nostalgic piece of cinema. Amazingly, I found myself thinking that it had elements of films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Colour Purple in it, but that's probably just because it's set in the South of America (that's just my weird way of making connections).
Let me just say this: The Princess and the Frog is a fantastic film from Disney which should hopefully earn it's place next to the more famed Disney fairy tales, because it deserves that kind of recognition. I think the critics underrate it because it was made in a year where it had to compete with such animated delights as Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. It's a bit of a shame, but audiences will adore it. Adults, you don't have to use kids as an excuse to watch it.

A Disney delight, but y'all knew that, didn't you?

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