The Princess and the Frog Makes Magic


Chase Hoven writes, Walt Disney once said, “All good things started with a mouse.

Walt Disney once said, “All good things started with a mouse.” However, in Disney’s latest movie, maybe the word “Frog” would sound better. Disney has done it again; they have created a riveting new adventure filled with powerful singing, toe-tapping dancing and, of course, comedy. The story follows Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose), a hardworking young woman who has her sights on buying a family-run restaurant. Co-starring is Prince Naveen (voiced by Bruno Campos), a lazy, jazz-loving, drop-dead handsome kind of guy who hasn’t lifted a finger in his life. Tiana must kiss Naveen and soon they are unexpectedly taken on the ride of their lives through the bayous of Louisiana. In addition to viewing the movie, I also had a chance to catch up with two of the animators, Randy Haycock and Bruce Smith at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver. Haycock, who animates Naveen, was born right here in Elk Springs, Colorado and has had years of experience animating other famous Disney classics. Smith created Dr. Facilier (Keith David), the devious villain of the movie, as well as oversee his team of animators to make sure that Facilier follows the storyline consistently. “Animators are like actors with pencils,” Haycock said. “We may not be up there on screen, but our characters are, and that’s what really matters.” Smith also said that when creating Dr. Facilier, he had many choices on what he should look like, but it wasn’t until Keith David came into the studio that he got his first image of what the finished product would have looked like. “I had about five choices in mind when I was creating Dr. Facilier,” remembers Smith, “but when I saw Keith David practicing the lines in the recording studio, I realized that the character should also represent somebody in real life. The face and the voice were a perfect fit.”No matter how each of the animators decide on the characters, one thing remains certain: both are especially proud to have been the animators of the movie. “For me,” Haycock said, “This movie stands right up there with other movies I’ve done like The Lion King and Hercules.The story has great characters, easy to follow storyline and fun songs. That’s what Disney is all about.” Smith feels that this movie is the beginning of a new era for Disney. “This movie represents something bigger to come from Disney. The next animation movies are going to be just as good or even better than this one. The animators pour everything they’ve got into this movie, and that’s what really counts when it comes to making a great film.” The Princess and the Frog opened Friday, December 11, so go add some magic to your holiday vacation. Believe me, you’re not going to want to miss a story full of friendship, love, and morals that will make a special spot in your life forever.


  1. Great review!
    Great review!! I loved the quote you had in the beginning, and your description of the movie was excellent!! Keep it Up!

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