Those frogs from the movie The Princess and the Frogs aren’t the most interesting characters of the film, actually besides the supporting character who do more than stealing teh show, there’s Dr Facilier the villain of the story who’s got a real charisma:
The story of The Princess and the Frog will mostly take place in the bayou of Louisiana. Our frog heroes will meet of course bump into an alligator, but don’t be afraid they won’t be eaten: actually the alligator they’ll meet is a cool jazzy chap! :)
1. Never Knew I Needed Performed by Ne-Yo 2. Down in New Orleans (Prologue)Performed by Anika Noni Rose 3. Down in New Orleans Performed by Dr. John 4. Almost There Performed by Anika Noni Rose 5. Friends on the Other Side Performed byKeith David as “Dr. Facilier” 6. When We’re Human Performed by Michael Leon-Wooley as “Louis,” Bruno Campos as “Prince Naveen” and Anika Noni Rose as “Tiana” featuring Terence Blanchard on Trumpet 7. Gonna Take You There Performed by Jim Cummingsfeaturing Terrance Simien 8. Ma Belle Evangeline Performed by Jim Cummings 9. Dig a Little Deeper Performed by Jenifer Lewis as”Mama Odie” featuring the Pinnacle Gospel Choir 10. Down in New Orleans (Finale) Performed by Anika Noni Rose as “Tiana” 11. Fairy Tale/Going Home Score 12. I Know This Story Score 13. The Frog Hunters/Gator Down Score 14. Tiana’s Bad Dream Score 15. Ray Laid Low Score 16. Ray/Mama Odie Score 17. This Is Gonna Be Good Score
Disney Pictures wants to reconnect with its glorious past in hand-drawn animation by producing The Princess and the Frog. The film will be relased in December 2009, but meanwhile let’s watch this first clip of the Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog That’s exactly the answer: you must kiss me!
Kissing a frog, really? That girl must be really depressed… Or maybe he real intent was to get high from licking that frog? I should stop there, afraid to become like the old Scrooge in a A Christmas Carol… :)
Plot: “Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.”
The Princess and the Frog feels just like Aladdin. Normal, after all the same guys are working on it. Still no way I’d miss a fairytale infused with voodoo that brings us from the jazzy French Quarter of New Orleans to the swamp in the Bayou! :)
There is no denying Keith David is bringing a lot to his character! His voice makes Dr. Facilier look so real! And I start to think that the most interesting character won’t be Tiana the princess or the Frog, but rather this mean Dr. Facilier! He’s got style!
They really care for details at Disney: an animated movie, it’s more than just animation, voices account for a lot indeed! I’m now confident that The Princess and the Frog will be a great movie. :)
The Princess and the Frog, the latest Disney animated movie, won’t amazed us with its CGI, it’s indeed hand-drawn. But, the characters depicted in this film may conquer the public! Here below a set of cards from the last comic con:
Prince Naveen’s stiff roly-poly (and comically sinister) manservant
Friends from the other sides
Sinister shadows who carry out Dr, Facilier’s dark deeds
James & Eudora, the parents
Tiana’s nurturing mother and inspirational father
A 200-year-old voodoo priestess, all knowing seer
Two Fingers, Reggie, Darnell, aka The Frog Hunters
The hilarious (though dim-witted) father-son trio of frog hunters
Plot: “When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia (Bruno Campos) comes to town a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and the once suave royal is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. An unforgettable tale filled with music, humor and heart where two frogs—along with the help of a 200-year-old voodoo priestess, a love-sick Cajun firefly, and a trumpet-playing alligator—discover that what they want isn’t as important as what they need.”
Tiana is a black girl but the frog is actually a white guy. A few people were bugged by Disney’s choice, but I’m all for movies featuring interracial unions: it’s the future of the country after all (just check the last census!), and it’s good to see that Hollywood is adjusting to the reality! :)
Take a princess and transform her into a frog, then bring her into a jazzy swamp, er I mean a jazzy bayou, not so far away from New Orleans: that’s The Princess and the Frog, the latest animated movie from Disney.
Here below a new batch of pictures of the Princess and the Frog:
Plot: “When the free-spirited, jazz-loving Prince Naveen of Maldonia comes to town a deal with a shady voodoo doctor goes bad and the once suave royal is turned into a frog. In a desperate attempt to be human again, a favor in exchange for a fateful kiss on the lips from the beautiful girl, Tiana, takes an unexpected turn and leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana to the banks of the almighty Mississippi and back in time for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. An unforgettable tale filled with music, humor and heart where two frogs—along with the help of a 200-year-old voodoo priestess, a love-sick Cajun firefly, and a trumpet-playing alligator—discover that what they want isn’t as important as what they need.”
I guess that Louis the jazzy alligator and Ray the firefly will steal the show… :)
(Click on the poster to enlarge it.) THE PRINCESS and THE FROG
Wlat Disney Pictures
The story takes place in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the 1920’s Jazz Age. And because of the frog there’ll be some action too in the bayous: yep, Disney is going to bring its magic to a swamp! :)
Walt Disney Pictures brings a classic tale to life!
Plot: “A fairy tale centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the Jazz Age”
What a lovely a twist to this classic tale: the princess transforms into a frog after kissing the batracian!
But I still can’t say that I’m conquered by this animated movie… Maybe entertaining for my kids, bu not even sure about that… Well I suppose it’s one those movies that parents will force upon their children out of nostalgia… I don’t think this film deserves more a direct to dvd release… :-)
The Princess and the Frog is a family feature film loosely based upon the book The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. It marks the return a return to the Disney classic fairy tale. John Lasseter is confident in the quality of The Princess and the Frog and sing the praise of Directors John Musker and Ron Clements. He boasts about the movie:
“Actually seeing an animated film this well-done is like something brand new again.”
Producer John Lasseter
Call me a CGI convert, but I find hard to get excited for this animated movie… It doesn’t look bad, but that’s more something you’d expect to watch on TV with your family on Sunday rather than in a theater…
The movie The Princess and the Frog will be released on December 11, 2009. :)
Yeap, this princess is not tanned: she is black! Cheers for Disney! It took them long, but at long last they add a new horizon to their fairy tales!
The Princess and the Frog will be a musical set New Orleans’ French Quarter during the 1920’s Jazz Age: the story will focus on a young Afro-American girl named Princess Tiana. And of course there will be a frog, maybe even more than one. :)
The Princess and the Frog Animation/Musical/Romance Produced by Walt Disney Animation Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker Starring Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, John Goodman, Eddie Murphy Release Date: December 11, 2009