... talk about the evolution of story for Princess and the Frog ...
Ron Clements: Disney has actually been interested in the "Frog Prince" all the way back to "Beauty and the Beast." They never got a version they were totally happy with. Weirdly enough, Pixar had been developing versions and they never got quite a version they were happy with. Their version actually started in Chicago and then moved to New Orleans partly because that is John Lasseter's favorite city in the world.
Even more recently, Disney bought the rights to a book called 'The Frog Princess' by an author called E.D. Baker and that was a twist on the fairy tale. In that book, when the princess kissed the frog she became a frog.
I bumped into R & J at a fine Burbank eatery a couple of nights ago. They were on their way to unspool the film at a USC film class, then answer questions afterward.
The usual promotional tour will be happening for them over the next few weeks and months. The picture isn't going out day and date around the globe, so they will be winging to Europe as P and F is sequentially released country by country.
The guys will be globe-trotting into the new year. Lots of hotels, lots of media. (I would say they have better release windows in other countries than they do here, but what can you do? The other conglomerates don't plan their own release calendars for your benefit ...)