Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Okay, she's NOT a Princess. Let's just get that out of the way. She is an ordinary girl, the daughter of a seamstress and her fathers dies when she is young. She is the good friend of a white girl who happens to be RICH and somewhat spoiled but not ever racist. Even in the 20s, imagine that! (good for you, Disney!)

Her dream is, through hard work and determination, to open her own restaurant. It was her father's dream and she's gonna do it, by golly wow. But she isn't gonna kiss any frogs!

Her good friend, the rich white girl, just wants what she wants and one of those things is to live the life she has been taught, which is to marry a Prince and your life will be wonderful and if she has to kiss a frog to get that Prince, small price, no worries.

Enter the Prince, the small cast of evil characters, the odd side-kicks and throw in a lot of voodoo and gris-gris and songs by Randy Newman and you've got a film that rocks along. The animation was good, not great! There were a few spots where I wondered if they were cutting corners or financing because the drawing just seemed so spare, compared to some of the other longer parts of the film. Especially the song in the bayou (my favorite part); it was beautiful.

I laughed at so much I thought I was being annoying to some people. There were great inside jokes to people from around here and apart from stereotyping in the first 5 minutes, I relaxed and just went with it.

Here is a great scene with one of the more fun characters, an alligator who just wants to play trumpet with the humans! Is that so much to ask?

Okay, one more with Ray

I so want to work this phrase into a conversation: It's not slime; it's MUCUS!

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