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Encyclopedia > Freddie as F.R.O.7
Freddie as F.R.O.7
Directed by Jon Acevski
Produced by Jon Acevski
Norman Priggen
Written by Jon Acevski
David Ashton
Starring Ben Kingsley
Jenny Agutter
Brian Blessed
Billie Whitelaw
Nigel Hawthorne
Phyllis Logan
James Earl Jones
Music by David Dundas
Rick Wentworth
Cinematography Rex Neville
Distributed by Miramax Family Films
Release date(s) 1992
Running time 90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
IMDb profile

Freddie as F.R.O.7 is a 1992 British animated film written and directed by Jon Acevski. It is a parody of James Bond. The film was inspired by bedtime stories Acevski told to his son about his favourite toy frog working as a secret agent. Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE, (born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning British actor. ... Jennifer Ann Agutter (born December 20, 1952) is an English actress. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... Billie Whitelaw, CBE (b. ... Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ... Phyllis Logan (born 11 January 1956 in Paisley, Scotland) is an actress. ... James Earl Jones (b. ... Lord David Paul Nicholas Dundas (born 2 June 1945 in Oxford, England) is a musician known for his film and television scoring, having previously had limited chart success in the rock genre. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Miramax Films. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ...


Plotline

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

In his early life, Prince Frederik, or Freddie, lived with his father in a handsome castle and was taught magical powers. His mother was killed in a storm at sea. One day, Freddie went horse riding outside the castle with his father, but after Messina spooked the horse his father was riding, his father fell to his death from a great height. Freddie witnessed a long, red cobra; he had never seen one of those in the forest before. Freddie became orphaned, and Messina took him in. Soon Freddie realises that the cobra he saw in the forest was Messina, and instead of killing Freddie, she transformed him into a frog and tried to capture him. Soon, both fall from the castle window and into the raging sea, and Freddie is saved in the jaws of a large sea monster. Messina blurts out she will rule the world and destroy Freddie. The monster turns out to be Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. As Messina left, Nessie's tail became trapped by a boulder. She befriended Freddie, who in turn used his powers to free her tail from the boulder. Nessie took him near dry land, and notes that if Freddie ever needed her, he would whistle. Freddie then leaped into the night sky, and fell into Frogland, where he would spend the rest of his childhood. horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Distribution of frogs (in black) Suborders Archaeobatrachia Mesobatrachia Neobatrachia - List of Anuran families The frog is an amphibian in the order Anura (meaning tail-less from Greek an-, without + oura, tail), formerly referred to as Salientia (Latin saltare, to jump). ... NESSIE (New European Schemes for Signatures, Integrity and Encryption) was a European research project funded from 2000–2003 to identify secure cryptographic primitives. ...


Freddie eventually grows up to become a member of the French secret service, known as F.R.O.7. He is then called to London by the British Secret Service, as some major famous buildings in the United Kingdom are vanishing. By the time Freddie arrives, Nelson's Column, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Pauls Cathedral, and Stonehenge are already missing. Freddie meets the Brigadier G (voiced by Nigel Hawthorne), who seems to have trouble keeping himself and his comrades from getting tangled up in the phonecord. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Lord Nelson at the top of the column that bears his name Nelsons Column is a monument in Trafalgar Square, London, England. ... Her Majestys Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London, more commonly known as the Tower of London (and historically simply as The Tower), is a historic monument in central London, England on the north bank of the River Thames. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... For alternative meanings see St. ... For other meanings of Stonehenge, see: Stonehenge (disambiguation) Stonehenge is a henge, a Neolithic and Bronze Age megalithic monument located near Amesbury in the English county of Wiltshire, about 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. ... Sir Nigel Hawthorne, CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was a renowned English actor. ...


Freddie is introduced to Daffers and Scottie, a British woman who is an expert in martial arts, and a Scottish man who is an expert with weapons. Things take a turn for the worse as Canterbury Cathedral disappears. Freddie also meets Tribly, a sneaky member of the secret service. Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and forms part of a World Heritage Site. ...


After visiting the Grand National, Freddie discovers that the villain that is capturing the buildings is called El Supremo (voiced by Brian Blessed). Freddie also finds out that El Supremo is planning to steal Big Ben next. So Freddie, Daffers and Scottie hide on Big Ben and are captured by a giant robotic snake. The Grand National is the most valuable National Hunt handicap horse race in the United Kingdom. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... The Clock Tower, colloquially known as Big Ben (a name that correctly refers to only the main bell) “Big Ben” redirects here. ...


They go to a sneak secret island in Scotland and discover that El Supremo plans to use the buildings, by shrinking them to a size of a trophy and using them as batteries to a giant crystal, which will send a powerful sleeping virus across the world, which will put people to sleep and eventually kill them. Scottie then freaks out as the last required building is captured: Edinburgh Castle. Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... The castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline as seen here from Princes Street Gardens Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress which, from its position atop Castle Rock, dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh, and is Scotlands most famous (and most visited) landmark. ...


Freddie and Scottie and thrown into a pool of sea monsters, while Daffers is hypnotised into worshipping El Supremo and his mysterious cobra. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Freddie whistles and Nessie appears to save them both from being eaten, and Scottie is saved from drowning. Nessie shows her family to Freddie, who then asks them to help defeat El Supremo by submerging the patrolling submarines. Freddie and Scottie save Daffers from the snake guards in disguise and the three return to stop El Supremo from conquering the world. They have to battle an army of soldiers, but in the process, Daffers and Scottie come too close to the crystal's energy and fall unconscious. Freddie manages to infilrate the crystal's energy with his mind powers and destroys it, but also falls unconscious. El Supremo and his snake arrive to kill Freddie, but he, Daffers and Scottie defeat El Surpremo by shrinking him down to an ant's size and trapping him in a matchbox.


The snake then reveals herself to be Messina, and she battles Freddie by shapeshifting into a gargoyle, a hyena, a scorpion and a boa constrictor. But he uses his mind control to transform Messina into a buzzard and she flees. Brigadier G arrives in time, and Trilby is discovered to be a spy for the villains. Britain is restored to normal and Freddie heads off to deal with some villains in America. Tsarevna Frog by Viktor Vasnetsov: a frog metamorphoses into a princess Shapeshifting is a common theme in mythology and folklore, as well as in science fiction and fantasy. ... A gargoyle adorning the Dornoch Cathedral in Dornoch, Scotland. ... Subfamilies and Genera Hyaeninae Crocuta Hyaena Parahyaena Protelinae Proteles Hyenas or Hyænas are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. ... Superfamilies Pseudochactoidea Buthoidea Chaeriloidea Chactoidea Iuroidea Scorpionoidea See classification for families. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, the capitalization of this article needs to be corrected. ... A buzzard is one of several large birds, but there are a number of meanings as detailed below. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


Reaction

Freddie flopped. It received poor reviews in its home country, the United Kingdom, and despite huge media coverage of the making of the film on television and huge publicity, the public just weren't interested in the concept. 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. In the film industry, a film is considered shelved if it is not released for public viewing after filming has started, or even completed. ...


Another impact to its fall was that it was made by an independent company, Hollywood Animation Studios. At the time, Disney was at its peak with its new releases, meaning other companies, such as Sullivan Bluth Studios (known for An American Tail and The Land Before Time) couldn't compete with the popularity of Disney. Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... Sullivan Bluth Studios was an animation studio set up by animator Don Bluth and several colleagues. ... This article is becoming very long. ... The Land Before Time is an animated film, produced by Steven Spielbergs Amblin Entertainment, and directed by Don Bluth. ...


The fact the film was a flop in the UK meant that overseas, the distributors released the film straight to video. An alternate version in the United States, not released until three years later, includes a title change (Freddie The Frog) and a new narration from James Earl Jones. Parts of the animation were also cut, including that of Freddie transforming Messina into a buzzard, and an almost entire song from the UK version was trimmed, replaced with a narration that was dubbed over by Jones. The film has more recognition in the States, and while some have praised the film, others either refer to it as a bad animated movie or a nasty acid trip. Despite this, it is still a very little known animated film, which to this date has never been released on DVD. James Earl Jones (b. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or, incorrectly, Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


On 5/21/2007 AOl.com claims this is the lowest grossing animated movie of all time. ($1.19 million)


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