The Princess and the Frog

A fairy tale set in jazz-era New Orleans and centers on a young girl named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. The two are on a mission through most of the film, since they both become frogs, to transform back. Along the way we meet enemies, funny friends and enjoy some great music.

Rating: 7 out of 10

This movie, in many ways, follows the formula of Disney’s hand-drawn animated films. There is magic, love, and zany talking animals who make for entertaining and funny sidekicks as we skip along to the happily-ever-after.

The cast is strong, with Anika Noni Rose in the lead, Keith David as the voodoo villain Dr. Facilier, and best of all Jim Cummings as Ray, a lovable Bayou hillbilly firefly who is deeply in love with a star he thinks is another firefly. If you don’t know who Cummings is, the guy has more than 300 voiceover credits to some seriously iconic characters like Winnie the Pooh and Tigger — .

The music is great, very jazzy, with zydeco, creole and blues mixed in that are nicely blended in big numbers featuring all kinds of Bayou animals, colors and rhythms that pay tribute to Louisiana and New Orleans.

This film will entertain kids and most grown-ups, too. My only complaint is that it leans too heavily on formula, which waters down some of the other great original aspects of this film that do stand out from the rest of the Disney catalog. Definitely worth a viewing for animation and Disney fans.

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