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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 »

Director:

Jon Acevski

Writers:

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 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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,119,368
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel, "Freddie Goes To Washington" was already in the works long before this film was released, but because of the poor performance at the box office, the project was shelved, never to be seen or heard of again. 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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Connections

Featured in Jambareeqi Reviews: Freddie as F.R.O.7 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

F.R.O.7.
Composed by Holly Johnson
Lyrics by Holly Johnson
Sung by Holly Johnson
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Cheesy and predictable, but is compensated by some great animation and a top notch voice cast
17 January 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on the shelf of the local charity shop, and was differing whether to get it. In the end I made up my mind not to buy it, but to look at the rating and reviews on IMDb and watch it on YouTube. In spite of the low IMDb rating and the negative reviews, I enjoyed this movie. As for people saying that this is the worst animated movie ever, sorry I cannot agree. Doogal, Titanic:The Animated Movie and Secret of NIMH 2:Timmy To The Rescue are much much worse.

Freddie as F.R.0.7 isn't a perfect movie. The story about a prince turning into a frog and then an agent and having to investigate what happened to the disappearing monuments is predictable and sometimes uninvolving, some of the script is a little cheesy and there are one or two parts that drag. But there are a lot of things that compensate:

  • Firstly the animation is great. As long as you are not expecting Disney, you'll be fine. Some of the backgrounds are gorgeous, like in the encounter of the Nessies, and the characters in general are well drawn particularly Freddie himself and Messina in snake form.


  • Contrary to other reviews I liked the songs. True they are not perhaps Oscar worthy material, but they are memorable. The beginning song was excellent, and Messina's song was very well done if unusual. And the singing is actually good, in some animated films like the Secret of NIMH sequel the music sounds like it is being performed as part of a school end of year production but not here.


  • The voice acting is top notch and add to the charm and quirkiness that the film does have. Ben Kingsley is absolutely charming as Freddie, and Phyllis Logan is excellent as Nessie in a truly charming scene. Brian Blessed relishes his role as the main villain El Supremo, while Billie Whitelaw is great as Messina particularly in the final climax. I love Jenny Agutter and she was lovely as Daffers. Sterling supporting voice work also from Nigel Hawthorne, Michal Hordern and Jonathan Pryce.


All in all, this is a flawed but charming film, helped by the great animation and voice acting. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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