Posts Tagged ‘Princess and the Frog’

Imitating film

Friday, March 12th, 2010

An article on AOL Health (“All The News That’s Fit for Hypochondriacs”) reports that children all around the country are being infected by salmonella, breaking out in warts, and hungering for flies after kissing frogs in imitation of Disney’s animated feature The Princess and the Frog. There have even been reports of children in France becoming so orally fixated on frogs that they are actually eating the things! The story seems ridiculous on its face (for example, not even a crazy person would eat a reptile, and everyone knows you get salmonella from salmon, not frogs), but it does have an echo of truth in it — over the years, there have been many cases of children doing silly things in imitation of Disney films.

For example:

  • In the 1950s, little boys all across the country, in imitation of their TV hero Davy Crockett, donned raccoon-skin caps and ran for Congress.
  • The popular Frisbee toy was invented to sate children yearning to imitate the disc-battling antics of their movie hero Tron.
  • After the release of Beauty and the Beast, little girls followed the movie heroine’s lead and began to read books for entertainment (much to the annoyance of film-based corporations, causing Disney to focus its next animated film, Aladdin, on a more commercial female role model — a marriage-obsessed princess in scanty clothes who hangs out with big, fluffy animals).
  • Many children who saw Toy Story subsequently wanted toys.

This is not to say that The Princess and the Frog has had no impact on children. Quit the contrary — although there are no reliable reports of children doing anything so ridiculous as kissing frogs, a number of youths in the southern U.S. have been devoured (whole or in part) while trying to teach alligators to play jazz music.

Disney Animation 2009: The Princess and the Frog

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

In Christmas 2009, Disney returns to traditional animation (they were just kidding when they said traditional animation was through and fired everyone) with The Princess and the Frog, a timeless tale based on one of the few recognizable fairytales Disney hasn’t made a feature film out of yet.

As in the original tale, Princess takes place in New Orleans, where a voodoo princess finds love in the form of a frog that has escaped from the clutches of a group of drunken gumbo chefs. The frog is unhappy because continued repairs in the city are draining the water that he has come to love and raised the walls around the city, making it harder for him to get back to the river after collecting his allotment of Mardi Gras beads. Will the princess be able to help him? Will she kiss him? Will there be singing without meaningful context?

Oh, probably.