The Princess and Frog Ross Blocher (Assistant Technical Director) and T. Daniel Hofstedt (character animator) did hilarious parody on Prince Naveen set on Alan Menken’s Prince Ali from the one and only Aladdin. Probably not mend for ears outside the production team though.
Fact is that T. Daniel Hofstedt worked on Aladdin as animator for Gazeem and Prince Achmed. He continued his Disney career by animating on most feature films up till Home on the Range.
It’s been a while since I wrote about The Princess and the Frog because there wasn’t much relevant to say that changed yesterday when new clips appeared on YouTube. Taken from an interview with the big chief John Lasseter.
The intro showed a little snippet of A Whole New World being also directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. From Princess and the Frog it showed little Tiana, the villain Facilier (notice how his shadows pushes the chair), the alligator and firefly sidekicks and Tiana with Prince Naveen in frog form. The footage shown reminds me of the slapstick and cartoony animation of Aladdin and Hercules.
In the Ultimate Disney forum, where the footage was posted, there’s a discussion that “the animation of Tiana is too squash and stretch-y” And not a Disney Princess worthy since neither of the older girls showed such comic. Others compare her with Jasmine’s cartoony animation even providing a collage of both girls.
Personally I always found Jasmine’s expressions not cartoony at all. Perhaps not realistic like Belle to name another Mark Henn girl but in the line that Aladdin had Genie, Jafar and Iago for the cartoony animation I felt it was good to keep the hero and heroine realistic.
Well just read what sotiris2006 wrote that’s what I’m trying to say here. -:)
The Princess and Frog is in a theater near you December 2009 and near me February 2010.