Disney places before us an interesting conundrum. For all of it’s archaic story lines, over simplified characters and inanimate objects that come to life, they sometimes do something right.
In The Princess And The Frog (2009), Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant. Prince Naveen (voiced by Bruno Campos) is a prince whose life is completely carefree. Naveen is manipulated by a voodoo doctor and is turned into a frog. Tiana agrees to kiss Naveen in frog form and is herself turned into a frog. Now they must both find a way to return to their human forms before it’s too late.
Based on the fairy tale, The Frog Prince, the story is taken out of it’s original place and time and put in 1920’s New Orleans. While it is not as catchy as some of their earlier work (or maybe because I am not their target audience anymore), it was not that bad. I especially loved that Tiana is African-American and Naveen’s ethnicity was not explained, he was not obviously Caucasian.
Do I recommend it? Why not?