Sunday, May 1, 2016

Disney's The Princess and the Frog Deserves Another Look

Photo from Den of Geek

If you search the internet for Disney's The Princess and the Frog, you see a lot of comments on how it sealed the fate of Disney's 2D animated features. Despite the tremendous critical success it enjoyed (it received three Oscar nominations), it only did solidly instead of overwhelmingly well at the box office, and that—they say—led to Disney shutting down its hand-drawn animation department. It also routinely gets called out for not handling the issues of race and class in Jazz Age New Orleans with the sophistication they need.

But critics of The Princess and the Frog miss some of the fantastic things the film did accomplish that have kept it fresh and relevant years after its release, despite its post-World War I setting.

This article talks about the unique and modern aspects of the movie such as "tropes being gender-swapped" and "Tiana as the 99%". They make some solid points; check it out:

Photo and text from Den of Geek

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