Disney's The Frog Prince

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The Frog Prince Many folklorists have studied The Frog Prince with a critical eye. The tale is well known throughout most of the world, ranging from Germany to China and even Korea. In all the versions, its principal traits are usually the same. A princess/maiden happens upon a frog, and ends up needing the frog’s help. The princess always tries to refuse the frog but in the end she succumbs to his wishes. I have chosen to look into the origins of this story in three cultures and analyze how it has changed over time. The story originated with the Grimm Brother’s in 1812. The original story talks of a young princess in a forest who enjoyed throwing a golden ball and catching it over and over. But this time her ball falls into a deep well she…show more content…
In this modern day retelling of the classic story, The Princess and the Frog finds the lives of arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen and hardworking waitress Tiana crossing paths. Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician and Tiana, following suit, upon kissing the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams. In the movie, the modern aspects ooze from every corner. The ‘prince’ is a rich trust fund baby who has been cut off by his parents and is in town with the hopes of finding a rich young woman to marry. Naveen, mistaking Tiana for a princess in her beautiful dress, tricks her into kissing him by promising her a restaurant using his parents’ riches. This version of the story reminds me most of the Korean version which is surprising considering that American culture is most similar to German/European culture and even though this was created in modern day and those stories were much older, you would still expect similarities within closer cultures. I believe that this version of The Frog Prince would be an adaptation on the original tale. It would not be considered a fractured fairytale because the plotline and characters are all very similar, they are just set to a modern day realistic story

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