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The Princess and the Frog

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

The Princess and the Frog 

 

I had some real trepidation about The Princess and the Frog. The main reason is because from what little I knew of this movie, it was going to have voodoo in it. I know previous Disney movies have had magic, and usually it is pretty light. So my hope was that The Princess and the Frog would receive the same treatment. It does in many ways, and there are a few things I was not expecting. We will travel that path in this review together. The storyline is a prince who has been financially cut off gets turned into a frog by the Shadow Man. He comes across what he thinks is a princess and talks her into kissing him. Disney throws a nice little twist by having her turn into a frog. She was not  princess after all.

The standard Disney animation is in this film. There are some small areas of The Princess and the Frog where different animation styles are used. I was not very impressed with those styles personally. Children had no comments on that. There is some mild cartoon violence as certain characters get hit by other characters. The three hunters is the most prominent. There are dark magical elements in this movie. Spirits are sent out to capture the prince. There are images that can be frightening. We found some children were scared in those scenes. I was not expecting that.

There are some great little songs in The Princess and the Frog. I am still humming one of them as I write this review. The New Orleans sound is captured masterfully in The Princess and the Frog. The Shadow Man can scare children. Thankfully there is a lesson about not messing with dark magic, and he gets his just deserts. There is also a voodoo lady in the movie who is shown to be on the side of light, even though she is physically blind.

Disney sent Family Friendly Gaming the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Combo of The Princess and the Frog. This allows families to play this movie on various players in multiple situations. I am still a fan of these packages personally. There is a music video which contains cleavage, and some interesting behind the scenes features. I am not a fan of deleted scenes in animated movies. The reason is they have not been animated usually. That is the case with The Princess and the Frog. The Disney Legacy was my personal favorite bonus feature.

The discs function quite nicely. I really liked how the boat would come and go while making selections (editor: on the Blu-ray disc). The deep down core value of The Princess and the Frog is family. Two characters with selfish motivations wind up falling in love. One is chasing their dream, and the other is chasing money. They each learn that happiness does not come from those selfish desires.

The Princess and the Frog says love me warts and all. That is really the best way I can describe this Blu-ray/DVD movie. I ran across some interesting aspects of this movie that could be taken various ways. The banker characters deny her bid at one point of the movie, and makes a comment about her background. This could be taken economically or racially. I have been learning about the south first hand in recent years, and I am leaning towards racially. Not everyone caught that aspect of this movie though. The Princess and the Frog does have a positive ending that made the journey worthwhile in my humble opinion.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 73%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 83%
Gameplay: 84%
Family Friendly Factor: 77%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Disney
Rating: 'G' for General Audiences

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