Opened: December 11, 2009
Directed by: Ron Clements & John Musker
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jim Cummings, Jennifer Cody, Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard & John Goodman
It’s hard to believe this modern Disney classic is turning 10 years old this year.
Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) is a hard worker dreaming of opening her own restaurant in New Orleans one day. When Prince Naveen of Maldonia (Bruno Campos) visits, Tiana caters a party for him. She kisses a frog and learns that a voodoo witch doctor (Keith David) put the prince under a spell and now Tiana has turned into a frog as well.
You can feel the heart of Louisiana in every part of this film. From the food – Tiana loves making beignets and gumbo – to the jazz music, this film has a spirit unlike any other Disney film.
Upon its release, and probably still today, Tiana is still the strongest and motivated future princess.
Final say: An animated gem in a world of CGI. ★★★★★