The leading character, Maddy, will be the first black Disney princess set in New Orleans during the 1920s Jazz Age.

The Walt Disney Feature Animation is developing The Frog Princess and will be producing the first traditional 2-D style rather than 3-D computer generated imagery method.It will be directed by oscar winner songwriter/composer Randy Newman and writer-directors Ron Clements and John Musker (Treasure Planet, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid).

A musical set in the legendary birthplace of jazz – New Orleans — “The Frog Princess” will introduce the newest Disney princess, Maddy, a young African-American girl living amid the charming elegance and grandeur of the fabled French Quarter. From the heart of Louisiana’s mystical bayous and the banks of the mighty Mississippi comes an unforgettable tale of love, enchantment and discovery with a soulful singing crocodile, voodoo spells and Cajun charm at every turn according to The Walt Disney Studio.The firm is set to release in 2009.

Brief description of the main characters are as follows :
[MADDY] A 19-year-old African American chambermaid. Bright, resourceful, ambitious, intense. A little too grown-up for her age. Dialect: Mild southern colloquial.
[CHARLOTTE] 18 years old. A spoiled, southern debutante. A diva. Comic “steel magnolia”. Bossy but insecure. Dialect: Southern belle.
[DR. DUVALIER] A 30-40 year old Voodoo magician/fortune teller. African American. Charming, charismatic, smooth and a sinister bad guy. Theatrical and grandiose. Dialect: Elegant, possibly New Orleans Creole.
[MAMA ODIE] An elderly, 200 year old Voodoo priestess/fairy god-mother. African American. Broad, comic, eccentric. Benevolent, wise and all knowing. A mixture of Moms Mabley & Yoda. Dialect: Southern colloquial.
[RAY] A 25-35 year old lovesick Cajun firefly. Warm, friendly, laid back and easygoing. Comically obtuse. Missing front tooth, has a lisp and occasionally speaks in Cajun French.