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Oprah to Voice Eudora in Disney's The Princess and the Frog

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September 24, 2008

Oprah Winfrey in The Princess and the Frog

Earlier today, FS.net attended a Walt Disney Studios Showcase preview where it was announced that Oprah Winfrey will lend her voice to the character of Eudora in Disney's return to hand animation titled The Princess and the Frog. Eudora is mother to the lead character, Princess Tiana, who will notably be the first African American Disney princess. Oprah has assumed other voice-over roles in the past, including Bee Movie's Judge Bumbleton. At the same Hollywood event, it was announced that Randy Newman would write a total of six songs for the film, including one called "Down in New Orleans." Newman, if you didn't know, is a legendary composer who has also written music for much of Pixar's line-up.

Considering that New Orleans is my all-time favorite city, which is the setting of Princess, and that I have an odd fascination with frogs, I can honestly say that despite the film being pretty typical 2D Disney fare, I'm quite intrigued. And this might be a spoiler, but artwork at the event seems to indicate that Princess might go the way of Shrek - specifically, at some point it seems Tiana becomes a frog, too, (a happy one at that) so perhaps she was one to begin with? If you haven't seen the teaser yet, be sure to check it out.

The Princess and the Frog is co-directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, whom previously worked together to bring us the Disney classics Aladdin, Hercules, and Treasure Planet. The script for the film was also written by Clements and Musker as well as other Disney regulars. The Princess and the Frog is currently set for release on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2009. It will definitely be worth the wait!

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  • vegeta
    First comment. Big deal.
  • I can't wait for this movie. I love the original story (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Frog_Princess), and I wonder how much Disney will draw from it. In the original myth, the princess is a frog at the beginning of the story, and it isn't until the end that she becomes a princess.
  • JayBear
    I love that they've gone back to 2d to do this. This movie is going to be a box office hit. I can taste it...and it tastes like chicken. 😉
  • JayBear
    actually in the Original story she's a bratty princess who gets punished to take care of the frog.. In the tale, a spoiled princess reluctantly befriends a frog (meeting him after dropping a gold ball into his pond), who magically transforms into a handsome prince. Although in modern versions the transformation is invariably triggered by the princess kissing the frog, in the original Grimm version of the story, the frog's spell was broken when the princess threw it against a wall in disgust.[1] In other early versions it was sufficient for the frog to spend the night on the princess's pillow. actually just for amusement I'm going to give everyone the whole story, literally, lol..here it is..now after reading the story how much do you they will ACTUALLY use, lol.. One fine evening a young princess went out to take a walk by herself in a wood; When she came to a cool spring of water she sat herself down to rest a while. The princess had her very favorite toy of all time with her, her golden ball. She loved it and she was always tossing it up into the air, and catching it again as it fell. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell; and the ball bounded away, and rolled along on the ground, until at last it fell down into the spring. The princess looked into the spring after her ball, but it was very deep, so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. She began to cry, and said, 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again, I would give all my fine clothes and jewels, and everything that I have in the world.' Whilst she was speaking, a frog put its head out of the water, and said, 'Princess, why do you weep so bitterly?''Alas!' said she, 'what can you do for me, you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring.' The frog said, 'I do not want your pearls, and jewels, and fine clothes; but if you will love me, and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate, and sleep on your bed, I will bring you your ball again.' 'What nonsense,' thought the princess, 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me, though he may be able to get my ball for me, and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks.' So she said to the frog, 'Well, if you will bring me my ball, I will do all you ask.' Then the frog put his head down, and dived deep under the water; and after a little while he came up again, with the ball in his mouth, and threw it on the edge of the spring. As soon as the young princess saw her ball, she ran to pick it up; and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again, that she never thought of the frog, but ran home with it as fast as she could. The frog called after her, 'Stay, princess, and take me with you as you said,' But she did not stop to hear a word. The next day, just as the princess had sat down to dinner, she heard a strange noise - tap, tap - plash, plash - as if something was coming up the marble staircase, and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door, and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door, my princess dear, Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it, and there she saw the frog, whom she had quite forgotten. At this sight she was sadly frightened, and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. The king, her father, seeing that something had frightened her, asked her what was the matter. 'There is a nasty frog,' said she, 'at the door, that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning. I told him that he should live with me here, thinking that he could never get out of the spring; but there he is at the door, and he wants to come in.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door, and said: 'Open the door, my princess dear, Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.' Then the king said to the young princess, 'As you have given your word you must keep it; so go and let him in.' She did so, and the frog hopped into the room, and then straight on - tap, tap - plash, plash - from the bottom of the room to the top, till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. 'Pray lift me upon chair,' said he to the princess, 'and let me sit next to you.' As soon as she had done this, the frog said, 'Put your plate nearer to me, that I may eat out of it.' This she did, and when he had eaten as much as he could, he said, 'Now I am tired; carry me upstairs, and put me into your bed.' And the princess, though very unwilling, took him up in her hand, and put him upon the pillow of her own bed, where he slept all night long. As soon as it was light the frog jumped up, hopped downstairs, and went out of the house. 'Now, then,' thought the princess, 'at last he is gone, and I shall be troubled with him no more.' But she was mistaken; for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door; and the frog came once more, and said: 'Open the door, my princess dear, Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool, in the greenwood shade.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in, and slept upon her pillow as before, till the morning broke. And the third night he did the same. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see, instead of the frog, a handsome prince, gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen and standing at the head of her bed. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy, who had changed him into a frog; and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring, and let him eat from her plate, and sleep upon her bed for three nights. 'You,' said the prince, 'have broken his cruel charm, and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom, where I will marry you, and love you as long as you live.' The young princess, you may be sure, was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this; and as they spoke a brightly coloured coach drove up, with eight beautiful horses, decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness; and behind the coach rode the prince's servant, faithful Heinrich, who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly, that his heart had well-nigh burst. leave of the king, and got into the coach with eight horses, and all set out, full of joy and merriment, for the prince's kingdom, which they reached safely; and there they lived happily a great many years. Okay so the only difference between this story and the other version is that instead of three night stay to break the curse she has to kiss him. I don't think it will pull to much from this besides there being a frog to kiss and she being a princess.
  • vegeta
    The longest post I have ever read. Commendable.
  • Tim "Cloverfield"
    Hey Bear next time warn us......SPOILER ALERT!
  • gogirlwonder
    Does anyone else recall royalty in America. I must have missed that paticular history lesson. I'd also like to make a comment about Oprah's overlarged ego and shit but I'm sure she has lawyer lackey trolling these kinds of site and I don't need a lawsuit.
  • popcultureamazon
    I, too, appreciate the fact that Disney's returned to traditional 2-D, fairy tale based movies. My one problem is that Randy Newman is doing the music. Ick. I can't see this working out well. I know it's set in NOLA and they wanted to go a different route but...no. His music is best served with Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Sheriff. And the theme song to Monk.
  • Sounds attractive! I want to watch this movie after reading this post. I guess it will be more wonderfull together with the music of Randy Newman.
  • AJ
    This year has been very historic and what a way to make more history than a 2D comeback disney animated film/ fairy tale with its first African American princess. I have a feeling this film will be big and probably going to top Up.
  • ken
    its a fuckin animated movie it doesnt matter if shes black or not... jezzum crow! this movie will be great but oprah is a damn stupid woman and i despise her
  • moya731
    its a great accomplishment and yes it does matter! shes the first BLACK princess how long has it been?? i mean really im happy there will finally be a princess little black girls can look at and feel proud to be in there skin, especially since i have a little girl now....ive been waiting for this since i was a little girl

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