(Author’s Note: Because of my thesis, graduation, and job hunting, I didn’t have the spare time to write a review on The Princess and the Frog. To make up for that, please see below.)
Reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Frog has a rich palette of color, vibrance, and pizazz. The movie is so visually stunning, I was instantly captivated. The storyline was
sweet–nothing too complex, as I was already familiar with E. D. Baker’s The Frog Princess and that little plot twist. The soundtrack wasn’t quite as powerful as the veteran team, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, but it fit the story with the jazzy feel and each song left audiences tapping their toes .
Tiana and Prince Naveen were both were fantastic leads. Despite his arrogance, Naveen (the charming Bruce Campos) is quickly working his way up my “Favorite Prince” list, and his playful banter with Tiana is delightful. It was wonderful watching two lead characters connecting like that, as many Disney romances are instantaneous. Naveen’s charm connected to Tiana’s playful, clever side and that translated very well on screen. Anika Nani Rose did a fantastic job of bringing Tiana to life, especially with her stunning voice, instantly shaping Tiana into a Disney leading ladies. Smaller characters like Charlotte and Big Daddy were both great supporting roles, and while Charlotte is a spoiled little brat, she obviously cares about Tiana. The more I watch the movie, the more endearing she becomes, despite her flakiness.
Last, but not least, I’d like to credit Disney’s veteran voice actors, Jim Cummings and Keith David. Jim Cummings (Darkwing Duck, Don Karnage, Tigger) has always, always done a stellar job for Disney and I was thrilled
to see he finally got a big silver screen role instead of bit parts and fillers. His portrayal of Ray was adorable and the end of the movie had me chocking back tears. Likewise, Keith David (Goliath, Hercules’ Apollo) did a phenomenal job as the sinister Dr. Facilier. I loved his song, “Friends on the other Side,” despite how short it was. I also thought the bitterness and desperation came across perfectly. He actually had to answer for his misdeeds, although I know many parents with young children felt the scenes with his “friends” were a bit too scary for young children.
The Princess and the Frog was not just a dazzling animated film, but it also carried some important messages. Tiana’s father advised her to wish on the star, but also to remember that hard work will get you where you
want to go. A nice combination of destiny and logic, I thought. Tiana does take the advice a bit too far, but her heart is in the right place. She and Naveen even each other out to a happy medium with the help of
their ice-breaking friends, Louie and Ray. Another fantastic feature about this movie is that magic is not what solves every problem. Mama Odie’s advice to “dig a little deeper” is valid and essential. While magic does
play a role, Mama Odie doesn’t have to use any for the characters to get a happy ending. Instead, it is their own revelations that help them find their way.
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I realize it has been quite awhile since I have updated my blog, so allow me to explain.
For those who don’t know, I spent all of 2009 finishing my thesis. It was a long, strenuous process that finally came to a close in December, when I earned my Masters in English. I’ve never worked so hard on anything before, and there were times where I was sure I wouldn’t be able to finish. However, with the guidance of two wonderful professors, I turned a paper into a lifelong achievement that I will forever be proud of. Since then I have taken a much needed rest, visiting old friends, reading whatever my little heart desired, and beginning my job search. Like many out there, it hasn’t been easy, but I’m sure the right job is out there. Until then, I’ve taken up temporary work, which I’m really loving. I’m also freelancing on Suite101, so stop by and check out my fairy tale and author book reviews, as well as Disney related information.
In the meantime, I fully intend to keep this blog up. I love the topic and I’m passionate about it – I just don’t have the time I once did. Because I didn’t review “The Princess and the Frog” like I wanted to, I’ll be reviewing it in honor of the DVD that came out Tuesday.
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“Stories, great flapping ribbons of shaped space-time, have been blowing and uncoiling around the universe since the beginning of time. And they have evolved. The weakest have died and the strongest have survived and they have grown fat on retellings…”
-Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
Note: If you haven’t read Witches Abroad go, run now to a book store, and pick it up. Pratchett is always delightful and in his parodic take on fairy tales, readers will be delighted.
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Just in time for Walt Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, a new exhibit will be opening in New Orleans, displaying original art from the Walt Disney Studio. The New Orleans Museum of Art will display images from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and the highly anticipated, The Princess and the Frog. According to the Dailycomet.com, the “Disney exhibit, called “Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio,” will remain at NOMA through March 14. In all, the exhibit includes more than 600 original artworks that brought legendary fairy tales to the screen.”
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Apologies to all for the lack of updates. I’m working hard to graduate and obviously that takes precedence over this blog. However, I’ll be updating when I can and appreciate your patience.
On another, more site friendly note: has everyone noticed all the Princess and the Frog merchandise that’s become available lately? I am so excited for the new film!
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Back in 2006, I was strolling the aisles at Books-A-Million. Always in search for a new read, my eyes caught sight of Frank Beddor’s The Looking Glass Wars. Beddor”s novel was the first in a trilogy, set to retell Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland. I was enchanted and loved the way Beddor incorporated Lewis Carroll, his characters and concepts into a fantastic retelling. Beloved characters moprhed, developing brand new identities: Alice is Alyss, Princess of Wonderland who works on developing her most important power: the use of her Imagination. The Mad Hatter is now Hatter Madigan, the personal bodyguard to the Queen of Hearts, Alyss’ mother. The White Rabbit is Bibwit Harte, Alyss’ albino tutor and the Red Queen is Alyss’ devious aunt, Redd. The book was exciting, imaginative and a true adventure. Any lover of retellings would enjoy the novel and be happy to know the conclusion of the trilogy has finally arrived. Much like that trip in 2006, I found myself in a Barnes and Noble a few days ago and found Archenemy front and center in the “Featured” section.
I haven’t had a chance to read the book just yet, what with graduation approaching, but I did find a blurb on The Looking Glass Wars website.
“The war for Wonderland has become a war for Imagination! King Arch has declared himself King of Wonderland as Alyss searches wildly for the solution to the metaphysical disaster that has engulfed her Queendom. The power of Imagination has been lost! Alyss’s search for answers takes her to London where Arch’s assassins threaten Alice Liddell and her family. But after coming to her adopted family’s assistance, Alyss discovers herself trapped in a conundrum of evaporating puddles. The shimmering portals that exist to transport her home through the Pool of Tears are disappearing! What is happening in Wonderland? Deep within the Valley of Mushrooms the Caterpillar Oracles issue this prophecy: “Action shall be taken to ensure the safety of the Heart Crystal. For Everqueen.” But who is Everqueen?
As the metamorphosis of Wonderland unfolds, enemies become allies, bitter rivals face-off, and Queen Alyss and Redd Heart must confront their pasts in this thrilling, no-holds-barred conclusion to the New York Times best-selling series. Minus the power of Imagination it’s all about the artillery with King Arch, Redd Heart and Queen Alyss’s armies battling for control of Wonderland using AD52′s, crystal shooters, spikejack tumblers and orb cannons. Imagine that!”
I have high hopes for this novel, especially if it’s as good as the last two (The Looking Glass Wars, Seeing Redd). If you’re a fan of retellings, Alice in Wonderland or just an amazing tale, go check our Frank Beddor’s newest title, Archenemy.
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“Myths and fairy tales seem to know something that we do not know. They also appear to hold our attention, to keep us in their sway, to enchant our lives. We keep returning to them for answers. We use them in diverse ways as private sacred myths or as public commercial advertisements to sell something.
Over the centuries we have transformed the ancient myths and folk tales and made them into the fabric of our lives. Consciously and unconsciously we weave the narratives of myth and folklore into our daily existence.”
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