The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th Disney animated feature film, the film is loosely based on the novel The Frog Princess by E. D. Baker, which is in turn based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Frog Prince”.
Written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, the film features an ensemble voice cast that stars Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David, Michael-Leon Wooley, Jennifer Cody, and Jim Cummings, with Peter Bartlett, Jenifer Lewis, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, and John Goodman. Set in New Orleans, the film tells the story of a hardworking waitress named Tiana who dreams of owning her own restaurant.
After kissing a prince who has been turned into a frog by an evil voodoo sorcerer, Tiana becomes a frog herself and must find a way to turn back into a human before it is too late.
- Starring : Anika Noni Rose / Bruno Campos
- Genre : Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Musical / Romance
- Country : United States
- Language : English / French
- Director : Ron Clements / John Musker
- Production : Walt Disney Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
- Distributor : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Audio Visual Entertainment / Forum Hungary / Walt Disney Company Nordic / Walt Disney Studios / Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais / BBC One / Eén / Film1 / SBS9 / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
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The Princess and the Frog release date
- November 25, 2009 : USA (Los Angeles, California)
- November 25, 2009 : USA (New York City, New York)
- December 10, 2009 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- December 10, 2009 : Germany
- December 10, 2009 : Singapore
- December 11, 2009 : Canada
- December 11, 2009 : USA
- December 14, 2009 : United Arab Emirates (Dubai International Film Festival)
- December 24, 2009 : United Arab Emirates
- January 1, 2010 : Australia
- January 27, 2010 : Switzerland (French speaking region)
- January 27, 2010 : France
- January 27, 2010 : Ireland (Dublin) (premiere)
- February 3, 2010 : Philippines
- February 5, 2010 : Spain
- February 5, 2010 : UK
- February 5, 2010 : Ireland
- February 5, 2010 : Sweden
- February 25, 2010 : Israel
- February 26, 2010 : India
- February 28, 2010 : Japan (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
- March 6, 2010 : Japan
The Princess and the Frog cast
- Anika Noni Rose as Tiana(voice)
- Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen(voice)
- Keith David as Dr. Facilier(voice)
- Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis(voice)
- Jennifer Cody as Charlotte La Bouff(voice)
- Jim Cummings as Ray(voice)
- Peter Bartlett as Lawrence(voice)
- Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie(voice)
- Oprah Winfrey as Eudora(voice)
- Terrence Howard as James(voice)
- John Goodman as ‘Big Daddy’ La Bouff(voice)
- Elizabeth Dampier as Young Tiana(voice)
- Breanna Brooks as Young Charlotte(voice)
- Ritchie Montgomery as Reggie(voice)
- Don Hall as Darnell(voice)
The Princess and the Frog began production under the working title The Frog Princess. It marked Disney’s brief return to traditional animation, as it was the mainstream animation studio’s first traditionally animated film since Home on the Range. Co-directors Ron Clements and John Musker, directors of Disney’s highly successful films The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), and Hercules (1997) returned to Disney to direct The Princess and the Frog. The studio returned to a Broadway musical-style format frequently used during the Disney Renaissance, and features music written by composer Randy Newman, well known for his musical involvement in Pixar films such as A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), and the Toy Story series (1995, 1999, 2010, and 2019). The film also marked the return of Disney animated musical films based on well-known stories since the Disney Renaissance and similar to The Little Mermaid (which previously marked the beginning of the successful renaissance).
The Princess and the Frog opened in limited release in New York and Los Angeles on November 25, 2009, and in wide release on December 11, 2009. The film received largely positive reviews from critics and audiences, praising the animation (particularly the revival of the medium), characters, music, and themes and was also successful at the box office, ranking first place on its opening weekend in North America, and grossing around $270 million worldwide. It received three Oscar nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards: one for Best Animated Feature and two for its achievement in music (Original Song). It lost to Up and Crazy Heart, respectively.
In New Orleans, a girl named Tiana and her friend Charlotte La Bouff listen to Tiana’s mother read the story of The Frog Prince. Charlotte finds the story to be romantic, while Tiana proclaims she will never kiss a frog. Fourteen years later (in the 1920s), Tiana has grown into an aspiring young chef who works as a waitress for two local diners, so she can save enough money to start her own restaurant, a dream she shared with her father, who is implied to have died in World War I.
Prince Naveen of Maldonia arrives in New Orleans to better his financial situation. After being cut off by his parents for being a philanderer and spendthrift, Naveen intends to marry a rich southern belle, and Charlotte is the perfect candidate. Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff, a rich sugar baron and Charlotte’s father, is hosting a masquerade ball in Naveen’s honor. Charlotte hires Tiana to make beignets for the ball, giving her enough money to buy an old sugar mill to convert into her restaurant. Meanwhile, Naveen and his valet, Lawrence, meet a voodoo witch doctor named Doctor Facilier. Inviting them into his emporium, Facilier convinces them that he can make their dreams come true, but neither man gets what they are expecting; Naveen is transformed into a frog, while Lawrence is given a voodoo talisman that makes him disguised as Naveen, which Facilier intends to use to have Lawrence marry Charlotte, after which he will kill La Bouff and claim his fortune.
At the ball, Tiana discovers she may lose the mill to a higher bidder. Tiana then meets Naveen, who, believing her to be a princess because of her costume, asks her to kiss him and break Facilier’s spell. In exchange for the money needed, Tiana accepts, but since she’s not an actual princess, when she kisses Naveen, she is turned into a frog herself, which also gives her the ability to talk to other animals. A chase ensues, and Tiana and Naveen escape to a bayou. In the bayou, Tiana and Naveen meet a trumpet-playing alligator named Louis, and a Cajun firefly named Ray. Ray believes that the Evening Star is another firefly named “Evangeline”, and no one has the heart to tell him otherwise. Louis and Ray offer to lead Tiana and Naveen to a voodoo queen Mama Odie, whom they believe can undo the curse. During the journey, Tiana and Naveen develop feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Facilier makes a deal with the voodoo spirits (his “friends on the other side”), offering them the souls of the people of New Orleans; in exchange, the spirits grant Facilier the services of a host of shadow demons, whom he orders to find and capture Naveen.
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