The Princess and the Frog (Official Soundtrack)
by Various Artists
Released: Nov 2009
Label: Walt Disney Records
Just when it felt like Pixar was stealing all of Disney's musical thunder (not to mention animation thunder), Disney came back strong with The Princess and the Frog, which uses a Big Easy musical tapestry (jazz, R&B, Cajun, Creole and more) to deliver one of its best soundtracks ever (we're serious — this one is fantastic). And Randy Newman, famous for his Pixar songs, crosses over to Disney. It's a win-win: Disney scores Newman's talent, and he gets to dig deeper into the New Orleans template that has enriched his solo material for years. Turn your kids on to Dr. John's "Down in New Orleans" and discover that Disney music is not only going strong but is actually improving with age.