Iím not one to revisit old favorites often. Instead, I usually let them grow to epic proportions in my nostalgic memories. Disneyís Beauty & The Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and to a lesser extent, Aladdin, Lion King, and of course Little Mermaid are good examples. Although I was not a child when they were released, they thoroughly touched me. The modern era of CGI based animated movies also has some gems, obviously. But none have really earned a special place in my heart like the classic traditional animation Disney flicks.
When I heard about Disneyís return to traditional 2D animation with The Princess and the Frog, I was intrigued but not immediately sold. Thereís just been so much animated stuff out in recent years; itís almost been too much, really. Still, as I saw more and more images from the flick, and then the trailerÖI could just feel that there could be some of that old Disney magic in it. Well, Iím glad to say, there was.
It may not become a classic, but The Princess and the Frog is a sweet, funny and imaginative musical. The songs didnít stick in my mind much after watching, but the movie works. The voices: Anika Noni Rose as Tiana, Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, and especially Keith David as Doctor Facilier are excellent. Doctor Facilier is one of the coolest Disney villains since Scar the lion.
Sure, The Princess and the Frog has the typical Disney formula, but thatís what makes them Disney movies. Itís very enjoyable, and even the new cooler brand of kid will like it. Their parents however, will love it.