Oprah to Voice Eudora in Disney's The Princess and the Frog
by Kevin Powers
September 24, 2008
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!