I have just watched Frog and the Princess! Has the technology for making hand drawn animation improved in Disney or what? I haven’t watched Disney animation ever since I was very young. But this has certainly reminded me what I have been missing. The animation style animation was really admirable. This style of entertainment is certainly still powerful besides the 3D/CGI animation which is growing and widely used.
There was a story I read somewhere that Disney had stopped creating hand drawn animation, So this was really surprising to see a similar style of animation from Disney. Great character animation, the personalities were very well archived especially the black characters. There was so much detail in their personalities and character. It was one of the best Disney movies I’ve ever watched no doubt. And I think they just made a record for having a black character in the main role in this animation, can’t remember in Disney films ever having a black character. They really gave something for the black audiences who have grown up with Disney.
The adaptation of the 1920’s New Orleans has to be one of the other admirable features about the film. Then the musical scenes which were very original following the same traditional of Disney work. Here is a little about the story.
A prince named Naveen from the land of Maldonia is transformed into a frog by the evil scheming voodoo magician Dr. Facilier. The frog prince mistakes a girl named Tiana for a princess and has her kiss him to break the spell. The kiss does not break the spell, but instead turns Tiana into a frog as well. Together, the two of them must reach the good voodoo queen of the deepest, darkest part of the Bayou, Mama Odie, while befriending a trumpet-playing alligator Louis and a hopelessly romantic Cajun firefly named Ray along the way.
The story does not follow the classic fairy tale and the characters are very modern to the old fashioned. Here we follow a very cute hardworking African-American character named Tiana trying to fulfil her late father’s dreams, eventually ending up a princess after a hilarious magical journey of transformation and marrying prince. New characters were inverted such as the trumpet-playing alligator, Ray and the black families which adapted very our modern world. The characters were also very charismatic and magical. I’ve watched the movie about three times now, skipping through the great scenes. If you love Disney, then you’ll surely love this one, so pick up your copy and experience the magical spirit of Old New Orleans presented in the most skill art of entertainment.
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- Anika Noni Rose as Tiana “Tia”, a waitress and aspiring chef who dreams of owning her own restaurant one day. She is the protagonist of the film and is notable as Disney’s first black princess. Originally, Tiana was supposed to be called “Maddy.”
- Elizabeth Dampier voices Tiana as a child.
- Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, the 20-year-old prince of Maldonia who comes to the French Quarter for the jazz scene and with whom Tiana and Charlotte both fall in love.
- Jennifer Cody as Charlotte “Lottie” La Bouff, a southern débutante and Tiana’s childhood friend.
- Breanna Brooks voices Charlotte as a child.
- Keith David as Doctor Facilier, aka The Shadow Man, the main antagonist of the film. Supervising Animator Bruce W. Smith cited Facilier as the ‘lovechild’ of his two favorite Disney Villains; Captain Hook from Peter Pan, and Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
- Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie, a blind voodoo priestess who serves as the film’s Fairy Godmother.
- Jim Cummings as Ray, a lovesick Cajun firefly who knows Mama Odie and offers to help the frogs get to her. He is later killed in the film when Facilier hits him to the ground and then crushes him. He was reunited with Evangeline at the end and turned into a second evening star.
- Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis, a trumpet-playing alligator whose dream is to become human so he can join a jazz band.
- Emeril Lagasse as Marlon, an alligator.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Ian, an alligator.
- Peter Bartlett as Lawrence, Prince Naveen’s valet.
- John Goodman as Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff, a wealthy Southern sugar mill owner and father of Charlotte La Bouff.
- Oprah Winfrey as Eudora, Tiana’s mother.
- Terrence Howard as James, Tiana’s late father, who instills work ethics in Tiana.
- Don Hall as Darnell, a frog hunter.
- Jerry Kernion as Mr. Henry Fenner
- Corey Burton as Mr. Harvey Fenner
- Randy Newman as Cousin Randy
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