The Princess and the Frog (2009)to watch the 49th movie in Disney Classics inspired by E. D. Baker's novel 'The Frog Princess' and the Grimm brothers' fairy tale 'The Frog Prince'; released on November 25, 2009, was the first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess.
Production The story for the film began development by merging two separate projects in development at Disney and Pixar at the time, both based around the "Frog Prince" fairy tale. One of the projects was based on E. D. Baker's "The Frog Princess", in which the story's heroine (Princess Emma) kisses a prince turned frog (Prince Eadric), only to become a frog herself. The Princess and the Frog returns to the musical film format used in many of the previously successful Disney animated films.
Disney announced on June 4, 2009, that they would release a video game inspired by the film and it was released on November 2009 exclusively for Wii and Nintendo DS platforms. It has been officially described an "adventure through the exciting world of New Orleans in a family-oriented video game," featuring events from the film and challenges for Princess Tiana.
Andreas Deja, a veteran Disney animator who supervised the character of Mama Odie in Princess and the Frog, says "I always thought that maybe we should distinguish ourselves to go back to what 2D is good at, which is focusing on what the line can do rather than volume, which is a CG kind of thing. What we're trying to do with Princess and the Frog is hook up with things that the old guys did earlier."
Princess Tiana costumes were selling out prior to Halloween 2009, and a gift set of Tiana-themed hair care products from Carol's Daughter sold out in seven hours on the company's website.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Academy Award for Best Original Song.
At Disneyland Park, the show was replaced by a land-based event called Princess Tiana's Mardi Gras Celebration, which features Princess Tiana along with five of the original presentation's "Mardi Gras dancers" and the park's "Jambalaya Jazz Band" as they perform songs from the movie.
The character animators found some difficulty with this approach, and decided to use traditional paper and pencil drawings, which were then scanned into the computer systems, for The Princess and the Frog.
Cast as voices
Anika Noni Rose as Tiana
Bruno Campos as Prince Naveen
Keith David as Dr. Facilier
Michael-Leon Wooley as Louis
Jennifer Cody as Charlotte La Bouff
Jim Cummings as Ray
Peter Bartlett as Lawrence
Jenifer Lewis as Mama Odie
Oprah Winfrey as Eudora
Terrence Howard as James
John Goodman as 'Big Daddy' La Bouff
Elizabeth Dampier as Young Tiana
Breanna Brooks as Young Charlotte
Ritchie Montgomery as Reggie
Don Hall as Darnell
Paul Briggs as Two Fingers
Jerry Kernion as Mr. Henry Fenner
Corey Burton as Mr. Harvey Fenner
Michael Colyar as Buford
Emeril Lagasse as Marlon the Gator
Kevin Michael Richardson as Ian the Gator
Randy Newman as Cousin Randy
Danielle Moné Truitt as Georgia
Kwesi Boakye as Newspaper Boy
Marlon West as Travis
Seth R. Williamson as Prince Ralphie