I went and caught The Princess and the Frog last night, Disney's first traditionally animated film since 2004.
This has easily been the most anticipated animated film over the last year. Did it live up to the hype?
The short answer is yes.
After a year of seeing the same five scenes in every trailer and promises of being a return to the way things were in the early 90's, I went in to this film fearing the worst, knowing Disney and stagnated and squandered potential before aimlessly trying to make Cinderella again.
However I was largely mistaken. The Princess and the Frog is an interesting mix of things you've never seen in a Disney film and things you've seen in every Disney film. Parts of the story had already been done to death others were amazingly fresh.
Some of the cliches are obvious. It does have a princess in it after all, and it has more wishing on a star in it than Pinocchio.
Another standard throwback this film has is being crammed full of songs. Like 9 of them, including one spot where there's two in the span of five minutes. That's a Don Bluth movie level of songs. And the the good Bluth neither.
As for the different stuff, one thing that surprised me was the lack of "star voices". Oprah notwithstanding (I didn't notice her and you probably won't either) the only names in the credits I recognized were John Goodman (rather small part) and Keith David (classic "that guy").
The animation felt a lot more like an old Warner Bros. cartoon than the standard Disney style. It definitely added more fun to the film.
The characters were surprising as well. Tiana's friend Charlotte has all the makings of a bitchy spoiled brat, but she's not. Even if she does look like Darla Dimple from Cats Don't Dance.
I'll end it here since I don't want to get into spoilers on a movie that been out one day.
Go watch The Princess and the Frog. It was well worth the wait.