The Princess and the Frog

Sunday, January 03, 2010

So I finally got around to watching "The Princess and the Frog". I went in really wanting to like the film, and overall, it was a decent movie. I did think it had a few holes though. If you haven't watched the film yet, this is the part where you'll want to stop reading.

A lot of this film felt like a TV special rather than a film. What I mean by that is that several parts of the plot seemed to go by very quickly, or have the audience accept a lot of the story with little or no explanation. Why would the servant character go against Prince Naveen so quickly and easily? Why would the Shadow Man buy the sugar mill? What would he want to do with it? Why would the Shadow Man be so set on destroying Prince Naveen in the first place?

A lot of the character design looked like an episode of the Proud Family as well. This is not really a surprise, given that one of the lead animators on the film was the creator of the show.

Like I said, the film was halfway decent, but hardly the glorious return to 2D animation that it was touted to be. While this is not the fault of the technique, hopefully the businessmen and women greenlighting future projects understand that as well.

Did you see the film? What did you think?