I just saw "The Princess and the Frog" and really enjoyed (my sister only thought it was OK but Haley is a killjoy). I thought the characters were complex, and it had some good comedy in it. I even liked Randy Newman's music better than I thought I would. I loved the writing and art. Also, Naveen was hot (shut up). I loved the ending, and some parts made me come close to crying.
Is this by far the greatest Disney movie ever? No, but it's a good refresher. Disney (this does not include Pixar, since they do consistently well) has not had the best of animated features in the past few years (not even going to talk on live action....), but this was a serious improvement.
I'm going to into some history, and this will have a point in the end. After Walt Disney died, Disney animated films were OK, and in the 80s Disney animation almost closed. Then came "The Little Mermaid". john Musker and Ron Clements's animated feature changed the company, movie after movie were successful. Then in the late 90s, early thousands things started to go downhill, for whatever reason. 3-D animation or something. So for the past like ten years Disney Animation has been OK, like in the 70s and 80s. Then "The Princess and the Frog" comes along (written by Ron and John) and it shows that Disney can come back.
"Why?" you may ask. I think many of us miss 2-D. This story is great, the characters are fleshed out, and most importantly there is no parody of anything. I think with Dreamworks doing the parody thing in mainly all their movies for a while, the novelty has worn thin. "Aladdin" started it, but it was fresh and new for animation. Now, it's kind of old. I think people and critics have missed stories with a good moral, without all the flashing lights and filled with adult jokes or potty humor, now "The Princess and the Frog" had a little but it wasn't glaringly obvious. This movie had some serious heart and it returned to the old early 90s feel to it. I was reminded of "The Little Mermaid" in the way it was.
"The Princess and the Frog" has made me really excited for what Disney has next. "Rapunzel" will come out next year and even though it is in 3-D it has a 2-D feel to it. And also Alan Menken is writing the music for it. I'm also looking forward to (hopefully) "The Snow Queen" because even though it isn't in production yet the pre-production artwork looks really good and it makes me hopeful that someday we may have the next "Beauty and the Beast" or "The Lion King".
Share your thoughts if you have any.