5/23/2012 The Princess and the Frog

Girls’ night at Kristen’s. Also Amanda made this amazing form of puppy chow made from funfetti cake mix. So Good.

The Princess and the Frog starts with Tiana’s mom telling the fairy tale to a young Tiana and Charlotte, a customer of Tiana’s mom. Then Tiana and her mother leave for their house, where Tiana and her father make some gumbo. It’s Tiana and her father’s dream to own a restaurant. Then the opening credits roll and show Tiana all grown up and working multiple jobs to save for the dream restaurant but her father died in WWI. Charlotte visits Tiana at work and she is abuzz because a prince is coming to town and her father is going to invite him to their masquerade ball. So Mr. LaBouff, Charlotte’s father, hires Tiana to make beignets (pronounced ben-YAYS.) Meanwhile, Prince Naveen and his servant visit Dr. Facilier, a shadow man, and Naveen ends up as a frog. His money hungry servant morphs into the prince in hopes of marrying Charlotte and getting the LaBouff family fortune. Naveen, after escaping from his jar, mistakes Tiana for a princess at the ball. When they kiss, she turns into a frog. They are chased into the bayou and take the advice of a trumpet playing alligator and try to find Mama Odie, who has the magic to turn them human. Mr. Facilier, realizing that Naveen has hopped away, sends his “friends” to find them.

Amazing music and animation make up this new Disney classic. This movie has great music, by Randy Newman no less, and a great villain song, “Friends on the Other Side” is up there with “Be Prepared” from The Lion King, for me. The supporting cast is also phenomenal. Ray, the lightning bug, cracks me up. How old do I want my kids to be when I try to explain voodoo and the creepy “friends on the other side?” Let’s say 10, B+ because of the scary factor.

Do you know what movie this gem of dialogue about voodoo is taken from? It will tie in to my next movie review, somewhat.
“You remind me of the babe.”
“What babe?”
“The babe with the power.”
“What power?”
“Power of voodoo.”
“Who do?”
“You do.”
“Do what?”
“Remind me of the babe.”

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