"The Princess and the Frog," with Rose, Winfrey, Lewis, Cody and Goodman, to Hit Theatres Dec. 11
11 Mar 2009
Anika Noni Rose
Photo by Andrew Macpherson
The new Disney animated musical "The Princess and the Frog," starring Tony winner Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana, will arrive in theatres Dec. 11.
Variety reports that Disney has moved up the original start date for the film from Dec. 25 to Dec. 11. "The Princess and the Frog" will premiere in limited release on Nov. 25 in New York and Los Angeles.
Disney has reset the Grimm Brothers fairy tale in New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The film, featuring Disney's first-ever African-American princess, features original songs by Randy Newman.
The cast of also includes Jenifer Lewis (Mama Odie), Peter Bartlett (Lawrence), Oprah Winfrey (Eudora), John Goodman (Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff), Jennifer Cody (Charlotte La Bouff), Terrence Howard (James), Bruno Campos (Prince Naveen), Keith David (Dr. Facilier), Jim Cummings (Ray) and Michael-Leon Wooley (Louis).
"The Princess and the Frog" is written and directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who together delivered "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid" to Disney. Randy Newman penned six songs for the film.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.