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The Princess and the Frog


Year: 2009 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Ron Clements, John Musker 
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Jennifer Cody, John Goodman, Keith David (voices)  
An image from The Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog is a gem of a Disney movie. Not only is the art style reminiscent of old childhood favourites but all other ingredients necessary for Disney magic are there. It has characters spontaneously breaking into song, talking animals and, of course, a love story.

Tiana (Rose) has dreamt of opening her own restaurant, ‘Tiana’s Place’, since she was a little girl. Following in the footsteps of her beloved and recently departed father, Tiana frantically works two jobs for money to put towards buying her restaurant, but her mother worries that she is forgetting what is truly important: family and happiness.

Meanwhile, the handsome Prince Naveen (Campos) has arrived in New Orleans and is seeking a wife. However, unbeknownst to the public he has been cut off from his family’s wealth and is being forced to marry a rich girl. The most likely contender is Charlotte (Cody), daughter of ‘Big Daddy’ La Bouff (Goodman) and Tiana’s childhood friend.

Lurking behind the scenes is the sinister voodoo master, Dr. Facilier (David). He turns Naveen into a frog and his servant Lawrence into Naveen. He persuades Lawrence to marry Charlotte and split the money with him. Meanwhile, Naveen crosses Tiana at a ball and mistaking her for a princess he asks for a kiss. However, disaster strikes and she is turned into a frog as well!

So begins a comic and romantic journey across the swamps of Louisiana as Tiana and Naveen try to find their way back to normality. Pursued by Facilier’s voodoo spirits and accompanied by a jazz-loving crocodile and a Cajun firefly, this film promises to be one bizarre and very Disneyesque adventure.

Sophie Carroll

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Screenings of this film:

2009/2010 Summer Term (35mm)