a secret agent with super powers...
A leaping green fighting machine...
Defending the world against the forces of evil...
He's Freddie as F.R.O.7..."
In Jon Acevski's animated parody of the Bond films,
fearless Freddie is
a human-size frog working as a French secret agent.
His mission: to investigate
the disappearance of such British institutions as Buckingham
the Tower of London. Only they haven't disappeared,
they've been shrunk!
Our story takes us into the past to reveal how
Freddie was once a human
Prince, before being turned into a frog by his wicked
aunt Messina. Fast forward
to the present day and our amphibious friend is
now a secret agent frog working
for the French Secret Service. Meanwhile, Messina
has returned to wreak evil
revenge upon the world. She's teamed up with the dastardly
El Supremo to
create an incredible shrinking device, as well
as a very handy sleep-ray.
London's monuments are being shrunk one by one, and
Big Ben is next on
the cards. That's why fearless Freddie and his pals,
Daffers and Scottie,
hide within the clock tower just before it's reduced
in size. The next thing
they know they're inside El Supremo's mountain
fortress with a whole lot
of evil to combat, and a dozen buildings to regenerate,
with just enough time
for a few songs on the way, and a knighthood at the
With a host of famous voices, a new "star"
character and the likes of
Don Black on the lyricsheet, this high-profile
production was intended to
kickstart a franchise. Indeed, every conceivable
ingredient for commercial
success was added to the pot. The production received
a lot of tv exposure
during filming, with camera crews visiting the
animation team, hard at work
on this Big British Film, and hopes were so high for
the project that a
sequel, "Freddie goes to Washington",
was already in production when
the first film opened. But sadly, Freddie flip-flopped
somewhat at the
box office, with poor reviews and not enough bums on
seats. So we
never got that sequel, or indeed a froggy franchise.
But you know, there was a ready-made animated Bond
figure already waiting
in the wings, and indeed he's still ready and waiting
to take over the world:
Just imagine, a DangerMouse
In America, the film received a title change. "Freddie the Frog"
released on home video there in 1995.
And between then and now,
the film has picked up a small
but appreciable audience, who are
quite vocal about their support
for the guy - Ribbit!
Acevski, Norman Priggen
Jon Acevski, David Ashton
Rayment, Mick Manning
art director: Paul
Stewart, Richard Fawdy, Tony Guy
Dundas, Rick Wentworth,
Don Black, Jon Acevski, David Ashton
Ben Kingsley (Freddie)
Jenny Agutter (Daffers)
Blessed (El Supremo)
Hawthorne (Brigadier G)
Michael Hordern (King)
Maddern (Old Gentleman Raven)
Scales (Queen )