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Trivia / The Princess and the Frog

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  • 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), poor release timing (the film debuted just five days before the release of the box-office shattering Avatar), and the fact it was a 2D animated film (which were seen as kiddie trash compared to the "edgier" animated films made by Pixar and DreamWorks).
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  • California Doubling: At points in the film, the sounds of the bayou sound awfully like the The Australian Bush...
  • Celebrity Voice Actor:
    • 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: Disney was so determined to make this movie their best return to traditional animation that they made the short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater as a test run for their brand new animation pipeline.
  • 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.
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  • Fan Community Nicknames: Zealous followers of this movie are called "Froggers".
  • Font Anachronism: A newspaper dated 1926 is printed in Times New Roman, which would not be designed until six years later.
  • 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 okay. Tangled came out the next year and gave Disney their highest numbers since The Lion King. The next 2D animated film, Winnie the Pooh (2011), was the real last-ditch attempt before Disney finally gave up on 2D. For now.
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  • Milestone Celebration: The 10th anniversary received a surprisingly large amount of hype, from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosting a special screening/cast and crew reunion, to Walt Disney Home Video releasing an Ultra HD version of the movie (the DAC's first hand-drawn movie outside of the Signature Collection's Renaissance-era entries to receive the latter treatment).
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  • Name's the Same: This Tiana isn't the only "Tiana" whose best friend calls her "Tia".
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: 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.
  • 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.
  • Referenced by...: Ghost Trick has a desk lamp named Ray who's called that for also being a 'ray of light in the darkness'.
  • 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).
    • When Jim Cummings sang Leon Russell's "Cajun Love Song" during his audition, it was so perfectly on-key that the filmmakers used the audio from it for a scene where Ray is randomly humming to himself.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • 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.
    • Alan Menken was originally tapped to do the music for the film, before being replaced by Randy Newman.
    • Disney was originally going to digitally ink and paint the film by once again using their old propietery software CAPS, which had been mothballed after Home on the Range, but it was too slow for production, so Disney switched to using Toon Boom instead.
    • Alongside actresses such as Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, and Alicia Keys, Beyoncé was initially considered for the role of Tiana, and she was so convinced that she was going to get the part that she didn't even try to audition. Ultimately, Anika Noni Rose was given the part instead.
  • 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.
  • Working Title: The Frog Princess


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