Rated: G

Distributed By:

Walt Disney Pictures

Directed by:

John Musker and Rob Clements

Starring:

Voices of Anika Noni Rose as Tiana; Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen; Keith David as Dr. Facilier; Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis; Jim Cummings as Ray; Jennifer Cody as Charlotte; Peter Bartlett as Lawrence; Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie; Oprah Winfrey as Eudora; Terrence Howard as James; John Goodman as ’Big Daddy’ La Bouff

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Princess and the Frog

Kermit the Frog was right. It’s not easy being green. Tiana can vouch for that. Born into poverty in New Orleans, Tiana works two jobs and saves every penny, hoping one day to open her own restaurant. After an unsuccessful attempt to buy a location for her restaurant, she makes a wish on a star and thinks kissing Prince Naveen is the answer.

The prince was turned into a frog by Dr. Facilier, an evil Voodoo witch doctor, but he’s sure he’ll be back to normal if Tiana would just grace him with a kiss. Tiana kisses the amphibian, and sparks fly. Violins are heard and . . . Tiana turns into a frog.

Unlike other Disney princesses, Tiana is a self-made, hard-working woman who teaches Prince Naveen how to work hard. The two decide to do everything possible to get Tiana her restaurant.

The Princess and the Frog has strong messages about the importance of family, friends and food (how it can bring people together) and suggests that what we want isn’t always what we need. Voodoo, a dangerous mixture of evil magic appears often in this film.

Dr. Facilier, also called “the Shadow Man,” is controlled by dark powers and evil "friends from the other side." He reads fortunes and dreams of becoming rich and powerful. Some characters kiss, and there are many violent scenes, including characters being dragged to hell by shadowy creatures.

Overall, despite some of this film’s positive themes, The Princess and the Frog deals with dark spiritual powers, contains more negative messages and features more scary scenes than most of Disney’s previous films.

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