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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Critics and kids agree, Disney's "Princess and the Frog" is a dream come true



A group of local princesses from the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa got a private viewing of Disney’s Mom_tiana The Princess and the Frog recently.

The event was sponsored by Wal-Mart and treated 32 girls to a private screening of the movie and a chance to dress up in their royal finery and parade the pink carpet at Citrus Park Mall complete with tiaras and gowns.

But it was Princess Tiana that this audience came to see, and the beautiful, hard-working girl from New Orleans did not disappoint. The artistry, music and romantic setting will delight kids and adults alike, but the characters and snappy and often hilarious dialog are what make this movie such a crowd pleaser.

No fairy tale would be complete without a nasty villain mucking up the works, and Dr. Facilier, the French Quarter’s resident voodoo shaman, is just what the underworld ordered. I thought he may have played his evil role too well at times, but afterward my 6-year-old critic assured me that the movie wasn’t scary, “just funny,” and the theater erupted into applause and girlish cheers at the end, so I don’t think it will be much of an issue for little ones.

Disney’s return to hand drawn animation since Mulan in 1998 is already a huge success, grossing almost $25 million its first weekend. Critics adore the film; you can read Steve Persall’s A-review and Sean Daly’s Princess article, but local reaction is just as positive.

Particularly from a special group of stars who gave the film 64 pink glittery painted thumbs up

-- Tracey Henry, Suburban Diva


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:04am]


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