The Princess and the Frog is Disney’s first traditionally animated
feature film since 2004’s Home on the Range, which eked out just $50
million at the domestic box-office; the first fairy tale we’ve heard of
in which a princess (voiced by Dreamgirls’ Anika Noni Rose) kisses a
frog, then becomes one; and features a Disney cartoon’s first black leading lady.
Is this departure as risky as it sounds? “No,” says Jeff Block, a
box-office analyst with the movie-tracking firm Exhibitor Relations.
“Disney pushed the envelope even further with Up, a kids’ movie
centered around an 80-year-old, and got its biggest hit since Finding
Nemo.” — DM
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