Move Over, Cinderella—There's a New Princess in Town

Disney's new film, The Princess and the Frog opens next month, and the company's publicity machine is already going full steam. They've had contests and other promotions, a tie-in video game has been announced and the Princess Tiana doll (based on the film's lead character) was unveiled in February.

The film looks pretty cool—and a little mysterious. A quick summary: loosely based on the book The Frog Prince, the movie is part fairy tale, part musical. Set in New Orleans, the storyline involves voodoo, adventure and romance. Naturally, there are also interesting characters—including talking alligators and fireflies.

While my kids consider themselves too old for anything with Disney in the name, I'm a firm believer that you're never too old to enjoy the magic of Disney. (Then again, I also believe you're never too old to break out the acid washed jeans, blast some Bon Jovi and relieve your 80's glory days, but that's another story.)

Interesting tidbit #1: Oprah Winfrey provides the voice for one of the film's characters, as does John Goodman and Terrence Howard.

Interesting tidbit #2: Princess Tiana, is Disney's ninth princess—and the first African-American one.

Pop quiz: Can you name all of the other princesses? Before you Google it, give it a shot and see how many you can get. (If you have a girl under 10 years old in your household, she can surely help you out.) I've already given you one freebie—Princess Tiana—and here's another hint: one of them lives under the sea. For some free princess fun, check out Disney’s princess site where you can play games, "chat" with your favorite princess character and watch some Disney videos.

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