After going on a Valentine’s day date to see “The Princess and the Frog,” I decided that I wanted to compare my own opinions to that of some movie review bloggers. An article from The Sun seemed to match my view of the movie almost perfectly. I liked that the article touched on the controversial aspects of the movie’s release (the heroine’s racial newness).
I liked that the article was positive, and paired a kid’s perspective with an adult’s more cynical perspective. That’s what I would have done. The article made the “first African-American princess” controversy look unnecessary and irrevelent by pointing out that the character was a frog for the biggest portion of the movie. The author also pointed out that having racial diversity among the Disney characters isn’t rare since there have been other racial minority Disney princesses such as Jasmine, Mulan, and Pocahontas.
As I watched the movie I wondered what some would think of the movie’s voodoo-magical aspects. I didn’t find that addition to be offensive in the least since it’s a part of New Orleans culture, not to mention the fact that many of Disney’s most famous classics have the element of magic in their story lines. The article shrugged off views that criticized the movie’s inclusion of voodoo by making it seem expectant since the story is set in New Orleans. I liked that.
The article’s closing statements echoed my most prevalent impression from the movie: the amazing jazzy soundtrack and the visually amusing animation.