Saturday, September 5, 2009


By D.E.Levine

Director: Ron Clements and John Musker
Writer: Ron Clements, John Musker, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland (story); Ron Clements, John Musker and Rob Edwards (screenplay); Ed Baker (story "The Princess Frog"); Chris Ure, Jared Stern and Dean Wellins (additional story material); Will Csoklas and Ralph Eggleston (additional source material)
Producers: Peter Del Veccho
Excutive Producers: Aghi D. Koh and John Lasseter
Associate Producers: Paul D. Lanum and Craig Sost
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, Elizabeth M. Dampier, Breanna Brooks, Ritchie Montgomery, Don Hall, Paul Briggs, Jerry Kernion, Cody Burton, Michael Colyer, Emeril Lagasse, Kevin Michael Richardson, Randy Newman, Terence Blanchard, et al.
Original Music: Randy Newman
Running Time: 97 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English, French
Genre: Animation, Musical

Set in 1920s jazz era New Orleans, This is hand-drawn automation at its best. With an original score by Randy Newman that mixes jazz with blues, gospel, and Dixieland, the film is really entertaining and in a sense a relief from all the CGI generated special effects.

There's plenty of razzle dazzle as Tiana, a girl from the Afro-American area of New Orleans who dreams of opening her own restaurant and meeting and marrying a prince, along with her childhood playmate Charlotte, a wealthy girl with an even wealthier daddy.

There's voodoo, friendship, family and many traditional as well as outlandish themes in this film which may seem to some like a throwback to earlier forms of entertainment but is actually a current concept built upon earlier technology.

What's gotten a great deal of publicity is the fact that this is the first Disney film since (1946) Song of the South that features African-American characters. The important thing is that ethnicity and heritage are not relevant since the characters just happen to be of a certain heritage and skin color.

The film does not revolve around the concept of race and color. Instead, the beautifully animated and performed film is very reminiscent of the magic that happened during Disney's golden age.