Acclaimed Flop: Not nearly as badly as many other examples, but despite its beautiful animation and well-received story and characters, the film only had middling success at the box office. This was partly due to poor marketing (Ed Catmull, Disney's president, admitted that putting "Princess" in the title made it seem as though the movie was only for young girls) and poor release timing (the film debuted just five days before the release of the box-office shattering Avatar).
The weird psychedelic filter effect on Dr. Facilier's face as he sings "I hope you're satisfied" during his Villain Song makes him look like one of the aliens from◊ They Live, a horror movie in which Keith David, Dr. Faciler's voice actor, starred prominently. Actor and character also both share a gap in their front teeth. May or may not be intentional, but when you think about it, doesn't Dr. Facilier end up as a kind of a gargoyle at the end?
Anika Noni Rose is left-handed as well, and specifically requested the animators to make Tiana left-handed.
Surprisingly averted for a Disney film with the cast mostly being made up of character actors and actual voice actors. A few cameos aside, the biggest names in the cast are John Goodman and Oprah Winfrey. Emeril Lagasse is in there too, as a crocodile who yells "Bam!" a lot.
In the Mexican Spanish dub, Dr. Facilier is voiced by the comedian Víctor Trujillo.
Dueling Movies: Disney released The Princess and the Frog against 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Avatar. Disney fans as well as non-Disney animation buffs question on how Disney made a big mistake.
Genre-Killer: Not in the literal sense, but Disney banked their interest in returning to do Traditional Animation films by how well Princess and the Frog performed at the box office. It did ok.Tangled came out the next year and gave Disney their highest numbers since The Lion King. The next 2D animated film, Winnie-the-Pooh, was the real last-ditch attempt before Disney finally gave up on 2D. For now.
Production Posse: The movie was directed and co-written by Ron Clements and John Musker, known for their work on movies like Aladdin and Hercules, both of which also have Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, and Frank Welker voicing major and supporting characters, just like this movie.
Throw It In!: Originally, the plan was for Naveen to say "That's new" after his vocal sac inflates suddenly in a surprised tone of voice (i.e. "Whoa, that's new.") However, Bruno Campos said the line in a suave tone of voice, making the scene arguably much funnier (especially since his new tone of voice makes it sound more like "That's a new feature", in other words, that he's trying to pretend he already knew about it).
Urban Legend of Zelda: That Disney made Tiana But Not Too Black by putting her curly hair in a top-knot. The supposed "concept art" is actually fanart by a French artist from before the film even came out.
In the very first version of the story that was released online, the heroine was a chambermaid named Maddy (short for "Madeline") who worked for a Spoiled Brat rich woman who later evolved into Charlotte. Groups complained both about the Unfortunate Implications of a black girl being a chambermaid, AND they complained about the name "Maddy", as it supposedly sounded like "mammy".
In an earlier script, Dr. Facilier wasn't just a dark wizard who wants to conquer New Orleans with the help of his Friends on the Other Side - he would have been Mama Odie's son, who followed the path of the dark arts unlike his mother. In this same script, there was to be a showdown between the two of them, which would have converged into a major battle during the Mardi Gras. Also, Facilier was originally named Dr. Duvalier after Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, the Voodoo practicing genocidal dictator of Haiti.
In early versions, Louis was a human who had been turned into a bayou alligator by Dr. Facilier after wishing to be a 'sharp-playing party animal'. They decided this made the plot too complicated, so they had him just be a regular alligator who played a trumpet.
Early concept art◊ depicted Charlotte with long hair and a large gut that she kept hidden with a corset.
Word of God: Facilier's look was modeled on the voodoo god Baron Samedi: he's lean, he wears a top hat and cutaway coat, his logo is a skull with a top hat, and at one point he sports a skull mask. Bruce Smith even describes Facilier as the love child of the Disney Villains Captain Hook and Cruella De Vil.