Friday, 3 September 2010

Hidden Gems: The Princess and the Frog (2009)

*A113 appears on the front of the tram during the opening song.

*Also during the opening song is a woman beating a rug out on a balcony. It’s actually the Magic Carpet from Aladdin (1992).

*I’m not entirely sure about this one but it seems far too similar to be mere coincidence. It would appear that animator Eric Goldberg has snuck in a little homage to Madam Mim from The Sword in the Stone (1963) in this scene.

*When Madam Odie performs her song, she throws a series of items across the room, one of which is the Genie’s lamp from Aladdin.

*During the Mardi Gras parade, there are two floats which reference the directors’ previous films.  The first is modelled on King Triton from The Little Mermaid (1989)...

... and the second is based on Jafar from Aladdin.

*Also appearing in this sequence are caricatures of the writer/directors, John Musker and Ron Clements.

The band which Louis joins at the end is called The Firefly Five Plus Lou. This is a reference to The Firehouse Five Plus Two, a jazz band formed by members of the Disney animation department back in the 50s. The guy sat at the piano is a caricature of Frank Thomas, a legendary animator who was the band pianist.

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