The Princess and the Frog is the latest Disney fairy tale. It tells the story of Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a hard working, lower class young woman who has dreams of starting her own restaurant. Tiana is motivated by the love of her father, who has passed away. Tiana’s mother wants her to settle down and marry her “Prince”, but Tiana doesn’t have time for such nonsense. Tiana meets Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), who has been turned into a frog by an evil voodoo magician, Dr. Facilier (Keith David). Prince Naveen kisses Tiana and she is also turned into frog. The story follows their adventures as they try to become human again.
The supporting cast, consisting of a firefly (Ray) and an alligator (Louis), are funny and entertaining. They carry the middle of the movie, where things could have become slow. The growing connection between Tiana and Prince Naveen is not inappropriate for children. Dr. Facilier is also excellent as the voodoo magician, but his interactions with the ghosts may be a little scary for some.
The musical scores were good, but not as good as other children movies such as Aladdin or Beauty and the Beast. Thinking back on the movie, none of the music particularly stands out.
I would recommend this movie, however, I would not advise young children to view it. A typical Disney movie, it is sure to entertain and deliver some important messages. It is a movie that both children and adults can enjoy.