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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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

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

77

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 9

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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Set in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, The Princess and the Frog concerns a poor African-American girl named Tiana who has a knack for cooking, and dreams of opening her own restaurant. Her best friend since childhood is a privileged white girl whose wealthy father employs Tiana's mother as a dressmaker. When the friend's family hosts a party for Prince Naveen of Maldonia, Dr. Facilier, an expert in black magic, turns the visiting royal into a frog. The now amphibious Naveen

Mar 16, 2010

$104.4M

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All Critics (164) | Top Critics (39) | 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.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's a very cute film, a very accessible work for children and families.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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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.

February 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

December 14, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (37)
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It's nice to know that the studio behind Cinderella can still cast a spell in two dimensions.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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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.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
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.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
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.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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.

October 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

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

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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.

August 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
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."

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comments (3)

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

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (4)
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.

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

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

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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?'

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comments (3)
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.

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comments (2)
Cinema Signals

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

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

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

February 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Princess and the Frog

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
August 17, 2013
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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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.
January 15, 2013
ironclad1609

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.
January 4, 2013
SirPant

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    1. Ray: Just follow the bouncin' butt!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Charlotte: Gimme some napkins, quick!
    2. Princess Tiana: What's for?
    3. Charlotte: I swear, I'm sweatin' like a sinner in church!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Princess Tiana: I suppose that you want a kiss.
    2. Prince Naveen: Kissin' would be nice.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. Princess Tiana: There's no way I'm kissin' a frog and eatin' a bug on the same day.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
    1. 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 (4 months ago)
    1. Princess Tiana: Just one kiss?
    2. Prince Naveen: Yes, unless you beg for more.
    – Submitted by Adam P (4 months ago)
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