1 villain The Princess and the Frog character was inspired by Michael Jackson and Prince
A 2009 animated film that has become a cult classic, The Princess and the Frog remains one of Disney’s most loved and beloved movies. The Princess and the Frog marked Disney’s brief return to traditional animation and features a star-studded voiceover.
These days, fans still turn to the film when they want to enjoy — and eagerly await — a sweet fable about love and acceptance the spinoff seriesscheduled to start streaming on Disney+ in 2023. Interestingly The Princess and the Frog at least one character in the film was based on two iconic singers.
The Princess and the Frog is a New Orleans fairy tale
The Princess and the Frog was released in cinemas in late 1999. A clever reinterpretation of the age-old fable, the film is set in 1920’s New Orleans and follows an ambitious young woman named Tiana who dreams of opening her own restaurant.
Tiana encounters a prince who was killed by an evil witch doctor named Dr. Facilier was turned into a frog. After kissing the frog and turning into a frog themselves, Tiana and the prince must figure out how to become human again and fall in love in the process.
Fans loved the traditional animation in The Princess and the Frogthe catchy songs and the all-star voice. Jim Cummings, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Roseand John Goodman all lent their voices to the film and brought the characters to life in fun, innovative ways.
Who got the character of Dr. Inspired by Facilier in The Princess and the Frog?
The villainous Dr. Facilitate in The Princess and the Frog is voiced by Keith David. dr Facilier, also known as “Shadow Man”, is a voodoo witch doctor who has ambitions to rule the city of New Orleans with the help of his friends “on the other side”.
Although the character of Dr. Facilier looks a lot like some other classic Disney villains like Jafar, he was inspired by two pop icons.
Corresponding MSN, Disney animators have Dr. Facilier’s fine features and “toothy grin” are modeled after pop icon Prince, who is responsible for hits like “1999”, “Purple Rain” and “Raspberry Beret”. They also took inspiration from Prince’s stylish, elegant outfits when designing Dr. Facilier created for the film. In addition, singer Michael Jackson’s distinct, gentle way of walking helped Dr. Facilier’s way of moving across the screen with inimitable grace.
Disney is known for basing animated characters on celebrities
Of course, Disney has always looked to celebrities and other pop culture figures for inspiration for cartoon characters.
One of the most notable examples is the animated classic 101 Dalmatians. The villainous Cruella DeVil was inspired by actress Tallulah Bankhead, whose stylish on-screen personality and lanky frame lends itself well to portraying Cruella, MSN reports.
The reserved Aurora from the cartoon sleeping Beauty was reportedly inspired by another high-profile performer – Audrey Hepburn, who is best known for classic films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holidayand my beautiful lady. Although Aurora is known for her long, luxurious blonde hair, while Hepburn typically wore a dark pixie cut, animators reportedly based Aurora’s shy, sweet demeanor on Hepburn.
The most famous actress to inspire a Disney character is Marilyn Monroe. MSN’s animators noted that Monroe’s famous curves served as a point of reference when drawing the character of Tinker Bell in the classic film Peter Pan. However, some sources have claimed that animators also used model Margaret Kerry as inspiration for Tinker Bell.
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