The Princess and the Frog: Movie Review
You’ve all heard of the fairytale the Princess and the Frog, right? It’s the story where a princess kisses a frog and he turns into a prince! Disney’s The Princess and the Frog is now available on DVD, and you can rent it at your local Blockbuster or Redbox or Netflix or wherever. Being the Disney freak that I am, I immediately rushed over to Blockbuster to get a copy of it to watch once it came out. It didn’t disappoint me.
This Disney version is still full of the quirky little songs, but instead of those “…a dream is a wish your heart makes…” or “…hi ho hi ho it’s off to work we go…” it’s got more of a jazzy feel to it. That’s because the story takes place in New Orleans, the home of jazz. The main character, Tiana, is actually NOT a princess. Her mother is a dress maker and her father has passed away. Now, she works two jobs, barely having time for any fun, but she has a big dream, one that was dreamed by her and her father, to open her own fancy restaurant–the kind of restaurant that everybody from different places comes to. She’s a hard worker, and when asked about love, says, “I don’t have time for that kind of stuff.”
Now there’s also a prince, Prince Naveen. His family’s got money, but they broke off money ties with him, so he hasn’t got a penny. Now he needs to marry a rich lady to get money again, and he travels to New Orleans to claim a certain girl – who just happens to be Tiana’s friend, Charlotte. But, on the way, he meets the Shadow Man, a skinny voodoo guy who has an evil plan to conquer the whole city. The Shadow Man turns the prince into a frog. The prince meets Tiana at a costume ball, and thinks that she is a princess. He asks her to kiss him, but when she does…
You’ll have to watch the movie to find out. Because that kiss is only the beginning.
I really liked this unexpected little twist on this fairytale, and the way Disney modernized it. I have to admit, now that I’m a bit more mature than I was when I was little, some parts were quite cheesy, but it was original and full of song, and I liked it. And it has a happy ending, where the main characters discover what they really need, not what they want. There’s a fine line between what you need and what you want, my friend.
Watch. And be amazed. 4/5 stars