The Princess and the Frog (2009) is a charming Disney movie set in the vibrant city of New Orleans. The story revolves around Princess Tiana, a hardworking young woman with a passion for cooking, and Prince Naveen, who has been transformed into a frog by an evil sorcerer.
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Through a series of hilarious adventures, Tiana and Naveen learn valuable lessons about love, friendship, and the importance of following your dreams.
One of the last 2-D animated feature films from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Princess and the Frog, also introduced Disney’s first African-American Princess.
Since her introduction to Disney’s collection of stories, Tiana has become a big part of magical character experiences at Disney Parks. Guests line-up for hours to meet her and other princesses at Magic Kingdom each and every day.
Despite her inclusion in rides, shows, and parades, Tiana and company will get their first attraction. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is set to replace the extremely popular, yet problematic, Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
As with most changes around Disney, the announcement to shutdown Splash Mountain for a retheme surrounding Tiana and Prince Naveen remains unpopular with many guests who adore the original attraction.
Disney Fans React to Change
Disney fans can be harsh when it comes to change and rehashing, as we’ve all seen with blowback regarding Disney’s recent onslaught of live-action remakes like The Little Mermaid (2023), Peter Pan & Wendy (2023), and Pinocchio (2022).
With popular Disney films like Lilo & Stitch (2002), Moana (2016), Robin Hood (1973), and Hercules (1997) all slated to get the live-action remake treatment in the future, guests have loudly protested Disney’s “unoriginal” creative process, all while choosing to stay home instead of watching their original content like Wish (2023).
For this reason, many fans quickly found themselves in protest when a movie poster for a live-action Princess and the Frog surfaced on the internet.
On the other hand, many other fans expressed high interest in a live-action remake of Princess and the Frog, although the film isn’t currently on the docket for updates by Disney.
Besides what level of support they offered, the poster ultimately fooled a lot of people. Earning tens of thousands of social media reactions and 11 thousand shares, the Facebook post has made it’s way to many timelines. It’s convincing, but there’s only one problem.
Either side of the argument will be either happy or disappointed to know that the poster, reported initially by Inside the Magic and created by YODA BBY ABY, is fan art, and there is no word regarding a live-action Princess and the Frog remake at this point.
What Makes Princess and the Frog Work
One of the standout features of The Princess and the Frog is its beautiful hand-drawn animation. This classic style pays homage to the traditional Disney films of the past and adds a sense of nostalgia to the story. The film also features an exceptional voice cast, with Anika Noni Rose lending her talent to bring the determined and resilient Tiana to life.
In their journey to break the spell and become human again, Tiana and Naveen encounter various colorful characters, such as Mama Odie, a wise voodoo priestess, and the villainous Shadow Man. The mystical bayous of Louisiana becomes the backdrop for their exciting and fateful adventure.
The music in The Princess and the Frog is another standout aspect of the film. With catchy and soulful tunes by Randy Newman, the soundtrack captures the spirit and energy of New Orleans. From the energetic jazz numbers to heartfelt ballads, the songs add depth and emotion to the story.
The Princess and the Frog is not only a delightful fairy tale but also a celebration of diverse cultures and the power of resilience. It reminds us that with hard work, determination, and a little bit of magic, dreams can come true. So join Tiana and Naveen on their enchanting journey through the bayous and discover the true meaning of love, friendship, and self-discovery.
A Live-Action Version Could Work
Despite difficulties at the box office lately, Disney has found some success with their live-action remakes. Notably, The Lion King (2019) earned the company a whopping $1.7 billion.
However, when bringing to life a popular Disney Princess, things haven’t worked out as well, especially when exploring the outlook of upcoming projects like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which has seemingly been wrapped in controversy surrounding Rachel Zegler since it started production.
The jump from animation to live-action is a considerable one that must be handled delicately for it to ultimately be successful. The Princess and the Frog could certainly work as a live-action Disney film, assuming that they don’t derive from the original story.
Bringing characters like Tiana, Naveen, Big Daddy, and Charlotte La Bouff could work without animators and directors behind the scenes like John Musker. However, The Walt Disney Company would have to stay true to the culture, energy, and story that made fans fall in love in the first place.