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The Princess and the Frog

Walt Disney said it all began with a mouse, and in the newest Disney movie classic you might say it all begins with a frog. The Princess and the Frog has been brought to life with hand-drawn animation techniques, making it the first Disney traditional animation classic in years as well as the first ever to be set in the enchanted city of New Orleans.

In my painting I wanted to suggest the look of traditional animation yet maintain the sense of painterly mood that my work is known for. I lavished detail into the bayou flowers glowing with hidden fireflies, as well as the curving live oak draped with lacey Spanish moss. The characters of the movie swirl about the composition, inviting us to ponder the part each plays in the story. We see the large mansion of Big Daddy, resplendent with an evening’s party on the bayou. The old riverboat churns its way into the bay as a flight of fireflies flickers overhead; and Ray – the senior statesman of the fireflies – ponders the vista.

In an example of the blended time frame for which my Disney paintings are known, we see Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen being observed by the frogs who are Tiana and Naveen in a different form. In the billowing smoke of the riverboat we see a hint of Facilier – the evil voodoo master – while below Mama Odie stands guard in her swampy home. Lewis the trumpet playing alligator, reminds us that New Orleans is at heart a musical city, and the riverboat guests behind him wave greeting to one and all. If you look carefully, you can spot other characters from the movie hidden around the composition – as well as a few unexpected “Disney visitors” from earlier classics.

As with all my Disney paintings, The Princess and the Frog presents a narrative panorama: a combination of elements from the movie that attempt to present the entire story in one image. This is the first painting in my Disney Discoveries Collection – each one a tribute to a newly released movie destined to become a classic of animation.

As the first painting in my Disney Discoveries Collection, The Princess and the Frog will no doubt experience an enthusiastic welcome by Disney and Kinkade fans worldwide. At its core, The Princess and the Frog painting like the movie itself, portrays a romantic love story. And who can resist a love story?

  • Thomas Kinkade has included seven N’s The Princess and the Frog as tribute to his wife Nanette.
  • Also look for seven Mickey Mouse silhouettes – they’re hidden but there! Can you find Snow White and Cinderella from Thom’s earlier princess paintings to welcome in the new princess?
  • The Princess and the Frog is the first release in Thom’s new Disney Discoveries Collection.
  • The Princess and the Frog is an original story set in New Orleans during the “Jazz Age” (1920s). It tells a story of Tiana, a long enterprising African-American woman who, inspired by her mother Eudora (a gifted seamstress) and her father James (her inspiration) has big dreams of one day opening her own restaurants. This is the determination behind Tiana kissing Prince Naveen, turned by the evil Dr. Facilier into a frog. Wasn’t the fairytale kiss a frog and make him a price true? Or will there be unforeseen consequences to the kiss?
  • This American fairytale musical introduces Disney’s first African-American Princess and features songs by Academy Award winning composer Randy Newman in the milieus of jazz, blues, zydeco, and gospel.
Title The Princess and the Frog
Published November 2009
Subject Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Collection Disney Collection I

Image Sizes

12" x 18"
18" x 27"
24" x 36"
28" x 42"
40" x 60"

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