When Disney announced that “Home on the Range” would be the last traditionally animated Disney Canon film, we were all horrified beyond belief!
Then after the acquisition of Pixar (and other factors), Disney decided to create another traditionally animated Disney Canon film and we were all ecstatic with immeasurable glee!
That film is none other than Disney’s 49th animated feature, “The Princess and the Frog”.
Released in 2009 and loosely based on the “The Frog Prince” fairy tale, the film is set in New Orleans and features our heroine, Tiana, Disney’s first African-American heroine.
She has a dream of opening a restaurant, a dream that was shared by her late father; so she works hard to earn money to make this dream possible.
And by hard, I mean REALLY hard! She works two jobs with
little practically none no time at all for leisure activity.
One night at a costume party, she comes across a talking frog who tells her that if she kisses him, he’ll revert back into a prince and give her the money for her restaurant. So, Tiana puckers up and kisses the frog.
She puckers up and kisses the frog.
SHE PUCKERS UP AND KISSES THE FROG!
And wouldn’t you know it, the plan backfires and Tiana turns into a frog herself!
They both quarrel and end up lost in a bayou while we understand what’s going on. Apparently, the frog was a human prince named Naveen from the fictional country of Maldonia.
He was visiting New Orleans, came into contact with the local con man, Dr. Facilier (the villain of our film), and fell right into Dr. Facilier’s evil plan! What is Dr. Facilier’s evil plan? Well, he changed Prince Naveen into a frog, changed Prince Naveen’s valet into Prince Naveen, and planned to use the fake Prince Naveen to marry Charlotte, the daughter of the self-proclaimed “King of Mardi Gras”, which would allow Dr. Facilier to take over the city and give all the city’s souls to his “friends on the other side”.
Yeah, I don’t really get it either.
In short, Prince Naveen and Tiana are now frogs and need to turn back human and stop the fake Prince Naveen from marrying Charlotte.
The movie, in my opinion, is ok; it’s not great, but it was like a breath of fresh air to see Disney’s amazing 2D animation department at work again, and that alone makes this movie viewable many times!
So where does our forgotten/minor character come in? Well, the Reverend is the person who’s performing the marriage between the fake Prince Naveen and Charlotte. Poor Reverend! He doesn’t understand what’s really going on behind the scenes. And I don’t think I’m giving anything away, but the marriage is never completed due to a distraction that the fake Prince Naveen needs to take care of.
So I wonder what exactly happened to the Reverend. Did he just leave?
Is he still waiting there for the groom to return?
Has he been assassinated by the evil Emperor Zurg, sworn enemy of the Galactic Alliance?
Ok, too much! But the point is that the Reverend only is seen for a brief time and doesn’t even get to complete the work he was set out to do. What a shame and waste of his precious time! Let’s recognize him with this post. Everybody, here’s to the Reverend!