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  • The first Disney movie to feature an African-American princess.
  • The first hand-drawn Disney animated film since Home on the Range (2004). Disney's UNIX-based CAPS (Computer Animation Production System) digital scanning, ink-and-paint, and compositing system was dismantled following the cancellation of 2-D animated Disney features following Home on the Range (2004). This, as well as the twenty-year old system being outdated, led Disney to create a new animation pipeline based around customized installations of Toon Boom Harmony, a retail software solution already in use for the DisneyToons productions and many other 2-D productions from other studios. Character animation was done traditionally on paper and scanned into the computer system, while effects animation was input directly into Harmony using Wacom Cintiq pressure-sensitive tablet displays.
  • Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Tyra Banks were all considered for the lead role. Keys and Banks personally lobbied the studio for the part.
  • The streetcar Tiana takes to work, during an early scene, is labeled with the number "A113." A113 was the room for the animation department at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts; the room now houses graphic design classes). During the 1970s, directors John Musker and Ron Clements, in addition to Disney/Pixar animation executive John Lasseter and Pixar director Brad Bird, studied animation in room A113. "A113" labels are hidden in Disney and Pixar films.
  • The first 2-D animated Disney film for composer Randy Newman, who previously scored the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), and Cars (2006). This was the second hand-drawn animated film he worked on, the first being Cats Don't Dance (1997). Alan Menken and his new lyricist, Glenn Slater, were originally going to do the music for the film, but John Lasseter didn't want the public to feel that Disney was becoming repetitive because Menken had been scoring another fairy tale film, Enchanted (2007).
  • Anika Noni Rose (Tiana) requested that Tiana be left-handed, because Rose herself is left-handed.
  • The alligator character in the film is named Louis, in honor of jazz great Louis Armstrong, who was nicknamed "Dippermouth," "Satchelmouth" and "Satchmo."
  • During the Walt Disney Company's annual shareholder meeting in March 2007, Randy Newman performed a new song written for the movie. He was accompanied by the "Dirty Dozen Brass Band."
  • The film was originally titled "The Frog Princess." Disney changed several key elements to the film after receiving numerous complaints of racial insensitivity. Besides retitling the picture to avoid the implication that the first African-American Disney princess was somehow ugly or animal, the lead character's name changed from Maddy to Tiana, since "Maddy" sounded too much like "Mammy." A subplot about her working as a maid was also dropped to avoid negative stereotypes.
  • Animator Bruce W. Smith described Dr Facilier as "the love child of Peter Pan (1953)'s Captain Hook and One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)'s Cruella DeVil."
  • The Prince of Maldonia is called Naveen. Naveen is an Indian name (meaning "new"), which suggests that Maldonia is a Eurasian country (the name of Maldonia is a mix between Malta and Macedonia). During the "Down in New Orleans" montage, the newspaper mentions in print that Maldonia cannot be found on the map; i.e. it is made up for the movie.
  • The animation style was influenced primarily by Lady and the Tramp (1955), for the city scenes, and Bambi (1942), for the bayou scenes. Those films were, in the directors' opinion, "the peak of animation in the classic Disney animation style."
  • The star Ray calls "Evangeline" is, in fact, the planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love.
  • This is Walt Disney Animation Studio's first musical film in which all of the voice actors do both the speaking and singing parts since, Beauty and the Beast (1991).
  • New Orleans celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, who is famous for his Cajun and Creole cuisine, plays the voice of Marlon, one of the alligators who tries to eat Naveen and Tiana in the swamp. He uses his signature "Bam!" line in some of his character's sentences. (Marlon is, of course, named after Marlon Brando, star of the New Orleans drama A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)).
  • Animator Eric Goldberg supervised the animation of Tiana's "Almost There" fantasy sequence, which was based on the art of African-American painter Aaron Douglas, one of the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Goldberg had previously directed the stylized "Rhapsody In Blue" segment in Fantasia 2000 (1999), which was based upon the work of Al Hirschfeld. The fantasy sequence eschewed the Toon Boom Harmony pipeline of the rest of the film; the animators's line drawings were scanned into Photoshop and composited using Adobe After Effects.
  • The prologue takes place in November of 1912, as indicated by the newspaper with the headline, "Wilson Elected," (referring to President Woodrow Wilson) being read by a streetcar passenger.
  • The animation backgrounds in the film are entirely digital, painted in Adobe Photoshop using Cintiq tablet displays. Some subtle use of textured 3-D animation from Autodesk Maya (for doors, blankets, automobiles, etc.) is also employed. 3-D models from Maya were also used to establish the perspective for complicated pieces of architecture, such as the La Bouffs' mansion and the St. Louis Cathedral.
  • Dr. Facilier is the only character in the film to refer to himself by that name. All the others call him "The Shadow Man."
  • Contains several references to the plays of Tennessee Williams who, despite having been born in Mississippi, grown up in Missouri, died in New York, and was nicknamed "Tennessee," was still strongly associated with New Orleans, the setting for this movie. Williams lived for many years in New Orleans, wrote and set several of his plays there, and met his longtime boyfriend Frank Merlo, there; the city hosts an annual literary festival named for Williams. References include: Charlotte calling her father "Big Daddy," the name of the wealthy patriarch character in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and during the party, La Bouff calls for his dog, Stella, using the distinctive cry from "A Streetcar Named Desire." John Goodman, the voice of La Bouff, lives in New Orleans and has starred in several productions of Williams plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1995) and a 2005 Geffen Playhouse production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (as the original "Big Daddy").
  • During the tarot card reading, four cards are based on actual tarot: Prince Naveen's first card, the three of pentacles, which is the card symbolizing constructive energy particularly with money, and Lawrence's first card, the ten of wands, the card of oppression. When the Prince's second card is spun, it shows the prince in front of a tower with no money; the Roman numeral XVI is shown at the top denoting it to be "The Tower," a card that represents uncontrolled change and loss. Likewise, the final card the Prince is shown resembles the Card 0, "The Fool."
  • The colored symbols that float around during the song "Friends on the Other Side," and that appear on the floor during Dr. Facilier's bargaining with his "friends on the other side," are based on actual vodou symbols called vévé. One main symbol is the voodu goddess of love, Eruzile's, heart vévé.
  • (Cameo) Randy Newman: the film's composer also provides the voice for the minor character Cousin Randy.
  • One notable similarity between Dr. Facilier and Keith David, who provided his voice, is that both have a prominent gap in their front teeth. The animators also incorporated David's expressions and gestures into the character.
  • A code title used during production was "Orpheus."
  • In voodou (voodoo, voodun, voodu, etc.), the spirits, or gods, are called Loa (or Lwa); they are all connected to "nations" or families. Doctor Facilier is odd in that he wears the colors (black and purple) and styles (suits and skulls) of the Ghede, has the symbol for a Rada god on his wall, but the main mask and shadow creatures are normally attributed to the Petro.
  • When Louis is describing Mama Odie in the swamp, he pulls some Spanish moss down around his head and leaves his snout sticking out. This mirrors an almost identical scene in Disney's The Sword in the Stone (1963), when the Mad Madam Mim pulls her hair down over her face just before she transforms her face into that of a pig.
  • Ron Clements was at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when he got caught in a downpour and took cover under a table. Clements later added the scene in the bayou, in which Tiana and Prince Naveen get caught in the rain.
  • The print in the newspaper that Big Daddy reads in the opening song reads, "Rich playboy arrives in New Orleans this morning from the luxury liner S.S. Beesknees. This is the final stop in a whirlwind tour for the United States. Rumor has it that the eligible and handsome Prince is looking for a bride. True or gossip, the ringing of wedding bells has every lovely lady in town lining up to see Prince Naveen in all his royal glory. Dust off the gowns and tiaras. The royal ball of all balls is scheduled for the next week."
  • There was an early draft entitled "Stop and Smell the Roses" where Naveen tells Tiana she needs to have more fun. In this scene, Naveen claims in his home country (then called Maldaquesh), there are two numbers in-between 28 and 29 (twenty-badini and twenty-caladonza).
  • Upon receiving three Academy Award nominations in February 2010, The Princess and the Frog (2009) became the first Disney animated feature film to receive more Academy Award nominations than just one, since Pocahontas (1995).
  • Beyoncé was considered for the role of Tiana but lost out on the role, because she refused to audition. She now has been cast in the live action Disney movie The Lion King.
  • Despite the fact that the characters they voice appear to be in their late 30s to early 40s, Terrance Howard (the voice of Tiana's father, James) and Oprah Winfrey (the voice of Tiana's mother, Eudora) significantly differ in age; Howard is 40 and Winfrey 55. Also, despite the fact that she voices a young woman, Anika Noni Rose (the voice of Tiana) is 37.
  • During their time in New Orleans, directors Ron Clements and John Musker and producer Peter Del Vecho volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, to help rebuild New Orleans.
  • Right at the beginning of the opening credits song, "Down in New Orleans," you can see someone shaking a carpet out their window. It is the same as the magic flying carpet in Aladdin (1992), which was also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.
  • The hunters in the bayou represent Lennie and George, one being big and slow and one being skinny and uptight, from John Steinbeck's novel "Of Mice and Men."
  • First Disney film since The Lion King (1994) to have more than one song be nominated for Best Original song at the Academy Awards.
  • First Disney Animated Feature Film to have a December Release since The Emperor's New Groove (2000) 9 years prior.
  • Studio trademark: Habitually barefoot character(s): Mama Odie is barefoot every time she appears.
  • The film takes place in 1926.
  • For much of the film, Naveen calls Tiana "Princess" and later "Waitress", symbolizing his objectification of women as a whole. He doesn't call her by her real name until after the song 'Ma Belle Evangeline', when he starts to fall in love with her.
  • The firefly Ray is in love with the Evening Star he named "Evangeline" and thinks it's another firefly. Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie is a poem published in 1847 by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem follows an Acadian girl named Evangeline and her search for her lost love Gabriel. Ray is a Cajun, an ethnic group consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles.
  • According to the directors, the main reason Experienced Voice Actor Jim Cummings was cast as Ray was because he actually lived in New Orleans for years and could do the required Cajun accent.
  • When Mama Odie is looking for the clam with the pearl in "Dig a little deeper", one of the items she throws away is Genie's lamp from Aladdin (1992)
  • At the beginning of the film, a doll of Merida from Pixar's Brave (2012) can be seen on Charlotte's shelf.
  • First Traditionally Animated Disney Film released in theaters since Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) (not counting Enchanted (2007) which is only partly Traditionally Animated with a Majority of the film being Live Action), as well as the first of the animated canon of Disney to use this kind of animation since Home on the Range (2004).
  • Throughout the film, Charlotte wears clothes that are either colored red or pink, symbolizing her girlish and over-the-top personality.
  • Originally intended to release on Christmas Day of 2009, but was pushed forward 2 weeks to avoid competing with 20th Century Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009).
  • Last Disney Princess Film as of 2016 to be Rated G by the MPAA.
  • Mama Odie and Rafiki from The Lion King (1994) are very similar. The both live in a baobab tree and are shamans or wise people and they help the main characters progress in the story line.
  • One of the floats in the Mardi Gras parade features King Triton from The Little Mermaid (1989).
  • According to the movies subtitles, the last line of Dr. Facilier's Friends On the Other Side song is "You got what you wanted but you lost what you had", which is in direct contrast to Mama Odie's song about finding who you are and learning what you need; accentuating the evil side vs good side of voodoo. It means you may have gotten what you wanted but you lost what you already had that you needed.
  • Is the last theatrically released traditionally animated film of all time that's not based off any already existing animated media as of 2019.
  • Actress Jenifer Lewis and composer Randy Newman previously worked together on Pixar's Cars (2006), 3 years prior.
  • The last Theatrically released fully animated film of the 2000s.
  • This is the last film directed by John Musker and Ron Clements to receive a G rating before the MPAA got more strict a year later.
  • Disney's 52nd full-length animated feature and last one of the 2000s.
  • This is the sixth Disney collaboration between directors John Musker and Ron Clements after The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), Hercules (1997) and Treasure Planet (2002). The two had quit the Disney Studios in 2005 but creative head John Lasseter sought them out and asked them to make a film of their choosing in whatever format they wished - hand-drawn animation or CGI.
  • Bruno Campos - who voices Prince Naveen - is Brazilian but is here also imitating a French accent. (This fits with the character who comes from the fictional land of Maldonia.)
  • As most traditional fairy tales are set in Europe, John Musker and Ron Clements were keen to do one based in America. New Orleans - with its colorful history - seemed the obvious choice. The two spent 10 days there, assimilating the atmosphere and making notes and drawings.
  • There was some opposition to the choice of New Orleans, given that the city had recently endured Hurricane Katrina and what was perceived to be mass repatriation of the black population.
  • Oprah Winfrey was originally hired as a technical consultant before being given a voice role in the film.
  • Alicia Keys contacted the Disney Studios, offering her services.
  • The 9th best-selling DVD of 2010.
  • This was supposed to spearhead a return to hand-drawn animation but subsequent research after the film's disappointing box office run indicated that audiences thought it was old-fashioned.
  • A live action version of Tiana appeared in the seventh season of Once Upon a Time (2011).
  • Released on the same weekend as Avatar (2009) and Sherlock Holmes (2009).
  • Market research suggested that one of the reasons why the film - while successful - was not a box office bonanza was because it had the word 'princess' in the title, thereby immediately alienating boys. For this reason, the next Disney cartoons to feature a princess were renamed from "Rapunzel" to Tangled (2010) and from "The Snow Queen" to Frozen (2013).
  • Fans of the movie are called Froggers.
  • John Goodman actually has a home down in New Orleans.
  • The scene in which Charlotte dances with Naveen (Lawrence in disguise) at the masquerade ball is reminiscent of the final scene in "Sleeping Beauty" including Charlotte's dress.
  • The last Disney's animated film of 2000s to be rated G by the MPAA.
  • In the party scene at the start, the sound of the birds is the same as the birds at the wedding of Eric and Vanessa in The Little Mermaid. The flamingos later, use the same cells and animation as the birds in Kiss the Girl in The Little Mermaid.
  • Keith David's second fully animated film of 2009 after Coraline (2009).
  • Because the film didn't gross as high as Disney hoped, they decided not to take the traditional route with their next two big projects and give them a modernized spin of sorts. In this case, Rapunzel was turned into Tangled and The Snow Queen was turned into Frozen.
  • Jennifer Lewis's third animated film after Shark Tale (2004) and Cars (2006).
  • When Louis the alligator first appears with jaws agape behind Naveen, the scene looks very much like the poster of the 1999 movie "Lake Placid"
  • John Musker and Ron Clements' first directorial effort to not release on VHS.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios' tenth film to have a non-recurring composer compose the score with this film's case being composed by Randy Newman, after The Rescuers (1977) (composed by Artie Butler), The Black Cauldron (1985) (composed by Elmer Bernstein), The Great Mouse Detective (1986) (composed by Henry Mancini), The Brave Little Toaster (1987) (composed by David Newman), Oliver & Company (1988) (composed by J.A.C. Redford), The Rescuers Down Under (1990) (composed by Bruce Broughton), The Lion King (1994) (composed by Hans Zimmer), Mulan (1998) (composed by Jerry Goldsmith), and Bolt (2008) (composed by John Powell), it is also the last until Zootopia (2016) (composed by Michael Giacchino) released 7 years later, as Henry Jackman and Christophe Beck both became recurring composers starting with Winnie the Pooh (2011) and the first two Frozen films respectively.
  • Walt Disney Amimation Studios' first film since Mulan (1998) released 11 years prior to be a musical of characters breaking into songs 3 or more times at random moments, as well as the only one of the 2000s to do so.
  • At the La Boufs' ball to welcome Prince Naveen to New Orleans, a couple dressed up in outfits similar to Aladdin and Jasmine can be seen dancing. Aladdin (1992) was also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Additionally, Little Bo Peep from the Pixar film Toy Story (1995) is dancing with a man in a sheep costume.
  • In the scene where Tiana and Naveen are being chased by the dog Stella, one of the guests has a green clam bra very similar to the one Ariel wears in The Little Mermaid (1989).
  • Naveen (in frog form) looks and behaves similarly to Jean-Bob from The Swan Princess, Odette's French frog friend, and the sphere of water when Facilier's spell is broken looks just like Odette's transformation.
  • Peter Renaday's seventeenth Walt Disney Animation Studios film after The Aristocats (1970), Robin Hood (1973), The Black Cauldron (1985), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), The Brave Little Toaster (1987), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), Mulan (1998), Tarzan (1999), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Treasure Planet (2002), Brother Bear (2003), Home on the Range (2004), Chicken Little (2005), and The Wild (2006).
  • The first american family-friendly hand-drawn animated film to release theatrically since Curious George (2006) released 3 years prior.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios first film that's rated G by the MPAA to be hand-drawn animated since Brother Bear (2003) released 6 years prior.
  • This film along with Raya and the Last Dragon (2020) are the only Walt Disney Animation Studios films of the Revival Era to not be released in the 2010s.
  • A shadow looks like Skeleton Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), another Walt Disney Animation Studios film.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios' first musical film to not release on VHS.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios' first musical film to release in the 21st century.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios' last film of the 2000s to be rated U by the BBFC.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios' last film of the 2000s to be rated G by the ACB (Australian Classification Board).
  • The Evening Star (Venus) is introduced early in the movie, when first the children and later the adult Tiana wish on the star, as in Pinocchio. LaterTiana learns that the Evening Star is Evangeline.
  • Among the visual nods to classic Disney films are: When Charlotte dances with Naveen with the crowd standing around them in a circle, the shot is a near exact imitation of the ending of Sleeping Beauty (1959), also used at the end of Beauty and the Beast (1991). When Naveen and Tiana escape from the La Bouf's ball the fall onto a drum set, and the drummer tries to swat them with his drumsticks exactly as Dopey tries to swat a fly in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). When they run past a man in an octopus costume, he pours his wine away, thinking that he is hallucinating due to having drunk too much, similar to when a man sees Roquefort chasing the alley cats in The Aristocats. Naveen and Tiana take a ride on Louis' belly as he swims, similarly to Baloo and Mowgli in The Jungle Book (1967). During the Mardi Gras scene, Naveen is trapped in a box identical to the one Donald Duck and Goofy are trapped in in the 'Mickey and the Beanstalk' segment of Fun and Fancy Free (1947).
  • This film along with The Great Mouse Detective (1986) are the only two films directed by John Musker and Ron Clements to not be scored by any recurring composer.
  • The thirtyeighth Disney animated feature film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio after Bambi (1942), Saludos Amigos (1942), The Three Caballeros (1944), Make Mine Music (1946), Fun and Fancy Free (1947), Melody Time (1948), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949), Alice in Wonderland (1951), Peter Pan (1953), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Jungle Book (1967), The Aristocats (1970), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977), The Rescuers (1977), The Fox and the Hound (1981), The Great Mouse Detective (1986), Oliver & Company (1988), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998), Tarzan (1999), Fantasia 2000 (1999), Dinosaur (2000), The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Treasure Planet (2002), Chicken Little (2005), The Wild (2006), Meet the Robinsons (2007), and Bolt (2008).

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  • While the film takes place in the mid-1920s, the time when Prohibition was still enforced until 1933, alcohol is seen being served in Tiana's restaurant, on the riverboat, and at the La Bouffs' masquerade ball. Prohibition was widely ignored in the U.S., generally, and particularly in New Orleans, so this is not very surprising.
  • The Mama Odie character was inspired and patterned after the late famed New Orleans storyteller Coleen Salley, even down to the character's voice. Coleen consulted with the director several times, but never lived to see the completed movie. Her name is mentioned in the films credits. Coleen was known especially for the telling of the old Southern children's story "Epaminondas and His Auntie," and her own updated version entitled "Epossumondas." Mama Odie can even be heard saying a famous line from those stories, "You ain't got the sense you was born with!" Coleen passed away September 16, 2008 at the age of 79.
  • When the Shadow Man is reading Prince Naveen's tarot cards, the last card he pulls is of the prince's future. It features him sitting on a lilypad in a pond (with the money in hand), foreshadowing his later transformation. He's also singing: "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." We learn that he doesn't see money (green) in his future, but foresees the prince turning into a (green) frog.
  • Dr. Facilier looks very similar to the Voodoo god of magic, ancestor-worship, and death, Baron Samedi. Baron Samedi is often described as being very thin, wearing a top hat and tuxedo, and having a skull face. When Dr. Facilier casts his spell on the Prince, you can see a skull appear on his face, solidifying the connection.
  • One of the more subtle Louisiana references is the name of Ray's love, Evangeline. The name refers to the poem "Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, about an Acadian girl's search for her lost love. The poem is held dear by the Louisiana descendants of the Acadians ("Cajuns"), people of French descent who were forcibly relocated during a Canadian war in the mid-1700s from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (aka Acadia) to Louisiana, often being permanently separated from their families in the process.
  • The very first and very last scenes show Evangeline in the sky. In the last scene, she is joined by Ray.
  • The dance Naveen and Tiana do in the last few seconds resembles a simple version of the "cakewalk." It was also known as "The Cake-Walk," "chalkline-walk," and the "walk-around." According to Patricia C. McKissack, author of "Mirandy and Brother Wind," a book about cakewalks, "First introduced in America by slaves, the cakewalk is a dance rooted in Afro-American culture." There are many variations on the cakewalk, but the one shown is simple, and may be a sign that Naveen made good on his implied promise of teaching Tiana to dance.
  • When Louis (the alligator) is singing about becoming a human being, he mentions Louis Armstrong and, at the same time, pulls some Spanish Moss from a tree and wipes the left side of his mouth. In his later life, Louis Armstrong suffered damage to his lips from years of blowing high notes on his horn. This caused the left side of his mouth to dribble saliva. Armstrong kept a handkerchief in his left hand and frequently wiped his mouth.
  • In the graveyard scene during the Shadow Man's defeat, there are three headstones that appear with stone faces before the voodoo masks break out. The center face is that of Madam Leota, a character from Disney's Haunted Mansion. She appears both on a headstone and during the ride. The attraction is also in the New Orleans Square portion of Disneyland.
  • Considering Tiana spends a large amount of the film naked (in frog form) she actually has more costume changes than any other Disney princess. Two waitress uniforms, two costumes at the costume ball, one white outfit in the shadow man's illusion, one dress in the Bayou wedding, one in the church wedding and one in the final Tiana's Palace scene (this doesn't include the childhood flashbacks).
  • In the first act of the film, Tiana's clothes are mostly in subdued colors, symbolizing her overly serious personality. After she's turned into a frog, she slowly learns to lighten up and live life to the fullest. After she returns to her human form, Tiana's clothes become noticeably brighter, mirroring her change of heart.
  • Tiana is one of only two Disney princesses to not be entirely human in her film. The other being Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989).
  • Tiana and Naveen kiss each other five times in the film, more than any other couple in a Disney princess movie.
  • At the end of the movie Tiana's place has a band called "Firefly Five Plus Lou". This is a play on the Jazz band "Firehouse Five Plus Two" which had Frank Thomas and Ward Kimball, two of Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men".
  • Tiana was the only Disney princess who is proposed (about to be) to on screen until Anna in both Frozen (2013) and Frozen 2 (2019). She is also the only princess with a wedding ring.
  • Although Dr. Facilier's plot hinges on killing Big Daddy La Bouff with a Hex doll (commonly known as a Voodoo doll), and has several other dolls in his hideout, such dolls are unknown in the actual practice of Voodoo. The concept of using these cursed dolls to attack a victim comes from European witchcraft; many accused witches in the 17th century were charged with attacking their enemies by sticking pins into such dolls. The dolls were not linked to Voodoo until the 20th century, when many white writers and film producers began to portray Voodoo as a form of evil sorcery.
  • Tiana is the third human protagonist in a Walt Disney Animation Studios film to not be entirely human after Ariel in The Little Mermaid (1989) and Kenai in Brother Bear (2003).
  • Pays homage to the star-gazing scene from Disney's The Lion King. In that scene, Timon says that stars are "Fireflies that got stuck in that big bluish, black thing." This idea carries over in The Princess and the Frog with the concept of Ray's love interest Evangeline, and was later confirmed when Ray joins Evangeline as a star himself after his death.
  • Dr. Facilier is the second main antagonist of a Walt Disney Animation Studios to have supposedly been dragged down into deep darkness and to never be seen again after The Horned King in The Black Cauldron (1985).
  • When Tiana talks to the picture of her father as she is changing to go to work, we see he is dressed in a military uniform. Hanging off his picture frame is the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award given for heroism in the US Army. These two clues put together imply that Tiana's father died as a soldier while performing an extraordinarily heroic act.
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