After all the hype, merchandise and racial 辩论 The Princess and the Frog finally made it to the big screen, 果酱 packed with a variety of different aspects that where inspired 由 other media. However not one of my favourite princess films, I can appreciate it was a good attempt and can enjoy certain aspects of its story. Now lets look at the concoction of literature, 前一个 films and art stirred together in the Gumbo pot to make Disney's latest fairy tale.
The original text that the film's plot was loosely based of which is a novel released only 7 years prior in 2002 with the 标题 "The Frog Princess" it was from this novel that 迪士尼 got the idea of not only the prince being transformed into a frog, but also the princess. This novel in turn was of course a twist of the iconic fairy tale "The Frog Prince", the fairy tale story that is directly mentioned in The Princess and the Frog. However just an assumption, I believe that 迪士尼 where at least partly inspired to do a Frog Prince film, prior to seeing a variety of references in many 更多 modern media, most notably the 怪物史莱克 series, which may also relate to the upcoming film "Tangled", both films of course are based on very well-known fairy tales that 迪士尼 are keen on doing adaptions of.
The Princess and the Frog, as many know is the first 2D animated classic to come from 迪士尼 since their lame attempt with "Home on the Range." Interestingly the 动画片 style for this film took inspiration from 前一个 迪士尼 classics. As a 来源 of inspiration for the urban city settings, they used "Lady and the Tramp" as a starting point, however I think this is specifically notable in the architecture of some of the large scale houses. Another iconic 迪士尼 film included Bambi as inspiration for the Bayou scenes, the significant setting for the majority of the film. The directors used these two films as inspiration due to them believing they are within the “peak of 动画片 in the classic 迪士尼 动画片 style" emphasising Disney's desire to return to the good old days, i.e. back when they weren’t shit.
1951 Adaption Poster
The setting of New Orleans in the 1920s, for me at least makes me instantly think of Tennessee William's play "A Streetcar Named Desire." However debatable on whether 或者 not this play inspired the setting of Disney's new fairy tale I still think it deserves a mention 给 that references of this play are evident in the film. Not only is it from the same era, in the same city but the film also makes direct reference with Mr. La Bouff shouting for his Dog "Stella!" a key motif in the play, most iconically played 由 Marlon Brando in the 1951 adaption of the play. Marlon Brando, actor of A Streetcar Named Desire's Stanley also was referred to, 给 that one of the alligators in the film was 给 the name Marlon. This reptilian character was actually played 由 a New Orleans celebrity Emeril Lagasse, chef of Cajun cuisine, cuisine that is also 给 a mention during the movie. A variety of New Orleans 名人 have references, too many in fact to mention.
Mr La Bouff, played 由 actor John Goodman had previously performed in many of Tennessee William's adaptions, as well as 夏洛特 referring to Mr. La Bouff as "Big Daddy" during the film, a character that John Goodman has actually played in Tennessee’s "Cat on the Hot Tin Roof" all of which relate to the key setting of New Orleans for the film, 给 that despite Tennessee not actually originating from the New Orleans, he still has great associations with the city, due to his screenplays.
The key inspiration for the Fairy Godmother in this film, i.e. Mamma Odie was the late, famed storyteller, Coleen Salley most notably down to her voice. Coleen was especially know for the telling the story "Epmanidondas and His Auntie" and a quote from one of Coleen's stories "You ain't got the sense 你 was born with!" was uttered 由 her 迪士尼 alter ego during the film. Coleen consulted with the director several times however sadly passed away before the film’s release.
"Building 更多 Stately Mansions" 由 Aaaron Douglgas
The 幻想 sequence during the musical number "Almost There" is visually inspired 由 African-American painter Aaron Douglas, who is one of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Douglas' work was very innovative for his time; he introduced 1920s synthesized aspects of modern European, ancient Egyptian, and West African art. Most of his famous art is semi-abstract, and feature flat forms, hard edges, and repetitive geometric shapes.
Dr. Facilier share many similarities to Baron Samedi, the Voodoo god of magic, ancestor worship and death. Baron Samedi visual characteristics consist of having a thin build, wearing a 最佳, 返回页首 hat and tuxedo as well as having a skull face. The connection can be most noted during the initial transformation scene, however it is very obvious that Baron Samedi was a key ingredient to the mix in creating the films antagonist.
In conclusion, like 说 previously I think the film was a good attempt. They drew from other art forms, literature and films and clearly spent a lot of time developing and creating the film, it may not be the best of 迪士尼 films but at least we can say that they are on the right tracks again.
"I was almost there..."