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film review: The Princess & The Frog
Categories: lifestyle, London

Last Sunday Miniminx and I had the privilege of being invited to the celebrity preview screening of the new Disney Movie, The Princess and the Frog.

Stacey Solomon and son

It was at the fine and dandy Mayfair Hotel in town which is very swish and glam, and famous for it’s famous guests. It is gorgeous hotel, and the decor is sleek and pristine except of course, when you invite high profile adults and their kids- many dressed as Princesses and frogs – along for an afternoon of entertainment. I’m a great believer in access for all so it added a nice touch of chaos and vibrancy to a very sophisticated afternoon reception and private screening.

Even better is that children just don’t hold back when they spot someone really famous and my daughter went absolutely crazy when she spotted Stacey Solomon. She was quite scared of Peter Jones, who was all smiles, but she’s seen Dragons’ Den and her mind would not be changed. A real highlight was that she got to meet the wonderfully talented Anika Noni Rose who is the voice of the main character Tiana and even had a photo taken with her. There were face painters on hand too to give the girls and boys a make over – I was hoping I could get my face painted too but Miniminx wouldn’t let me!

And on to the film, it’s coming out in cinemas in two weeks and I think it has all the right ingredients to make it a modern classic. It didn’t escape me either that it’s located in New Orleans, an area which has suffered greatly since the floods and I hope this high profile film will help regenerate it through tourism.

What’s great about the animation is that it has taken the studio back to its roots and the images are hand drawn. The beautiful gowns worn by the main characters have a translucent, starry effect which always sent my childish imagination soaring when I was very young and the magic still remains.

The film is great, and full of over the top characters, I was very taken with the firefly call Ray myself.

This felt more like the old school Disney – the story is a roller coaster journey and there are ghouls, baddies and of course a love story and lots to laugh about. The animators really know how to fill a screen and the imagery combined with the amazing music made it a great experience for all ages.

The music is good and the story is really one of friendship between two girls, Charlotte the daughter of a mega rich businessman and Tiana the daughter of a hard working man with a dream, as they grow up.

Charlotte is white and Tiana black and they live in an integrated society at the turn of last century in New Orleans against a backdrop of jazz, Mardi gras, voodoo, poverty and wealth. They both have dreams, one to marry a Prince, the other to open a restaurant but as always, things don’t go according to plan and Tiana finds herself transformed into a Frog which is where the story starts and the adventures begin.

I won’t spoil it for you but here’s a trailer.

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3 Comments to “film review: The Princess & The Frog”

  1. I’m very tempted to take Amy in the half term hols, she’s bursting to see it. Thanks for the review, makes it a lot easier knowing what to expect.

    CJ xx
    .-= Crystal Jigsaw´s last blog ..The Age of the Soul Mate =-.

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  3. That sounds like loads of fun! I cracks me up all te controversy about the film. My daughters just thought it was cute.
    .-= A Modern Mother´s last blog ..Will you sit by me? =-.

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