Disney is poised make a triumphant return to form with the animation style that the studio used to change the industry over seven decades ago. The Princess and the Frog is the first hand-drawn animation from Disney since 2004's Home on the Range and graces the big screen courtesy of some legendary studio talent, including the directorial pairing of Ron Clements and John Musker in their sixth studio collaboration (including both Aladdin and The Little Mermaid).
Featuring Disney's first African-American princess, the film reimagines the Brothers Grimm's "The Frog Prince" in New Orleans, backed by musical numbers written by Randy Newman. When a visiting prince, Naveen (Bruno Campos) is transformed into a frog by an evil voodoo master, Dr. Facilier (Keith David), he mistakes a young waitress, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) for a princess and winds up spreading the amphibious transformation on to her. Together the pair have to make their way across the Louisiana bayou in the hope of finding a magical cure for their predicament.
ComingSoon.net had the chance to sit with the cast and crew of The Princess and the Frog on the Disney lot to talk about the film and the importance of returning to Disney's hand-drawn legacy.