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The Diva's Review of The Princess and the Frog DVD


The Diva's review of 
The Princess and the Frog DVD(2010)


princess and the frog
Rated; running time of 1 hour and 36 minutes

Genre: Animation
Written by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, Jim Cummings, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, John Goodman
Theatrical Release Date: 11/25/10

DVD Release Date: 03/16/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% - Fresh
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Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross
International Gross $143,000,000
Worldwide Gross $ 247,281,929


The Digest


Tiana was taught from an early age, the value of hard work. She is waitressing at two different restaurants with the hope of one day owning her own restaurant. This is something she has dreamed about since she was a little girl, a dreamed shared by her loving parents. Most specifically, her father, who perished in World War One.

She is not working her fingers to the bone, Tiana spends time with her best friend since childhood, Charlotte (Jennifer Cody) Charlotte doesn’t have the same entrepreneurial ambition as Tiana, yet it is no less lofty. Charlotte wants to marry a prince and as farfetched as this may sound, she has a very good chance given that they will be hosting none other than a real live Prince, Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), when he visits New Orleans.

However as luck would have it, the Prince makes an enemy of the local voodoo Doctor, Dr. Facilier (Keith David), who turns him into a frog. At a costume ball, Naveen believes that Tiana is a Princess and her kiss can free him, he convinces her to kiss him and now they are both frogs. With the help of crocodile named Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley) and the firefly Ray (Jim Cummings), the are on the run from Dr. Facilier and his henchmen, searching for the only one who can help them become human again, the voodoo priestess Mama Odie (Jenifer Lewis). But do they really need her? Or is everything they really need already in their hearts.

The Dish

I’m glad that I watched this again because there were some things I missed the first time around and that negatively colored my judgment the first time around. I’ve since had extensive conversations with my kid and I feel that she has a healthy attitude about the movie and that’s all I can really ask for. I still have some misgivings about it, but admittedly, I think the first try for a black princess was done fairly well.

I loved the casting, I think Anika Rose was the perfect choice to play Tiana. Surprisingly my favorite character was actually the one I thought I would dislike the most, Louie. He really made me laugh.

I do have to warn parents that there are some moments that can be a little scary for your little one. My daughter’s favorite animals are sharks. She can watch shark week on Discovery and not bat an eyelash, but the voodoo and shadow thingy’s and the fate of one of the main characters really did my baby in. I had to console her. It caught me off guard that my usually tough baby girl, was actually crying!


My daughter enjoyed the Princess Quiz and all of the other activities, but she honestly has more fun with her Princess and the Frog DS game.

Bonus Features
The single disc DVD comes with these exciting bonus features:
• Deleted Scenes
• Audio Commentary by • John Musker and Ron Clements (co-writers and directors) and Peter Del Vecho (producer)
• “Never Knew I Needed”- Music video by Ne-Yo

Games and Activities

What Do You See: Princess Portraits — A bayou-style quiz tests viewers’ knowledge of all of Disney’s beautiful princesses. Ray’s firefly family creates twinkling portraits of each princess and if the player correctly identifies her, they can enjoy a tongue-cheek mini re-telling of that character’s story.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack edition comes with additional bonus features, including:
• Backstage Disney

• Magic In The Bayou: The Making of A Princess — Co-writers and directors John Musker and Ron Clements take a freewheeling, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Disney’s newest animated film as it grows from an initial concept to a lavish animated film set in the enchanting world of New Orleans and the surrounding bayous.

• The Return To Hand Drawn Animation
• The Disney Legacy
• Disney’s Newest Princess
• The Princess and the Animator
• Conjuring The Villain
• A Return To The Animated Musical
• Bringing Life to Animation with an introduction by John Musker and Ron Clements.
• Deleted Scenes introduced by the filmmakers
• Art Galleries — A collection of storyboard art traces the visual development of The Princess and the Frog’s rich gallery of characters and settings.

The Directive

 Typical Disney fare, but make sure you watch It with your kid and make sure they can handle the scary parts.


3BC Ratingsyellow light


Has a few warts..

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2010
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