It hasn’t been uncommon for groups to avoid getting their due in Hollywood. For the most part, women were relegated to second class citizens in early Hollywood. Of course, they had pivotal roles but it was only through the male protagonists that most of them had any role at all. Eventually, this wrong was righted and more and more weighty roles went to actresses. A similar arc happened with African-Americans in cinema. But there’s one group that has never gotten the proper due from Hollywood- frogs. Today, I’m here to help the healing begin. Here are some great frogs of Hollywood.
Pete’s stunt double in O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Not only did this frog do a magnificent job of convincing us that he was the Siren-bewitched equivalent of John Turturro. He also gave his life to a one-eyed John Goodman, just to prove to all the world how dedicated he was to his craft.
Kermit the Frog
I couldn’t possibly get very deep in this list without including Kermit. Do you want to know what I wanted to be when I grew up when I was 3 years old? Kermit the Frog. That’s how great of an entertainer Kermit was- he convinced a dumb 3 year old kid that he wanted to be a frog when he grew up.
Michigan J. Frog
This reclusive frog was the Halley’s Comet of Hollywood frogs, appearing briefly, shining brightly, and then disappearing into the great construction guy lunchpail in the sky for decades until re-appearing to ply his craft yet again.
Commander Toty, Hell Comes to Frogtown
So… yeah. Rowdy Roddy Piper lives in a post-apocalyptic world where giant mutant frogs are threatening to take over the world because there aren’t enough human men to reproduce with the human women. Piper is enlisted to, um… “propagate the species”… because he’s stuffed to the gils with testosterone. But also, he leads a force of humans into Frogtown to defeat the evil Commander Toty. If ever you’re looking for an example of frogs not getting their due in Hollywood, this is it. The lack of a place in the AFI Top 100 for Hell Comes to Frogtown is a clear instance of anti-frog bias in Tinseltown.
The frogs raining from the sky, Magnolia
Admittedly, out of all of the time I’ve spent watching P.T. Anderson movies, it’s the only scene that I haven’t loved. In fact, I hated it. But… but… I still go nuts for PTA’s movies and you can’t deny that the raining frog scene was pivotal. What it said, exactly, I’m not really sure, but it said… something.
The frog in The Princess and the Frog
Yeah, I didn’t see it. But I’m sure there’s a frog in there playing a pivotal role, unless it’s like that movie Naked Lunch, whose title is a lie (as Nelson Muntz has so brilliantly pointed out in The Simpsons).
The scads of killer frogs in Frogs
No. Seriously. This exists. From 1972, it’s a horror movie that features Ray Milland and Sam Elliot haunted by a plague of murderous frogs.