Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Princess a little too eager

(Movie Review)
Starring the voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, John Goodman, Jim Cummings, Jenifer Lewis, Terrence Howard, and Oprah Winfrey.
Directed by Ron Clements & John Musker.


This movie is trying to be everything to everyone. It's a pleasant enough return for Disney to its 2-D glory, and a decent addition to the DVD Princess collection. Tiana should be right at home mingling with Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Megara, Mulan, etc. At different points in the movie, it reminded me of The Aristocats, The Rescuers, and Tarzan too. It also has a prince with his own motivation and personality, which is a welcome change.

It's better than Home on the Range and Treasure Planet and some of those 2-D animation misfires that put the whole genre on hold for a few years. I would have liked it more if I'd seen it 15 years ago, as it feels just like a movie that should've opened 15 years ago.

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