Hello from New York. Just got back from Wondercon in San Francisco. A friend of mine who works in TV in Los Angeles got himself and I some pull and we met some celebs from movies and television, attended some great panels, saw the new trailers, plus it was my 1st time at this convention, I had fun. Before I arrived to wotn, my friend attended a panel on Friday for Princess and the Frog the new Disney movie and spoke to someone there he knew who gave him some press-materials for the movie that had some character images from the 2009 christmas movie, wasn't sure if you already saw these, but thought I would send them to you. We got other bags of swag and things, but nothing else really cool enough to share. If you use this, call me; Sharky17If I'm not mistaken, PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the first traditionally animated (i.e. not entirely CGI) feature for Disney since HOME ON THE RANGE, which was...what?...five years ago or so? It's brought to us by the directors of THE LITTLE MERMAID and ALADDIN & features music and stuff by Randy Newman. We've gotten a peek at this film already in the form of the teaser embedded below...
March 15, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
that all disney princess post Ariel must look identical?
March 15, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST
seconded. must be a law.
March 15, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST
Disney's fare has gotten weaker lately but everything about this one seems to b eok so far
March 15, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST
I assume Facilier wants to use the Frog in some voodoo spell to cure his crippling scoliosis. Then he'll have some musical number about how bent he is.
March 15, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST
Wasn't that a Peckinpah film?
March 15, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST
All dogs go to Heaven for some reason?
March 15, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST
March 15, 2009, 7:59 p.m. CST
Like the dog from Garfield? I'm glad they're getting back to hand-drawn animation - I've missed it.
March 15, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST
2d animation! on the big screen again! finally. But i think we are all trying to avoid the REAL news here. That's right. The g-force trailer is up on apple...
March 15, 2009, 8:13 p.m. CST
by Yotz Von Frelnik
Hasn't he scored three out of every four animated features in the last fifteen years?
March 15, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST
by geek molester
March 15, 2009, 8:52 p.m. CST
So "Tiana" is the new Ariel...and "Ray" is the new Sebastian the Crab? Does that make Mama Odie the new "Ursula"?? Just guessing here. Even though the 2-D approach is a welcome throwback, you think they'd try and be just a little more daring with their model sheets! Same thing with Mr. Newman on the music. (*soberly reflects to self*) ...Ah, well. Kids'll love it anyway.
March 15, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST
by Traveler 27
Traditional animation? check! looks good. New Setting, ethnic variety, New Orleans? check! looks good! Girl can be of any race (asian, black, American Indian, etc) as long as Male Romantic Lead is the whitest frat boy dickhead you can find? Check and check! When a non-white male kisses a white female in a Disney cartoon, I'll say we've turned a corner. But you know it's only business. Who's gonna buy that? Riiiiight... It's not a slight to white folks, at all. It's just something to think about. Not even the Fresh Prince or Denzel kiss white women on screen. I'm just sayin'. You know it's true. I could be wrong, though. Am I?
March 15, 2009, 9:01 p.m. CST
Disney has bent over backward trying to accomodate anti-defamation squadrons on this movie, and the result will be that for all their effort Disney wil still get slapped with rants that this is racist when it gets made. The only way to make sure it's NOT considered racist? Make sure the non-white characters are shown in ALL circumstances being SUPERIOR - note I'm not saying "equal" - to all white characters, denigrating them constantly - while at the same time following ugly reverse racism stereotyping. And before you say anything, I'm Native American by blood.
March 15, 2009, 9:02 p.m. CST
by Alfie Boy
March 15, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST
by Alfie Boy
hanging the baby over the balcony screw-up, now did she?
March 15, 2009, 9:05 p.m. CST
Hancock, for one. Smith kisses Theron - hell, they were married even.
March 15, 2009, 9:12 p.m. CST
It has that old school Disney anthropomorphic-but-still-animalistic look... like the Jungle Book characters. The rest look fairly generic... no matter what colors they filled in the lines with.
March 15, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST
I want more!
March 15, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST
by Traveler 27
Hancock. Yes. I loved it, even. Now, how about an animated feature? BTW, look at that guy's face. Smug, arrogant, lounge lizard? Come on, you know it's true.
March 15, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
by The Amazing G
March 15, 2009, 9:47 p.m. CST
Hand-drawn art, yes, but not good hand-drawn art. Terrible character designs.
March 15, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST
does it have to be African American specifically? or just inter-racial? Atlantis and Road to El Dorado come to mind
March 15, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST
Anybody notice it? Looks alright... I like the new orleans setting and I'm anxious to see disney's return to 2d animation but I must admit the art is pretty bland and generic.
March 15, 2009, 10:19 p.m. CST
and let Pixar make the toons. I was excited about the prospect of Disney getting back to what really made them, 2d animation. But that excitement is GONE after watching that shit teaser and seeing those shit designs, that prince looks like a Saturday morning rehash.
March 15, 2009, 10:24 p.m. CST
by Traveler 27
the challenge is non-white male, white female animated movie, romantically involved, human, non mutant/other. just so you all know, i love all this stuff, don't get me wrong. i'm just sayin'. so if i'm wrong, learn me somethin'! and, come on, that prince guy should be winking and pointing his finger at you, sayin' "heyyy...how YOU doin'?"
March 15, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST
his name is Naveen. Balls in your court, AICN chapter of the NAACP.
March 15, 2009, 10:33 p.m. CST
It's sad that they even mentioned this being the most recent 2-D animated film from Disney. That was the most boring, uninspired piece of crud I've ever seen. I own all the Disney animated movies and have watched them multiple times. HotR? I barely made it through the first viewing.
March 15, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Maybe Belle, but Jasmine, Pocahontas, Esmeralda, Megara, Mulan...?
March 15, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST
gonna be great
Ugh, the quality here is awful. Maybe this will encourage Disney to release some decent promo shots for a film even hardened AICN talkbackers seem somewhat enthusiastic for.
March 15, 2009, 11:31 p.m. CST
...and I'm amazed by the painterly quality of the art on that 70-year-old film. I don't think any DIsney film since has approached that level of detail. I'm crossing my fingers that RAPUNZEL will break new ground in the area of painterly CG.
March 15, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST
If this takes place in New Orleans... what is she princess of, Mardi Gras?
March 16, 2009, 12:21 a.m. CST
Maybe the frog helps her out when the levees break again. And yeah... having a white prince and a black princess in a Disney cartoon set in "the real world" — and in the SOUTH, no less — is just asking for criticism.
March 16, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST
regardless how good the film will be.the people nowadays think that the traditional animation is something of the old,of the past generation,something not as cool as the cgi. <p>and personally i hate seeing how traditional animational has been forgotten or ignored by the audience.damn evolution.
March 16, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST
Seriously, wasn't this cookie cutter design / same old fucking princess plotlines the reason nobody wants to see Disney animation anymore?
March 16, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST
Who refuse to release Song of the South on DVD, because "The Powers That Be" now consider the film racist.
March 16, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST
It's been too long since Disney gave us a hand-drawn film. I remember when they had one every year, and yes, they needed to take a step away from it... for a while. But I think enough time has passed and just watching the teaser, there's something different about it. A charm that's really old school. I'm not sure how well it'll do at the box office. But, I hope that it'll be awesome, regardless of what the numbers say. ... I do think the music is going to be fabulous though. Right? I mean, so long as the horns don't take over!
March 16, 2009, 1:18 a.m. CST
...until they learn how to write a friggin script. All these formula cartoons are stale and getting staler. I can't believe they're still making this stuff. Like today's best music, the independent animation scene's where all the action is. While the big studios tread water, Don Hertzfeldt's latest films will quietly change your friggin life.
March 16, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST
March 16, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST
princess character to their list.
March 16, 2009, 4:14 a.m. CST
by Player 1
Seriously Disney, pull your head out of your ass. Setting a european fairy-tale in New Orleans or whatever...? Why not try some new ideas, like Pixar did. Oh, wait...
March 16, 2009, 5:20 a.m. CST
...Crash and Burn! Hahahaha!
March 16, 2009, 6:43 a.m. CST
March 16, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST
Um, seen All Dogs Go to Heaven much? Geez. Otherwise, I like the design of the ringmaster (?) but everything else looks pretty bland. Hopefully they'll have more fun with the sets than with the character designs. New Orleans with an African-American "princess" (?) could be pretty cool but I'm sure they'll cracker it up good, just to make sure they get nothing genuinely interesting from either aspect. Oh well.
March 16, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST
i was hoping that maybe they would try to reinvent 2d animation, not just rehash post Mermaid Disney. looks generic, and probably politically correct.
March 17, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST
Was the last great traditional animated movie.
March 17, 2009, 4:25 p.m. CST
was better than Lilo and Stitch.