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The Princess and the Frog (2009)
I Laughed, I Cried, I Loved This Film!
I literally just got back from seeing this film... I had been waiting about 1-2 years for this film, and I was not disappointed.
The return to hand-drawn animation is beautifully presented, with a wide array of colors and special effects, including a brief montage of Art Deco style in "Almost There".
The music is wonderful. Some people were concerned they wouldn't enjoy the film without Alan Menken composing, since Randy Newman did the music. Don't be. Newman's music is wonderful. I expect to see some of his songs/his score being nominated for awards this year.
How did the characters stack up? All of them were lovable in some way. Tiana's determined spirit, Naveen's carefree nature, Louis's longing to play jazz, Dr. Facilier's charisma, Ray's selfless and kind personality... there is something to love about everyone.
The only 3 complaints I had were (1) The movie's pacing was a bit quick, (2) I wanted the songs to be a little longer, and (3) I wish the villain had been a little more involved in the plot. But even then, these are just me being greedy, like the kid who asks for seconds at dessert. I got everything to satisfy, but I still just want more.
I got so wrapped up in this movie. I got everything I wanted, but I still longed for more. I was perfectly happy, yet I wanted to be happier. The characters got their happy end, yet I wanted to learn more about their lives.
Welcome back, Disney. I've missed you for several years.
No Kitties or Live Action, and it Would've REALLY Rocked
The last time I saw this movie, I was probably about 3-4. I actually just finished watching it on Youtube, so I thought I'd leave my comments.
I loved Chanticleer (Glen Campbell) and the Grand Duke (Christopher Plummer) in this. I loved the majority of the musical numbers in this- Chanticleer knows how to rock and crow! The only really bad songs were the ones involving the owls in my opinion, and even then they were at least tolerable.
As many people have mentioned, Edmund was completely unnecessary, and the live action footage was terrible. At the musical number at the end (spoilers), seeing the live action boy amongst the animated critters was poorly carried out.
If it had just been Patou, Peepers, and Snipes on the adventure, I probably would have rated this higher. Any fans of Dexter's Lab will grin when they realize that Snipes sounds exactly like Mandark because they are voiced by the same actor. Anyone familiar with Disney (then again, who isn't?) will recognize Phil Harris's voice as Patou and the narrator, who also voiced Little John in Robin Hood, Thomas O'Malley in the Aristocats, and Baloo in The Jungle Book. It was his last film role, but he did a good job with it.
If not for the poor live-action quality and Edmund's involvement in the story, I would've given this at least a 6.