The Princess and the Frog is Disney’s 49th animated feature film, based on E.D. Baker’s novel The Frog Princess. Ron Clements and Jon Musker, who had directed animated movies for Disney before, co-directed The Princess and the Frog. Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, and other well-known actors voice the characters.
This film feels like a classic fairytale, but it plays out as a purely American adventure. The action takes place in New Orleans in 1912. Unlike most other Disney princesses, Tiana is not royalty by birth. Instead, she is a chef working her way toward owning a restaurant. She vows never to kiss a frog after hearing the fairytale, but Tiana soon learns that love can lead one’s life in a different direction.
Anika Noni Rose stars as Tiana in ‘The Princess and the Frog’
The Tony Award-winning actor has played several iconic parts in film and on television aside from the title role in The Princess and the Frog.
Anika Noni Rose also portrayed Kizzy in Roots, Special Agent Liz Babbitt in Bates Motel, and Jukebox in Power, IMDb reports.
Rose’s upcoming projects include the role of Ella Mae Johnson in the TV series Them. And she will once again play the title character in the Disney series Tiana, coming in 2023.
Bruno Campos plays Prince Naveen and the titular frog
Bruno Campos voices the character of Prince Naveen, the prince who ends up turning into a frog but still finds a way to fall in love with Tiana.
Campos has acted in a wide range of movie and television projects. Among the most notable are Nip/Tuck, ER, and the Disney series Jesse.
The actor has also voiced Prince Naveen for the Disney TV series Disney Comics in Motion and multiple video games based on the movie.
Keith David portrays the diabolical Dr. Facilier, aka the Shadow Man
Keith David voices Dr. Facilier in The Princess and the Frog. The six-time Emmy-nominated, three-time Emmy-winning actor is best known for his voiceover work in cartoons.
Some of his famous voice characters include the president in the animated series Rick and Morty, Bolo in Final Space, and various roles in Teen Titans and Justice League series.
David has also acted in many movies and TV series over his 40-year Hollywood career.
Michael-Leon Wooley voices Louis
Michael-Leon Wooley plays Louis in The Princess and the Frog. He has also done voice work for a wide range of animated series and movies.
He is also known for playing Tiny Joe Dixon in Dreamgirls and the tow truck driver in Premium Rush.
Jennifer Cody plays Charlotte ‘Lottie’ La Bouff
Jennifer Cody voices Charlotte “Lottie” La Bouff in The Princess and the Frog. She is best known for her voice work in various programs, such as Winx Club: Enchantix, Shrek the Musical, Phineas and Ferb, and Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures.
The actor has also taken on live-action roles in movies and TV series, such as Younger, The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, and The Battery’s Down.
These notable names had small parts in ‘The Princess and the Frog’
Some of the minor roles in The Princess and the Frog went to big names who wanted to participate in this iconic Disney film.
For instance, Oprah Winfrey voices Eudora, and Terrence Howard plays James. In addition, John Goodman portrays Lottie’s father, Eli “Big Daddy” La Bouff.
Other notables with voice roles are chef Emeril Lagasse, songwriter Randy Newman (who also wrote the music for the film), and actor Jenifer Lewis.
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