Disney’s The Princess and the Frog opens across the nation today to an estimated 3,400 screens. It actually debuted more than two weeks ago, but was playing in only two theaters.
The movie marks a return to hand-drawn animation, a method they have not used since the release of Home on the Range in 2004. At that time, Disney turned away from the traditional method in favor of CGI (computer generated imagery), made famous by Pixar. All indications show a wide-spread acceptance of the company’s return to its roots.
The Princess and the Frog tells the classic story of the frog prince. It places arrogant Prince Naveen on a collision course with waitress Tiana. In a twist of the original tale, both the prince and Tiana are transformed into frogs and end up working together to return to normal life.
Randy Newman was tapped to provide the music for the movie and several famous names have shown up to provide the voices for the characters. Some of these include Keith David, Oprah Winfrey, John Goodman and Emeril Lagasse. Relative newcomer Anika Noni Rose takes the helm providing the voice of Tiana with Bruno Campos playing the prince.
For a quick preview of the movie, check out the trailer below (Thanks to HollywoodStreams for providing it).