Walt Disney Animation studios is kicking off the holiday season their first 2d animated feature since 2004’s Home On The Range. The film that marks Disney’s return to hand drawn animation will be the classic story, The Princess & The Frog. This will be the first 2D Disney film under Pixar creative executive, John Lassater who later became head of Disney Animation. Disney is also returning to old 90s tradition by calling on Ron Clements and John Musker(Aladdin & The Little Mermaid) to direct the film.
Musically The Princess And The Frog also revisits old Disney tradition by having the film’s characters sing a majority of the soundtrack composed by Randy Newman. But away from Newman, this time Disney called on acclaimed R&B singer/ Song writer, Ne-Yo to provide the film’s lead single, “Never Knew I Needed.” The soundtrack will be released on November 24th, via Walt Disney Records, the film will be released in theatres on December 11, 2009! Walt Disney Records has teamed up with Ne-Yo’s label, Def Jam to promote the single to radio soon. Def Jam also just happens be releasing Ne-Yo’s first greatest hits album, Ne-Yo: The Collectio in November as well. Until then, enjoy your new Ne-Yo, Disney style!
The Princess And The Frog
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(Walt Disney Pictures)