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Movie Review: The Princess and The Frog January 2, 2010

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Saw this in the theater, but… Netflix Synopsis: Down in New Orleans during the fabulous Jazz Age, young Princess Tiana (voice of Anika Noni Rose) searches for true love and comes face-to-face with snooty debutante Charlotte (Jennifer Cody), ancient voodoo priestess Mama Odie (Jennifer Lewis) and the evil Dr. Facilier (Keith David). But with the help of her mother (Oprah Winfrey), a crooning alligator and other friends, Tiana’s fairy-tale dreams may come true after all.

The first thing to strike me about this movie is how it could be rated “G” for General Audiences. Having seen the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie just a couple days before and it was rated PG for Parental Guidance. I find it concerning because this movie contained much more of an adult theme. There was a lot of voodoo and witch craft that I felt was not appropriate for general audiences. In a way, my son being only five years-old was good because he was at an age that was too young to understand what we really happening. However, I suppose this is like Bambi and the major glossing over of death that people seem to ignore.

Now, I personally had no problem with the inclusion of voodoo. For one, I am fully aware that is a major part of the culture of New Orleans. I also know there had to be a way to cover the fact the human characters were turned into frogs. However, it is darkness, frightening nature and percentage of the movie that was included. Beyond this down side, this classic tale of kissing the frog is cute. It is an original story and the animation makes for an enjoyable time.

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