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Issue: Summer, 2010

The Princess and the Frog (2009) movie review

Rhythm and Hard Work


In Jazz Age New Orleans a wastrel prince is changed into a frog by a voodoo practitioner. Mistaking his fate for that of the classic Frog Prince, and a waitress for a princess, he coaxes and bribes her into kissing him -- only to turn her into a frog as well. Now the two must get the help from Jazz-singing bayou dwelling creatures to seek the voodoo queen and have their human form returned to them.

Firmly in the tradition of Disney animation, this 3D animated feature has a poor black princess, a trio of hicks doing a three stooges-like slap sequence and Jazz-influenced songs.

Pretty to look at and pretty to listen to, The Princess and the Frog is just what one expects from the Disney studios -- nothing more.

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Movie poster, The Princess and the Frog

You gotta dig a little deeper.

The usual family fare, the usual messages, the usual passable entertainment.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1 January 2009
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Title: The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Written by: Ron Clements (screenplay) & John Musker (screenplay) and Rob Edwards (screenplay) Ed Baker (story "The Frog Princess")
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Running time: 97 mins
Rating: G

The Players:Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Oprah Winfrey (Eudora), John Goodman (Big Daddy)

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