Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Princess and the Frog ~ Movie
Disney has taken a little step back in time, pushed aside the flashy new digital animation that has done so well for them (I LOVE Up) and reverted back to their roots.
The Princess and the Frog is a hand animated piece... done the old fashion way, cell by cell... and it is BEAUTIFUL. The story is lovely. For a children's movie, it is great. There are points where I wish they would have spent a little more time, really delving into the character... but since this is, essentially, a movie for small children, I understand and am fine with the simplification.
One thing I truly enjoyed was that they didn't tip-toe too much around racism, or pretend that it didn't exist. The main character definetly had to face issues that were brought about by the color of her skin.
The 'Princess', Tiana, is lovable, relatable, someone you root for entirely and just very endearing.
The Shadow Man (the main villian) is creepy, dealing with 'the other side' which is quite spooky (and one of those things I really wish they could have gone deeper into) and a lovely design.
The Prince is both likable and arrogant.
The best friend is FANTASTIC.
Seriously, if you're a fan of traditional Disney work, GO SEE THIS MOVIE.
For those of us who grew up on it, it's heartwarming and nostalgic. For the little ones just getting to know Disney, this is a GREAT introduction.