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Original painted cel colour model sheet.

Freddie as F.R.O.7 (also known as Freddie the Frog) is a 1992 British animated musical action fantasy comedy film written and directed by Jon Acevski and starring the voice of Ben Kingsley. Inspired by bedtime stories Acevski told to his son about his favourite toy frog working as a secret agent, it is a parody of James Bond.

The film was released in both the United Kingdom and the United States in the summer of 1992. It was negatively received by critics and audiences. It held the record of the lowest-grossing animated film at the US box office until The Ten Commandments in 2007, also starring Ben Kingsley.


Animation production Cel.Colour model

  • In the Middle Ages, 10-year-old Prince Frederic is orphaned when his evil aunt Messina kills his parents in hopes of taking the throne for herself. Rather than killing the young prince, Messina transforms him into a frog. He escapes and spends the rest of his childhood in his new life as Freddie the Frog. The story flashes forward to the 20th Century, where the seemingly immortal Freddie has grown up to become a member of the French Secret Service, with the code name F.R.O.7. He is called to London, England by the British Secret Service, where a villain known as El Supremo has been stealing the U.K.'s most famous buildings. By the time Freddie arrives, Nelson's Column, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, and Stonehenge are already missing. Assisting El Supremo is his wife, Freddie's still-living Aunt Messina.
    The tale takes place in the Middle Ages alike world at Monaco, Monte Carlo, France. It tells of Prince Frederic, who is 10 year old boy who lived with his kingly father in a huge castle by the ocean at Monaco, Monte Carlo, France and was taught magical powers. His mother, the queen, has been dead for over a year, drowned at sea in a storm. One day, while the two are out horse riding in the forest, Frederic loses his father who is thrown to his death from a great height (6 ft) after his mount is spooked by a strange red cobra. Frederic watches it slither away; he had never seen one of those in the forest before. Now an orphan, Frederic is taken in by his paternal aunt, Messina (Billie Whitelaw), who, as the king's sister, accedes to the throne, but only as regent, until Frederic comes of age to assume responsibility as the next ruler when she must step down. Soon Frederic realizes that the cobra he saw in the forest was Messina (also responsible for conjuring up the storm that took the life of his mother) and rather than killing the young prince, she transformed him into a frog and tried to capture him. Soon, both fall from the castle window and into the raging ocean, and Frederic is saved in the jaws of a giant sea monster. The power-hungry Messina vows to rule the world and destroy Frederic. The monster really turns out to be Nessie (Phyllis Logan). As Messina departed, Nessie's tail became trapped under a boulder. She befriended Frederic, who in turn used his powers to free her tail from the boulder. Nessie took him near dry land, and notes that if Frederic ever needed her, he would whistle. Frederic then leaped into the night sky, jumped through time zones until the late 20th century and fell into a swamp full of frogs, where he would spend the rest of his childhood in his new life as Freddie the Frog.
    The whole movie is a hodgepodge of animated film clichés and bizarre plot points, which kind of makes sense when you know that the film originated as a bedtime story that the director told his son back in the 1970's. The movie does have that bedtime story feel to it, in that a lot of stuff feels like it was made up without much logic or consistency.
    FRO7 is half Disney fairytale wannabe with cutesy frogs and magic, half spy movie filled with sexual innuendos 


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