The Frog and the Princess (1944)
Article 5835 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Eddie Donnelly
Featuring the voice of Tom Morrison
What it is: Terrytoons
Gandy Goose dreams the story of the Frog and the Princess.
Given that the main story here is from a fairy tale, I’ll argue that there’s enough fantastic content for it to be included. Despite the presence of Gandy Goose as a framing device for the story, it’s mostly a straight rendering of the story rather than a Gandy Goose cartoon. And you know what? I don’t really have a problem with that. That’s because I’ve come to the conclusion that Terrytoons was better at straight whimsy rather than humor; they seemed to strain less with the whimsy. In fact, the cartoon only really goes off the track when the Frog’s handsome prince alter ego turns out to be Gandy Goose, and the cartoon nose-dives into dumb slapstick; fortunately, this isn’t until near the end of the cartoon. Still, it is a Terrytoons cartoon, and that usually means that it’s eminently forgettable.
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