Humble and pauper beginnings saunter on Tiana, the protagonist, as she embarks on her journey to princessdom in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. There is a painstaking vibe that flows underneath the fairytale that Disney tells; as no other princess storyline has embodied such entrepreneurial attributes as Tiana in The Princess and the Frog. However, this is a welcome change, and it’s a trend we hope other filmmakers adopt when creating animated movies.
Moving the pauper restlessness away, the story capitalizes on its strength—the actors, who include Oprah Winfrey as Tiana’s mother, Eudora; Terrence Howard as Tiana’s father, James; Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie, the film’s fairy godmother, whose southern twang steals the show; Bruno Campus as the Prince turned frog and Anika Noni Rose, as Tiana. This array of talent keeps the story alive as we see Tiana achieve her royal dream. Viewers will find themselves cheering for Tiana as they watch her work through her goals so she can finally fulfill what she wants.
The Princess and the Frog is a film Disney is to be commended for. It’s brave, it’s inspiring, and most of all, it’s an excellent film for all audiences. The Princess and the Frog is a nice children’s movie that gives a nod to the Black girls who dream big everywhere. Representation is important, and it’s nice to see a Disney movie finally fulfilling this role.
The Princess and the Frog review score receives a PARL
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