Princesses, Frogs, Etc.

Yesterday afternoon my mom and I took my little girl to see the new Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog.”

I am not generally a big fan of animated movies, but it was surprisingly enjoyable. Here’s what Roger Ebert said about it:

princess-and-the-frogChicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert, giving the film three out of four stars, highly praised the film admiring Disney’s step back to traditional animation saying, “This is what classic animation once was like!” and, in his print review wrote, “No 3-D! No glasses! No extra ticket charge! No frantic frenzies of meaningless action! And…good gravy! A story! Characters! A plot!”

It’s set in New Orleans and there is lots of really good jazz music. It is a nice story with a rather involved storyline, and one moral of the story is that it’s not enough to wish upon a star, you also have to work hard to get what you want. Yes, that sounds about right.

Also, it has a recurring joke that amused me. When the Prince is a frog, someone refers to him being covered in slime and he says, “It’s not slime! It’s mucous!” I’m sorry, but that is funny. Or is that just me?

Sweet story. I haven’t liked new Disney movies for awhile — I like the older ones — but with this one they returned to Disney’s traditional ways, and I recommend this movie. My daughter wants to go see it again.

From Wikipedia:

The film returns to the Broadway-style musical in the style of the successful Disney films like Walt’s classics, and the musical renaissance of the late-1980s and all of the 1990s.[13]…

While the Goofy short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater experimented with paperless animation, the artists on The Princess and the Frog used traditional pencil and paper that is scanned into the computers….

The former trend in Disney’s hand-drawn features where the characters were influenced by a CGI-look has been abandoned. Andreas Deja, a veteran Disney animator who supervised the character of Mama Odie in Princess and the Frog, says “I always thought that maybe we should distinguish ourselves to go back to what 2D is good at, which is focusing on what the line can do rather than volume, which is a CG kind of thing. So we are doing less extravagant Treasure Planet kind of treatments. You have to create a world but [we’re doing it more simply]. What we’re trying to do with Princess and the Frog is hook up with things that the old guys did earlier. It’s not going to be graphic…”.[15] He also mentions that Lasseter is aiming for the Disney sculptural and dimensional look of the 1950s. “He quoted all those things that were non graphic, which means go easy on the straight lines and have one volume flow into the other — an organic feel to the drawing.”[15]
So, to review: I am heartened to see a good Disney animated movie again. We enjoyed it. There is hope in the world.

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