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Midnight Snack

Posted on December 16 2009 11:59 pm
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I took The Wife to see the new Disney movie the other night. (She has a childlike side and particularly appreciates children’s movies. This is one of the aspects of her that I cherish the most.)

She loved this attempt to revitalize Disney’s tradition of traditional animation. And while it’s certainly great to see the company getting back to its roots I could not share her unadulterated adoration. (I am a former film critic after all.)

“The Princess and the Frog” is good, but far from great. Were I still writing reviews I’d probably give it a B, maybe a B-. It’s more at the level of quality of “Pocahontas” and “Mulan” rather than “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.” The characters are not as exciting as the best Disney films and the narrative seems drawn out, thus rendering a slow film. Keith David makes for an effective villain — very much in the tradition of the dark occultist of numerous Disney films — but he’s sadly underused and underdeveloped. The film does perform at a visual level, though

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