There’s Magic In The Air Tonight

… and anything can happen, even frogs made of cake!

The Princess and The Frog

The Princess and The Frog

So the opening song from The Princess and the Frog says, minus the frog cakes!

Today we are celebrating the anniversary of The Princess and the Frog. The film is set in New Orleans where music plays such an integral part of the lifestyle that filmmakers felt it important to reflect that diversity in the film. Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman (Cars, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story) created an all-new score for the film in a range of styles, including jazz, blues, gospel and zydeco; and featuring seven new songs.

Miss Honey’s ball gown is modelled on Princess Tiana’s dress 🙂

The Princess and The Frog

The Princess and The Frog

Puffles and Honey met Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen at Magic Kingdom!

Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen

Have you noticed all the details about the film? What do you mean you’ve never watched the film?!?

It took three and a half years to make the film. (No frogs were kissed in the process, but no guarantee that frog princess cakes were not eaten 🙂 ) The film was hand-drawn and the style was inspired by Bambi and The Lady and the Tramp.

The Princess and The Frog

Directors Ron Clements and John Musker pitched the film to Oprah on a trip to Disneyland, just for fun. She loved the idea so much that she asked to be a part of it.

Tiana's Mum (voiced by Oprah)
Tiana’s Mum (voiced by Oprah)

The women who fawn over Prince Naveen are all caricatures of women who work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen

Anika Noni Rose, the voice of Tiana, requested that Tiana be left-handed, just like her. (Tiana’s dimples are also borrowed from Anika.)

Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose

Tiana was animated by Mark Henn, who also animated Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Mulan.

Tiana turns into a frog when she kisses the prince frog!

Tiana and Naveen
Tiana and Naveen

Oh yeah, spoiler alert!

Ray was animated by Mike Surrey who also animated Timon in The Lion King. He’s voiced by Jim Cummings, the voice of Winnie the Pooh!

The Princess and The Frog

Louis the alligator was named after Louis Armstrong and was animated Eric Goldberg by who also animated Genie from Aladdin. Louis realizes his dream of playing with a jazz band and the band is called the Firefly Five Plus Lou after a Disney Animation ragtime band from the 1940s-50s known as the Firehouse Five Plus Two (the film’s piano player is even modeled after Disney Legend Frank Thomas was the piano player for the Firehouse Five Plus Two). Terrence Blanchard, who is a native New Orleans jazz legend and trumpet player, played all of alligator Louis’ trumpet parts in the film.

Louis the alligator
Louis the alligator

During Down in New Orleans early in the film, the carpet from Aladdin is being shaken up on a wrought-iron balcony. Mama Odie comes across the lamp from Aladdin during Dig a Little Deeper.

The Princess and the Frog

A Mardi Gras parade float is modeled after King Triton from The Little Mermaid — on it are caricatured versions of directors John Musker and Ron Clements (who also directed The Little Mermaid).

The Princess and the Frog

This interlude is an homage to Dick Van Dyke’s dance with the penguins in Mary Poppins.

Dr Facilier
Dr Facilier
Dr Facilier
Dr Facilier

Time to watch the film!

The Princess and The Frog

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