I’ve been to see Disney’s Princess and the Frog. I have a four year old daughter, so what do you expect. Her review is it was the most awesome awesomeness EVAH! Me, not so much.
Look, I grew up on Disney. I don’t want to bad mouth the mouse. I’m a fanboy. I love the Pixar stuff. I love the old school Disney animations.
I’m not a big fan of the whole “Disney Princess” concept, but I get the marketing behind it. With the aforementioned 4 year old girl, the Disney Princess concept isn’t exactly promoting the most healthy of body images. But I get it. Little girls want to be princesses. Little boys want to be… not princesses.
So, in no particular order, here are the things I had trouble with:
- Tiana was another in the long line of impossible female images that my daughter will look up to and attempt to emulate. Thankfully there wasn’t a “specific” dress this time that seemed to be associated with “Princess” Tiana.
- The Shadow Man seemed a little stereotypical to me.
- The story seemed a bit forced. It wasn’t as flowing as other princess stories. Cinderella for instance.
- I didn’t walk away humming a tune.
Now this isn’t to say I didn’t like parts of it. Overall, it wasn’t awful. So since I did the bad, here’s the good.
- There isn’t any really negative stereotype of women. Okay, the one friend is a little vapid, but in the end, she turns out pretty damn good.
- The Shadow Man’s “friends on the other side” were creepy. Delightfully creepy. LOVED THEM!
- For some reason I liked the goofy alligator. And the firefly. And his girlfriend.
- The candle was in the window. Which is code, for it has the expected happy ending. Disney movies should always have the happy ended. It’s a rule.
My son liked the movie too. I think he liked Planet 51 more. But he did enjoy this new Disney movie.