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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Watching on Wednesday: The Princess and the Frog

Title: The Princess and the Frog
Type: Movie
Age Group: Youth +
Release Year: 2009
My Rating: 5/5

In the era of all that jazz and flappers, Tiana is a strong and independent girl who dreams of opening her own luxurious restaurant. Following her father's words, she works hard everyday by juggling two jobs, trying to get by.

She gets hired to cater at her best friend's family's costume social function where she accidentally gets food spilled all over her clothes. After dressing up like a princess, she encounters a talking frog who claims to be Naveen, a prince who recently arrived to town. He requests that she kisses him in order for him to revert back to normal. When she does, she turns into a frog instead!

In this new princess tale, the audience will enjoy this fun and heart-felt movie.

It has been such a long time since I've seen a Disney movie in cartoon since most of them are in 3-D now. I am so glad that I got the opportunity to watch The Princess and the Frog because it is an absolutely amazing movie!

It has been awhile since I saw such positive messages being thrown at me from a children's movie. Yes, there is a moral behind most kid movies but this one didn't bother being discreet about it...and I love it! Tiana is a no non-sense girl who yet enjoys the little things in life. In contrast, Naveen doesn't give a care in the world and is quite spoiled. Most of the time, Disney princes reveal themselves towards the end and swoop the princess into his arms where they proceed to live happily ever after. I hate that sort of relationship when it comes to anything because if the prince was ugly, guaranteed that there would be none of that typical Disney stuff. Tiana disliked Naveen a lot because of his personality and when the two came together, I loved the chemistry between them! (Have to admit, Naveen is the first Disney prince I had ever crush on!)

I never really see any movies or books that take place in the 1920s or somewhere in that general era. So to see that this story's setting is at that age and bringing back that world through the clothing, music, and attitude, I found it so much better! Now I definitely want to read more stories about this time because I am getting tired of the same Victorian era stuff. Where are my 20th century based books??

This is a two thumbs up film that I recommend for the kids and the family to watch together!


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8 comments:

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Cute review! I wanna watch this too, I have to see if Netflix still has a wait on it..

MissAttitude said...

I LOVE this movie! The setting of N.O. during the 1920s was perfect and made me wish I had seen New Orleans before Katrina hit =/

The music was great and the message was powerful, a good contrast of personalities. <3 Ray and Evageline

Prince Naveen was also the first
Disney prince I had a crush on ;)

My only complaint is that I wish they hadn't been frogs for so long. We finally get a movie with an African American princess and she's a frog for the majority of the movie. Boo.

But I still love it.

Liviania said...

Scott Fitzgerald's novels might be up your alley.

I liked this one, although I was distracted by the prince's name because I know a Naveen who is a total player.

Diana said...

@Eleni: Hope you get to soon!

@Miss: Oh my gosh, I should've mentioned that. I am a little peeved that their time together was mostly in frog form. If only they were human some more!

@Liviania: Lol! Really? Such funny coincident!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I love this movie!!! I'm glad you liked it so much too!

Mardel said...

This is the movie that I took my then-2 year old granddaughter to see (on my own, a big deal for me). We both loved it. She loved the whole thing, even the part with the spirit "friend" coming to take Faselier (the voodoo man). We loved the music. I really like Mama Odi.

And even though a lot of their time was spent in frog form - I did see a lot of differently colored faces throughout the movie - the parade sequences, the visions that the voodoo man gave Tiana, the scenes of all the others - not just the main characters. It was wonderful movie. As soon as I can, I'm buying it to have at my house for the grandkids.

LM Preston said...

I liked this movie a lot. I did giggle at the modern spin on it though. Broke Prince, hardworking Princess to be that sets broke Prince straight. I loved the scenery and overall fun on the movie. Not to mention that I went to Disney and met Princess Tianna too!

Krista/Tower of Books said...

I want to watch this. I'm a huge fan of 2-D Disney. :P