Wednesday, February 3, 2010

New Orleans, Voodoo, the Princess and the Frog

In "The Princess and the Frog", a well loved fairy tale is reworked to give the tale a new perspective. Set in New Orleans, Disney features its very first black princess (as far as I can remember - although Brandi became a black Cinderella years back) in Tiana whose only dream (well, it was his deceased father's dream too) is to serve food that everyone will love in her own restaurant. But money is hard. After all, cash doesn't grow on trees when you're just a waitress in this city. Enter Prince Naveen - Prince of Maldonia - whose mission is to marry a rich heiress. He is broke after having been cut off from her royal parents' fortunes.

As luck would have it, Naveen is caught under the unfortunate spell of voodoo, as a charlatan of a magician pines for the wealth that he is about to acquire once he marries lovestruck Charlotte, Tiana's rich childhood friend. And so the plot thickens.

Oprah Winfrey voices Eudora, while Anika Noni Rose does Tiana's voice.

There indeed is nothing like a good old fairy tale mixed with magic, adventure and some of the most beautifully written songs in an animated musical.

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