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A Disney fairy tale with a twist, The Princess and the Frog is set in 1920s New Orleans - think gumbo, voodoo and jazz. The first Black Disney Princess is hard-working waitress Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose). She believes not in princes and fairy godmothers, but in her ambitious dream of opening her own restaurant.

It was something her late father (Terrence Howard) always wanted, so Tiana is saving for the down payment.

Her plans go haywire when Prince Naveen (Bruno Campos) comes to town looking for a rich wife. He goes to see voodoo doctor Facilier (Keith David) who is willing to make dreams come true - for a price. He puts a curse on the prince.

The only way Naveen can get back to normal is to find a princess who is willing to kiss him. But he mistakes Tiana for royalty, with hilarious results.

The Princess and the Frog marks Disney's welcome return to traditional hand-drawn animation. The company proves CGI-free 2-D films are still appealing.

The film is visually stunning - especially the Art Deco-style dream sequence - and the characters are well designed and extremely likeable. Louis the trumpet-playing alligator is a particularly ingenious creation.

This is a hugely enjoyable, beautifully animated adventure that's fun for all the family. Bring back the vintage classics!

YP rating: 4/5

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