Comparative Essay: The Frog Prince Vs The Princess And The Frog

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Produced in 2009, The Frog Princess is a Disney animation inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale, The Frog Prince. Both The Frog Princess and The Frog Prince deal with a multiplicity of issues, all of which contribute to supporting positive messages and morals (Ceaser, 2009). However, though The Frog Princess is based on a classic fairytale, it is far from being the same. The writers at Disney have taken a classic fairytale and created a “Monster” (Prince, 2001). This essay will examine the evolution of the original Grimm Brothers’ fairytale, the messages both main characters represent, and how the adaptation to fit a modern child readership diminishes a classic fairytale. Through discussing these arguments, this paper will prove that Disney’s adaptation into The Princess and The Frog is counter-productive in representing the original story’s messages, morals, and values.
Fairytales express the creative fantasies of the rural and less educated layers of common man (Cuban, 1984). They are characteristically full of magic, often involving upper class characters (Cuban, 1984). In short, Fairytales are organically grown with the creative material of a collective group. The Grimm Brother’s fairytale, The Frog Prince, is no exception. The Grimm Brothers’ fairytale is about a handsome prince trapped in the repulsive body of a frog, but who nevertheless overcomes and transcends this bewitched state through his wit, perseverance, and magic (Prince, 2009). Until the seventeenth century, it was the adult population that was interested in fairytales (Cuban, 2009). Their allocation to the nursery was a late development (Cuban, 2009). This allocation can be credited to the rejection of the irrational, and development of the rational outlook (Cuban, 2009). Fairytales came to be regarded as nonsense and old wives’ tales, and good enough for primarily children (Prince, 2009). Fast-forward a few decades and in comes Disney. The Walt Disney Company has been making animated films, theme parks, and accessing all other forms of entertainment (Ceaser, 2009). Much of the Disney success has come from their “re-visioning” of fairytales into animations motion pictures (Stone, 1975). Typical childhood memories include Disney’s renditions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, and many others (Stone, 1975). Following this path of renditions, it was only a matter of time before The Frog Prince became a victim; Disney released The Frog Princess in 2009 (Ebert, 2009). However, though The Frog Princess was based on the Grimm Brothers’ fairytale, Disney made many changes to the original classic (Barnes, 2009). Unlike the original fairytale, The Frog Princess places the focus on the princess rather than the frog. Focusing on her appearance, Tiana is undeniably “the fair maiden” (Barnes, 2009). Disney gives her big (brown) eyes, a small waist, soft lips, and petite features (Barnes, 2009). However, since she is a frog from the greater part of the...

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