Disney’s classically animated tale of The Princess and the Frog hops onto 4K Ultra HD – but how does it shape up on the format? Will it leave you in the pink, or green around the gills?
The story: Disney take both the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Frog Prince and the ED Baker update The Frog Princess, jam them in a blender and come out with a fabulously joyous little tale set in New Orleans (plus a lot of green gooey stuff). It’s the tale of Tiana, who dreams of fulfilling the hopes of her daddy in opening a restaurant. She works and works to save enough money, until plans go awry when a quick pash with a princely frog doesn’t go exactly as hoped, and Tiana too becomes amphibious. She and her new froggy beau set out to find a way to break a voodoo curse and return to their human forms, befriending a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly and more wild and wonderful creatures, while they learn a thing or two about life. And catching flies.
“There is no way I’m kissing a frog and eating a bug in the same day.”
The 4K disc: This was the second-last traditionally animated movie from Disney, and the attention to detail throughout is quite wonderful – as is this trip onto the 4K Ultra HD format. Upscaled from a 2K source, the picture looks divine, bolstered to incredible levels by the inclusion of HDR. So many scenes benefit from the extra range of light and dark, with Dr Facilier’s number Friends on the Other Side in particular really showing off the wonders of the technology.
Audio comes via a perky Dolby Atmos mix that makes excellent use of the height channels, in particularly when characters break into song, which happens a lot. The other surround channels are used efficiently, with clarity of dialogue maintained throughout, and there’s decent bass when called upon.
This is a solo 4K disc release, featuring no extras.
Release date: November 13, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: The voices of Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.