Disney is Going Classic: a Movie Review of The Princess and the Frog

Disney Princess and Frog Review

Okay, GirlMoguls, so I know we were all super curious about the new Disney movie. There are so many things about it that are new and very old for the productions house. They were returning to an old school style of animation, but still trying to keep the humor and plot contemporary. Also, they are featuring their first ever African American princess, in a setting that was also never trekked. Disney has never done a quintessential fairy tale in the South. The Princess and the Frog covered new grounds with the main character Tiana, and her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The story is about Tiana, a girl with big dreams and not a lot of money to achieve them. But, she keeps her parents words in mind and works very hard, knowing that dreams cannot be achieved without hard work put toward them. She grows up with a friend named Charlotte, who is the daughter of a very rich man, and for whom Tiana’s own mother sews extravagant dresses. The two girls and very different, but come together by continually wishing on stars. One day, Prince Naveen comes to New Orleans to find a girl to marry, and Charlotte is the first in line. But, the witch doctor Dr. Facilier intervenes and turns Naveen into a frog. Through a bizarre line of turns, Tiana ends up in the same boat, quite literally, and they go on an adventure trying to find a way to be human again.

I absolutely loved this movie. I thought the animation was completely breathtaking, and totally worth the wait. I really hope they do more movies in this style of animation; I realized how good it was again after seeing it on the big screen. The story was very true of Disney; it was really funny while still having a very touching message. In the end, I was so touched that Tiana finds what she really needs- not be human, but to find love and happiness. She was working so hard. She was not living and enjoying life and a balance of the two is always necessary.  Ultimately, the story was fantastic. The villain, Dr. Facilier, was really creepy, and I though Disney did a great job in creating a really loathsome and distinctive character. The only thing I would say they could improve on was the songs. In e very movie, there is always at least 1 memorable song, like Under the Sea form The Little Mermaid or Zero to Hero from Hercules. In this movie, all the songs were very jazz focused, and were not kitschy enough for my taste. Other than that, I definitely recommend you go and watch it!

GirlMogul Lily
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Disney’s Prep and Landing – Review

Disney's Prep and Landing
Disney's Prep and Landing

Hey GirlMoguls! So, the end of the year is nearing, and I’m sure all you are getting ready for Winter Break (I know I am!). The one thing I love about this season are the super-fun holiday shows that come on, mainly on ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas. This year, however, they are showing a Disney mini-series about the holidays on their main ABC channel. It’s called Disney’s Prep and Landing and it debuted on December 8. It comes on at Tuesdays at 8:30 pm on ABC, and will continue for a few episodes.

The show is about a superior squad of elves called “Prep and Landing”, and their adventures in prepping houses for the Big Guy on Christmas Eve. I know the premise of the show may sound too young for girls like us, but I thought the way they portrayed the story was really clever. John Lassester, the main man behind Pixar Studios (the guys who made movies Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, and recently, UP!), is the producer of this show as well. I think he does a really great job of incorporating themes and humor that everyone can enjoy, which he does in his movies, too. I don’t know anyone who didn’t laugh and cry while watching the newest Pixar film, UP.

Anyway, I think Prep and Landing falls into a line of great Disney animation. The graphics were great, and their portrayal of the North Pole and the elves was whimsical, fun, and sophisticated. I found the 30 minute segment to be really funny and something you can even watch with your parents to get into the holiday mood. The show included really quirky things like the elite elves having gingerbread men that can detect the amount of creatures stirring (how cute!) and detections for the presents the kids will get, and whether they can fit under the tree. The story surrounds a veteran elf of the prep and landing squad, named Wayne, and how he is expecting a promotion out of the squad. Little does he know that he is actually put with a new elf right out of Kringle Academy, and is left to teach him the ways. The fall into a lot of mishaps, but provide a good amount of jokes along the way. I recommend this show to all of you who are ready for the holidays and looking for some light humor!

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Twilight’s New Moon Banks In at the Box Office, but Not to Me


Hey GirlMoguls, here is my review of New Moon as promised! For those that are unfamiliar with The New Moon, it is the Chris Weitz directed film based on the popular fantasy novel from The Twilight series. It’s the sequel to 2008’s Twilight which was the first of its series. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, as they reprise their roles from the first film. After reading about all the records it had set in its initial week of release and the tremendous success of the film, I had great expectations going to watch it. However, I was pretty disappointed after watching the film. It certainly did not meet my expectations and I saw too many flaws in the film.

The acting felt very amateurish and the dialogue delivery to me was very weak. The melodrama was too much at certain parts of the film and the weak dialogues didn’t help either. Bella Swan’s acting in the film was very monotonous and hard to appreciate as a viewer. She had the same expressions throughout and it made it hard to enjoy watching her act on screen. Also, Bella’s character in the movie gives a very bad example of a young teenage girl to all the young girls that are huge followers of the Twilight series. It basically shows Bella not doing anything and very unhappy except when she is with the love of her life. She has her male friends protect her and look out for her. She doesn’t seem to have any interest in anything nor does she have a personality. Not a GirlMogul in my opinion! The only thing she cares about is the love of her life, and she is willing to give up herself for it. Her on screen dialogues with Edward Cullen lacked real emotions and was not believable. I mean, there was no chemistry between the leads and it made the movie a drag.

The one good thing from the movie is the action sequences. It is a huge improvement from the first film, but still not enough to salvage the lackluster acting to me. For those that have read the books and are wondering if it stays true to the story or if the film captured most of the content, according to a lot of fans, it has. If you are not a fan of Twilight and are debating whether or not to go watch it for the sake of watching a good film, I would recommend you skip out on this one. If you are a die-hard Twilight fan then you should watch it and decide yourself.

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 3-D

Movie Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3-D

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Look up and open your mouth wide, because the clouds are pouring down everything from bacon and eggs to spaghetti and meatballs! The new 3-D movie Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs was whimsical, funny, and well-animated. The voices were hilarious, and the characters even more so.
cloudy-with-a-chance-of-meatballs-coverBased on an original children’s book, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs is about a young inventor named Flint Lockwood. Flint’s repeatedly failed inventions don’t stop him, yet his dad does not seem to be too happy with that. One day, he tries to save his abysmal town of Swallow Falls, whose residents rely on the mountain of sardines for food (yuck!), by inventing a machine that turns water into food. That’s right; it turns water into any kind of food you can imagine. Can you picture a place where the clouds drop 3 meals a day from the sky?
cloudy_with_a_chance_of_meatballs_movieWell, the story takes a turn when Flint encounters issues with his invention. Along the way, he meets intern weather-girl Sam Sparks, who is really a GirlMogul at heart but pretends not to be, Brent, the town bully, the greedy mayor, and the hilarious cop Earl. Watch as the town of Swallow Falls deals with Flint’s latest invention, and find out whether Flint can control his food spewing machine.
What food would you want to rain down from the sky?