As with all movies, books and stories, the setting is one of the characters, and without it the whole plot would be destroyed. And this animated feature is no different, New Orleans is the heart of the movie, and without it the movie would not make sense, and would feel not connected. Being set in New Orleans, and along the Mississippi River, many steamboats take rides along the shores, and they are ALL modeled after the Mark Twain Riverboat in Disneyland, coincidence? I think not.
Along with the waterways of New Orleans, comes with the heart of the city, the French Quarter area and the real city portion.
Living inside the heart of New Orleans, in the city, is the main character, our heroine, or protagonist, if you will, Tiana.
Pictured below is Tiana as a child, and her dream to not be like everyone else, a princess. She wants to be independent and her own person. Tiana really embodies “today’s woman” as John Lasseter says.
She dreams of owning her own restaurant and she works hard for it, and follows her father’s advice (played by Terrence Howard) of following her dreams and never giving up and working hard to get somewhere. Adult Tiana (and frog Tiana) is played by Anika Noni Rose, she is star of stage and screen, and before this was most notably known as the “third Dreamgirl” behind Beyonce and Jenifer Hudson.
Tiana’s solo musical number and her “power” song like Part of Your World is to Ariel, and Colors of the Wind is to Pocahontas, Almost There is Tiana’s song.
Check out one of the scenes in the movie, where Tiana kisses the Frog Naveen…
Being in New Orleans, we also have the stately mansions of the bayou country where the “American Aristocrats” of the day live.
One of the many “aristocrats” of New Orleans is one of Tiana’s best friends, Charlotte La Bouff, an 18-year-old spoiled southern débutante and diva. She dreams desperately of meeting and marrying a prince and becoming a princess.
You cant talk about New Orleans and not talk about two things: music and Marti Gras, both of which happen in the movie.
Prince Naveen is a 20-year-old, gregarious, smooth-talking, and fun-loving prince who comes to the French Quarter for the jazz scene and with whom Tiana and Charlotte both fall in love.
Due to being new in the city, he is persuaded by the shady Dr. Facilier into taking a tour of his office, which results in a curse transforming him into a frog.
Pictures and Information from YouTube and Princess and Frog Official Site