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  • 5 Stars - 2D animation makes a hoppin' return!

    82 70.69%
  • 4 Stars - A Hippity, Hoppity Good Time

    26 22.41%
  • 3 Stars - An average leap

    6 5.17%
  • 2 Stars - Where was Kermit?

    1 0.86%
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    The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Disney's newest Animated movie "The Princess and the Frog" hit's theatres today.

    So what did you think? And don't forget to vote in the poll.


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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Here's what the SF Chronicle is saying about it:

    And we thought the era of cartoon Disney princesses was over. Old-school animation and all of its trappings - the tiaras, the enchantment, the wishing on stars - make a gently bewitching comeback in "The Princess and the Frog," a starry-eyed, two-dimensional, G-rated anachronism that pairs its retro aesthetic with a few small adjustments for the modern world.

    For starters, The Mouse has officially crowned its first African American princess. Her name is Tiana, and she's not sitting around waiting for some pretty fella in tights to whisk her away on horseback. Voiced by Tony Award-winner and American Conservatory Theater alum Anika Noni Rose, Tiana is a jazz-era waitress in New Orleans; and once she scrapes together a down payment, she plans to open a classy restaurant. Her mother (Oprah Winfrey) objects, thinking she ought to get out there and "meet (her) Prince Charming," but Tiana has zero interest in men.

    Naturally, one arrives: Prince Naveen of Maldonia (Bruno Campos), a rakish party-boy who's in town shopping for a wealthy bride. He gets sidetracked when an evil witch doctor (Keith David) turns Naveen into a frog - and Naveen, mistaking Tiana for a princess, gives her a smooch and turns her into a frog.

    Our leads then spend the bulk of the film in amphibious form, searching for blind voodoo queen Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis) in the hopes they might switch back. Directed by Ron Clements and Jon Musker of "Aladdin," "The Princess and the Frog" is packed with infections tunes, all of them courtesy Randy Newman. To my ears, this is some of the catchiest, smartest Disney music since "Beauty and the Beast." The animation, sparkling and graceful, also ranks as the studio's best traditional work in ages (and its first since 2004's "Home on the Range").

    Still, not every kid will pirouette on tippy-toe in excitement. Although my eighth-grade daughter adored the film, my fourth-grader and his buddy found it a tad schmaltzy. As for Disney, it's nice to know that the studio behind Cinderella can still cast a spell in two dimensions.

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    I thought it was absolutely amazing. A true return to form for Disney Animation Studios, indeed. It was everything I'd hoped it to be. Maybe the best since The Lion King?

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    While I haven't seen it yet, I'm really irked a review I read gave away a spoiler to one of the characters.
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Positive Aspects
    -First real Disney film in 51/2 years.
    -Beautiful score, story and breathtaking presentation of setting and character design.
    -A++ Villain and Fairy Godmother.
    -Nice "Romantic Comedy"-like romance.
    -No cultural reference jokes.
    And most importantly,
    -First African Disney Princess!

    Negative Aspects

    -Still hymns bland cookie cut-out "princess" story even after gravying of modern plot.
    -Too many country bumpkin jokes.
    -Over-referencing of Little Mermaid.
    -Certain Body styles reused from Aladdin.
    -Money, wealth and hard work prudent plot elements.(reference to recession)
    -Have a sinking feeling this film wouldn't exist if Obama wasn't President.

    It still remain a quite high Matinee in my books!
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by dead_Mau5 View Post
    -Have a sinking feeling this film wouldn't exist if Obama wasn't President.
    You realize the film was in devlopment LONG before he became president right? I don't think it has ANYTHING to do with that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    You realize the film was in devlopment LONG before he became president right? I don't think it has ANYTHING to do with that.
    I was just going to say that Clinks. Do people think cartoons are made in 9 months?

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by dead_Mau5 View Post
    Positive Aspects

    -Over-referencing of Little Mermaid.
    -Money, wealth and hard work prudent plot elements.(reference to recession)
    -Have a sinking feeling this film wouldn't exist if Obama wasn't President.
    Okay the film was in development long before Obama was elected, #1. (I've been following the film since early 07 maybe even late 06)

    I could be wrong, but I didn't see the whole money/ working hard issue that way. I felt it was more of racism (and I'm glad they at least hinted at it.) that Tiana had to work so hard than a reference to the recession.

    And for the Little Mermaid, are you talking about the parade float? Because there's an Aladdin one directly behind it, and the first one you see is a Treasure Planet one!!!! ) They're actually referencing past movies Ron and John have directed. (not sure if there was a Hercules one, I'll get back to you on that.)



    I LOVED the movie and am excited to go see it again (probably tonight)

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    I thought it was EXCELLENT.
    Music was catchy and well done and the characters where lovable.

    I thought the animation was beautiful and the story was heartwarming and breaking.
    There were a few characters I wish I could have had more background and development on, but it was excellent nevertheless.

    Definitely in my top 5 or 10 Disney movies, and I have a hard time calling it a "princess" movie, despite its title and merchandise, it was so unlike any previous princess movie.

    Speaking of references to other movies, in the title sequence, keep a sharp eye out for the Magic Carpet from Aladdin

    Also: all of the dresses (the Lily Pad dress, the other green/white dress, the blue dress) Disney is selling and advertising with for kids make me smile because Tiana wears them for all of two seconds in the film xD

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Wow, wish I noticed the Treasure Planet float. Something to look for next time.

    Anyways, I thought the movie was fantastic. Surprisingly sincere and emotional, without coming across as corny or commercial.

    Also, the idea that this movie was made to capitalize on Obamania, while not just impossible, is ridiculous.
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    I caught the 10:05 showing this morning at DTD, and thought it was wonderful. As far as the story line goes, it doesn't have quite the same creative spark or emotional power that WALL-E or UP had, and you could tell what was going to happen a mile away, but it was still a VERY good story line. Predictable, but very good. And I love the fact that there has never been a princess quite like Tiana. Beyond the fact that she's the first Black Disney princess, she had taken charge of her life and realized that no star was going to give her a handout. She wasn't sitting around waiting for Prince Charming.

    I think a large part of the success of this movie can be attributed to the change that Lasseter made in switching to Randy Newman rather than Menken. Newman had already been VERY successful with music of this time period having scored one of my favorite soundtracks from "Avalon," not to mention his work on "Ragtime." He also has an innate, honky-tonk quality in his writing aside from scoring for film. I really do think he was the perfect choice for this film. If the movie were comparable to a big pot of gumbo, Randy Newman was the roux. (I stole that metaphor from Wynton Marsalis.) If you pulled his music out of the film, it would have been an interesting film, but not nearly as effective.

    In terms of the overall plot, it seemed that everything happened pretty fast. I think it might have been more believable if the story took place over several weeks, giving them a chance to get to know each other. But beyond the predictability, I loved the characters, the voices, the singing, and the music overall. I thought the animation was outstanding, and it really warmed my heart to see traditional 2D on the big screen again after watching a friend of mine who had worked for years in Florida get layed off after that studio was shut down. I really thought that Disney had moved on and wouldn't look back. I think this film PROVES that if you start with a solid story (predictable or no) and you weave in some fun music with some great characters, it doesn't MATTER what type of medium you put up on the screen. People will still respond to it. My wife and I watched a half completed Beauty and the Beast in our living room with our friend months before it came out, and we were COMPLETELY drawn in to the story even though half of the film was still in pencil or storyboard. I really hope Disney PRESERVES this "old fashioned" medium for years and years.

    Five stars and two thumbs up from me.
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    My favorite reference was actually the band name at the end. As a huge Disneyland history nut, I freaked out when the band name was "The Firefly Five Plus Lou" - a reference to "The Firehouse Five Plus Two": the Disneyland dixieland jazz ensemble that included many of the Disney animation greats like Ward Kimball and Harper Goff.
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by RumRunner31 View Post
    My favorite reference was actually the band name at the end. As a huge Disneyland history nut, I freaked out when the band name was "The Firefly Five Plus Lou" - a reference to "The Firehouse Five Plus Two": the Disneyland dixieland jazz ensemble that included many of the Disney animation greats like Ward Kimball and Harper Goff.
    Good catch! I totally missed that!

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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    Amazing movie. Two thumbs, five stars whatever. Wonderful return to 2-D for Disney! Ray was awesome! Naveen and Dr. Facillier exceeded my expectations. Tiana met my expectations (which is a good thing). She was better than advertised.

    Without giving too much away, my favorite scene was the firefly scene.
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    Re: The Princess and the Frog - MiceChat Reviews

    I saw the movie tonight and I totally loved it! It is so exciting to see a Disney film on the opening night. I enjoyed the story line and the message it gave. I loved the friendship between the two girls and how their race and background didn't stand in the way of the blonde trying to help her friend towards the end (even if it was too late).

    My boyfriend, however, really disliked the movie. I figured since he wasn't much on "princesses" to begin with he would dislike it. However he grew up in Louisiana and the sterotypes were a little too much for him. He felt like the movie made it look like they always ate gumbo and talked like a hillbilly. I didn't get that feeling from it at all, but everyone is welcome to their opinion.

    I will be buying this on DVD when it is available. Great movie!

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