Let's start with comparing this movie to the Brother's Grimm version. If you have been following my Project Disney posts you know I love the Grimm stories. I love the Wickedness that they are. This one is terrible too! In the original Grimm version of the story the frog's spell was broken when the princess threw it against a wall in disgust. That has always blown me away!! Speaking of evil.. this movie has one of the best villains in a Disney film in my opinion. It is the first time in a long time Disney has a true evil villain.
Back to the villain... The Shadow Man! I love the Voodoo that he does and his "Friends on the Other Side". I mean the guy just straight up kills Ray. I remember when I was at the theater watching this I was like... did that really just happen???
Ok now let's talk about The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker which is the book the movie is really based off of. I hadn't heard about this cute little series until I was doing project Disney. I of course thought the movie was based off of the Grimm story. This book is a perfect fit for the movie. In this book... the girl who is named Emma does kiss the prince Eadric and is turned into a frog also. There is no villain like the Shadow Man.. the two frogs go on a journey to find the witch who started the spell in the first place to get it reversed. Just like the Disney movie.. they find fellow animals as comrades in their adventures. In the book it is a large snake Fang and a bat Lil'. In the movie of course we have Ray the lightning bug (the frogs in the book eat lightning bugs for dinner) and we have the musical alligator Louis. I love both these characters. They are fun! Tiana has a good friend in the movie Charlotte. There really isn't a character in the book to represent her at all. She is a good friend to Tiana though.
E.D. Baker does a good job of writing books that are a spin on this fairytale. One thing I would like to mention is I am glad that a black princess is finally being used here. Yes I know everyone complained that the prince Naveen isn't actually black. But hey Disney got close right? It was about time. Bravo! The book has nothing to do with Louisiana, jazz, or a girl trying to open a restaurant. I thought this was very creative on Disney's part and a good story.
Usually at the end of my Project Disney posts I show you pictures from Annie Leibovitz.. but she hasn't done a Disney Dream Portrait from this movie yet. Disappointing Annie!! That one should be next! I could go on and on about this movie and the book! I really do love both.
Update: Annie did finally do a portrait! yeah!
Be sure to check out my other Project Disney posts!!
The Great Mouse Detective
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers Down Under
Oliver and Company
The Little Mermaid
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Lion King
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
The Black Cauldron
Lilo and Stitch
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound