The Princess and the Frog

15 Dec 2009

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about the new Disney film 'The Princess and the Frog.' Not only is it a return to Disney's roots, it also seems to be an acknowledgment from the studio that they are not ashamed of their target audience. For Princess and the Frog is a fairy story, and what's more, it's an all signing all dancing princess related fairy story in classic Disney style, so if you haven't seen it yet, watch and adore...

For too long now Disney have been trying to break away from the type of films that made them so beloved by audiences all over the world. First it was Atlantis trying to emulate the increasingly popular art form Manga, and then it was Treasure Planet trying to get the teenage boy market. I don't even have a clue what they were trying to do with Home on the Range!

It was such a pity that this run of poor films (and I'm not including Lilo and Stitch in that assessment) coincided with the emergence of 3D, because it led audiences and studio executives to believe that 2D was the past and was no longer relevant to a world in which both films and games and judged primarily on how close to reality they look. So I have all of my fingers and all of my toes crossed that Princess and the Frog is an unashamed return to classic form, and that Disney embraces the loyal audience that it does have, rather than chasing after new ones.

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