The Princess and the Frog

Out Now On-Demand

The writer-director duo behind The Little Mermaid and Aladdin are back with another sumptuous animated fantasy tale. This one’s based on a fairy tale/novel by E.D. Baker, and is Disney’s first traditional 2D film since 2004. The setting is New Orleans in the 1920s jazz era. Tiana is a waitress at the very bottom of the social ladder until her life is changed by a talking frog. The leggy character in question turns out to be Prince Naveen, labouring under a spell cast by the evil Dr. Facilier. Together they begin a quest to get the spell reversed…

Big name voices include Oprah Winfrey and John Goodman, while Pixar’s usual go-to guy Randy Newman provides the music.

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Walt Disney Animation

Animated, Kids & Family, Fantasy

97mins

Rating: G

USA

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After dabbling with fruitless novelties in the early 2000s (Atlantis, Treasure Planet), Walt Disney’s hand-drawn animation department returns to more traditional fare in the guise of a fairytale. Where better to set it than in America’s deep south, a land rich in mysticism, where our heroes navigate ornate New Orleans mansions and swampy alligator-infested bayous, whilst evading devilish voodoo practitioners like the villain, Dr Facilier.

The Princess and the Frog is dazzlingly colourful and, considering the advances in computer-generated imagery in recent years, more than matches its contemporaries in levels of artistry. The painted backgrounds are beautiful, and the colourful details, whether the lamps of a paddle steamer reflected on the river or the purple plumes of smoke from Facilier’s arsenal, are vivid.

What stops this short of being a Disney classic, however, is the lacklustre music. Despite referencing Dixieland jazz and Cajun jigs, Randy Newman’s songs aren’t very memorable. The story, too, is fun but never thrilling.

But whilst it doesn’t reach the heights of Disney’s early ‘90s renaissance, The Princess and the Frog is a welcome return to form for the Mouse House and will be a holiday treat for children.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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The Princess and the Frog inspires memories of Disney's Golden Age it doesn't quite live up to, as I've said, but it's spritely and high-spirited, and will allow kids to enjoy it without visually assaulting them.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

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Delightful, lively family fun.

San Fransico Chronicle

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The animation, sparkling and graceful, also ranks as the studio's best traditional work in ages.

The Hollywood Reporter

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Marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant characters and mind-bending, hilarious situations.

Time Magazine

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In an amazing year for animation, The Princess and the Frog is up at the top. Go on, give it a big kiss.

TV3 (Kate Rodger)

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This is a return to old school hand-drawn animation for Disney, and it's proven already an excellent move for the House of Mouse with a film well-received overseas by critics and the box office alike.

Variety

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This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.

ViewAuckland.co.nz (Matt Turner)

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Disney's return to traditional hand-drawn animation is a hugely enjoyable fairytale adventure with likeable characters, decent songs and some great gags, though some of the scenes may be too scary for very young children.

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goodo!

I liked it alot

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I liked it alot

i really liked the movie not because i like it because you could see all the kids eyes stuck onto the movie it was outstandin

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Love it

Too Original...

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Too Original...

Seriously... This type of movie is so deadly original. I'm sure that other Walt Disney movies can improve. The plot is so simple, the animation too. Compared to other Walt Disney movies this is one of the works that has not yet made its marks to children's hearts. This movie does not provide an entertaining view but rather dull with an un-educational plot. Let's hope the producers and the creators of the film can improve their quality standards to create a more fascinating and amusing cartoon film next time.

Just missed making this perfect

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Just missed making this perfect

Disney were on the right track with this movie - fantastic animation from a byegone era (hand drawn animation is a refeshing change from that god awful CGI) fantastic idea, with a fantastic setting (New Orleans), but sadly too much frog time, not enough princess time. 6 Year old Daughter was fast losing interest in the frogs - she came expecting to see a princess movie.

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I LOVE DISNEY MOVIES

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DISNEY PIXAR MOVIES.SOSOSOSOSO SOSOSOSOSO COOOL!!!!!!!!!!!! I HEART DISNEY CHANNEL AND DISNEY PIXAR MOVIES.I LOVE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.I LOVE THE GIRL TIANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Get out and support this one so Disney will keep making these type of Snow White true animation style of movies (as opposed to computer graphics) that they haven't done for a long time.

Music score is better than some reviews have said. Great story, uplifting and funny. Good for kids and adults.

LOVELY BONES

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LOVELY BONES

SO SAD )`: BUT AN AWESOME FILM!

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very good

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DIHZ IZ AH KUL MOVIE