Release Date: December 11, 2009
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: John Musker, Ron Clements
Screenwriter: John Musker, Ron Clements
Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, John Goodman, Bruno Campos
Genre: Animation, Musical
Synopsis: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators
of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin”, Ron Clements and John Musker, comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog
prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. The film has Oscar® winning composer Randy Newman who created a musical set in the greatest city of them all, New Orleans. The Princess and the Frog marks Disney’s return to the timeless art form of traditional animation to tell the most beautiful love story ever told with frogs, voodoo, and a singing alligator.

What I Liked The Most:

The Princess and the Frog will challenge most serious film reviewer to find any really glaring faults. For what I liked most in the film I could start with the many memorable
and easily singable songs like Anika Noni Rose’s soulful “Almost There”, Keith David’s haunting “Friends On The Other Side” or equally good “Dig A Little Deeper” with Jenifer
Lewis featuring the Pinnacle Gospel Choir. Or I could start with breaking down film’s smart and highly likeable characters like Tiana, Prince, Louis the Gator, Mama Odie and
my favorite Ray the Cajun firefly. There are funny action scenes with the hungry Cajun frog hunters. The film’s witty writing gives us Ray saying with attitude “Don’t make me
light my butt!”, which entertains without sacrificing the natural New Orleans and bayou accents. Screenwriter Rob Edwards’s snappy dialogue for the film was not predictable
or dumb down for just children. The plot was well thought out and using the “standard quest” format to find Mama Odie to return Tiana and Prince Naveen to human form
keeps the story moving. And it was refreshing to see once again Disney’s original hand-drawn artwork and 2-D animation light up the screen. There really is no one standout
thing that makes The Princess and the Frog a great film, but rather many multiple cinematic elements that combine to create a new Walt Disney Animation Classic.