By Fred Topel | Images property of Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Princess and the Frog
The Princess and the Frog is not the real attraction on this Blu Ray. The real attraction is the trailer for the Beauty and the Beast Blu Ray. My God, the colors they were able to pull out of that classic look unreal. Between the shading of the 2-D backgrounds, the detail of the animation cells (is that even real? Didn’t they use computers?) and bright colors, I can’t wait to get that one.
The Princess and the Frog on Blu-Ray
For now, Disney’s return to 2D animation looks fine. It’s perfectly clear and you can see the crisp lines of the characters standing out from the background. The colors are bright, but it’s odd that you don’t see the texture or artistry of Beauty. It’s like they did the bare minimum to make it look like a swamp, cobble stoned streets or the sky. Really, it looks so polished that you can’t see the process, but the process is what’s cool about animation.
What colors there are shine, but it doesn’t help that so much of the film is set in the swamp, so it’s not vibrant. It’s muddy by nature, and shades of green come across more brown. They throw some purple in there but it doesn’t do a lot. There are a few colored bottles that provide a sort of lantern glow. The evil fantasy of Tiana’s restaurant looks good.
Perhaps that is more critical of the film. The Blu Ray itself represents the film as maximally as possible. It’s perfect sharpness, the perfect reproduction of colors and details. There might not be many in the source material but the Blu Ray preserved everything there was.