Most of Disney's animations are famed for their everlasting songs, and with "The Princess and the Frog" fast approaching its theatrical release, the mouse house prepares a special featurette highlighting on the music of the new animation. The featurette provides sneak peek at some of the songs listed in the soundtrack with guidance from star Anika Noni Rose.
In the promo video, Rose first talked about her character Tiana and her other favorite character from the film, the lovesick Cajun firefly named Ray. As she discussed about the music, Keith David's track "Friends on the Other Side" and Jenifer Lewis' "Dig a Little Deeper" get a brief preview. The actress later went on explaining what makes her "Almost There" song a unique one.
To arrive in U.S. stores on November 23, the soundtrack of "The Princess and the Frog" consists of 10 original songs and 7 original scores. Most of the original songs are performed by the cast ensemble with the exclusion of Dr. John's "Down in New Orleans" and Ne-Yo's "Never Knew I Needed". The orchestral scores, in the meantime, are composed and conducted by Academy Award-winning composer Randy Newman.
The movie itself marks Disney's return to hand-drawn animation. It comes from director duo, John Musker and Ron Clements. Set in the great city of New Orleans, it follows a young African-American girl named Tiana, a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
Bruno Campos, Jim Cummings, Terrence Howard and Oprah Winfrey are among the voice cast ensemble. This 2-D animation will get a limited release in New York and Los Angeles starting on November 25, before going wide in theaters across the U.S. on December 11.
A Look at the Music of "The Princess and the Frog":