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Disney recaptures its Renaissance magic

  • Sara Veal

    CONTRIBUTOR

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 10 2010   /  03:50 pm

The Princess and the Frog, Disney's first 2D animated film since 2004's Home on the Range, is an all-American fairytale that successfully balances nostalgic magic and modern attitudes, and is likely to usher in a new generation of Disney princess lovers. Loosely based on E. D. Baker's 2002 novel The Frog Princess, it pays tribute to Disney's Renaissance era (1989-1999), a time when the new Disney film was the event of the year, while also serving as a fable for the current financial crisis. In early 20th century New Orleans, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), a waitress, is diligently saving up to realize hers - and her late father's (Terrence Howard) - dream of owning a restaurant. When her privileged friend Charlotte (Jennifer Cody) asks her to cater a masquerade ball she is throwing in honor of the visiting Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos), Tia happily accepts. Meanwhile, Dr. Fa...