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Genre: Animation
Anika Noni Rose, Terrence Howard, John Goodman, Keith David, Jim Cummings, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey
Director: Ron Clements, John Musker
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2009



- Deleted Scenes
- Princess Portraits Game
- Audio Commentary By Filmmakers




Languages: English/Mandarin/Cantonese
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Bahasa/Malay
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 36 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Disney celebrates a modern-day classic from the directors of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin." Discover what really happened after the princess kissed the frog in an inspired twist on the world's most famous kiss. This hilarious adventure leaps off the screen with stunning animation, irresistible music and an unforgettable cast of characters. Enter Princess Tiana's world of talking frogs, singing alligators and lovesick fireflies as she embarks on an incredible journey through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Spurred on by a little bit of courage and a great big dream, these new friends come to realize what's truly important in life: love, family, and friendship. Overflowing with humor and heart, "The Princess and the Frog" is an incredible motion picture experience your whole family will want to enjoy again and again.


"The Princess and the Frog" brings viewers back to the good old days of Disney hand-drawn animations. Remember "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" and "Sleeping Beauty"? "The Beauty and the Beast" perhaps? A mixture of comedy, adventure, talking animals and the unavoidable Disney's trademark of princess meeting her prince. Once again, the nostalgia returns in this fantasy romance from the Mouse house.

Loosely based on the classic tale, "The Frog Prince" and set in 1920s New Orleans, a young hardworking girl, Tiana is accidentally turned into a frog together with a fun-loving Prince Naveen from Maldonia by an evil scheming voodoo practitioner Dr Facilier. The only way to break the spell as advised by a blind voodoo priestess, Mama Odie is to have a Princess kiss Prince Naveen before midnight.

For the record, I have never been to New Orleans to really soak in the atmosphere. But from what I googled from the internet, the archive photographs fits the nicely painted backgrounds and sets design which the animators have painstakingly conjured in "The Princess and the Frog". Since their last hand-drawn animation in 2004, "Home on the Range", Disney animators led by veteran directors Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) proves that they still have what it takes to produce a rich authentic Disney animated product. The traditional pen and pencil technique (though realized on digital platforms given the transformation of technology) never fails to amaze me despite the influx of computer generated productions in recent years.

Credit also goes to Randy Newman (Toy Story 1 and 2), the composer behind the numerous catchy, broadway style tunes in the movie. Playing against the wondrous backdrops and featuring the singing voices of the cast, the song-and-dance routines really make you want to hum and tap along with the characters.

The story on the other hand obviously fails to break any new ground in fact plows along pretty much predictable. We have the usual talking animals that include the fumbling, jazz-loving alligator, Louis and a gung-ho firefly, Ray which provide most of the comic relief. An entertaining, adventurous middle half in which we see our protagonists on the run from hunters and ghostly souls sent by Dr Facilier through the bayou and of course a mushy ending that will make boys squirm with disgust. To my surprise, Disney actually included some supernatural, dark undertones which effectively add another classic bad guy figure to Disney's collection of villains, Dr Facilier (who is voiced superbly by Keith David).

The first perky African-American Princess from Disney signaled the comeback of a 'long-lost' era. Finally, Disney is back on track producing 2D animations with lush music and excellent artwork to entertain the movie-goers and yes at the same time, revive the dreams of so many young girls who yearn for their Prince Charming once again.


When Ron Clements and John Musker speak, you listen in the Audio Commentary By Filmmakers. The pair of veteran Disney animators and producer Peter Del Vecho shares with viewers the actors’ performances, development of the story, creation of the characters, music and many more in this delightful commentary that will thrill many animation fans. Four Deleted Scenes in their storyboard stage are shown and explained by the directors why they are left on the cutting floor. This Code 3 DVD is round up by an interactive Princess Portraits Game and the Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu Ray is Suite! Bluray promo reel.


Even it’s not in blu-ray, the visual is stunning and definitely a delight to behold. Colours are strong and the wonderful hand-drawn artwork presented here I should say is almost flawless. The jazzy tunes and dialogue goes hand-in-hand in the audio presentation with excellent ambient sound effects to fill your surround.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 3 May 2010


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