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Disney's The Princess and the Frog Review
Review of Theatrical Release
Disclaimer: Below is my thoughts on the movie. It is not really meant
to be a plot summary, but some things may come across as spoilers, so
keep reading only if you are okay with possible spoilers.
Disney's The Princess and the Frog was released in theaters on December 11, 2009. Despite being Disney and seeming like a movie for all ages be warned that some may find it is too intense for kids, especially young kids. Sure many of the classic animated fairytales have dark sides and I for one find nothing wrong with the dark side of this movie, but it seems some may be surprised by it in this movie as many of the Pixar animated Disney movies are very cheery in comparison.
The movie has a lot of reference to voodoo, which always gets seems to get bad press anyways. I don't know much about it in reality, so I don't feel comfortable judging it or having an opinion other than feeling neutral about it. There is definitely a good voodoo person and a bad one represented in the movie, but by far the bad one gets more face time. Of course, good wins in the end, but it sure leaves it seeming extremely dark.
The movie overall does seem to have a dark tone to it, but it has many light hearted moments and the slow evolving love story of Tiana and the prince. Not to give the ending away, but just say it follows the formula, it does end in a typical happily ever after way.
The movie has some great aspects to it including the animation. Some may find it too old school feeling, but I find it a refreshing step back to the older animation style. The movie even has some Mardi Gras float scenes that pay tribute to some older Disney animated movies like King Triton from The Little Mermaid and Agrabah from Aladdin.
Overall I enjoyed the movie. I do love almost all Disney movies, but this is definitely my favorite out of the newly released animated ones I have seen in the past year or two. I thought the plot was good overall, but some parts were kind of vaguely touched on that seem like they should have been better developed. Mainly the whole what the bad voodoo guys plan was not well developed, but probably to not make it even darker than it is. Not that I was confused, but it did seem only very briefly mentioned in enough detail to really understand. Perhaps that was well thought out in leaving undeveloped so kids did not catch on to the dark voodoo they were implying.