FILM: The Princess and the Frog (2009, Ron Clements & John Musker)
I didn't expect to like this movie and now I can say I hate it. It made me cry. It was wonderful. Stupid Disney and your stupid, wonderful movies. >>sniff<< Seriously. Needed-a-tissue-type cried.
I like the story and the emphasis on hard work but remembering to keep sight on what's really important. I think the villain was pretty fantastic. He was very much in the lines of Rasputin in Anastasia and Jafar in Aladdin. Big grand plans to take power thwarted by their own greed. The one thing missing was a good funny sidekick for the witch doctor. Rasputin had Bartok and Jafar had Iago. I guess Dr. Facilier had Lawrence, but Lawrence was really just pathetic and not particularly funny at all. The protagonist's sidekicks were pretty awesome. Raymond, the lightning bug, in particular. I might be biased because he's the reason I cried. Stupid movie. Louis, the alligator, was pretty cute and Mama Odie reminds me of Minerva in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, only much less of an enigma. Overall a delightful movie. Not Disney's best, but definitely worth keeping in my personal collection.
Quote of the Day:
I don't understand why we have to experiment with film. I think everything should be done on paper. A musician has to do it, a composer. He puts a lot of dots down and beautiful music comes out. And I think that students should be taught to visualize. That's the one thing missing in all this. The one thing that the student has got to do is to learn that there is a rectangle up there - a white rectangle in a theater - and it has to be filled.