Disney’s The Princess and the Frog DVD Review – With Giveaway

March 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm

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THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

Available to own on March 16, 2010
Feature run time: 97 minutes
Rated: G
Pricing: Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack: $44.99 (US), $51.99 (Canada)
Single Disc DVD: $29.99 SRP (US); $35.99 SRP (Canada)

I waited anxiously for my copy of the DVD The Princess and the Frog to get here. Although I had missed it in the theater this fall, I had seen the characters of Naveen and Tiana as part of the Min Street Parade in Disney World and as featured performers in Disney on Ice. This fairy tale set in New Orleans in the 1920′s dares to break another color barrier. Oprah had even taken on the role of Tiana’s mother Eudoria.

I knew in advance that the movie has it all–story, characters, and plot. How could I not be excited to see a picture whose animated art work returned to traditional hand drawn cells? The film did not disappoint me. Its scenes depicted a simpler world than computer-generated ones. Its lines gave it dimension. The score was pleasant combining the sounds of jazz, blues, gospel with a touch of Louisiana Creole. It is no surprise to me that two of its songs received Oscar nominations.

The plot is plain, pleasant, charming. The heroine is a young woman who works to fulfill her dream of owning a restaurant. The hero is a dashing but poor prince. The villain casts a spell turning the prince into a frog and replaces him with a pretender. Only a magical kiss can reverse things. However, when the hero and heroine kiss, Naveen does not turn back into himself. Instead Tiana turns into another frog. Together they journey deep into the bayou. An alligator and firefly join them on their adventure. They return to the French Quarter and foil Facilier.

The cast include Maldonia’s Prince Naveen AKA the FROG (Bruno Campos), Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), Charlotte LeBouf (Jennifer Cody), Voodoo master Dr. Facilier (Keith David), valet Lawrence (Peter Baartlett), alligator Louis (Michael-Leon Wooley), Cajun firefly Ray (Jim Cummings), and Voodoo spell queen Mama Odie (Jennifer Lewis).

Look for Disney’s Princess and the Frog on DVD. I just love the 3-disc combo pack. I can use it anywhere, on anything. The Princess and the Frog sparkled and glistened on BluRay. Running time is 98 minutes plus lots of bonus features on the DVD feature including deleted scenes, audio commentary by filmakers, The Princess Portrait Game, and music by Ne-Yo, AND the Blu-ray has even much more. Release date is March 16, 2010.

I am so excited about The Princess and the Frog that next month I am planning to do a special shoot of Epcot’s topiary display featuring it. Look for pictures in an upcoming followup blog.

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s the official release for The Princess And The Frog.

Disney’s Newest Princess Makes her Debut in a Rollicking Musical Adventure from the Creators of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

Critically-Acclaimed Animated Feature Premieres March 16, 2010
on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD

– Saint Bryan of NBC Seattle calls it “….the best Disney movie since The Lion King” –

Burbank, Calif., January 26, 2010 – Tiana, the ninth and newest enchanting addition to the legendary lineage of Disney Princesses, makes her home entertainment debut in a rollicking Big Easy-style fairy tale when The Princess and the Frog arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on March 16, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

A timeless heroine in the tradition of Snow White, Ariel, Jasmine and the rest of the beloved royal sisterhood, Tiana comes to life with classic hand-drawn Disney animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements (Aladdin, The Little Mermaid) and a jazz-infused musical score from Academy Award® winning composer Randy Newman (Best Original Song, Monsters, Inc., 2001). A royal procession of exclusive bonus features, including games and specially- created featurettes, take viewers on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the storied French Quarter of New Orleans and into the magic-steeped bayou for hours of can’t-miss family entertainment.

The Princess and the Frog transports audiences to glorious, glamorous New Orleans as Tiana, the first African American Disney princess meets her frog prince and gives him the fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical, magical bayous of Louisiana. The Princess and the Frog’s colorful cast of one-of-a-kind new characters joyfully raises the roof, with voice performances from stars including Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose (Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, 2004,“Caroline, or Change”), Keith David (Crash), Jenifer Lewis (“Strong Medicine”), Jim Cummings (“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”), Michael- Leon Wooley (Ghost Town), Bruno Campos (“Nip/Tuck”), Peter Bartlett (The Producers), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Jennifer Cody (Broadway’s “Shrek: The Musical”), Oprah Winfrey and John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.).

Bonus Features

The single disc DVD comes with these exciting bonus features:

• Deleted Scenes

• Audio Commentary by John Musker and Ron Clements (co-writers and directors) and Peter Del Vecho (producer)

• “Never Knew I Needed”- Music video by Ne-Yo

Games and Activities

• What Do You See: Princess Portraits — A bayou-style quiz tests viewers’ knowledge of all of Disney’s beautiful princesses. Ray’s firefly family creates twinkling portraits of each princess and if the player correctly identifies her, they can enjoy a tongue-cheek mini re-telling of that character’s story.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack edition comes with additional bonus features, including:

Backstage Disney
• Magic In The Bayou: The Making of A Princess — Co-writers and directors John Musker and Ron Clements take a freewheeling, behind-the-scenes look at the making of Disney’s newest animated film as it grows from an initial concept to a lavish animated film set in the enchanting world of New Orleans and the surrounding bayous.

• The Return To Hand Drawn Animation
• The Disney Legacy
• Disney’s Newest Princess
• The Princess and the Animator
• Conjuring The Villain
• A Return To The Animated Musical
• Bringing Life to Animation with an introduction by John Musker and Ron Clements.
• Deleted Scenes introduced by the filmmakers
• Art Galleries — A collection of storyboard art traces the visual development of The Princess and the Frog’s rich gallery of
characters and settings.

With extravagant musical numbers, stunningly realized settings and gorgeously rendered costumes, The Princess and the Frog serves up an experience Richard Corliss of Time calls “A start-to-finish delight.”

Magic, music and romance are waiting around every corner of the legendary Big Easy as Disney’s newest princess sets out on an exciting adventure through a magical new world. Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is a beautiful and hardworking young woman determined to fulfil her father’s dream of owning an elegant New Orleans supper club. When Naveen (Bruno Campos), a handsome prince arrives in town looking for romance, the evil Dr. Facilier (Keith David) hatches a nefarious plot and turns Naveen into a frog. A kiss from Tiana should return him to his true form, but in a hilarious twist on the classic story, she is instead transformed into a frog herself! The pair must travel into the heart of the mysterious Louisiana bayou with only a trumpet-playing alligator and a love-struck firefly as guides to find the priestess who can reverse the curse in order to find their “happily ever after.”

The Princess and the Frog on Blu-ray is priced at $39.99SRP (US), and $44.99 (Canada) and on Blu-ray Combo Pack is priced at $44.99 SRP (US) and $51.99SRP (Canada), and the Single Disc DVD is priced at $29.99 SRP (US) and $35.99 SRP (Canada).

About Disney’s Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + DisneyFile in a single package): To provide consumers with unprecedented quality, value and portability of their favorite Disney movies, in 2008 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) pioneered the Combo Pack – a Blu-ray Disc™ plus a DVD and a DisneyFile digital copy of the film in a single package. Current WDSHE branded titles available as Combo Packs include, Bolt, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Up.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, a recognized leader in the home
entertainment industry, is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, Miramax and Buena Vista product, which includes DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and electronic distribution. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is a division of The Walt Disney Studios.

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