Sunday, June 28, 2009

Disney's The Princess and the Frog - New Behind the Scenes Featurette

In case you don't already know, Disney is releasing their first hand-drawn fairy tale feature animation film in a LONG time during this holiday season - specifically December 11, 2009 (yay!).

It's called "The Princess and the Frog" (you can see the official poster below - click on it for a larger view) and is based on the classic fairy tale "The Frog Prince", also known as "Frog King" (you can read the 'original' text and all about it's history and more at the SurLaLune site).

A new featurette, called "The Return to Hand Drawn Animation" has appeared in the last day or so and has a ton of behind-the-scenes glimpses from the rough and clean-up animation of "The Princess and the Frog" as it was being made. (I'm sure this will be on the DVD eventually).


As always, there's a lot of controversy surrounding Disney's first 'black princess' story, complicated by being set in New Orleans but rather than rant, I'm choosing to enjoy another fairy tale coming to the screen in the tradition that made Disney great in the first place. Yay for hand-drawn animation! (And that has nothing to do with it being hubby-and-my vocation - OK maybe a little... ;D)
Here's the official website, already with a number of goodies (although the featurette above hasn't made it there yet), including a gallery, some film info and a game so far as well as the trailer.

For those who haven't seen it, or want to see it again with nice definition this time, here's the official trailer:

Film Credits (from IMDB):
Directed by
Ron Clements

John Musker

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ron Clements
Rob Edwards
Greg Erb
Don Hall
story supervisor
John Musker
Jason Oremland

John Goodman ... Eli 'Big Daddy' LaBouff (voice)

Terrence Howard ... James (voice)

Keith David ... Dr. Facilier (voice)

Anika Noni Rose ... Princess Tiana (voice)

Oprah Winfrey ... Eudora (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Ray (voice)

Jenifer Lewis ... Mama Odie (voice)

Bruno Campos ... Prince Naveen (voice)

Jennifer Cody ... Charlotte LaBouff (voice)

Elizabeth M. Dampier ... Young Tiana (voice)

Breanna Brooks ... Young Charlotte LaBouff (voice)

Jerry Kernion ... Mr. Fenner (voice)
Michael Colyar ... Buford

Now, bring on the crazy merchandise!

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