Set in the 1920’s in New Orleans, a girl kisses a frog, thinking it will turn into a prince. Instead, she turns into a frog. The two set out in New Orleans to break the spell.
Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard and John Goodman supply the voices.
Writers / directors Ron Clements and John Musker previously wrote and directed THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, HERCULES, and TREASURE PLANET.
It is quite refreshing to see an old school Disney animated film. Nothing against Pixar, they have made some of the greatest films of recent years, but it seems that everyone has gone the computer animated route.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG looks great, with its New Orleans settings. The score by Randy Newman is nicely done, if not memorable on first listening.
While it may not be an instant classic along the lines of THE LITTLE MERMAID or ALADDIN, it is more reminiscent of the mid level Disney features, such as THE RESCUERS.
As a kid, THE RESCUERS was a favorite of mine. It may not be considered a classic by today's standards, to those that saw it then, they will always like it. I think that THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will have its own fans, especially among younger audiences.
I checked in with my niece who saw the film theatrically.
“It was great!”
The Blu-Ray is a three disc set. It contains the Blu-Ray, the standard DVD, as well as a digital file to download to an iPod.
An audio commentary with the filmmakers.
DELETED SCENES - The filmmakers introduce a selection of deleted scenes, in rough animation form.
MUSIC VIDEO - “Never Knew I Needed” by Ne-Yo.
There are also a few games played with the remote control.
BRINGING LIFE TO ANIMATION (8:08) - A comparison of the live action footage shot as models for the animators to use to the final film.
MAGIC IN THE BAYOU: THE MAKING OF A PRINCESS (22:11) - Making of documentary focusing on everything from the locations to the music.
THE RETURN TO HAND DRAWN ANIMATION (2:43) - The filmmakers talk about their love of hand drawn animation.
THE DISNEY LEGACY (2:31) - A brief overview of Disney animation.
DISNEY’S NEWEST PRINCESS (2:51) - Introducing Tiana.
THE PRINCESS AND THE ANIMATOR (2:26) - Designing Tiana.
CONJURING THE VILLAIN (1:50) - Designing Dr. Facilier.
A RETURN TO THE ANIMATED MUSICAL (3:13) - A look at the music in the film.
A return to old school Disney animation. Fans should be happy with this Blu-Ray.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 16, 2010.