The Princess and the Frog review

by kcurly on December 13, 2009

in Curly cartoons

I really enjoyed this movie and was grinning the whole time. This was my son’s first movie at the theatre, and though he was a little hesitant at first, he settled in and really enjoyed it. He even got up and started dancing during one of the songs.

Prince Naveen’s race did not bother me at all. He’s not Hispanic, he’s from a mythical kingdom somewhere. He is definitely brown, not just olive skinned. The pictures that I’ve seen all make him look much lighter than he is. He’s a source of a good deal of the humor in the movie.

Tiana is a wonderful character!  Extremely hardworking and needs no man to help her get to her dreams.From an aesthetic point, I loved her clothes and she’s just plain pretty!

As I suspected in this post, Tiana’s father,though he dies early on in the film, is a big source of her courage and determination.

I know a lot of people were concerned about the voodoo in the film and how it would appear stereotypical, etc. Well, I’m from the South and the fear of voodoo is real in some areas. Don’t be mad at me if you live in the South and never had any voodoo talks with anyone. I was brought up to be aware of it and my grandmother would go in to specifics.

New Orleans was shown in a very positive light. The city was clean, the citizens were mostly African American and well dressed. And, of course, there is an abundance of Jazz.

Actually, the only place where I saw that anyone could get offended was the brief appearance of a group of  backwoods Cajun people who were really over the top.

The music was okay. It doesn’t seem like any of these newer Disney films have the same draw of the films from the early 90s as far as music is concerned. But there were probably 2 of the songs that I really enjoyed (and apparently for DS too since he got up to dance to one of them).

The humor in the film was decent. I know what makes a lot of children’s films so popular is that they also appeal to adults. I did chuckle a few times though.

If you have a younger child, there are some scary parts in the movie. I won’t go into detail, but my son has been talking about “the monsters get da frog” since we got home LOL!

After it was all said and done…I couldn’t see the big deal. It was a movie. It was for enjoyment, and it was (as my husband said) for Disney to make money. My son and I had a good time watching it together, just as we do any other film.

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  • Maria

    How exciting! I want to go see this with my 11 yr old daughter. She might be too old for this but I’m going to drag her anyway LOL

  • Keah

    I thought the movie was great. The whole family loved it. There were certain things I kinda bothered me, but overall I think Disney did a good job. The fact alone that my daughter now has a princess that looks like her, is well worth it.

    The funniest part though for me was when the frogs were telling the Cajun light bug they were from a place far away from there and he asked if they were from Shreveport. HILARIOUS!

  • http://www.serenity23.blogspot.com S23

    I took my son to see it Saturday evening and he protested at first b/c he said it was for girls. But I wanted to see it and if I can sit through Astro Boy and that crap, he can come wiht me to watch a princess movie. We are from Louisiana and have moved away, but I loved that movie so much b/c of all of the Louisiana references. When Tiana was preparing gumbo, my son shouted “Mom she cooks gumbo like you.” I enjoyed the music b/c well it’s jazz. It just reminded me a lot of home. The voodoo didn’t bother me.

  • http://growingitoutnaturally.blogspot.com/ Sirabe

    I took my 2 daughers to go see it and they loved it. Funny thing they see Anika Rose on TV and pictures and they tell me that she is Princess Tiana. ( because she looks like the drawing). Funny,

    The music is great on this movie. It fits in totally like those of the other princess movies. Not like pop put on top of animation. The music fits the atmosphere and feel of the movie.

    Like you< I too groew up in the South and was taught a fear of voodoo as well. So the voodoo thing did nto bother me. Not to mention there was a bad and good person in voodoo.

    Loves me some Mama Odie ( reminds me of my Big Mama, may she rest in peace).

    OK after reading all of this. I think i want some gumbo and fried alligator. YUM!

  • Chantel

    I love this movie and have kind of become obsessed with it. The only thing that bothered me about the movie was that Tiana was willing to kiss the frog in exchange for money. Borderline Prostitution? Just something to think about.

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