THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
|Original title: The Princess and the Frog|
Characters: Tiana, Naveen, Louis, Ray, Mamma Odie, Dr. Facilier, Eli Gran Papa La Bouff, James, Eudora, Charlotte La Bouff, Lawrence, Evangeline, Henry and Harvey Fenner, Reggie, Due Dita and Darnell, Buford
Production: Walt Disney Studios
Regia: Ron Clements, John Musker
duration: 97 minutes
Recommended age: Movies for all ages
Walt Disney Animation Studios present a joyful mix of adventurous storytelling, captivating characters, fantastic comedy and memorable music in the new movie "The Princess and the Frog", an animated comedy set in the magnificent city of New Orleans. From the creators of "The little Mermaid"And"Aladdin"a modern reinterpretation of a classic tale arrives, starring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to return to human and a kiss that leads them to live an exhilarating adventure through the mystic bayou of Louisiana. "The Princess and the Frog" represents a return to handmade animation, thanks to the celebrated couple formed by John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar® winner Randy Newman.
Everyone knows the story where a princess finds true love by kissing a frog, who so magically turns into a magnificent prince. In this version, the girl always kisses a frog, but the result is definitely different. It is just one of the dozens of surprises in this mix of giddy humor, emotions, melodies and chills. Love eventually finds its way - between a prince and a princess or even between frogs, as well as between a firefly and the object of his desire.
On the bank of the Great River is New Orleans, a city that shines with opulence, adventure, love, music and magic. Here, in a "once upon a time" of the jazz era of the XNUMXs, between the iron balconies and the characteristic boulevards of the French Quarter, a very particular story unfolds.
Tiana is an attractive, independent and hard working young woman. She has no time for love and the vanity of dreams, while she is passionate about cooking and plans to become a successful restaurateur, enhancing the love for food that represents her father's legacy. But despite her hard work and commitment, several obstacles do not allow her to achieve her goal.
On the Mississippi shore, however, a charming jazz fan has arrived in the city. This is the royal Prince Naveen, from distant Maldonia. Spoiled, irresponsible and lazy, Naveen made his way into life thanks to his good looks and undeniable charm. His wealth and position attract the interest of the evil Doctor Facilier, who deals with black magic and whose efforts to exploit the royal privileges of Naveen mysteriously transform the handsome prince into a frog.
Naveen's attempt to rely on the tradition of fairy tales, with a kiss that should serve to bring it back to human form, causes Tiana's transformation as the only result, so the two amphibians find themselves stuck in the bay of Louisiana, chased by frog hunters and looking for the positive magic of a mysterious 197-year-old priestess named Mama Odie.
To help them on their precarious, awkward and fun journey, there is a Cajun firefly named Ray and an alligator who plays jazz, Louis. Although their path is full of dangers, the difficulties bring out the best part of the couple. By overcoming their differences and obstacles, the two see their dreams come true, but not in the way they expected.
In the end, love triumphs and the differences that seemed huge before seem to disappear in the bayou.
(in the original version she has the voice of Anika Noni Rose) surely she is not the traditional fairytale princess. In fact, his dreams are not related to distant kingdoms and castles in the clouds, but to personal success and to succeed in creating a restaurant. She is an attractive and independent African American woman, who works hard and has a strong character, but also a loving and loyal friend, who shows great compassion. She loves the mother and keeps the father close to her heart, and despite knowing that her path will not be easy, she believes that everyone is able to achieve her goals.
In her pursuit of goals, however, Tiana never seems to appreciate what is happening to her on this path. He has no time for love and absolutely does not want to waste it after men, let alone kissing frogs.
PRINCE NAVEEN (in the original version he has the voice of Bruno Campos) the fascinating qualities of New Orleans have attracted Prince Naveen from his distant kingdom of Maldonia. Although he is spoiled and irresponsible, Naveen possesses an irresistible charm and a joie de vivre that conquers those around him, as well as a passion for Dixieland jazz that has been popularized by Paul Whiteman, Jimmie Noone, Earl Hines, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong.
"Disney has a long tradition of principles, but they're usually not complete characters," says Randy Haycock, Naveen's animation supervisor. "They perform a function, providing the princesses with someone to fall in love with. We have never had a prince who really influences a heroine, because it has always been love at first sight. For once, there is a girl who meets a boy and from this follows the idea of romantic comedy in which the couple meets, but they don't like each other at the beginning ".
Like everyone else, Naveen's flaws are intrinsically linked to his talents. Even the heroine has a defect, she doesn't know how to appreciate life and she doesn't know how to have fun. "That's what Naveen makes her understand," says Haycock. "He teaches her to calm down from time to time and simply to appreciate what is happening. Having fun, enjoying life, being happy for what surrounds you."
DOCTOR FACILIER (in the original version he has the voice of Keith David) Facilier is an ambiguous character, a sinister and threatening figure, which causes many problems and dangers to Prince Naveen and Tiana. He is a cold person, who puts his magic spells into practice and uses his ties with "friends from the other world" to get what he wants, also thanks to his mysterious and disturbing charm.
"He is musical, threatening, tall, light and thin. He can be really sweet. He is beautiful, graceful and I think that in the field of contemporary animation, it is rare to see this type of villain," reveals Bruce Smith, the animation supervisor. by Doctor Facilier. "It's always great, as an animator, to work on the villain, who turns out to be the character who holds the film together and makes everything interesting and compelling. Fortunately, in this case I found myself with a magnificent and unique villain."
MAMA ODIE (in the original version has the voice of Jenifer Lewis) Mama Odie is the solar side of Facilier, a magical eccentric and wise Queen of the Bayou, aged 197, who guides Tiana and Naveen on their mission to foil the evil spells of Doctor Facilier. In history, Mama Odie lives "in the deepest and darkest part of the bayou". On his old boat, strangely attached to a gigantic tree, Mama Odie, assisted by his domestic snake Zuju, dispenses spells and spells to people in need.
"I remember being conquered by Mama Odie," says animation supervisor Andreas Deja. "This old blind and eccentric woman who has a snake that allows her to see. Everything about her was unusual."
Much of the spirit of Mama Odie was inspired by the appreciation of the filmmakers of the famous New Orleans narrator Coleen Salley, author of several illustrated books, renowned professor of the University of New Orleans and ambassador of children's literature.
(in the original version he has the voice of Jim Cummings) is the firefly Cajun in love. Together with his southern charm, his gentle humor and romantic passion, the desire in the heart of Ray is a firefly called Evangeline, the most beautiful firefly in all creation. His admirable devotion to this unreachable goal, which however is a true love that becomes the basis of the film.
"He's a romantic," says animation supervisor Mike Surrey. "He is like Naveen and Tiana, but he has no problem expressing his love in a direct and carefree way. He believes that the couple is in the same condition, even if they don't realize it. It's hard not to cheer on a character from the genre. In fact, it perfectly embodies the idea of the transcendental power of love. All this simply in an awkward and unfriendly little man. "
(in the original version he has the voice of Michael-Leon Wooley) is a jazz fan, a committed and charming alligator who loves this music and playing the trumpet, whose suspicious 'assistance' to Tiana and Naveen adds fun to their adventure in the bayou . "He's a manipulator," says animation supervisor Eric Goldberg. "He has a very active brain, but he has a talent for jazz and when he plays he expresses his true nature."
"There's an alligator playing the trumpet, how can you not fall in love with him?" Says screenwriter Rob Edwards.
BIG DADDY (in the original version he has the voice of John Goodman) Eli La Bouff, known as "Big Daddy", is a rich, gentleman with a funny and secure position, who wants nothing more than to make his 'princess' Charlotte happy, so much so that he gives launch a Shrove Tuesday Ball to present Charlotte as 'princess' to society.
Big Daddy is a tribute to certain American literary protagonists made popular by works such as "The cat on the hot roof" and "Piano, piano dolce Carlotta", the rich and powerful patriarch. But while these characters were motivated by the power and desire to destroy their children, Big Daddy does not seek control or authority, but rather is characterized by limitless adoration for his only daughter.
(in the original version has the voice of Jennifer Cody) the spoiled, demanding and flamboyant daughter of Big Daddy is the perfect example of the rich girl of the early twentieth century, even if Charlotte is absolutely not the stereotype of the wealthy daughter.
Big Daddy loves his blue-eyed blonde, taking every opportunity to satisfy her with handmade clothes and fueling his fantasies, which include marriage to a prince (and therefore becoming a princess in turn), even if he has to kiss some frogs. Keeping her feet on the ground is friendship with a young girl, Tiana, daughter of the best seamstress in New Orleans, a sensitive girl who does not like to kiss the frogs and who will become the best friend in Charlotte's life.
(in the original version he has the voice of Terrence Howard) represents the source of inspiration for Tiana and is the legacy of his love. A strong and loving father who passed on his values to his daughter and with a family bond with the inhabitants of New Orleans: their love for good food. As he tells James to little Tiana, "food brings together absolutely different people, warms them up and makes them smile. When I open my restaurant, people will line up for miles just to taste my dishes."
(in the original version it has the voice of Oprah Winfrey) it is the pillar of Tiana, a lifeline and a source of inspiration. Tiana sees in her mother the respected successful businesswoman she aspires to be. As a girl, Tiana's happiest moments were with her mother, while playing in the home of one of her wealthiest clients with a girl named Charlotte. But while Tiana's father, James, is a romantic, Eudora is a pragmatic woman. In fact, you know that Tiana will face great difficulties in trying to become an independent woman.
"Eudora has a special personality," says animation supervisor Ruben Aquino. "The important thing is to be a loving mother, who also has a career as a seamstress. This activity offers her a modest life, even if she is very good at what she does and loves her daughter, so much that she wants the best for she".
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