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Freddie as F.R.O.7. (1992)

The story about a man-sized frog named Prince Frederic who is turned into a frog by his wicked aunt Messina and hired by British Intelligence to solve the mysterious disappearances of some ... See full summary »

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Jon Acevski

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Jon Acevski (script), David Ashton (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Kingsley ... Freddie (voice)
Jenny Agutter ... Daffers (voice)
David Ashton David Ashton ... Additional Voices (voice)
Brian Blessed ... El Supremo (voice)
Jenny Funnell ... Additional Voices (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne ... Brigadier G (voice)
Michael Hordern ... King (voice) (as Sir Michael Hordern)
James Earl Jones ... Narrator (American version) (voice)
Edmund Kingsley ... Young Freddie (voice)
Phyllis Logan ... Nessie (voice)
Victor Maddern ... Old Gentleman Raven (voice)
Jonathan Pryce ... Trilby (voice)
Bruce Purchase ... Additional Voices (voice)
Prunella Scales ... Queen / Additional Voices (voice)
John Sessions ... Scotty / Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

The story about a man-sized frog named Prince Frederic who is turned into a frog by his wicked aunt Messina and hired by British Intelligence to solve the mysterious disappearances of some of Britain's greatest monuments. Several hundred years later, Freddie is now living in modern-day Paris, a six-foot-tall amphibian with the moniker Secret Agent F.R.O.7. Messina, too, is still around causing mischief, joining forces with an arch-villain named El Supremo in a scheme to shrink Big Ben. Freddie, alerted to Messina's nefarious plans, gathers his fellow agents Daffers and Scottie together, planning to hide out in Big Ben and surprise the evil doers when they are set to strike at the much-loved British landmark. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The world's most lovable new animated superhero! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freddie the Frog See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,119,368
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Ben Kingsley and Sir Nigel Hawthorne appeared in Gandhi (1982), Turtle Diary (1985) and Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996). See more »

Quotes

Nessie: [aka the Loch Ness Monster, hears Freddie whistling for her] Freddie! My dear friend's in a spot of bother!
Scotty, various: [Freddie and Scotty are in a cage underwater surrounded by some monsters, then, something in the shadows approaches, all the monsters swim away as Nessie gets close enough, Scotty is amazed] I thought she doesn't exist!
Freddie: [Nessie bends out the bars of the cage with her front flippers, they step out] Dearest old friend... Nessie.
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Alternate Versions

The US version of the film is heavily cut and narrated by James Earl Jones. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Hotel Transylvania (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Your Dreams Alive
Composed by David Dundas
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by George Benson and Patti Austin
George Benson appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Patti Austin appears courtesy of GRP Records Inc.
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When censors go INSANE!!!
3 January 2009 | by standardbearerSee all my reviews

'Freddie as FRO7' is really an enjoyable little film. It might be a bit chaotic, and even weird, it has its very own, very different kind of charm. What's that you're saying? That this movie is a stinking bowl of manure? Wait just a second, and answer me this:

WHICH VERSION ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

This is a vital question in this case, because if you're talking about the USA version, i must point out, that I'm talking about the original version. And both of us are totally right about each opinion.

With this unfortunate little movie, American editors have gone way too far. While at some points I understand the concept behind their motive to chop this poor cartoon into shreds, but at many times, there doesn't seem be any kind of concept to talk about.

For example, I can see why they cut the two jokes about Daffers' (a female secret agent) breasts. One of the jokes consisted of the main role gazing at her boobs while taking a comment about them, in the other one however she shows them off to Freddie (not to the audience). I was around nine, when I first saw this movie, and found the first joke funny, and the second one quite weird. But none of them offensive. Men are attracted to boobs. I don't have any problem with that, neither did back then. But okay, it's not children's material, so I can accept that it's been cut. Next thing: dancing soldiers. The problem with these evil minions lies in their appearance. They do look a bit like Nazis, and some of them wear KKK uniforms. As a nine year old kid, I knew quite a few things about WWII, but I knew how Nazis looked like, and I already knew many things to hate them for. So evil soldiers portrayed as Nazi look-alikes felt appropriate. But maybe i only knew these things because I'm European... but wait! I even understood the KKK references! Still, I may understand why the cut HALF of the song featuring these guys. At this point however, those enthusiastic US editors really got themselves into editing! Geesh, what to cut next? What to cut next? And there goes the fight scene at the end. I don't get it. It's not that they cut out the more violent parts. They've just erased half of it with no reason! Why? Were they short on celluloid? Anyway, this is a painful cut. It makes the ending totally anti-climatic, and makes the rest of the fight-scene entirely pointless.

But why stop here? Let's trash out a whole plot line! Why? Seriously, WHY? You see, there is this guy at the yard who's always turning his eyes, snickering in a very slimy manner, and so on. He is just the evil slime-ball stereotype. In the original version he turns out to be a spy for the evil ones, and gets arrested at the end. In the US version, he doesn't turn out to be a spy, and doesn't get arrested. He just does his evil looks, eye-turnings, and snickering, and thats it. WHY???? Now he's a character that's not just totally useless, but also clearly insane! What was the point?!

That's nice, the movie is in ruins now. But oh, we aren't finished yet! The original version starts off with Freddie cruising through France in his weird car, arrives at his apartment, starts feeding the fish, which gives him a flashback about a pond in France, where he spent his childhood. This neat touch gives the movie a needed framing. In the US version, the film starts with random medieval castle-parts. I really got confused at first, and thought the DVD might have the wrong film on it. Again, this edit makes absolutely no sense.

No, that's not all, really that's only the tip of the crap-berg, but I think you got the idea.

For the original version the score would be 7/10, While the American version barely lives up for a mere 3/10.

Take my advice: If you really want to see this, DO NOT BUY THE US VERSION, which appears to be the only version for DVD. You better off with buying a VHS player and a copy of the original on tape.


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