|The Princess and the Frog
Written and Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker
The premise: Tiana, a hard working African American woman living in New Orleans, kisses the frog version of Prince Naveen to change him back into a human; but instead is turned into a frog herself.
Travel Review: The entire story of The Princess and The Frog is focused on New Orleans but only a few of the places mentioned/seen are real.
Watching the movie makes me long to visit New Orleans but in a general way. It hits main culture points like jazz music and cajun cuisine, but misses cajun music, demonizes voodoo culture and represents cajuns as morons. As a huge fan of Remy LeBeau (Gambit from X-Men for all you non-geeks) and a general disliker of misrepresentation in media this irked me.
Story Review: The message of hard work pays off but make sure to have love in your life is good, but it’s quite a muddled message. No matter how hard Tiana works, it’s made clear that she/her work isn’t worth much if she doesn’t have a man in her life. Perhaps asking for a story where the female’s worth isn’t tied to who she loves, if she choose to love anyone is a bit much– but the idea of a girl growing up believing her life can only be validated by an outside source, like a boyfriend or husband (or Heaven forbid a girlfriend or wife) spells trouble in the form of low self esteem and confidence.
The arguments that it’s a kid’s story and it’s from Disney are invalid because Bambi, The Lion King and Lilo + Stitch are Disney stories that resonate with everyone. Granted none of these examples are princess movies, but Lilo + Stitch does focus on a female character. I’d also like to mention that I don’t have a vendetta against princesses as this blog gets part of it’s name from a princess. However Princess Thorn (from Bone) is in the minority of princesses since she farms, fights and wears a normal clothing.
Have you seen this movie or other Disney princess movies? What’s your opinion on them?