"The Princess and the Frog" is a Disney cartoon released in 2009.
Being released in a time, where CGI animation takes overhand, Disney decided to go back to their well-known, traditional hand-drawn cartoon style.
Since commercial success is not guaranteed with such an idea, Disney tried to bring in two innovations: firstly, it takes a well-known fairytale and turns it upside down. Instead turning the frog into his human form, the kiss between the protagonists turnt the (human) female protagonist into a frog. Secondly, this cartoon is set in a world, in which at least half of the citizens are Afro-Americans, finally exterminating the stereotypical depiction we know from Disney cartoons. As much as these ideas are interesting, as much the movie lacks the brilliance of Disney's earlier movies, such as the all-time favourite masterpiece "The Lion King" or the thoughtful, superb "Pocahontas". The plot seems a bit predictable, and the characters are not nearly as amazing as in the older movies. An exception is the side-character Louis, a jazz-addicted aligator, who is scene-stealing and interesting, but the second side character of Ray, a firefly, seems a bit uninspired.
The songs "Down in New Orleans" and "Almost There" are really good, but none of the songs in this movie are as perfect as the soundtracks to films such as "The Lion King", "Pocahontas" or "Mulan".
But still, "The Princess and the Frog" has its moments. There is a message about that love will find a way, and that inner values are more important than looking good or being wealthy. In the end, even the macho is not as superficial as he seems. "The Princess and the Frog" is nowhere a masterpiece, but it is a movie in the right direction. Hopefully, movies like this - and Disney/Pixar's superb CGI films - will finally triumph over the endless, dreadful teen dramas, annoying sitcoms and unnecessary 3D re-releases Disney has done in the last few years.
(SPOILERS may follow:)
Very mild peril overall. Not much violence. A drop of blood is shown. The villain is dark, but the athmosphere is not as intense as in e.g. "The Lion King"
But still, Ray, one of the four main characters, dies at the end of the movie. He gets crushed, but his dead body is shown without any injury.
Should be okay for younger viewers, but they should watch it with a parent.