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(2009), G [13-G*] (1hr 32min)

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March 7, 2010

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2009), G [13-G*] ... a "G" label on a film does not mean it is safe.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures  •   Distribution (US): Walt Disney Motion Pictures  •   Director(s): Ron Clements, John Musker  •   Producer(s): Peter Del Vecho, Aghi D. Koh, Paul D. Lanum, John Lasseter, Craig Sos  •   Story by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Greg Erb, Jason Oremland, Ed Baker (story "The Frog Princess"), Chris Ure, Jared Stern, Dean Wellins  •   Screenplay by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards  •   Additional Source material: Will Csaklos, Ralph Eggleston  •   Music: Randy Newman  •   Film Editing: Jeff Draheim  •   Casting: Jen Rudin  •   Production Design: James Aaron Finch  •   Art Direction: Ian Gooding  •   Viewed on Disney Home Entertainment DVD

This analysis is sponsored by the generosity of E&HP. In keeping with the family-friendly posture of Blockbuster, they provided the DVD for this analysis as a courtesy. This DVD is scheduled for release on March 9, 2010.

In keeping with Disney's long-time fascination with witchcraft and sorcery for children comes The Princess and the Frog (G). There is certainly more witchcraft and sorcery (voodoo, hoodoo) in The Princess and the Frog than Snow White and other such Disney classics that engulf your children in larger-than-life evil fantasy embedded in the warmth of love and romance kid-style. And the witchcraft and sorcery in The Princess and the Frog is amplified by new technology which explodes the state-of-the-art expert talents of Disney animators and artists.

This film is almost a tutorial into evil magic. Just because the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) slaps a "G" label on a film does not mean it is safe. The "G" is the opinion of the MPAA, an opinion you are fortunately not required to share. The final score of 63 out of 100 places this film in the range of scores earned by PG-13 rated films (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database, making it a 13-G (a G-rated film earning a final score equivalent to the scores earned by PG-13 films in the comparative baseline database). The Princess and the Frog final score would have been 79 without all the unholy content. A final score of 79 is a PG-equivalent score (PG-equivalent is 87 to 67 out of 100). But mainly due to the unholy content the film earned a 13-G final score.

Based in the home of the Mardi Gras, Tiana (voice of Elizabeth M. Dampier as young Tiana, later the voice of Anika Noni Rose) dreams of one day owning a fabulous restaurant as did her role model super dad, James (Terrance Howard). Tiana's mother, Eudora (voice of Oprah Winfrey) worked at least two jobs to supplement James' income. Eudora was the house keeper for the rich "Big Daddy" La Bouff (voice of John Goodman) with a daughter named Charlotte (voice of Breanna Brooks then Jennifer Cody). As would be practical for two little girls the same age in the same house, Eudora cares for Charlotte together with Tiana who are bestest of buddies.

Soon, Tiana became a waitress at Duke's café during the day and and a worker at Cal's at night. Tiana is bound and determined to save enough money for her own restaurant. She has saved several coffee cans of money but that is just not enough.

One day word came that Prince Naveen (voice of Bruno Campos) of Maldonia will soon arrive in the Crescent City in New Orleans. (I wonder why the writers used Mal-donia to create a fictitious country? The prefix "mal" means "bad" or "badly.") In tow with Prince Naveen is the Prince's aide, Lawrence (voice of Peter Bartlett), a character that eerily looks like Wormtail (Timothy Spall) of Harry Potter™ fame.

Now everyone is gearing up to welcome royalty to their fair city where jazz music was born. That includes Charlotte who intends to marry the Prince so she can become a Princess. The only real problem is that Prince Naveen has been financially cut off from the family riches. He is broke and must, at the insistence of Lawrence, find a rich girl to marry or get a job. A job!? An idea at which Naveen winces. He likes the idea of marrying a rich girl better. Charlotte is rich. Two plus two equals four.

With the arrival of Prince Naveen comes the introduction to Dr. Facilier (voice of Keith David), a local nasty who is a witchdoctor who practices voodoo and hoodoo, always ready to separate anyone from his/her money. Hoodoo, also known as conjure, is a syncretistic form of voodoo and other underground "religions" in an attempt to unify them. Mom/dad, this film is rife with voodoo and hoodoo unholy practices, doctrines and imagery. Yes, voodoo and hoodoo are forms of unholy "magic." And don't let a Wiccan practitioner try to tell you otherwise. And, yes, the bad guy gets his comeuppance in the end and everybody lives happily ever after. But to a child, spending 95% of the film time on evil winning in its myriad of attempts to work its evil and maybe one or two percent on evil losing may create more dissonance than example. Remember, a noble destination does not excuse an ignoble path.

Dr. Facilier lies in waiting until Prince Naveen just happens to run into Facilier who immediately starts to woo Naveen with dazzle and pomp ... and a promise of money. Facilier is expert at telling people exactly what they want to hear ... to transform, reform and transmogrify to satisfy their needs (spelled w-a-n-t-s) ... with evil.

I will say that Disney's attention to detail is masterful, not only in physical laws but in vernacular. Disney had the cajun characters speaking the music of cajun such as "Get on quiet now" and "But your breath done near kill me to death." And again appears the Disney concoction of wishing upon a star. The old lullaby is back but this time with a different tune and the star is named Evangeline. I suppose that concepts such as Santa Claus and wishing upon a "heavenly" star can prepare little ones for one day developing faith in a "higher power" and in praying instead of wishing, but I uncomfortable with using faith placebos instead of the real thing. But then, I am not a child any more.

By preparing 500 beignets for the masquerade ball at the La Bouf's, Tiana now has enough money for a down payment on her own restaurant, Tiana's Place. But someone (maybe Facilier?) outbids Tiana. Crushed by losing the bid and victimized by a messy mishap because of the news that she was outbid Tiana and Charlotte work together to clean up and recompose Tiana. While pondering what had just happened and what she is going to do now, Tiana meets a frog ...

There is a lot more to the story and the plot but I have already spoiled too much of it. Let me get to the main reason more than 11,000,000 folks have visited us. First, the individual investigation area summary discussions below. But please be sure to visit the itemized listings of the content findings in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP analysis model).

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 60 out of 100
The majority of the violence content in this film is slapstick violence. Animal attacks and cutting a victim to get his blood for a talisman add to the scoring loss due to violence. While each of these matters may seem innocuous there are enough of them to drag the score of this investigation area down about 40%. However innocuous the violence might seem, God has some rather important things to say about feeding our minds (and coping skills to boot) with violence. [Prov. 16:29]

Impudence/Hate (I) - 82 out of 100
Only once does the three/four letter word vocabulary appear [Col. 3:8] but a number of euphemisms of bodily functions and anatomy are sneaked into the script obviously as an attempt at humor [Eph. 5:4]. Also a lie adds to the scoring loss for this area. God is adamant about lying. He will not let [unforgiven] liars into Heaven [Rev. 21:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 60 out of 100
When Tiana dream dances with her make-believe waiters, one of them has his hands on her posterior while two of them hold her aloft. That could have easily been done differently or left out altogether without losing one bit of story power. In addition there are a number of animated behaviors, comments and events clearly to draw the viewer's attention to the private parts. Take for example the innuendo "the throbbing of my..." with the character cut off on the last syllable. We are not to entertain such innuendo because of the impure thoughts they plant. [1 Thess. 4:1-7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 78 out of 100
A few instances of alcoholic beverages and/or drinking of them are displayed, casual displays of imbibing adult beverages. While it is not a sin to drink it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk. Watching such in and as entertainment indeed influences youth to drink without parental knowledge. So sayeth the American College of Physicians (ACP) who found by investigating 4454 middle school age students (90% were under 14 years old) that of those who had no controls of their entertainment diet 46% had tried alcohol without parental knowledge. The parameters of the research used R-rated films but regardless of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) classification the focus is that the emboldening influence of adolescent exposure to drinking (and smoking) in and as entertainment is undeniable. [Eph. 5:18] This film has such influence however negligible it might seem. And emboldening children to sin with drink in and as entertainment screams of violating Luke 17:2. Of course, inclusion of such display gave no power or substance to the plot or story whatsoever.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
This area is where the most invasive content is found. Such content may be immaterial to the MPAA but it is not immaterial to the One who spent three days in Hell so you and I would not have to spend one moment there. Such content was indeed supportive of what the filmmakers wanted the film to say but maybe the film should not have said it, at least not to the extreme it was said. A warm story embedded in evil is the wrong kind of "warm."

There is so much content of the unholy nature that to even summarize it here would take up far too much room. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section to learn of this content. Realize as you peruse the listing that this film presents evil as good [Isa. 5:20].

Please understand that there is no such thing as a good witch, not even Wendy of Casper™ fame. The holiness (or unholiness) of an extra-corporeal power one might wield is not determined by the user nor the use of it but by the source of it. Even the witchdoctor repeatedly claimed to "have friends on the other side" and relied on them for his power. Please read on.

If Jesus had thrown Himself off the pinnacle at Satan's tease would the angels in Matt. 4:5-6, who would have "magically" lifted Him up from being dashed on the rocks, have sinned with their "magic?" Did Jesus sin as He used His "magic" to cast out demons? Heal the sick? Make the blind see and the lame walk? Raise the dead? As I said above, the source of the power determines the holiness of it, not the user nor the use of it. The Princess and the Frog is filled with portraying "magic" not from God. In Mamma Odie (voice of Jennifer Lewis) the film had the "good" using evil ("magic" not from God) to do good, thus serving evil. Jesus, angels and angel-possessed people use good "magic", better termed holy power from God. Witches, wizards, witchdoctors and sorcerers (people possessed of Satanic interests) use power not from God, and if the power is not from God, even if it is called "white magic", it is from Satan who is second only to God in power. Using power not from God is serving evil even if it is used for good.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 96 out of 100
There was one murder of one of the characters -- murder by crushing a good-guy character by the witchdoctor. This is one of the examples of how this films portrays evil being successful. The character murdered was the firefly Ray (Jim Cummings), one of the lead good-guys of the film who befriended Tiana and Naveen as frogs.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [rid yourself of] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [the vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [those who practice magic arts], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • 1Ths. 4:1 - 7 (NIV) Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified [hagiasmos: be kept or made pure]: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you [hekastos: each, every, whether male or female] should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, exhibiting, lusting (even after images and thoughts), promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them.] and that in this matter no one should wrong his [autos: himself, herself, he, she, his, her] brother [adelphos: a fellow believer] or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish [unforgiven] men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you [humin: you, your, yourselves]. For God did not call us [hemas: us, we, our] to be impure, but to live a holy life. [All the gender-related definitions are included to show you this verse applies to women and youth as well as men. And "sexual immorality" (fornication - pornea), by definition, applies to all matters of sexual immorality, including incest, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with animals and relatives, etc. All God's admonitions can be summed us as any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]
  • Isa. 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  • Matt. 4:5 - 7 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Princess and the Frog (2009) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 60 out of 100
  • animal attack, repeatedly
  • slapstick violence, frequent
  • cutting victim to get his blood for a talisman

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 82 out of 100
  • four uses of euphemisms of body parts and function
  • lie

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 60 out of 100
  • cartoon male's hands on the posterior of a cartoon female
  • innuendo by cutting off a phrase "the throbbing of my..."
  • crotch underwear, twice
  • attention drawn to the posterior/privates e.g., exaggerated posteriors and "below the frog belt, repeatedly
  • "got in a little trouble flashing the neighbors again"
  • fireflies forming women's underwear about a male character

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 78 out of 100
  • offer to buy everyone a drink
  • drinking champagne
  • drinking wine
  • cooking alcohol

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • much use of unholy magic to make things happen
  • witchdoctor, frequent
  • palmistry, tarot reading, voodoo, hoodoo
  • associating with entities "from the other side", frequent
  • image of the death character and Satan on the backs of cards
  • demon imagery, repeatedly
  • shape-shifting, repeatedly
  • bartering with demons for souls
  • evil spirits doing the commands of a witchdoctor, repeatedly
  • shrunken head of mother
  • evil songs with display of wizardry, spiritism, demonism imagery
  • a group seeking the counsel of a witchdoctor
  • witchcraft/wizardry for good
  • conjuring images from the past in a cauldron
  • evil shadow spirits swarming to devour, repeatedly
  • use of a talisman, repeatedly
  • evil wizard showing the future
  • evil servant doing the bidding of a witchdoctor, repeatedly
  • evil demons collecting their due (dragging a man to Hell)
  • portrayal of evil as good

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 96 out of 100
  • murder of a character by crushing

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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