The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Naveen (left) convinces Tia (right) to kiss him in “The Princess and the Frog”.

The animated classics we have all watched from the fine artists at Walt Disney keep a tradition of film excellence with the 2009 release The Princess and the Frog. This feature length film represents a continued standard of quality animation and story adaptation, and introduces us to the first African American princess in the family of Disney characters. As is tradition with Disney animated features, this movie has a multitude of facts and trivia that true animation geeks could look up but I suggest to anyone that loves such memorable productions as The Lion King, The Little Mermaid or Lady and the Tramp to see this one just because it’s good.

 The story is based in a younger age New Orleans where Tiana (voice of Anika Noni Rose), a young woman, has a dream to own a restaurant. She is given an opportunity to cater a party which her childhood friend is giving for the Prince of Maldonia. Prince Naveen of Maldonia (voice of Bruno Campos) is transformed into a frog by the Haitian Witch Doctor, Doctor Facilier (voice of Keith David) and the story goes from there with all sorts of wonderful characters and musical numbers along the way. Additional voices for this film include John Goodman as the voice of Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff and Oprah Winfrey as the voice of Eudora, the mother of Tiana.

 If you have not seen this great Disney movie yet make sure to catch it soon. Even though this film did well with box office numbers the marketing of The Princess and the Frog left it unnoticed by a younger audience rather quick. Make sure to include this on your list of Disney must-see films and delight in quality art and animation.

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