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Princess & The Frog
The Magic is back
"Princess and the Frog" is the best animated Disney film since "Tarzan." When Disney originally announced they would no longer make their animated features musicals, I thought it sounded like a great idea, at the time. After all, randomly bursting out into songs, did seem kind of silly. However, it's like the old saying goes, "you never know how valuable something is, until it's gone." Implementing the non-musical approach in Disney's proceedings films like "Lilo & Stitch", "Chicken Little", "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", and "Meet the Robinsons." Don't get me wrong, they were all decent films in their own right, but they lacked that typical Disney quality that audiences have come to expect since "Beauty & the Beast", "Little Mermaid", and many others. However, it seems that bringing back the music, in this film, has definitely re-sparked that old Disney magic again. "Princess and the Frog" is one of the best Disney animated films ever made.
Based off the classic fairy tale about a handsome prince, Naveen (Bruno Campos), whom gets transformed into a frog by a notorious voodoo witch doctor, Dr. Facilier (Keith David). It's then he seeks to find a princess to kiss him, so her kiss can break the spell. However, what he doesn't expect to find, is someone that will forever change not only his way of thinking, but his heart as well. Featuring a lot of unique twists to the classic fairy tale, as the story takes place in the good old city of New Orleans. And stars a not so traditional princess, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) whom doesn't believe in waiting around for miracles and "prince charming" types to get things done. No, no, no, she's very strong willed and independent. Not your typical damsel in distress to say the least. However, like Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis), whom plays the eccentric fairy god mother, says, "I already know what you want, but ya' all blind to what you need." As it seems both characters know what they want out of life, at the start of the movie, soon come to find out that what they really need is love.
Featuring many great and memorable songs that will capture the hearts and imagination of viewers. As it seems, part of Disney's magic through animated films lied in their songs. When it was gone, the quality of their animated features dwindled. However, once they brought back the songs, in this film, the magic seemed to revitalize the magic we once came to love in all of Disney's animated epics.
Dr. Facilier, voiced by Keith David, was a exciting villain to watch. He was very reminiscent of Disney's other classic villains like Cruella DeVille (101 Dalmations) , Ursula (The Little Mermaid), and the evil step mother from "Cinderella." Indeed, like those other villains, he was able to bring a deep sense of darkness and corruption to an otherwise light hearted story. Presenting an obstacle that our protagonists must overcome as they come to realize that the only way to survive his dark magic, is to stick together. Thus, keeping the viewer in constant suspense.
"Princess and the Frog" is definitely one of the best animated features of the year. Featuring memorable songs that'll touch the heart, and characters that will capture the imagination. Overall, "Princess and the Frog" recaptures the magic that Disney lost over the years.