We’ll begin Black Friday with a winner for the holiday weekend: Planes, Trains and Automobiles, director John Hughes’ foray into “grown-up” comedy after cutting his teeth on the likes of Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s a marvelous bit of slapstick, thanks mostly to the comic chemistry between Steve Martin and the late John Candy as a pair of businessmen trying desperately to make their way home in time for Turkey Day, It opened today in 1987 and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Disney’s The Princess and the Frog was much ballyhooed at the time for returning to traditional animation,m as well as the Princess formula which had served the studio well for so many years. It doesn’t quite reach the upper echelons of, say, Beuaty and the Beast, but it definitely approached the subject form a much different perspective…. and I gotta say, the villain (voiced by Keith David) is hands-down one of the best in the Disney stable. It opened today in 2009.