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Disney brings a new take on a classic fairy tale with the animated adventure “The Princess and the Frog,” now in wide release.  Anika Noni Rose of “Dreamgirls” fame is the voice behind Tiana — a waitress and aspiring restaurateur who has no idea she’s about to cross paths with a royal amphibian.  Oscar-nominee Terrence Howard plays Tiana’s father, Jeff.  Howard describes his character as a man who wants to see his daughter achieve her dreams.

Set in the jazz age, “The Princess And The Frog” revolves around the adventures of Prince Naveen of Maldonia, a free-spirited monarch who runs into bad luck in New Orleans’ French Quarter.  When a shady voodoo doctor turns the Prince into a frog, Naveen must kiss a beautiful girl to be human again.  

The Tiana character is the ninth Disney Princess to join the franchise and the first African-American Disney Princess.  “The Princess And The Frog” also features the voices of Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen, John Goodman, and Oprah Winfrey.  Oscar-nominee Randy Newman provides the score. “The Princess And the Frog” is rated G.

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12-11-2009 01:11:31

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