Monday, 21 December 2009

60-SECOND FILM REVIEW: The Princess and the Frog

WISH UPON A STAR: Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) gazes above in The Princess and The Frog

Growing up poor in Jazz-Age New Orleans, young Tianna dreamt of nothing more than making her daddy happy and proud, including her desire to fulfil his wish of operating his own fine dining establishment that would attract large crowds. But Tianna’s life is spun upside when her destiny comes calling.

A prince named Naveen (Bruno Campos) from the land of Maldonia is transformed into a frog by the evil scheming voodoo magician Dr. Facilier (Keith David). The frog prince mistakes Tiana (a remarkable Anika Noni Rose) for a princess and has her kiss him to break the spell. The kiss does not break the spell, but instead turns Tiana into a frog as well. Together, the two of them must reach the good voodoo priestess of the Bayou, Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis) while befriending a trumpet-playing alligator and a hopelessly romantic firefly along the way. At the same time, they must outwit the cunning voodoo shadowman who has plans of his own.

Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) is delightful as Tiana and seems ideally cast. Overall, The Princess and The Frog, which features “Disney’s first Black princess” is a heartwarming, music-infused joy ride through the swamps and picturesque landscapes of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

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