One questionable plot element is about an anonymous buyer who potentially hurts Tiana's chances to purchase the property for her dream restaurant. This buyer presents an opportunity for more intrigue, but screenwriters never provide closure or explanation for this mysterious buyer and basically smooth over any purchase issues at the end.
This three-disc set includes the Blu-ray version with bonus features, the DVD version with bonus features, and a digital copy. The Blu-ray disc has a 5.1 Dolby sound mix with optional tracks in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and descriptive video service (DVS) for the blind and visually impaired. "A Return to the Animated Musical" features the music well, but is only around three minutes long.
The Blu-ray visual and audio components are top notch. The vivid Mardi Gras colors and swamp/street shadows mesh with the memorable music perfectly. The clear graphics really showcase the foreground animated objects and characters backed by computer-enhanced backgrounds. Clements and Musker are joined by producer Peter Del Vecho on the feature-length audio commentary, which features great comments covering the entire filmmaking process. The deleted scenes include a little over 10 minutes, shown in storyboard form, with reasonable justifications as to why they never made the movie – mainly to keep the overall running time to an all ages friendly 98 minutes.
The numerous featurettes cover several areas, most notably in the main featurette titled “Magic in the Bayou: The Making of a Princess.” Filmmakers also highlight the traditional animation work in “The Return to Hand Drawn Animation” featurette, which is short, but effective. The character animation process included traditional styles and techniques while many of the backgrounds were computer produced or enhanced.
The eight-minute “Bringing Animation to Life” featurette gives great references to live action footage used to shape the animation. “Disney’s Newest Princess” and “The Princess and the Animator,” with veteran animator Mark Henn, features the continuing princess tradition at Disney with Tiana.
The “What Do You See?” guessing game features the good-natured Mama Odie, voiced by Jenifer Lewis. Other features include the “The Princess Portraits” game, art galleries, and a music video of “Never Knew I Needed” (originally featured in the ending credits) with a melancholy artist Ne-Yo walking through fog-covered New Orleans streets. The DVD disc contains the deleted scenes, audio commentary track, Ne-Yo music video and the Princess Portraits game.