Film: Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince (released on home video as Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince) is a Muppets special released in 1971 and directed by Jim Henson. It is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince narrated by Kermit the Frog. Kermitís nephew Robin and Sweetums made their debuts in this special, playing Sir Robin the Brave and an ogre, respectively.


"The Frog Prince" contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Animorphism: Man to Frog to Man.
  • Beast and Beauty: A beautiful princess hooks up with a frog.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: The King.
    Why's a king's wand called a scepter? 'Cuz everyone in the kingdom works and he doesn't!
  • Covers Always Lie: The 1994 VHS release has an image of Melora kissing Kermit, as if Kermit is the titular Frog Prince instead of Robin.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kermit serves this role.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This special is the first appearance of Robin and Sweetums, but while Robin (despite his role as a cursed human instead of Kermit's nephew) is fairly recognizable, Sweetums is a simple-minded but evil brute who uses Hulk Speak — far from the "tough guy with a heart of gold" he'd come to be known as.
  • Evil Aunt: Invoked with Aunt Taminella, though she is not really Melora's aunt.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The evil witch has a very large ogre henchman named "Sweetums".
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: In the climax, Kermit calls all of his pals from the swamp in to assault "Aunt Taminella".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sir Robin the Brave
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Taminella has magical powers, but doesn't do anything to the king and doesn't want him to know she's a witch.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Princess Melora. She's good-natured, is kind to Robin even when she doesn't believe that he's actually a prince, tries to expose the witch and keep her from stealing the throne, and thanks the frogs of the kingdom for their help at the end of the story.
  • Spoonerism: The spell on Princess Melora makes her speak exclusively in these, making it hard for her to tell her father that "Tant Aminella" is really a "weevil itch" and "sot your nister!"
  • The High Queen: Princess Melora aspires to be this. It seems to be agreed kingdom-wide that her taking over as ruler of the land will be great. Her "Aunt Taminella", on the other hand...
  • Tongue-Tied: The princess is cursed to speak in scrambled sentences so that she can't unmask the witch. The frog prince is the only one able to understand her, perhaps because he was transformed by the same witch...or because he's halfway competent, given that the princess, whenever asked who cursed her, points at her "Aunt Taminella" while shouting "Tant Aminella! Tant Aminella!" Her father, on the other hand ...
    • "Bake the hall in the candle of her brain" is a bit trickier, but manageable ( "Break the ball in the handle of her cane", if you haven't seen it).
  • Took a Level in Badass: The witch, Taminella, originated from a pilot for another Jim Henson-made puppet show that didn't get off the ground, Tales Of The Tinkerdee. In that, she's a witch who tries to steal birthday presents using cheesy disguises. Here, she's become much, much more dangerous and powerful.
  • True Love's Kiss: Like most adaptations of the tale, Sir Robinís curse is broken by a kiss with a princess.
  • Villain Song: Sweetums' song as he chases after Kermit and Robin in the dungeon.
  • We Named the Monkey Jack: In the epilogue, Prince Robin and Princess Melora have a son they named Kermit, after their trusty frog companion.
  • Wicked Witch: Aunt Taminella.