Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Princess and the Frog. B

A year ago, Disney returned to its roots with The Princess and the Frog, which was pretty much loved by the older, sentimental crowd, and ignored by everyone else. Well, not completely ignored, but people didn't really flock to see this the way Disney hoped they would. I don't think it's because people don't care for the traditional animation, but rather it's because it tells a fairy tale that doesn't really appeal to a wide audience. When you talk about the great fairy tales, you never hear how great the story of the prince and the frog is because, well, it's about frogs. There's something a little strange about watching a story about two frogs, especially when the film's innovation is that the princess, before her transformation, is black. One of the qualities of The Princess and the Frog is how close it pays attention to detail, especially in the songs, of which there unfortunately are a few too many. The movie is teeming with what makes the old Disney films so legendary: the oddball supporting characters, the spray of vivid colors in the musical numbers, the obligatory "themes," and, as mentioned, the songs themselves. It's a movie clearly trying desperately to make us love it, and in terms being delivered with prowess, it succeeds. But this is not a lovable story, and as a result not the most memorable addition to the Disney cannon.

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