"The Princess and the Frog," with Rose, Winfrey, Lewis, Cody and Goodman, to Hit Theatres Dec. 11

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.

Anika Noni Rose
Anika Noni Rose (Photo by Andrew Macpherson)

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.

A still from "The Princess and the Frog"
A still from "The Princess and the Frog" (Photo by Disney)