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Fridge Brilliance

  • Most advertising for the film that showed Tiana as a human showed her in either her plain outfit that resembles the plain outfits worn by Belle and Cinderella, or the sparkly blue gown she wore when she met Naveen. Most Disney Princess merchandise and artwork shows her in the green dress she wears at the end. This is for similar reason to why Disney Princess merchandise and artwork usually shows Aurora in a pink dress and Rapunzel in a purple dress. If the merchandise and artwork always showed her in the blue dress she had in promotions for the movie then some people might mistake her(especially when she is not shown with most or all of the other princesses) as just a black version of Cinderella, much like how there is a black version of Barbie that doesn't have a separate name!
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  • "Big Daddy" LaBouff is a very big fellow, shall we say, who sure does love his beignets. Dr. Facilier's plot is to kill him by stabbing the heart of a voodoo doll once his daughter is wed to the fake Prince Naveen. This is certainly a pretty stealthy way to kill anyone, but no one would find a heart attack on a man LaBouff's size to be suspect.
  • Take a look at Tiana's Palace in all of its incarnations. When Tiana first imagines it, it is of course in the gold art-deco style, and when Facilier visualizes it for her in the climax, it also is completely decorated in yellow and gold, symbolizing money, fortune and a life without love - the path Tiana would take if she hadn't realized her dream would be incomplete without Naveen. Finally, however, when the restaurant actually appears in full glory, it is stylized very much like the bayou, with lily pad theming and light green lighting. Which would symbolize Tiana's journey toward accepting love and family as a viable part of being a happy person and fulfilling your dreams.
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  • In the very last scene, you can see a wedding band on Naveen's finger several times. When you finally get a view of Tiana's finger, she's wearing the ring that Naveen made for her on the riverboat! Possibly doubles as a Heartwarming Moment.
  • Evangeline is the "evening star", aka Venus. The goddess of the desirous and the desired, of loves and passions and longing. Explains why she's so powerful!
    • It also explains another thing... Venus/Aphrodite is the Goddess people pray to for love, but how often has she been loved? Her beauty has been admired, her power has been idolized, and her sexiness has been lusted after, but how often has someone just loved her with a sincere and devoted affection? No wonder she loved Ray in return, enough to apotheosize him!
  • The wine flows freely at LaBouff's party... in the middle of Prohibition. This isn't an error, it's a subtle way of showing just what kind of money and power he has, and Facilier wants.
    • The rule wasn't enforced much at the time, and I don't think the police would try to lock up the richest man in New Orleans.
    • Grape Juice. No, seriously. When Prohibition struck, the wineries started producing perfectly alcohol free grape juice. And Yeast. With instructions to not combine the two because that would make wine and they would never tell you to do that. If LeBouf were a bootlegger, or controlled any, there would be, at the very least, gin and mint julips at the party, the two drinks everyone associates with Prohibition era New Orleans. However, with those images of magnificent neighbourhoods with lush, well kept flora that Facilier showed everytime he mentioned LeBouf, it's possible that LeBouf's money came from Real Estate.
      • I think some of the material said that "Big Daddy" was a sugar baron.
      • Sugarcane is the main ingredient for the distillation of rum.
  • Dr. Facilier's deal with Naveen is sealed with a traditional right-handed handshake. For his deal with Lawrence (to doublecross Naveen) he uses his left hand; considered by some traditions to be sinister.
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    • Also, from the viewer's perspective, Naveen is on the right, and Lawrence is on the left. (Facilier is between them, and crosses his arms when he shakes their hands).
    • Also during the handshake scene, Lawrence shakes Facilier's hand before Naveen does. Lawrence gets what he wanted, be to like his prince, with a few caveats while Naveen doesn't get either the money or freedom he wanted.
    • When first starting up "Friends on the Other Side", Facilier takes Naveen and Lawrence's hats and tosses them away. Where they land indicates his intentions for both of them: Naveen's lands on a painted human skull (indicating how Facilier needs Naveen's blood to keep the transformation charm working), while Lawrence's lands on a voodoo doll (indicating how Dr Facilier intends to make Lawrence his "puppet" to gain control of New Orleans).
    • As he sings "It's the green you need", Facilier flips the 16 tarot cards he has splayed out to "transform" them into dollar bills. The camera momentarily focuses on the bills so you can see they're singles before Facilier rakes them back into the deck and tosses them out of existence. To a modern audience—or even a person with modest wealth in the 1920s—sixteen dollars doesn't sound like much of a deal. And it's not. Because that's not the "green" Facilier's talking about.
    • Also notable is that when Facilier flips Naveen's "future card", Naveen's depicted on it as laying on something suspiciously shaped like a lily pad. Extremely subtle, but there.
  • Charlotte is quite literally the walking reincarnation of a Loa, namely Mademoiselle Charlotte. The Other Wiki on Haitian Vodou regarding Loa deities says she is of European descent; is a symbol of all white women and their mannerisms, is very formal, loves the French language, loves the color rose and only helps those she fancies. Except Travis...
  • There's a case of palette-based Fridge Brilliance, in regards to Dr. Facilier and his Friends. During his Villain Song, when the transformation occurs, things have a purple-dominated scheme, with green undertones. Near the end, when Tiana breaks the talisman and the Friends come back, the color scheme has reversed, likely showing the changed allegiances of the Friends.
  • Naveen Digging Himself Deeper while proposing to Tiana comes off as this since, a while ago, Mama Odie told him to dig a little deeper.
  • This didn't occur to me until days after I saw The Princess and the Frog: True Love's Kiss is actually much Newer Than They Think; in the original "The Frog Prince" Fairy Tale, the frog changed back when the disgusted princess threw him against the wall... similar to Tiana's and Charlotte's initial reactions of crushing him with a book. Excellent Mythology Gag! ~Lale
    • Oh! The inclusion of Lawrence would also be that, wouldn't it? In the original fairy tale, the story ends not with the prince being freed from the spell, but with him and the princess riding off in a carriage drawn by the prince's loyal servant. Said servant apparently was so distraught at his master's fate, that he bound his heart with three metal bands, all of which break when his heart swells to see the prince freed. In this movie though, the servant is put-upon and is quite eager to give Naveen retribution for all of the humiliation he endured.
  • The breaking of the curse on Tiana and Naveen is proven to have been a solution that essentially Naveen was carrying around with himself the entire time - if he marries anyone, that person becomes a "princess" and would be able to turn him back. Lest we forget, though, it's marriage that Naveen is so desperately afraid of! And not only that, but Facilier instantly figured that out about him, and so he gave Naveen the key to his own problem, knowing that the spoiled prince would never be able to go through with it.
    • Listen to "Friends on the Other Side" with the knowledge that Naveen is going to be turned into a frog. To elaborate, Facilier says that "if ((Naveen and Lawrence)) relax, it will enable me to do, anything I please". This means that if they let him, Facilier will do as he planned, turning Naveen into a frog and corrupting Lawrence. Also, although he shows dollar bills, it's clear the verse "It's the green, it's the green, it's the green you need!" alludes to Naveen's fate, as well as being "free to hop from place to place", and the words "transmogrification central". There's even a lily pad in the background of the final tarot card. And before that, at one point his shadow turns into a top-hatted snake. As you may know, snakes eat frogs...
      • There's another layer to that. Snakes eat frogs, but some frogs are poisonous, which represents how Facilier's plot resulted in his own undoing.
      • Additionally, "And when I look into your future it's the green that I see" could not only refer to frog!Naveen, but to Tiana, who is wearing a green dress after she and Naveen are turned human again.
      • I just realized that the lyrics "you need to marry a little honey whose daddy's got dough," are a double or even a triple entendre: he is a rich man, but he is also quite large, and, well, doughy. In addition, he loves those beignets.
      • And when he winds up marrying Tiana, it still works, since her father wanted to open a restaurant, which would mean literal dough.
      • Not to mention "But in your future, the you that I see is exactly the man you always wanted to be." This could allude to the way Laurence always wanted to be like Prince Naveen — handsome and swooned over, able to do whatever he wanted and with lots of money and influence — and his role in Dr. Facilier's plan to take Naveen's image and his place during his wedding to Charlotte.
    • Facilier mentions that Lawrence has been pushed around all his life, and will be pushed around in the future too. Lawrence becomes Facilier's sap, pushing him around to achieve his own goals, since he can't conjure anything for himself.
      • Specifically, Facilier says that Lawrence would be "pushed around by [his] wife", should he be married. Had their plan gone successfully, Lawrence would have wound up married to Charlotte, who is a rather... energetic person and rather forceful. Who wants to guess how their marriage would have gone if it had happened?
    • Also, you know the whole want/need theme? Well, in " Friends on the Other Side" what does Facilier say to Naveen: "it's the green, it's the green, it's the green you need". And he is completely right: what he needed was to be turned into a frog in order to sort out his priorities and find love, even if the transformation is not even remotely what he wants.
  • Tiana and Facilier as motifs for racism: both are black and disadvantaged people living in 1920's New Orleans. Facilier's eaten up by jealousy and spite. You really think he was talking about Lawrence when he mentioned the "fat cats" in their cars? Tiana is best friends with a rich and spoiled white girl, yet we never see any indication that she resents the difference in their stations. By the end, Tiana gets her happy ending through perseverance and doing what's right, while Facilier gets devoured by the dark powers that he sold his soul to in his attempts to get to the top. Anvilicious? Maybe, but Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
    • The Evening Star, upon which everyone wishes, could also be the Northern Star... which Tiana's predecessors would have used to reach their dreams of escaping slavery by running North from their Southern slave-owners.
    • This troper had a moment when reflecting on Charlotte's decision to kiss Naveen, but let him marry Tiana, completely willingly and without a second's hesitation. The moral of the movie was that people need to concentrate on what they need rather than what they want, with the "need" being love (family, friends, significant others, etc) and the "want" being things like a dream job, or a lot of money. In Charlotte's case, she wanted to be a princess, but needed her friendship with Tiana and knew that Tiana needed Naveen more than she did. So really, Charlotte fit into the wants vs. needs theme just like Tiana and Naveen!
      • Going a little further, take note of when Facilier strikes a deal with Naveen and when Facilier tries to strike a deal with Tiana. In both cases, they're being offered exactly what they want for seemingly a very small price. During his bargain, Naveen gives into his wants and suffers for it. When she is being tempted though, Tiana has learned enough to appreciate her needs and refuses the deal as a result, ultimately being able to stop Facilier and save the town. The two are foils to each other!
      • Even deeper than that is the reason why Tiana becomes a frog upon kissing Naveen and Charlotte doesn't has to do with her motivations for doing so, in regards to want vs need. Tiana's motivation for kissing him? The Green. And she gets what she wants! Charlotte's? True friendship, which some would argue is a form of love. Granted it doesn't work because Charlotte isn't a princess, but I digress.
      • Symbolism: Color-Coded for Your Convenience ! Tiana spends most of the beginning of the movie (as a child, as a waitress, and at the party initially) wearing yellow - it's even the leading color in 'Almost There,' and so it becomes associated with hard work and diligence. However, when Tiana is reduced to wishing on a star and kissing a frog to get her restaurant, she's wearing a blue dress with sparkles. You could practically call that dress "Evangeline Blue" - Evangeline who represents faith and hope and love and magic. And then in the conclusion Tiana wears green - the union of hard-working yellow and loving blue!
      • And frogs, don't forget frogs.
    • This Troper's favorite mythology gag ever actually comes from this movie. Upon Ray's death, he turns into a star alongside Evangeline. Now, wasn't there a theory made by another Disney character based on this? Listed under Fridge Brilliance because it took most of this Troper's friends a while to get it.
      • Explain please?
      • I think s/he may be referring to when Timon tells Pumbaa that stars are actually "fireflies that got stuck up there in that big... bluish-black thing." Which this troper actually thought of immediately when that scene occurred.
      • Also, perhaps it was like Mufasa's speech at the beginning - where he explains to Simba that the stars were the "Great Kings of the Past, looking down on us." We can assume that, since Mufasa was a "great king", he turned into a star as well.
      • I [not original troper] was thinking Stardust until seeing the Pot Hole's link.
      • Also, as of the end of the movie, there are two bright stars side-by-side in the sky. Peter Pan, anyone?
      • Evangeline was the Wishing Star from Pinocchio. Ray became the Second Star To The Right. The same two stars can be seen side-by-side in Peter Pan and its sequel.
      • Problem with that theory is that the Peter Pan stories takes place around 1904 and Ray with Evangeline is 1926.
      • Since most have concluded that Evangeline is actually the planet, Venus, it could also be a Greek Mythology gag, as most heroes and the occasional lover were made into constellations after death.
    • It just hit me that the whole idea of Wishing and Working isn't all that new in Disney Canon after all. In the original star wishing story, Gepetto wishes on a star that Pinnochio could be a real boy. Yet the Blue Fairy only takes that PART of the way by bringing him to life instead of making him a real boy. Then, Pinocchio has to go on a long journey to learn what it means to be a real boy, and only after his Heroic Sacrifice does Gepetto's wish finally come true. And who said that this was a refute of that old Disney tradition? You always had to work after that star "takes you part of the way".
      • Even more than that, when she first arrives in Gepetto's shop, the Blue Fairy says he deserves to have his wish come true, because he's brought so much happiness to others.
  • Naveen's dialogue during his first "mincing lesson", in which he describes himself as completely helpless outside his cocoon of wealth and privilege. As a younger son who won't inherit the throne (he wouldn't have been disowned if he were crown prince), Naveen has grown up feeling useless and unnecessary. The revelation that he's a worthwhile person with a real contribution to make is the greatest gift Tiana gives him.
    • Um, he's the older son. His brother is six.
    • Doesn't mean that Naveen isn't a middle child, with a brother or sister older than he is.
  • When I saw the two asshole realtors in the donkey suit, I thought it was rather odd to wear a Donkey costume to a masquerade. Then it hit me! They're wearing the symbol of the Democratic party! Before the presidency of FDR, the Democratic Party was essentially ruled by conservatives in all issues including race relations; after his presidency, the Democrats did a Heel–Face Turn on that issue. Essentially, they represented both personal and political racism without at all being Anvilicious. Rhyme Beat
    • Or they're just jackasses.
    • Again, a research failure. All those '60s civil rights laws wouldn't have had a prayer of passing without Republican support. Democrats were actually the ones putting all those legislative hurdles between the bills and their passing, with the party itself split along regional lines (South, not-South).
  • Early on, Tiana tells Charlotte the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and Charlotte uses Tiana's food to try to seduce Naveen. Not only is Tiana the one who ends up with Naveen, but one of the scenes showing Naveen and Tiana starting to fall in love is her teaching him to work with food. And to top it off, when Naveen attempts to propose, he brings Tiana a ton of food.
  • In the "When We're Human" sequence, Naveen says that he's got a redhead and a brunette in each arm, and the blondes surrounding him just "hold the candles". He then ends up with Tiana (a brunette) because Charlotte (a blonde) held up a candle for their relationship while disregarding her childhood dream.
    • Does that mean the only redhead of the film, Big Daddy, is in Naveen's arms? Brain Bleach, please.
      • Perhaps Naveen and Tiana's oldest daughter will be red-headed; she will be "on his arm" in a different sense, but still....
  • I noticed that the reason they showed Steamboat Willie at the start of the film was because, hey, the film takes place when Steamboat Willie was created, and when the Disney company was founded.
    • That's actually just the logo for Walt Disney Animation Studios; it first appeared at the beginning of Meet the Robinsons, I think.
  • Dr. Facilier has friends on the other side...because he is one. More specifically, his shadow is. Basically, the shadow is the real Doctor Facilier, and it created a smooth-talking human for it to inhabit because taking on A Form You Are Comfortable With makes it easier to scam people into handing over their souls. This explains why Shadow!Facilier moves independently of Human!Facilier, and why he's perfectly fine with New Orleans being inhabited by soul-eating loa ("help a brother out" much?). Also instills some Fridge Horror considering Human!Facilier is technically nothing more than a walking meat puppet.
    • An interesting theory, but the fact that the two can react differently (particularly when the "friends" come out) indicates that his shadow may be a Loa, but Dr. Facilier is also a real live human being.
  • Why wasn't Naveen at all afraid during "Friends on the Other Side" until he got bound to his chair? Because he knew phony fortune tellers are common in New Orleans, figured Facilier was one of them, and was just enjoying the show!
  • The film becomes a whole new level of brilliant if you think of the Friends on the Other Side as being an example of Dark Is Not Evil/Good Is Not Nice, and were actually intending to take Facilier’s soul and not the innocent people of New Orleans’ playing a Batman Gambit. Facilier effectively ‘punishes’ people who try to take an easy route out of their troubles: the bald man in the beginning, granting him hair that quickly spread to his entire body; Lawrence, who wanted to stop being pushed around by everyone, and got involved in Facilier’s Evil Plan; and Prince Naveen, who wanted to solve his financial issues, and was turned into a frog. Near the end, he tries pulling that trick on Tiana too. His own downfall comes when he tries doing the same for himself — whipping up an Evil Plan to rise quickly through the socio-economic ladder, and offering his Friends on the Other Side a deal that would grant them a lot of souls quickly. The Aesop of hard work and diligence and avoiding shortcuts works here on multiple levels extra-well if you assume the Friends were effectively exploiting Facilier heading for a Hoist by His Own Petard situation.
  • Facilier says that he is a royal on his mother's side. Was he perhaps referring to the Voodoo queens of Louisiana, implying that his mother had been a Voodoo queen (who would have taught her son what she knew)?
    • In an earlier script, Facilier would've been the son of "Mama Odie, the Voodoo queen of the bayou" herself.
    • According to Word of God Facilier is of Creole decent so his mother is likely descended from European royalty.
  • The two Realtors who refuse to sell Tiana the property she wants for her restaurant claim it's because of "her background". But it's most likely less about her roots as a poor, working-class woman, and more the fact she's a single black woman in the 1920s U.S. South.
    • Different troper here, but I have always thought this was why they refused to sell her the property? I've never once thought it had to do with her status so much as it did her race.
  • The three frog-hunters scene seems to be just a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. However, it does have a purpose as it shows that humans that were transformed into animals can speak to humans, which becomes important later.
  • "Friends on the Other Side" goes through a few pretty drastic tone shifts. It starts out catchy and showmanish, then turns soft and mystical, then becomes loud and terrifying. Compare this to "Dig a Little Deeper", which mostly keeps its uplifting tone throughout. This can be seen as a metaphor for how Facilier is a manipulative liar, while Mama Odie is honest and pure-hearted.
  • In "Friends on the Other Side", several of Dr. Facilier's tarot cards have numbers above them that correspond to meanings of real tarot cards.
    • The first card, showing Naveen in his palace with a guitar and two beautiful women, basking in a ray of sunlight ("Your lifestyle's high...") is numbered XV, or the Devil, which represents temptation and the urge to give in to selfish desires, fitting Naveen's hedonistic personality and his inability to stop spending money on expensive things.
    • The second card shows Naveen with no money, standing in front of a tower ("...but your funds are low...") and is numbered XVI, the Tower, which represents a fall from grace, or Naveen's parents cutting him off from his family's money because of his irresponsibility. It can also represent a necessary change, such as Naveen needing to experience a Break the Haughty (first by losing his wealth, then becoming a frog) in order to humble himself and become a better person (by realizing, as he falls in love with Tiana, that love is more important than money). As a bonus, the card features Naveen standing in front of an actual tower.
    • The third card shows Naveen marrying Charlotte ("...you need to marry a little honey whose daddy got dough.") and is numbered IX, the Hermit, which is associated with realization and epiphany. Naveen has a Eureka Moment when Dr. Facilier tells him he needs to marry Charlotte, daughter of the wealthiest man in New Orleans, in order to become rich again.
      • It might be the Nine of Pentacles, which suggests a financial windfall.
    • Lawrence's first card shows him in jester's clothing and being forced to carry his mother, sister, and brother on his back. It is numbered X, the Wheel of Fortune, associated with the changing of fate—Lawrence doesn't just want to be wealthy and respected, he wants Naveen to sink to the bottom and suffer like he did. Indeed, the last card shows Lawrence switching places with Naveen and becoming a prince, while Naveen is now wearing the jester's clothing and carrying sticks on his back. Dr. Facilier makes this happen by turning Naveen into a frog and using his blood to make Lawrence look like Naveen so he can marry Charlotte.
      • It might also be the Ten of Wands. Some decks have an illustration of a person carrying a burden on their back for that card.
    • The fact that both cards that involve the actual events that happen in the plot (Naveen's marriage and Lawrence's switcheroo) can be identified as another card (The Hermit or Nine of Pentacles? Wheel of Fortune or Ten of Wands?) adds an even deeper layer. Which cards are they, really? Are they the Major Arcana cards (which signify events that are set in stone, generally major turning points in a person's life) or the Minor Arcana ones (events that are changeable)?
      • Version 1 with the Minor Arcana is the intention of the villains' plot: Lawrence (as Naveen) will marry Charlotte and become rich.
      • Version 2 with the Major Arcana, which is what actually happened: Naveen's real Eureka Moment (The Hermit) came after he's been isolated from human society (via transformation) and gone through soul-searching to realize that he would be happy married to Tiana, even as frogs. Lawrence went through a full cycle: royal valet but exploited and disrespected -> livelihood threatened due to Naveen losing his riches -> Hope Spot of getting to live as a handsome, rich prince -> disgrace and arrest. The Wheel goes up and down.
  • Tiana has a very good reason to be acting like such a buzzkill toward Naveen, like when he's busy flirting with a handful of butterflies, or advising Ray not to settle so quickly for one firefly. Keep in mind, Naveen is planning on marrying her best friend — she probably doesn't want to see Lottie married to a man who's going to freeload off of her and sleep with people behind her back.
  • Facilier actually demonstrates the fault with taking "the easy way out" in his very first scene, before he's even said a word of dialogue, both for himself and his unfortunate victim. The guy he gives the powder to has it work way too well, and ends up suffering for it. On Facilier's end, however, he sells off a powder for a single coin, and is then immediately shown to use it on a newspaper. Since he screwed the other guy over, he's not likely to see any repeat business... in essence, his scams insure that he remains in Perpetual Poverty, despite having supernatural powers at his disposal. Were he to go legitimate and sell working cures, he could be quite successful, but he doesn't work any harder than he has to in order to make a sale. The guy screwed himself from the beginning.
  • An interesting case of unintended layers in the film comes from the color coding. Tiana, Naveen, and Louis are green, Facilier is purple, and Mama Odie is white and gold. The stated reason for this is to match up with the colors of the Mardi Gras beads. However, they also reflect the Catholic liturgical calendar. Green represents Ordinary Time, a part of the year that doesn't have a special season attached to it. Purple represents Lent, which begins the day after Mardi Gras and is a time for Catholics to reflect and repent of their sins. Gold (or more commonly, the white Mama Odie is wearing) is a symbol of Easter, the resurrection of Christ and the redemption of humanity. The fact that this story takes place in the heavily Catholic New Orleans just adds to that.

Fridge Horror

  • In Mama Odie's house, Tiana and Naveen pass a jar containing two eyeballs and a set of teeth. Mama Odie is blind and has no teeth.
  • If the film is set in the late 1920's, what will happen to Tiana's restaurant when the stock market crashes in 1929???
    • And, if her restaurant survives that, there's still a War...
      • During the war the restaurant will be filled with soldiers and sailors moving through the port. Their restaurant will end up becoming more successful than it already is.
      • And, if her restaurant survives that, there's still Hurricane Katrina. Naveen's and her descendants would most certainly be running it by then, but still...
      • The restaurant is shown in the finale to be built directly next to the Mississippi River. Because the land New Orleans is built on was created by river sediment, the land closest to the river is actually the highest ground. This meant that the oldest neighborhoods of the city closest to the river (the French Quarter and Garden District especially) were generally not flooded during Hurricane Katrina. If the restaurant was still around in 2005, it would have survived the hurricane.
      • Assuming Tiana lives into her 90's, it probably would have gone down like this...
      • As pointed out on the Headscratchers pag yupe, New Orleans already has a number of restaurants that are at least 100 years old and are still doing just fine. It's also put forward that Tiana's habit of storing her money in tin cans rather than depositing it in a bank will help her out once the Depression hits...not to mention the whole "being a princess" thing.
  • What exactly happens to the souls Facilier, or Facilier's soul for that matter, gives to the Friends. If the Friends, as I suspect, eat them, then does that mean that there's nothing for them?
  • The Frog Hunters were going to cook and eat Tiana and Naveen. Tiana and Naveen used to be human, which would have made the Frog Hunters indirect cannibals.
    • Also in his Villain Song when Dr. Facilier says he has some royalty on his mother's side he pulls out a shrunken head and shows it to Naveen; think about it as it seems to imply that he killed his own mother and shrunk her head.
      • Or maybe Dr. Facilier's mother died naturally, and he keeps it as a sort of memory of her... doesn't make the shrunken head's presence less strange, though.
      • Both ideas are rather horrifying, actually; on the one hand, we have matricide, which should go without saying. On the other hand, we have an extreme case of Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, bordering on Oedipus Complex...
      • However, it might just due to cultural differences. Like cannibalism nowadays is meant as anthropology, but originally it was actually a way to pay respect to the dead: it might look creepy to western culture, but it doesn't have to actually be creepy per sé.
  • Facilier's plan is to turn Lawrence - Naveen's fat, middle-aged, balding, spineless servant - into a copy of the prince and make him essentially marry Charlotte so he can kill her father and swindle her out of her fortune. Now keep in mind that the only times when Lawrence shows any hesitation with this plan is when he thinks it's not going to work and he wants to chicken out. Meaning that he's perfectly happy to go along with tricking a young, pretty, very naive woman into marrying him. And now keep in mind that the spell keeping Lawrence looking like the hot, young Naveen only lasts as long as there is Naveen's blood in the amulet. This sets up for two scenarios. The first is that Naveen is recaptured and locked up, essentially condemned to a lifetime of having blood drawn from him and being forced to watch his servant steal his life. The second is that without Naveen's blood, sometime after the wedding, Lawrence will turn back into his much older self, in short meaning that poor Lottie will be stuck married to a strange dude.
    • Or they'll sacrifice her to Facilier's "friends". Charlotte will be lucky to live out the year.
    • Pay attention to when Facilier is asking his Friends to help him find Naveen — he tells them, “Bring him to me alive! I need his heart PUMPIN’...for now.” It’s pretty much spelled out to us that he’s keeping Naveen (along with Lottie and even Lawrence, too, probably) alive only for as long as they’re necessary to complete his plan.
  • The end has a nice happy ending... until you realize that it takes place with Prohibition and the Great Depression right around the corner, and most places like Tiana's had to close. In about ten years she'll likely end up right where she started - poor and working like a dog to make ends meet.
    • Not to mention that in real life, her restaurant would probably end up vandalized and boycotted until it went out of business. That's why it's probably for the best to assume that Disney movies take place in an alternate world.
    • Yes... like say an alternate world where her restaurant has the financial and political support of town patriarch Big Daddy Le Bouff, overseas royalty, and, oh yeah, a big freakin' trumpet playing alligator who makes it clear he'll eat anyone who messes with her. You can't assume Disneyfication stops at the end of the film.
    • New Orleans hosts several restaurants that are over a century old. If a dozen other restaurants survived two world wars, the great depression and Hurricane Katrina why couldn't hers?
    • Are people forgetting that Tiana becomes a - I dunno- princess at the end of the movie? Worst comes to worst she can always hop on a boat to Maldonia and call it a day.
  • Imagine how Lottie would have reacted if Facilier succeeded in making her father die right in front of her.
    • Not to mention that he said he planned to do that when Charlotte and "Naveen" got married. If Facilier's plan had gone the way he wanted, Charlotte would have seen her father die on her wedding day.
  • It is established that animals can talk to each other and the only humans who can talk to them are ones who practice voodoo. So, at the end of the movie when Tiana and Naveen turn back into people, they can't talk with Louis ever again.
    • Eh, maybe not. Everyone still knows where Mama Odie is. Its not unfeasible that she would be able to conjure something to still allow them to communicate. Especially if one likens her as the Benevolent Genie to Facilier's Jackass Genie.
    • Or possibly, like some other animal transformation stories, the power to speak to animals stays with you when you return to your human form.
    • Well, they could communicate with Louis well enough to explain "Okay, we're going to give our money to these people, and if they hesitate in giving up a key growl at them." so they're probably fine with communication.
    • I believe there are some books based on the film that show Tiana and Naveen retaining their ability to talk to animals in their human form. After all, when they were turned into frogs they could still talk to humans, so why shouldn’t the reverse also be true.
    • And in The Frog Princess, the book this film is explicitly, albeit loosely based on, it’s clarified that once you’ve been transformed into an animal by magic, you retain the ability to talk to other animals for the rest of your life, even after you regain your human form. The two main characters even end up becoming vegetarians to avoid the horrific implications of this.
  • A major, most likely unintentional example that is, otherwise, a very well-hidden reveal: look on the wall next to Facilier in the first few seconds of his Villain Song, and you might just notice the Operator symbol etched into it. Why is that there?
  • The scene that introduces Ray has a bit of this. That firefly that Tiana and Naveen go after looks a lot like Ray, and the circumstances would tend to suggest that it's definitely him, meaning that they almost ATE the guy that would get them to Mama Odie's and help resolve the conflict of the movie.
    • Also doubles as Heartwarming, since he helps them anyway.
  • The movie doesn’t shy away from the fact that animals still kill and eat other animals, even though they can all understand each other in this universe, as shown with the gators Tiana and Naveen have to hide from when they arrive in the swamp. (And in said gators' case, they even seem disturbingly happy about doing so.) Even Charlotte’s dog, Stella, doesn’t bat an eye at a pair of talking frogs until one of them identifies herself as a close friend of Stella’s owners.
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