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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 164
Fresh: 137 | Rotten: 27

Critics Consensus: The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection for the holidays.

78%
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: The warmth of traditional Disney animation makes this occasionally lightweight fairy-tale update a lively and captivating confection for the holidays.

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User Ratings: 258,727

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Movie Info

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, 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.

Rating:
G
Genre:
Animation , Romance , Comedy , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
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Written By:
Ron Clements , John Musker
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 16, 2010
Box Office:
$104.4M
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Princess and the Frog

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (137) | Rotten (27) | DVD (4)

The nineteen-twenties jazz-age setting and the primal-adventure storytelling are boilerplate Disney, scrubbed clean of any real local color.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's a very cute film, a very accessible work for children and families.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Randy Newman's songs are a little too blandly Randy Newman-ish and the story is uneven, but there are some great characters, some even better jokes, a general sense of good humour and that entrancing, eye-ravishing old-school animation.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Most of The Princess and the Frog looks more like one of Disney's straight-to-DVD sequels than like their animated classics, and the few big, fun musical set-pieces are brought down by second-rate songwriting.

Full Review… | December 14, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's nice to know that the studio behind Cinderella can still cast a spell in two dimensions.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Randy Newman provides the score, which, if short of memorable tunes, is rich in authenticity, with a mixture of local flavoured ragtime, zydeco and jazz.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Working in tandem with the images, the music helps make the movie a triumph of atmosphere -- you get a sense of place that's missing from lots of other Disney films.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[The film is] colourful, funny and imaginative and should be a favourite with younger children in theatres and on DVD.

Full Review… | November 26, 2013
Screen International

The film looks great and has excellent voice talent, but the story itself is not particularly entertaining and the music is quickly forgettable and could have been much better with someone else writing the songs.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012
Examiner.com

This teeming gumbo of characters, songs and story set in the jazzy, culturally rich French Quarter of New Orleans during the 1920s isn't just another Disney fairytale.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
American Profile

After paying her dues in crapfests like From Justin to Kelly and winning a Tony on Broadway and playing third fiddle to Beyonce and J-Hud in Dreamgirls, it's about time someone cast Anika Noni Rose as the lead in something.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Somehow, the result is both magically old-fashioned and wonderfully modern, the natural evolution of the heartwarming, rib-tickling, toe-tapping Disney treasures of yesteryear.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
EricDSnider.com

The result is a pretty standard old-style Disney story -- of damsel up against exotic challenges -- that's very nicely spiced up by its unique setting.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010
Apollo Guide

The splash of Mardi Gras-set colour and excitement is thrilling to watch; the emotional bond between characters and patrons strong.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
sbs.com.au

A spectacular throwback to past glories, The Princess and the Frog more than lives up to the high standards of this years animation releases.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Feeling like a collection of Disney Princess greatest hits with a Southern flair, this latest Disney animated feature may look gorgeous but it's lacking in "magic."

Full Review… | May 16, 2010

Despite the honest, authentic ideals, Disney's traditional animation studios can't cope with the imagination or storytelling of their colleagues, Pixar.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

When you wish upon a star (in New Orleans), you can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you might find (wait for it) you get what you need.

Full Review… | April 4, 2010
MovieCrypt.com

The best hand-drawn Disney animation feature in over a decade.

Full Review… | April 2, 2010
Cinema Sight

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Full Review… | March 26, 2010
Movies for the Masses

A heady dose of nostalgia, and the question left in our heads after seeing it is, 'why did [Disney] ever stop making these?'

Full Review… | March 24, 2010
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

As far as its aim goes, what's not to appreciate? But its reversion to an old classic and the technology of a prior day pervades its spunky activity with a blunting derivativeness.

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
Cinema Signals

The character design ... and detailed artwork combine to create a New Orleans that has one foot in realism and one in fantasy.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Salt Lake Tribune

This film will charm little princesses everywhere and is a vibrant addition to the Disney catalogue.

Full Review… | February 5, 2010
Daily Record [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Princess and the Frog

½

Cute throwback to Disney movies of the past. I love jazz and the New Orleans setting and this was a great little film. Looked awesome on blu ray and had solid voice acting across the board.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

this movie was a breath of fresh air from all the CG movies at the time, it had fantastic animation, characters, acting, comedy, and songs. By far my favorite character in the movie was the Shadows man/ Dr. Facilier who sings the best song in the whole movie and also has a great voice

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Disney's return to a rather classical approach to animated films (and storytelling) is mostly aimed at a very young and female audience. The rest should still have a hard time getting bored with the lovely characters, colorful set pieces and catchy Jazz songs, but adults and boys probably expect a little more edge in their films. Especially the story is somewhat generic, from the protagonist's dilemma to the villain and the cute sidekicks. If you've seen more than three Disney films in your time you will find it hard to be surprised at any point throughout this film. That doesn't mean it isn't well done, offers a few laughs and decent entertainment. Kids will certainly love it.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A re-imagining or a re-telling of the original story rather than a 'Disney's' version. I swear most people think Walt Disney wrote most fairytales, so it's nice to see them bucking that trend. There is also a level of maturity to this story, I'm generally anti-Disney but I thought this one was quite good.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The Princess and the Frog Quotes


Ray: Just follow the bouncin' butt!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
Charlotte: Gimme some napkins, quick! Princess Tiana: What's for? Charlotte: I swear, I'm sweatin' like a sinner in church!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
Princess Tiana: I suppose that you want a kiss. Prince Naveen: Kissin' would be nice.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
Princess Tiana: There's no way I'm kissin' a frog and eatin' a bug on the same day.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
Prince Naveen: Lawrence! Glad to see you're finally gettin' into the music. Do you get my joke? Because your head is, it's in the tuba.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
Princess Tiana: Just one kiss? Prince Naveen: Yes, unless you beg for more.
– Submitted by Adam P (10 months ago)

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