Princess lovers unite! There's a new girl on campus and her name rhymes with tiara... she's princess Tiana! Disney's latest release, The Princess and the Frog, takes it back to the old school ways with hand-drawn animation. The film includes all aspects of a classic fairy tale and the musical background to accompany it. A groundbreaking movie, it is the first Disney production to present an African-American princess. Voiced by Anika Noni Rose from Dreamgirls, princess Tiana has visions of opening a restaurant in her home town of New Orleans. As one might suspect from the title, a frog enters the picture. Set in the bayous of Louisiana, the purple, green and gold background blends perfectly with the Mardi Gras feeling and the jazz flavored tunes. A soulful alligator named Louie and a firefly named Ray bring laughter to the screen while adding to the southern mix. An instant classic, parents should set aside a date over the holidays to take their wee ones to see The Princess and the Frog. It opens today, Dec. 11!
Today, Disney-Pixar's latest creation, Up, opens in theaters. The film chronicles the adventures of 78-year-old widower Carl Fredrickson, who ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to his dream destination of Paradise Falls in South America. Unbeknownst to Carl, an incredibly enthusiastic 8-year-old boy named Russell has come along for the ride looking to earn his last Wilderness Explorer badge.
Russell and Carl bond on their journey while befriending creatures, overcoming a villain, and sharing a love of exploration. With amazing animation, witty writing, and a great message, Up will hold an older child's attention. Kids under five will have a hard time following the story line and may be scared by violent scenes. We sat down with our favorite child critic, Miya, to discuss the film.
Q: What was your favorite part of the movie?
A: I liked it when the house lifted up and flew away with all the pretty balloons.
Q: What didn't you like about the movie?
A: I didn't like it when the bad guys hurt and captured the bird.
Q: Did any parts scare you?
A: I was scared when the boy and the old man fought the mean man.
Q: Would you tell your friends to watch it?
A: I would tell my older friends to watch it. But I would tell my school friends that some of it was scary.
Movie buff Miya, 5, has been watching films since she was old enough to follow the images in the Baby Einstein videos. Her favorite flick is the adored blockbuster The Little Mermaid. This cute critic hopes to grace the silver screen some day!
Dreamworks is releasing their first 3D movie, Monsters vs Aliens, today. Filled with celeb voices from Reese Witherspoon (Susan Murphy / Ginormica) to Seth Rogen (B.O.B.) to Hugh Laurie (Dr. Cockroach Ph.D.), the family film is rated PG and full of appropriate humor that keeps both parents and their kids laughing. The fantastic animation enthralls the audience as 50-foot-tall Ginormica and her monster friends — a blob, a mad scientist cockroach, a fish-ape and an insectosaurus keep the evil aliens from invading earth. Although some scenes skew a bit older than the preschool set, we sat down with one of our favorite lil movie reviewers, Miya, to get her take on the film, read more