Movie Review: The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Anybody who says 2D animation is dead hasn't seen The Princess and the Frog.

A throwback to the animation process that made Disney a household name, the film is proof that you don't need an extra dimension to share a life lesson and a warm story.

Set in 1920's New Orleans, the story is based on the fairy tale The Frog Prince, but the movie expands beyond the "Kiss the frog to find your prince" angle. Here, the the heroine Tiana works hard as a waitress to reach her dream of starting a restaurant and eventually encounters the frog prince. They share misadventures as they find a way to transform the prince back into his human form. Of course, they meet interesting characters in the Louisiana bayou along the way.

While there's the usual Disney charm of old, The Princess and the Frog actually tackles modern issues like poverty, fiscal responsibility, and even race (Tiana is the first African-American "princess" in the Disney family).

The Princess and the Frog may be a bit formulaic and the animation looks simple relative to 3D films, but with the themes and characters in the movie, it shows that 2D animation movies still have magic.

Rating: 4/5