Is The princess and the frog the best movie ever made by Disney?
In all fairness, The lion king and Frozen are perhaps better, though not by much.
Is The princess and the frog the best ‘animated’ movie ever made by Disney? You betcha!
Not since Walt Disney studios started drawing fantastic stories has there been an animated movie more original, more fun and more colorful …
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There is so much to talk about, it’s hard to know where to begin.
First there’s the story. As old as Snow White herself, the story is about a beautiful girl who kisses a frog and then the frog — wait! — the girl changes into a frog??
Isn’t the frog supposed to change into a prince? And then the prince marries the woman and they become happily ever after? Well …
As you can image, The princess and the frog takes things into a whole different direction.
From the get-go, you are submerged into an atmosphere different than anything you’ve ever witnessed before!
This isn’t some tale about a white girl living with white dwarves until she gets really sick from eating a rotten apple.
This isn’t a story about a white mermaid who’s lost her voice, so she can be swept off her feet by a white prince.
This isn’t even a story about some dark-white folk in India or Arabia floating on flying carpets and making three wishes to a ghost that just … won’t … shut up.
Nope, this story is the very first – I say again: very first – Disney story about some authentically genuine and true black people. That’s right! Black. African American.
Betcha didn’t see that one comin’, did ya?
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that The princess and the frog isn’t just the crispiest of them all – it’s also the one Disney-movie that truly and utterly stands out!
The two most gratifying things about this wonderful little animated movie are:
1) The music.
You think the music of The lion king or that incessant song of Frozen ‘Let it go’ (granted, it is a great song!) is great music? HAH … think again!
The music of The princess and the frog might easily be the best music ever produced in a Disney production, period!
As soon as the first fancy Jazz or rhythm ‘n’ blues roll across the screen, you’ll be dancing in your chair like there’s no tomorrow. There is trumpets, big drums, violins and the appealing warmth of black folk dancing in their living room or simply singing in the streets.
No Disney movie has ever made you wanna stand up and dance around before like this …
2) The city of New Orleans.
Apart from the amazing reality of seeing the city of New Orleans come alive on screen (what with their streetcars and little wooden houses) there is also another appeal that plays throughout the movie. The animation is simply stunning!!
Whether it’s the daunting beauty of the old American city or the thick jungle with their many dangers – or how about the whole voodoo trickery of the Shadow man and his deathly defying dark creatures from the other side? And let’s not forget Mama Odie! That wonderful little black lady who can hardly stand, but suddenly starts swingin’ and dancin’ like she’s suddenly 50 years younger …
There’s too much to talk about, so let’s just summarize by saying: The princess and the frog is a thing of everlasting beauty!
More important than ever is how Disney goes back to its roots. Hand-drawn animation. No cheesy pop references. But plain fun music with a good story and some of the finest characters ever cooked up.
Once again, the Shadow man is an instant classic in Disney-history!
Last but not least: let’s not forget the animals.
Watching an alligator play his Jazzy trumpet or a firebug calling on his family so they can light up the sky with beautiful fire pictures – anything you want, it can be found in this little, underrated Disney-movie.
Now … sit back and relax … and enjoy once more a true masterpiece of Walt Disney studios!
Oh … one more thing: you wanna talk original? For the very first time ever in a Disney motion picture, one of the good guys actually ends up dead … such a sad moment but oh-so beautiful.
did you know?
The film was originally titled ‘The frog princess’. Disney changed several key elements to the film after receiving numerous complaints of racial insensitivity. They retitled the picture to avoid the implication that the first African-American princess was somehow ugly or animal.
Give it to me short:
It’s a real mystery why a fun animated movie like The princess and the frog doesn’t get any higher ratings. Or why only so few people, in comparison to The lion king, actually know and love this movie.
Everything about The princess and the frog is great … everything!
The music is second to none! It’s easily the very best music ever written for a Disney-production … thank you, Randy Newman!
The animation is unbelievable. It’s like every single frame is the beginning of a new party … and everyone is invited!
The humor is also good, especially in the scenes between the Prince and our leading lady, Tiana. By the way, did I mention she’s black? That’s right, black I tell ya!
Walt Disney studios isn’t just making great movies: they’re finally growing up and creating the very first African American princess.
It’s about time …