Australian Council on Children and the Media

The Princess and the Frog

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What’s it about?

Tiana is a young girl growing up in New Orleans in the 1920’s. Her parents, Eudora and James are poor but hard working and only want a good future for their only child. Sadly, James dies but Tiana is determined to carry out her father’s dreams of opening a restaurant that everyone will want to come to to taste her fine cooking. Eudora continues to work hard as a seamstress for the very rich Big Daddy LeBouff, sewing lavish outfits for his spoiled daughter Charlotte.

Charlotte dreams of marrying a prince so when Prince Naveen comes to town, she thinks her dreams have come true. Little does she know that he has no money. The Prince gets involved with the Shadow Man who is skilled in black magic. The Shadow Man changes Naveen’s servant into the Prince and the Prince into a frog.  Tiana knows that kissing a frog will make him turn into a prince but things don’t work out quite the way she thought.

What to look out for

There is some violence in this movie some of it caused by black magic and voodoo such as:

  • While doing some black magic, the Shadow Man causes Prince Naveen’s finger to be bitten and fills a glass with his blood.
  • The Shadow Man threatens to kill Big Daddy LeBouff using a voodoo doll.
  • Hunters trying to capture frogs get into a fight. The men hit, shoot at, whack, smack and punch each other as they try to hit the frogs.
  • The Shadow Man kills Ray, the firefly.

There are also several scary scenes involving black magic which would frighten younger kids such as:

  • Dr. Facilier, the Shadow Man is very scary and is surrounded by scary, masks, glowing eyes and evil faces. He transforms people into other creatures and objects into snakes and shadows. He brings demons in from another world using magic to hunt down Naveen and Tiana.
  • The demons are very scary creatures and sinister looking with sharp, shadowy, teeth and claws. They are shown streaking, crawling and running all through the town and all over the Bayou, leaving no stone unturned as they continue to hunt for Tiana and Naveen.
  • The final scene is very creepy when the dead are shown coming out of their graves to help in the hunt of Tiana and Naveen.

Moral of the Story

The message of the story is that you have to work hard in life to achieve your dreams.

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