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dombrewer

I also thought this was better than Tangled, although neither is worthy of the term "Disney classic" in my mind. The hand drawn animation was excellent, and once things turned amphibian the film settled down and stayed entertaining, but the whole plot was extremely weak in spite of some nice characters, as were the songs (and far too many of them constantly stopping the action). Did the animation remind anyone else of Don Bluth's old style? A real pleasure to see a decent quality non-CGI animated feature again, but the story... well, it's everything isn't it?
7 years 11 months ago
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Siskoid

The Princess and the Frog is Disney's kooky remix of The Frog Prince fairy tale set in 1920s New Orlans, with a soundtrack to match. Music is very important in New Orleans, and it various styles are pretty well represented in the music, though the ratio of songs-to-story ratio is perhaps a bit skewed in that direction. But while it's a perfectly diverting tale, it bothered me that everything I knew about Louisiana was in this. The bayou, voodoo, begnets and gumbo (so the lead has to be a cook), Mardi Gras, riverboats, Cajuns, a Southern belle calling her father "Big Daddy", rich white folks and poor black folks but also inbred rednecks, even a character called Evangeline. That some of these should be part of this nevertheless glamorous/enchanted world is perfectly fine; all of it feels like someone is ticking off boxes and steeps the story in cliché and stereotype. Don't get me wrong, I liked the heroine, I liked the old-fashioned animation, I liked that it dared kill off a character. But I didn't really believe in the romance, and the world itself felt forced.
2 years 6 months ago
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the3rdman

What a waste of great animation...
8 years 3 months ago
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xzynomorpher

Thin plot, two dimensional characters, morals randomly stuck in throughout and unmemorable songs. See Tangled instead.
8 years 11 months ago
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EylemBasakEkinci

Disney goes back to the drawing board with results more diverting than captivating in "The Princess and the Frog." Conspicuously outfitted with an African-American heroine and a vibrant 1920s New Orleans setting, this cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities, and should enjoy jazzy holiday biz starting with its Thanksgiving weekend bicoastal engagement and extending well past its Dec. 11 wide release. But whatever it accomplishes for Disney's reputation or bottom line, this long-anticipated throwback to a venerable house style never comes within kissing distance of the studio's former glory.
8 years 11 months ago
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StigAnder

Demons and voodoo actually kind of half ruined this movie, for my part. "Yeah, let's just make shadows fly around and drag people about, the kids will love that. Those shadows will be classic. People will be talking about that on their way home from the theatre."
9 years 5 months ago
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kzer_za

I enjoyed the music and animation, but overall the writing is basically mediocre. And I love New Orleans, so I wanted it to be better.
4 years 1 month ago
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badblokebob

Preferred this to Tangled myself. Unmemorable songs? I thought they were much more entertaining. Tangled's I'd forgotten by the time they reached their own reprise.
8 years 8 months ago
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FoiNaCruz

Ah, good old Disney family racism.
8 years 9 months ago
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CDF

Because demons and voodoo are cool and make for better antagonists than capitalism?
9 years 7 months ago
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Boff

Why is there always demons and vodoo in childrens movies?
9 years 8 months ago
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Hippiemans

Beautiful film with an excellent soundtrack.
6 years 4 months ago
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bren---da

i loved it!
9 years 3 months ago
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banguela

Great return for traditional animation, thx Disney!
10 years ago
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