SYNOPSIS: The classic frog prince fairy tale is given a modern twist set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans.
I almost didn't make the movies this rainy Sunday morning. Well, that is an exaggeration. I should say I almost missed the trailers - which, in a way, is missing the movies. I had to jump the rail to get a nice center seat and to avoid having to scoot pass the already sitting parents and their kids.
Disney brings their craft to the screen again with their latest adaptation of a classic tale. Most decidedly two dimensional, Disney uses it vast talent to remind us that depth is not a only defined by computer wizardry and CGI. I could not figure out why I was a little disappointed in the look of the film as the movie started, but I realized that I have just become spoiled with high end Pixar and Dreamworks animations. Once I got over myself, I enjoyed the tremendous craftsmanship that Disney put into "...Frog". But the cinematography is only part of the story.
Story is the other part. Modernizing the frog prince tale to a early twentieth century New Orleans locale allows not only for the telling of Prince Naveen as the charismatic, but arrogant prince turned into a frog by a local greedy voodoo man who can only be turned human again by the kiss of a princess, but also allows for the city, bayou, citizens and wildlife to be its own story to be told.
Funny, sassy, thoughtful with a pinch of sadness, this movie is another movie to add to the grand canon of Disney cartoons.
Worth: Matinee or DVD