The Princess and the FrogHD Closed Captioning
John Musker & Ron Clements
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Best Disney movie in a decade. A true return to form.
For the past decade, besides Pixar, Disney has been associated mostly by being a brand stapled onto lowbrow TV entertainment like "High School Musical" and "Hannah Montana" or just being recognised at face value as a corporation. So it's not a surprise that people of this generation can't remember that Disney actually started out with animation and made the best animated movies you could possibly imagine, continuing to entertain audiences even now with Blu-Ray re-releases. But for so long, there hasn't been an animated movie Disney themselves independently have brought out that have followed the same path of the true great classics that range from "Snow White" and "Pinocchio", to "The Little Mermaid" and "Mulan"...that's until John Lasseter and the two directors of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin" (to name a couple) decided to have a little get-together and help make this, "The Princess and the Frog".
I could go on all day about how wonderful this movie truly is and how it really should re-define the meaning of Disney for so many who need to be reminded of their potential brilliance at making animated classics, but I'll sum things up as clearly as I can. The animation is obviously gorgeous and beautiful, not to mention an absolute joy to be reminded truly beautiful 2D animation still exists in the Western world.
But what also matters a great deal is the story and you couldn't ask for a more entertaining re-imagining of a classic fairy tale here, there is a lot more depth to the story than usual for a Disney movie! Not to mention it's actually very intelligent at points, it understands how things flow in a normal Disney-ified fairy tale story and always consistently changes the rule book, making for some of the best story development I've seen in any animated non-Pixar Disney movie, old or recent. And I can understand how hard it is to say this, regarding just how excellent Disney have been at points in their long history in making animated films, but there are just a lot of moments of pure genius here.
Most of the characters are also very well developed and really add a lot to the movie, also helped by the fact that the really major, important characters are written so well on so many levels as well. Intellegent heroine, a romantic and friendly yet narrow-minded prince, very well-developed human supporting characters, extremely loveable *animal* supporting characters (yep, that's right) and an incredibly awesome and intimidating villain make for a great cast roster.
The only singular problem with the movie, whilst not a straight-forward complaint is that as great as the songs can be, most of them almost sound the same as each other at points. Although what makes up for that is that the animated scenes that accompany the songs are so well-executed, so it's very hard to really complain about this unless you actually hear the songs by themselves on the soundtrack without any accompanying visuals. But in the movie itself, it should be fine.
So that's "The Princess and the Frog". I was very excited for this movie when it came out in the cinema because I missed seeing the old Disney like this, but I didn't expect this to actually almost top the classic Disney movies altogether in terms of quality! But that's what this movie does and it deserves all the stars it gets. Please, please get a chance to watch this film eventually. £10 may be fairly expensive for a film on iTunes, but knowing how excellent this movie is, I'd say it's fairly modest.
Now this is the Disney I remember! No highschool musical crap.
I loved it
I went to see it in the cinema, it's good in the way that it's made alike Disney classic, because it isn't a very modernised picture. I enjoyed it a lot and I highly recommend if your a fan of the old classics.
- The Princess and the Frog (Original Soundtrack)
- Various Artists