Western Animation / Freddie as FRO7

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Freddie as FRO7 (Known in the United States as Freddie the Frog) was a... strange children's film produced in the UK in 1992.

The basic plot: A young French prince (who, by the way, is also a wizard) is turned into a frog by his evil aunt. Then he grows into a human-sized, anthropomorphic frog. Then he becomes a secret agent.

Then things get weird.

The original and unedited UK version is now available on YouTube, here. The American cut is reviewed here.

The chief differences between the UK and the US version is that in the US version, there was an attempt to make the plot more streamlined, although they also removed quite a bit of dialogue that makes the film a least a little easier to follow. It also removes some strange sexual innuendo.


Tropes:

  • Unholy Matrimony: Possibly Messina and El Supremo. Supremo calls Messina such things as "my lovely", "my darling" and "my beauty" and Messina appears to get jealous when Supremo gets distracted by Daffers.
  • The Unreveal: Freddie calling his Aunt out by name in such a dramatic fashion suggests that it was supposed to be a secret as to who she was, and she never actually speaks to the protagonists before this point, but who knows for sure.
  • Verbal Tic: Freddie has a tendency to, eh, what do you call it?... say "what do you call it" in every other sentence.
  • Villain Ball: Messina could have killed Freddie any way she wanted, but she chose to turn him into frog so she could eat him in snake form, giving him an opportunity to escape.
  • Villain Song: "Evilmania" by Grace Jones, like the rest of the soundtrack, is surprisingly awesome — but comes with Nazis on roller skates and doing the Macarena.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • There is a member of the British Secret Service who is constantly seen grinning and laughing evilly to himself, who is later viewed to be a spy for El Supremo. The American version removes this revelation, and he just seems to be an asshole.
    • In the US cut, instead of turning into a bird and flying away, Messina gets wrapped around a pole (again) and... that's it.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: When Freddie discovers the latest targeted monument is Big Ben, he tells the Brigadier that the target is Windsor Castle so Big Ben would get taken, and he could infiltrate the enemy base. To prevent them from informing the Brigadier, he disabled their walkie-talkies. Scotty and Daffers are not pleased.
  • Your Size May Vary: Messina's snake form doesn't seem to have any kind of consistent size.


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