The Princess and the Frog (2009)

January 3rd, 2011 · No Comments · Movies

Review By JESSICA ALMY

I have to admit that a good part of my enchantment with Disney’s 2009 flick “The Princess and the Frog” has to do with its toe-tapping soundtrack, and the role that jazz plays in the New Orleans-based storyline. This retelling of the Frog Prince, now available on DVD, also features beautiful animation and a spunky princess who is notably less passive, and harder working,¬†than some of the older Disney princesses.

Families interested in animal rights will likely cringe when the lead character Tiana first encounters the prince-turned-frog: she shrieks and tries to flatten him with a book. In her defense, he was talking to her. And it would be an understatement to say that when Tiana herself becomes a frog, she begins to appreciate the amphibians a little bit more. Your kids probably will too. Add on that two of the most likable characters in the entire movie are a crocodile and a lightning bug, and all in all, you’ve got a pretty animal-friendly movie.

While this movie doesn’t have the same kind of witty one-liners that have delighted me in other Disney flicks (take, for example, “The Little Mermaid”), I did appreciate the running joke that frogs are not covered in slime, but in mucus.

Rated G. Ages 5-12. For activities related to the movie, visit Disney Family.

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