Friday, April 4, 2014

The Princess Project - "The Princess and the Frog" Commentary

Tweets originally posted on 4/10/14.

Let's get right into "The Princess And The Frog", which stars our first Mooney-era Princess.

And also the last significant gasp to date of hand-drawn Disney feature animation. *sigh*

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Mooney: "OH! Oh it's beautiful! You've visualized my dream of what every little girls room is going to look like!!!"

(Mooney skips away, layout artists look at each other incredulously...) "He knows we're mocking him right?"

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Our introduction to Charlotte and Tiana. Here's a great blog post that dissects this scene...

...but I'd like to point out that the films snarky attitude towards Disney Princess franchise/culture is a bold f-ing choice.

It's gently mocking, to be sure, but remember this was the peak of the marketing frenzy.

An unintended subtext of "The Princess And The Frog": Disney's marketing department does not pay close attention to the films they are marketing...

I forgot how the awesome opening number introduces us to all the major characters in the space of a couple minutes!

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This whole sequence!

It's directly inspired by Tex Avery's "Page Ms. Glory", which if you haven't seen yet, here you go. You're in for a treat.

I could also make an argument that this is the best "I Want" song since "Part of That World".

And it's a fascinating one, since Tiana knows EXACTLY what she wants and how to achieve it. An awesome You Go Girl anthem.

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It'd never happen but I'd be fine with an entire American animated feature in this style.

Super jealous of Tiana's L33T veggie-chopping skills.

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LaFou unavailable for comment.

And in light of Beast/Prince, it was a darn good decision to have us spend some time with Human-Naveen. Even if he is a jerk.

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"Hey, what if we drew Prince as a Disney Villain and had Keith David voice him?" - an awesome person

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Lottie is a f-in GREAT character.

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"Go insane! Go insane! Throw some glitter make it rain!"

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"Not marketable enough."

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"Yeah! That's more like it!"

No points for guessing which of these dresses Tiana chose for the party and which one she only wears during her emotional crisis

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Obviously cut subplot is obvious.

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This guy...

Remember how I said some sidekick characters take a while to endear themselves to me? Hey, Louis.

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Though this scene is amazing.

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"Hey guys! I know what shot we need to feature in the trailer! Prominently!"

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Speaking of visual gags that are... a bit much...

~*~O-o-or~*~

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What the hell did my Frogadier evolve into?!?!?

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"Ugh, that goofy-ass bug thing is going to ruin the whole movie! Look at it!"

The scene with the hunters is a little out-of-place, but...

...it is a better invocation of classic Warner Bros cartoons than anything WB has done in decades.

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Seriously. Big dude on the left is basically Chuck Jones' Baby Bear.

The designs of the shadow demon things!? O.O

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Good-aligned snake in a Disney movie OMG!!!

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SPOONBILLS!!!!!

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Mama Odie's conversation with Tiana is... it sticks in my craw a bit. Could've been worded better.

Though I'm not sure *how*, honestly. It's not like she could just say, "Girl, you need to chill."

Incidentally, I recall Tumblr piling on Mama Odie for being a bad stereotype. Despite the fact she is based on both a real person and a Louisiana local legend. Tumblr!

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Anyway, Ron and John!

The "Lottie and Naveen have both betrayed me even though that's way out of character for the former..."

"...and I already know about the latter's imposter!" scene really sticks in my craw. It just doesn't need to be in here.

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You know how I said it took a while for Louis to win me over? Here's where he did.

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Oh! Oh, no!

Disney! Making You Cry Over Such Things As A Beetle Getting Trod Upon Since Your Childhood!

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"Oh, I love it! Sell dolls of her in this dress!"
"Mooney, do you even watch these movies?"

Facilier is trying to get Tiana on his side through Daddy Issues? Facilier, what the hell?

Lilo's doll Scrump is back and boy is she p**sed!

Woah... O_O

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Seriously, this is up there w/Judge Doom as far as messed-up Disney Villain deaths.

"My dream wouldn't be complete without you in it." Awww...

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I'm attending an outdoor wedding later this year. I hope it is exactly like this.

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Best Disney Princess dress. I love Belle's too but... aqua. And *vines!*

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So here are Naveen's ambiguously ethnic parents.

Weirdly, it's Tiana's Mom who says she wants some grandkids already. Naveen's mom deported him!

Truthfully, she sent him away to America until he became a person she could voluntarily grant political power. Wild.

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"Deal with it!"

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Oh... this is a little weird...

I mean I don't for a moment think Lottie was seriously going to wait for a now-six year old, but it's weird that they went there.

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Anyway, awwwww...

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Silly me, I would also love an entire movie in this style.

That weird realization that if any US studio would do such a thing these days, the most likely one is Dreamworks...?

1 comment:

raptor_044 said...

"Deal with it!"

Now that you mention it, that scene would make a better "Deal with it!" gif than any of those w/whatever character putting on sunglasses.

"I mean I don't for a moment think Lottie was seriously going to wait for a now-six year old, but it's weird that they went there."

Well, it worked for Anakin & Padme, & Disney did buy the rights to "Star Wars".

-JD-man