The Princess and the FrogDecember 11, 2009
A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered on a young woman named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 7.2/10 (32,866 voted)
Critic's Score: 73/100
Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey
A modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.
Writers: Ron Clements, John Musker
Anika Noni Rose
Charlotte La Bouff
'Big Daddy' La Bouff
Release Date: 11 December 2009
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $786,190
(29 November 2009)
(28 May 2011)
Did You Know?
Animator Bruce W. Smith described Dr Facilier as "the love child of
Peter Pan's Captain Hook and
101 Dalmatians's Cruella DeVil."
Incorrectly regarded as goofs:
On several occasions (particularly in "Almost There" and at the ball), there are numerous people either drinking or holding glasses of wine or champagne. This movie is set primarily in the 1920s. The possession and sale of alcohol in the United States was illegal between 1919 and 1933, because of the 18th Amendment (Prohibition), though Prohibition was widely disregarded, especially in New Orleans.
[telling a story to Tiana and Charlotte]
"Just at that moment, the ugly little frog looked up with his sad, round eyes and pleaded, 'Oh, please, dear princess! Only a kiss from you can break this terrible spell that was inflicted on me by a wicked witch!'"
Here comes my favorite part.
"And the beautiful princess was so moved by his desperate plea that she stooped down, picked up the slippery creature, leaned forward, raised him to her lips, and kissed that little frog."
And with the brilliant light of Cajun Fireflies, there is a ray of hope in the world …
As a young female twenty-something, my 90's childhood was shaped by the
Golden Age of Disney. Every year, there would be a new masterpiece for
my mom to take me to; Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion
King, Aladdin … And when Disney failed so terribly in the early
millennium and closed down shop, my heart was broken. There was a part
of our culture and my life that my little girl I someday hope to have
was never going to be able to experience, and I was never going to get
So as soon as I heard that Disney was coming out with their triumphant
return to 2-D, I felt like the world was FINALLY getting its act
While CGI has produced some good hits, it isn't the same as 2-D. There
was no one who could do cartoons like Disney, and I think they began to
I can honestly say that this movie is brilliant. I saw it last night,
and it's still haunting me twenty-four hours later like I'd just walked
out of the theater. If this movie had been A.) racist or B.) a let
down, I would have been very angry and wouldn't take the time to write
out this review. But my God, it was right up there alongside "Beauty
and the Beast" and "The Lion King." Tiana, the long-awaited princess of
the film, is a (gasp) real person! Her whole life does not revolve
around getting married to the prince, nor does it involve some odd and
harried "I'm totally a hardkore awesome person" plot. She has her
faults. She's brash, a workaholic, and kind of a judgmental jerk.
However, she is also headstrong, loving, and ridiculously intuitive.
This is the sort of woman we need in a Disney cartoon for our kids to
look up to, especially when the best role model they've had in the past
few years is Bella Swann.
The prince, Naveen, is also an actual human being. He's cocky, spoiled,
and hilarious. However, as the movie goes on, it is made quite clear
(in a song by Randy Newman) that Naveen isn't happy at all. His and
Tiana's relationship is based on self-discovery and mutual respect,
rather than some of the other Disney movies where it is completely
based on the need for a romantic plot. I see Belle and the Beast and
Shang and Mulan (pre Mulan II, we can pretend that sequel doesn't
exist), rather than Cinderella and Prince Charming. It seems like
"Enchanted" really did bring a lot of new ideas to the Disney creed,
and it completely shows in the way they tackle their archetypes in this
I was skeptical when I heard Randy Newman had composed the music. And
yes, folks, it is in fact musical style. The characters sing, not
Randy. And while you can still tell it's Randy, it's also Disney. The
jazzy complexity of the songs drive the story forward and just wrap you
up into the buzzing momentum of the film. I will definitely grab this
soundtrack and play it religiously on my ipod, I promise you that.
As for the racism: It's Disney and regardless of what Disney does,
someone is going to find something to point out as racist. However, let
me just say that this movie is completely respectful and absolutely
nothing in it is racist, to the point where it is obvious that Disney
is trying their hardest NOT to be racist and cuts corners on the
storytelling and historical racism that WOULD have been in New Orleans
in 1920 (and to an extent, yes, still is). And as for turning Tiana
into a frog … she's a human for a good half the movie before she even
thinks about kissing Naveen. She's a black princess, she's not a frog
I also saw a comment about how someone didn't like it because of the
non-Christian message thanks to the use of voodoo? They were so busy
looking at the BAD GUY use voodoo that they didn't realize that
Terrence Howard's character was pretty much a walking sermon! "You can
wish on a star, but that can only take you halfway?" Where does this
sound familiar? "Never lose sight of what's most important … love."
My God, the complete non-Christian message is abhorrent! The star is
used as an allegory for God, and they wish on it with their hands
folded … practically one could say praying? And let's not even go
into the full moral of the story: "You know what you want, but dig a
little deeper and find what you need." How about that whole thanking
God for unanswered prayers sort of ideal? These are good and wholesome
lessons that are going to really strengthen the next generation of both
boys and girls, and I'm happy that it's going to be an influence on the
And the writing is amazing. As someone who writes for a living, I was
completely floored at the structure of this film. You cover so much
ground in 90 minutes, and you are never bored nor know what's going to
happen next! Disney knows what they're doing (finally) on this film.
It's amazingly put together, and all the trademarks you expect to see
(animal sidekicks, creepy awesome villain, amazing soundtrack, knockout
visuals, strong heroine) are there in full. Go see this movie, and
remember how it was to be a kid again. This is an experience you
absolutely need to have.
"Princess and the Frog" is here to stay.