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The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Country: USA

Genres: Animation, Family, Fantasy

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Writers: Rob Edwards, Ron Clements, John Musker, Greg Erb, ...

Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, ...

A modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.

100 | Lisa Schwarzbaum

What matters is that Tiana triumphs as both a girl and a frog, that dreams are fulfilled, wrongs are righted, love prevails, and music unites not only a princess and a frog but also kids and grown-ups.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

100 | Richard Corliss

In an amazing year for animation, The Princess and the Frog is up at the top. Go on, give it a big kiss.
Read More: Time

100 | Amy Biancolli

The animation, sparkling and graceful, also ranks as the studio's best traditional work in ages.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

100 | Ann Hornaday

The Princess and the Frog invite viewers to see the world as a lively, mixed-up, even confounding place, to recognize essential parts of ourselves in what we see, and to say: This is what we look like.
Read More: Washington Post

88 | Lawrence Toppman

Two things keep the film off Disney's top shelf. First, Naveen is a dull hero; his good-natured vanity isn't engaging until late in the story. Second, Newman's songs are less bland than usual but no more memorable.
Read More: Charlotte Observer

88 | Carrie Rickey

The film billed as the first Disney animation to boast an African American "princess" is really about a resourceful bootstrapper in New Orleans, a young woman allergic to the fairy-tale pap spoon-fed to young girls.
Read More: Philadelphia Inquirer

88 | James Berardinelli

Randy Newman's songs are catchy and are effective within the movie's context, but I can't see any of them having "legs" beyond the screen the way tunes from the earlier animated musicals did.
Read More: ReelViews

88 | Mike Scott

Local viewers will be tickled by the wealth of New Orleans details in the production. One of the best just might be in the film's music.
Read More: New Orleans Times-Picayune

83 | Tasha Robinson

Disney’s triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm.
Read More: The A.V. Club

83 | Marc Mohan

It's no "Fantasia" or "Sleeping Beauty," but it's no "The Rescuers Down Under," either.
Read More: Portland Oregonian

80 | Kirk Honeycutt

Marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant characters and mind-bending, hilarious situations.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

80 | Betsy Sharkey

The dialogue is fresh-prince clever, the themes are ageless, the rhythms are riotous and the return to a primal animation style is beautifully executed.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

80 | Mary Elizabeth Williams

The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city.
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80 | Dan Kois

Represents a course-correction for Disney's multibillion-dollar princess franchise: It attempts to celebrate the virtues of hard work and pluck, even if the movie itself can feel at times like a lesson rather than an enchantment.
Read More: Slate

80 | Helen O'Hara

Exactly as good as Musker and Clements’ earlier efforts, so a return to the form of Disney’s early 1990s classics. The animation is gorgeous, the heroine feisty and the animals amusing -- but this may be too scary for the very small.
Read More: Empire

78 | Marc Savlov

It's Disney's best traditionally animated outing in ages.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

75 | Claudia Puig

Emphasizes backing up wishes with hard work. That proviso is a thoughtful message for young moviegoers.
Read More: USA Today

75 | Lou Lumenick

Overall, the film is not quite up to "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid" from the same directing team of Ron Clements and John Musker, not to mention the recent string of masterpieces from Pixar.
Read More: New York Post

75 | Roger Ebert

The Princess and the Frog inspires memories of Disney's Golden Age it doesn't quite live up to, as I've said, but it's spritely and high-spirited, and will allow kids to enjoy it without visually assaulting them.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

70 | Andrea Gronvall

A welcome return to the Disney tradition of 2-D animation, this lively musical spices up Hans Christian Andersen's "The Frog Prince" by transplanting it to New Orleans in the early 20th century.
Read More: Chicago Reader

63 | Rene Rodriguez

This is minor Disney at best, forgettable at worst.
Read More: Miami Herald

63 | Michael Phillips

The movie slam-jams its overpacked story in a frenetic, needlessly complicated manner. It lacks for nothing in setting and atmosphere but comes up short where it counts: the characters.
Read More: Chicago Tribune

63 | Wesley Morris

The voice actors are also excellent, especially Michael-Leon Wooley as a bouncy trumpet-playing alligator and Jim Cummings as a lovelorn Cajun firefly.
Read More: Boston Globe

60 | Joe Neumaier

Part of the problem with "P&F" is that Tiana and Naveen's connection feels superficial.
Read More: New York Daily News

60 | David Fear

Eye-candy–wise, the film plants a big wet smooch; everything else about this happily-ever-after tale, however, feels like a mere air-kiss.
Read More: Time Out New York

50 | Justin Chang

This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.
Read More: Variety

50 | Scott Foundas

The Princess and the Frog is pleasantly, if unmemorably, drawn. But the movie as a whole never approaches the wit, cleverness, and storytelling brio of the studio's early-1990s animation renaissance (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) or pretty much anything by Pixar.
Read More: Village Voice

50 | Manohla Dargis

It’s not easy being green. But to judge from how this hand-drawn movie addresses, or rather strenuously avoids, race, it is a lot more difficult to be black.
Read More: The New York Times

50 | Joe Williams

It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
Read More: St. Louis Post-Dispatch