‘Princess and the Frog’ poster and trailer

Posted by · 11:25 am · May 11th, 2009

I’m really holding out hope that Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” is something special. As much as I love the future of animation and the dazzling capacity of CGI throughout the industry, I have a special place for 2D traditional animation (my all-time favorite animated film remains “The Lion King”).

The good folks at Cinematical got their hands on an exclusive first look at the poster for the film, which I’m including below, along with the new trailer, which was released last week.  Also, check out Peter Sciretta’s report from a WonderCon panel in February on the future of traditional hand-drawn animation in this brave new world.

The Princess and the Frog

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  • 1 5-11-2009 at 11:43 am

    head_wizard said...

    Said it before and I’ll say it again. This looks dull and the same story as Disney movies before.

  • 2 5-11-2009 at 12:12 pm

    chad said...

    It’s telling that they have to go back 15 years for clips that personify Disney 2D magic even though they put out 2D films up until 2004.

    Still, I’m with you Kris. The Lion King rules and I’ll be seeing this with hope in my heart.

  • 3 5-11-2009 at 3:26 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Love “The Lion King.” Love “The Little Mermaid” even more.

    I was interested by something a friend of mine with very young kids (ages 3 and 5) told me recently: they much prefer watching traditional animation. She’s tried out various titles and whereas they’ll happily watch 2D fare like “The Jungle Book” over and over again, the computer-generated ones never stick — apparently the oldest child said they “look too real.”

  • 4 5-11-2009 at 6:52 pm

    CJ said...

    What I’ve seen of this film (mostly storyboards, some finished sequences) restored my faith in Disney Animation Studios. It’s still a Disney movie (so if you’re looking for The Triplettes of Belleville look elsewhere), but it’s their most romantic story since Beauty and the Beast and features some of their most impressive animation to date (the villain’s big scene is comparable to the Evil Queen’s transformation from Snow White). I feel like the animation staff knew that this was their shot at a comeback, and they pulled out all the stops. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • 5 5-11-2009 at 8:17 pm

    R.J. said...

    Guy, I’m glad I’m not the only one who prefer’s “The Little Mermaid” over “The Lion King”! I’m so excited for this flick it’s not even funny.