Parents' Guide to

The Princess and the Frog

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

First African American Disney princess is a good role model.

Movie G 2009 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 167 parent reviews

age 5+

More Joyful than Scary, great music & art

This movie is joyful and beautiful. It is scary yes but the reviews here are disproportionate in how they review other equally scary movies. raya & dragon is way scarier and more dystopian than this movie and the reviews here noting the death of one character disregard that almost every disney or pixar movie has a much more traumatic depiction in of a more gutting loss of parent or grandparent . The voodoo character is scary but this villain is not scarier than ursula in little mermaid . I wish we had more movies like this
age 8+

Scary scenes

I had to fast forward and skip a lot of this movie with my 6 year old. The shadow people, and the whole voodoo theme are not desirable.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (167 ):
Kids say (144 ):

This Disney film has an old-fashioned look, in a good way. Gone are overblown CG effects; what's left is good, old-fashioned hand-drawn animation and storytelling that thrums to the beat of a big, old-fashioned heart. What's not traditional is the heroine, Tiana, who -- very refreshingly -- fends for herself and doesn't need to be rescued as much as learn. Plus, a Disney staple -- the love song -- takes a surprising turn here, telling the story of one couple while illustrating the sweetness of another.

Yet, entertaining as it is, The Princess and the Frog lacks verve. Some songs -- "Evangeline," for instance, as well as the jazz interludes --- are memorable, but many others don't make an impression. And while the film doesn't completely shy away from referencing the chasm between rich and poor -- the streetcar goes from the mansion section to a neighborhood lined with neat but tiny houses -- it treads very lightly. Those concerned about stereotypes might find a bit of justification in the voodoo storyline, which doesn't veer far from preconceived notions -- couldn't New Orleans have been portrayed without a tooth-necklace-clad letch? Villains can be much more interesting than this.

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