However, the blossoming beauty’s plan goes horribly awry when she is asked for a kiss by a frog while attending a costume party dressed as a princess. For the frog is actually Prince Naveen (Bruce Campos) who had been turned into a frog by a voodoo-practicing, diabolical witch doctor (Keith David). But because Tiana isn’t a real princess, a smooch from her fails to break the spell. Worse, she is also instantly transformed into a frog, leaving the two of them stuck in quite a terrible predicament.
Thus unfolds The Princess and the Frog, an enchanting fairy tale which is making history as the first of Disney’s 49 full-length cartoons to revolve around an African-American princess. Visually, the picture is a bit of a throwback, as it relies on hand-painted cells rather than the computer-generated imagery which has become generally embraced as the state-of-the-art. Nonetheless, in the Disney tradition, the movie proves to be a magical blend of romance and song.
En route to their re-humanization and a syrupy-sweet “happily-ever-after” sendoff into the proverbial sunset, our frustrated frogs enlist the assistance of a menagerie of colorful characters who intervene on their behalf, most notably, a firefly (Ray Cummings), an alligator (Michael Leon-Wooley) and a benign high priestess (Jenifer Lewis). Between its jaunty jazz/blues/zydeco soundtrack (ranging from Randy Newman to Doctor John) and a stellar voice cast topped by Anika Noni Rose, Keith David and John Goodman, The Princess and the Frog adds up to a satisfying, cinematic treat.
An instant animated classic destined to delight kids of all ages for generations to come!
Excellent (4 stars)
Running time: 98 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
3-Disc Combo Pack Extras: Deleted scenes, audio commentary by the filmmakers, a Ne-Yo music video, the Princess Portraits Game, “The Making of” and 7 other featurettes.
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