Disney's first hand-drawn animated feature since 2004 has that bright, big-eyed company aesthetic recently parodied to perfection on Family Guy, but it's still a beautiful piece of work, and not a bad movie overall.

Disney's first hand-drawn animated feature since 2004 has that bright, big-eyed company aesthetic recently parodied to perfection on Family Guy, but it's still a beautiful piece of work, and not a bad movie overall.

Written and co-directed by Aladdin and Little Mermaid vet Ron Clements, the Frog Prince redo in early-20th-century New Orleans has an African-American princess (voiced by Anika Noni Rose). It also has visual influences from The Nightmare Before Christmas and vintage liquor ads (like the ones reproduced and framed at home furnishings stores) creeping into musical numbers.

Blues, jazz, zydeco and gospel work their way into the songs, making for one of the most enjoyable, least show tune-y Disney soundtracks in recent memory.

Qualities aside, however, the level of storytelling in this old-school production isn't up to transcending the niches of animation and family films.