Frog Kingdom

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Poorly animated frog princess tale has lots of name-calling.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 87 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Perseverance; resilience; fighting for what you believe in; changing traditions; marrying by choice and for love.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simplistically good or bad. Princess Froglegs sometimes acts like a bully but she challenges gender stereotypes and stands up for what she believes. Her parents change their outdated views once proven wrong.

Violence & Scariness

Sword fighting; a snake's tail is cut off; frogs shooting arrows; an alligator swallows a frog; wrestling; a scary serpent; some intimidating behavior and fighting words.

Sexy Stuff
Language

Insulting language throughout, such as "loser," "heck," "kiss a hiney," "your poopiness," "rattle butt," "snake butt," "muscle-brained frog booger"; gender-based insults, such as that girls are more trouble than they're worth.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frog hypnotized using snake venom; frog drinks a coconut drink on the beach.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Frog Kingdom is a mediocre animated movie about a frog princess who disguises herself as a boy to avoid being married off by her parents. Though the film challenges gender stereotypes as the princess competes as a boy and proves her resourcefulness, there's a tone of harsh competitiveness, lots of mildly insulting language throughout ("loser," "heck," "kiss a hiney," "your poopiness"), and poor animation. Violence includes sword fighting, a snake's tail being cut off, frogs shooting arrows, an alligator swallowing a frog, and wrestling. Sensitive kids may be frightened by the scary serpent. Better choices abound.

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What's the story?

Princess Froglegs (Bella Thorne) decides to dress up as a boy to compete in the Froglympics so she doesn't have to be married off to whichever male suitor wins.

Is it any good?

With poor animation, a shoddy plot, and dialogue that relies too heavily on gender stereotypes, FROG KINGDOM is a tough sell. The idea is admirable: To avoid being married off to whichever male suitor wins the Froglympics, Princess Froglegs disguises herself as a boy and beats the other competitors at their own game. But a large part of the movie is the frogs insulting each other and a serpent cutting in on their action, so any positive messages are buried in the aggressive competition and bullying. Parents looking for nontraditional princess fare can find better examples that don't muddle the message.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about princess movies. Why are they so popular?

  • Is the princess mean because she's pretending to be a boy, or is she really a bully? How can you tell?

  • What do the other frogs learn about boys and girls after they discover the princess was pretending?

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