The Princess and the Frog

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The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It follows the story of Tiana and Prince Naveen, who have directly and indirectly been turned into frogs by the Shadow Man, Dr. Facilier. The movie was released to theaters on December 11, 2009.


[First lines]
Eudora Rogers: [reads "The Frog Prince" to a young Tiana and Charlotte] Just at that moment, the ugly little frog looked up with his sad, round eyes and pleaded, "Oh, please, dear princess, only a kiss from you can break this terrible spell that was inflicted on me by a wicked witch."
Young Charlotte: [whispering] Here comes my favorite part!
Eudora Rogers: [still reading] And the beautiful princess was so moved by his desperate plea that she stooped down, picked up the slippery creature, leaned forward, raised him to her lips, and kissed that little frog!
Young Charlotte: Aww!
[A disgusted Tiana gags]
Eudora Rogers: [continues reading] Then the frog was transformed into a handsome prince! They were married and lived happily ever after! The end.
Young Charlotte: Yay! Read it again! Read it again!
Eudora Rogers: Sorry, Charlotte. It's time for us to be headin' home. Say goodnight, Tiana.
Young Tiana: There's no way, in the whole wide world, I would ever ever ever, and I mean never kiss a frog. Bleugh!

Eli Big Daddy La Bouff: Evenin', Eudora.
Young Charlotte: Daddy, Daddy! Look at my new dress! Isn't it pretty?
Eli Big Daddy La Bouff: Look at you! Why, I'd expect nothin' less from the finest seamstress in New Orleans!

James Rogers: Mmm. Gumbo smells good, Tiana.
Young Tiana: I think it's done, Daddy.
James Rogers: Yeah. Are you sure?
Young Tiana: Mm-hmm.
James Rogers: Absolutely positive?
Young Tiana: Yes.
James Rogers: OK. I'm about to put this spoon in my...
Young Tiana: [yanks the spoon out of her dad's hand] Wait! [adds some hot sauce to the gumbo, then tastes it] Done. [feeds the gumbo to James]
James Rogers: Hmm.
Young Tiana: What?
James Rogers: Well, sweetheart, this is gumbo I've ever tasted! Come here! Eudora, our little girl's got a gift!
Eudora Rogers: I coulda told you that.
James Rogers: A gift this special just gotta be shared.

James Rogers: You know the thing about good food? It brings folks together from all walks of life. It warms them right up and it puts little smiles on their faces, and when I open up my own restaurant, I tell you, people are gonna line up from miles around just to get a taste of my food!
Young Tiana: Our food.
James: That's right, baby. [writes "Tiana's Place" on the paper] Our food.

Georgia: We all goin' out dancin' tonight. Care to join us?
Male Customers: Yeah, c'mon, Tiana, live a little. It's Mardi Gras.
Princess Tiana: No, I got two left feet. Besides, I'm gonna... [to a rather messy kid] Need a napkin, sweetheart? I'm gonna work a double shift tonight. [serving pancakes to a male customer] Here're your hotcakes. You know, so I...
Georgia: You can save for your restaurant. I know, I know. Girl! All you ever do is work!

Buford: Are you talkin' 'bout that dang restaurant again?
Princess Tiana: Buford, your eggs are burnin'.
Buford: You ain't never gonna get enough for the down payment.
Princess Tiana: I'm gettin' close.
Buford: Yeah. How close?
Princess Tiana: Where my flapjacks?
Buford: [laughing] You got about as much chance of gettin' that restaurant as I do of winnin' the Kentucky Derby.

Princess Tiana: Mornin', Mr. La Bouff.
Eli Big Daddy La Bouff: Good mornin', Tiana.
Princess Tiana: Congratulations on bein' voted king of the Mardi Gras parade.
Eli Big Daddy La Bouff: Caught me completely by surprise...for the fifth year in a row! Now, how about I celebrate with...
Princess Tiana: Beignets? Got me a fresh batch just waitin' for you.
Eli Big Daddy La Bouff: Well, keep 'em comin' 'til I pass out!

Dr. Facilier: [singing; to Naveen] Now you, young man, are from across the sea; you come from two long lines of royalty. [aside] I'm a royal myself on my mother's side. Your lifestyle's high, but your funds are low. You need to marry a little honey whose daddy got dough. [talking] Mom and Dad cut you off, huh, pretty boy?
Prince Naveen: Eh, sad but true.
Dr. Facilier: Now y'all gotta get hitched, but hitchin' ties ya down! You just wanna be free - hop from place to place! But freedom takes green... [snickers evilly and sings] It's the green, it's the green, it's the green you need! And when I look into your future, it's the green that I see. [to Lawrence; singing] On you, little man, I don't wanna waste much time! You've been pushed around all your life! You've been pushed around by your mother, and your sister, and your brother. And if you was married... You'd be pushed around by your wife. [Naveen chuckles] But in your future, the you I see, is exactly the man you've always wanted to be! [talking] Shake my hand. Come on boys...Won't you shake, a poor sinner's hand? [while both men shake Dr. Faciller's hands, the background dissolves to some creepy voodoo masks singing] Yes...

[At the costume party, Charlotte is anxiously waiting for Naveen and warding off the advances of a young man named Travis]
Travis: But Miss Charlotte, you said "later" 2 hours ago!
Charlotte: [exasperated] Travis, when a woman says "later", she really means "not ever"! Now, run along. There are plenty of young fillies dyin' for you to waltz them into a stupor. [after a disappointed Travis walks away, Charlotte rushes over to Tiana's table and grabs as many napkins as she can] GIMME THEM NAPKINS, QUICK!
Princess Tiana: [confused] What on Earth for?
Charlotte: [stuffs the napkins inside the sleeves and neckline of her dress] I swear I am sweatin' like a sinner in church!

[Tiana must kiss Naveen. She backs away in disgust]
Princess Tiana: Okay, Tiana, you can do this.
[Naveen takes some breath spray. He and Tiana kiss. In a flash of green light, Tiana's dress is on the floor]
Prince Naveen: [checks to see if he is still a frog. He is. He glances down and sees Tiana's dress on the floor; silently] Faldi Faldonza!
Princess Tiana: You don't look that much different. But how'd you get way up there?

[Lawrence, disguised as Naveen, runs into his guest house to find the real Naveen gone]
Lawrence: [gasp] Oh, dear. [Dr. Facilier silently appears behind him] Oh! You're so quiet.
Dr. Facilier: You let him go?!
Lawrence: The poor devil was gasping, so I'd loosened the lid, ever so slightly... [gets tripped by Facilier's shadow, who laughs maliciously] How did I ever get tangled up this voodoo madness? I can't get through with this! [removes the talisman, changing into his true form] You wear this-this ghastly thing! [throws the talisman to Facilier]
Dr. Facilier: [catches the talisman] CAREFUL WITH THAT!!! ANYTHING HAPPENS TO THIS, I'M GONNA BE...! [pauses as Lawrence quivers with fear; sighs and calms down] Fun fact about voodoo, Larry... [puts on the talisman; nothing happens] ...can't conjure a thing for myself. Besides, you and I both know the real power in this world ain't magic. It's money! Buckets of it.
[Thunder rumbles]
Lawrence: That's true.
Dr. Facilier: Aren't you tired of living on the margins? While all those fat cats in their fancy cars don't give you so much as a sideways glance?
Lawrence: Yes... I am.
Dr. Facilier: All you gotta do is marry Big Daddy's little princess... [puts the talisman back on Lawrence] And we'll be splittin' that juicy Le Buoff fortune right down the middle... 60-40, like I said.
Lawrence: Hmm... yeah. But uh... what about Naveen?
Dr. Facilier: Your little SLIP-UP... [smacks the back of Lawrence's head] will be a minor bump in the road. So long as we got the prince's blood in this.
Lawrence: [chuckles] Yes...

Prince Naveen: You know, waitress, I've finally figured out what is wrong with you.
Princess Tiana: Have you now?
Prince Naveen: You do not know how to have fun. There. So, what do you have to say?
Princess Tiana: Thank you. 'Cause I figured out what your problem is, too.
Prince Naveen: I'm too wonderful? [a branch hits him]
Princess Tiana: No. You're a no-account, philanderin', lazy bump on the log!
Prince Naveen: [fake cough] Killjoy!
Princess Tiana: What did you say?
Prince Naveen: Nothing. [fake cough] Stick-in-the-mud!
Princess Tiana: Listen here, Mister. This "stick-in-the-mud" has had to work two jobs her whole life while you've been suckin' on a silver spoon, chasing chambermaids 'round your ivory tower!
Prince Naveen: Actually, it's polished marble.

[The talisman is losing Naveen's blood; Facilier stands before a wall of scary voodoo masks]
Dr. Facilier: Friends. I know I am already deeply in debt to ya'll and everything, but it seems our little froggy prince, lost his way? And I'll be interested in ya'll help getting him back.
[The masks snarl]
Dr. Facilier: [laughs] I hear ya, now what's in it for ya'll? Well, [pulls out a voodoo doll of Big Daddy La Bouff and a needle] as soon as I dispose of Big Daddy La Bouff, [whirls his hand around, showing an illusion of New Orleans] and I'm running this town, [chuckles] I'll have the whole of New Orleans, [the illusion shrinks into his hand] in the palm of my hand. And you'll have all the wayward souls your dark little hearts desire. [blows the illusions of screaming souls out of the illusion. The illusory souls waft upward into the masks' noses as they smile maliciously] Ya'll like that, don't you? [dusts his hands] So, we have ourselves a deal?
[The large center mask, Loa, glances at the other smaller masks, who give sinister grins. It then opens its mouth and shadow ghosts ooze out from it, as they cast onto the walls around Facilier]
Dr. Facilier: [chuckles] Now we're cooking! We gonna find ourselves a frog. Search evrywhere! The bayou, the Quarter, bring him to me alive. I need his heart pumpin'! For now... Allez! [slams cane on ground] Toute suite! [the shadows take off to find Naveen]

[Naveen looking up at the star of Evangeline, after creating a ring for Tiana]
Prince Naveen: Oh, Evangeline. Why can't I just look Tiana in the eye and say, "I will do whatever it takes to make all your dreams come true because... because I love you."?
Ray: [mistakingly thinks that Naveen is in love with Evangeline] Whoa, whoa, whoa, Cap! You're making goo-goo eyes at my girl?! That's it, put them up! I'm going to make some shoes out of you!
Prince Naveen: No, no, Ray, I'm not in love with Evangeline, I am in love with Tiana!

[after Tiana sees Lawrence and Charlotte on a wedding cake float, Ray enters the cemetery and sees Tiana brokenhearted]
Ray: I know what we’ve seen with our eyes but... If we just go back there, we gonna find that your fairy tale come true.
Princess Tiana: Just because you wish for something doesn’t make it true.
Ray: It’s like my Evangeline always said to me--
Princess Tiana: [snapped] Evangeline is nothing but a star, Ray! A big ball of hot air a million miles from here! Open your eyes now, before you get hurt. [leaves]
[A sad Ray looks back at Evangeline in tears.]
Ray: She’s just big in a broken heart. That’s all it is. Come on Evangeline. We're going to show Chère the truth.

[Tiana has refused Dr. Facilier's deal and tries to smash the charm on the ground, but fails when Facilier's shadow grabs it and gives it back to Dr. Facilier, who then turns Tiana back into a frog]
Dr. Facilier: Y'all shoulda taken ma deal. [pins Tiana down with his cane] Now, you're gonna spend the rest o' your life bein' a slimy little frog! [laughs]
Princess Tiana: [grins] I got news for you, Shadow Man. It's not slime, it's mucus! [grabs the charm with her tongue, and when Dr. Facilier gasps, Tiana smashes it on the ground.]
Dr. Facilier: No! NO!! [picks up the remains and gasps in horror as colorful lights flicker around him. Tiana hides] How am I ever gonna pay back my debt?! [three masks break out of some gravestones, chanting. Facilier smiles nervously] Friends...!
Masks: [smiling evilly] ♪ Are you ready? ♪
Dr. Facilier: No! I'm not ready at all! In fact, I got lots more plans!
Shrunken heads: ♪ Are you ready? ♪
Dr. Facilier: This is just a minor setback in a major operation! [Voodoo dolls burst out of the ground, carrying drumsticks. Facilier shrieks] As soon as I whip up another spell, we'll be back in business! I've still got that froggy prince locked away. [backs up against a tombstone with his shadow hiding behind him] I just need a little more time! [The tombstone transforms into a huge, demonic mask. Facilier squeals] No, no, please, no! [A demon's hand grabs his shadow and starts to pull him toward the mask's mouth. Facilier yelps in surprise] Just a little more time! [The demons chant and bang on drums] I promise I'll pay y'all back! I PROMISE! [screams in fear when he ends up being pulled into the mask's mouth along with the other demons. The mouth shuts. The smoke clears revealing the tombstone with his shocked face above his name which is engraved on it]

Lawrence: Sire, I've been looking for you everywhere!
Prince Naveen: Oh, what a coincidence, Lawrence! I've been avoiding you everywhere!
Lawrence: We're going to be late for the masqu...
Prince Naveen: Listen, Lawrence! Listen! Oh! [cut to various jazz musicians] Jazz! Jazz music! It was born here! It's beautiful, no?
Lawrence: No!

Mama Odie: Good to see you again, Ray. How's your Grandma?
Ray: Oh, she's fine. She got in a little trouble for flashin' the neighbors again.
Mama Odie: [Laughs warmly] I like that old gal's spunk!

Ray: [meeting Tiana and Naveen] Y'all must be new around here.
Prince Naveen: Actually, we are from a place, [chuckles lightly] far, far away from this world.
Ray: Go to bed! Y'all from Shreveport?

[Last lines]
Charlotte: Who'da thought a prince had a younger brother? How old did you say you were?
Prince Ralphie: I'm 6½.
Charlotte: Well, I waited this long!

About The Princess and the Frog

  • A few years ago, Pixar had explored a version of The Frog Prince set in gangland Chicago. John Lasseter wanted to switch the locale to New Orleans, a city he loves, but the project was eventually shelved. Meanwhile Disney had explored various versions of The Frog Prince going all the way back to the time of Beauty and the Beast. In 2006, Disney bought the rights to a book called The Frog Princess, which was the fairy tale with a twist: when the Princess kissed the frog, she turned into a frog as well.

When John Lasseter was put in charge of Disney animation in February 2006, he asked John and me to take a look at all the previous versions and come up with our own. We combined the New Orleans setting with the twist, added some new characters and pitched a take that became the basis for the movie.

We also did a lot of research in New Orleans itself. We went to the Jazz Fest, toured the French Quarter and the Garden District, spent a day with a Voodoo priestess and toured the bayou with a Cajun tour guide. We also got to ride a float during Mardi Gras. All of this stuff found its way into the movie.
  • Mama Odie was based on Ava Kay Jones, an ordained Voodoo Priestess who we met with in New Orleans. She told us that even though magic is part of the Voodoo religion, when people come to someone like her for help, she advises them to never use magic to solve their problems. That almost always backfires. Rather they should look inside themselves for the answers. Dr. Facilier was based on the New Orleans "Bokor". People who've broken away from the religion, made pacts with dark Voodoo spirits, and sell their magic for money. In terms of scariness, I think Facilier was handled similarly to our other villains like Ursula, Jafar, and Hades. We like scary stuff, but don't want to go too far. Some people thought Facilier was too scary.
  • In earlier versions of our story, Mama Odie gave our heroine some gris-gris, herbal charms that got "energized" in the climax. We wound up rewriting that as our gris-gris felt like a bit of a deus ex machina. We do think of Facilier and his shadows as scary and were not trying to soft-pedal that. Some of his scariness we thought of as "funhouse" scary and not slasher film scary.


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