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Eli La Bouff (better known as Big Daddy La Bouff) is a supporting character featured in Disney's 2009 animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. He is Charlotte La Bouff's doting father and a wealthy sugar baron who is regarded as the most powerful man in New Orleans.

Background[]

As the wealthiest man in New Orleans, Big Daddy is also the most powerful man in the city. He appears to be a single parent, as Charlotte's mother is neither seen nor mentioned throughout the film. He is also something of a father figure to Tiana, having been good friends with her mother, Eudora, for many years—in no small part due to Eudora running an esteemed seamstress business, which is responsible for supplying Charlotte with many fairytale-inspired ball gowns.

Big Daddy is revered and beloved amongst the townsfolk; so much so, that he was elected king of the Mardi Gras parade for five consecutive years. However, not everyone in New Orleans is a fan of him; Dr. Facilier, a dastardly voodoo master, holds Big Daddy in contempt. With help from a legion of voodoo spirits, Facilier plots to kill Big Daddy so he can steal his fortune and rule all of New Orleans.

Personality[]

Despite his position of power, Eli is shown to be loving, jovial, and friendly. His eagerness to fund smaller businesses such as Eudora's and the local newspaper shows that he is incredibly generous with his wealth. Because of his friendly nature, however, he can also be a pushover—specifically with his daughter, Charlotte, who constantly exploits her father's fortune for her own obsessions, such as lavish dresses and gowns. Even so, Charlotte takes after her father in that she is warm-hearted and generous, despite her privileged lifestyle.

Appearances[]

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The Princess and the Frog[]

Eli is first seen at the beginning of the film after Eudora reads the story of "The Frog Prince". He notices the new dress the seamstress made for Charlotte and claims he would "expect nothing' less from the finest seamstress in New Orleans". However, Charlotte notices the dress from her storybook and begins to beg her father that a replica is made for her. Though he attempts to decline, Eli quickly gives in to his daughter's pleas and asks Eudora if she can whip something up, and she agrees, telling him "anything for my best customer" (while motioning to other numerous dresses Charlotte owns).

As Tiana and Eudora leave, Mr. La Bouff tells Charlotte that while she will receive the dress, he will no longer be "Mr. Pushover", seconds before giving her a new pet puppy.

Years later, while Tiana is planning to open her restaurant, he starts hosting a masquerade ball for Mardi Gras. He has invited Prince Naveen to stay at his home as an honored guest. Charlotte hires Tiana to cater for the ball, which gives her enough money to finally buy an old sugar mill that she wants to convert into her restaurant.

That evening, Mr. La Bouff is hosting the masquerade ball when the guest of honor, "Prince Naveen" (actually, Naveen's valet Lawrence in disguise) arrives and dances with his daughter, Charlotte. The dance, however, ends in a mess when two frogs (a transformed Naveen and Tiana) land on his daughter's dress, frightening her, and open seeing the two frogs, he orders the family dog, Stella, to attack them.

Despite the mess, "Prince Naveen" proposes to his daughter the next day, and the La Bouffe decide to use the wedding as part of the Mardi Gras Parade that evening. Unbeknownst to the La Bouffe, the man Charlotte is marrying is actually Lawrence and the marriage was part of a big scheme by the voodoo master, Doctor Facilier, in which the latter plots to murder Big Daddy once the wedding vows are completed, in hopes of stealing his fortune and power to take over the city.

Fortunately, Eli La Bouff life was saved when the real Naveen (who was captured and put in a box) manages to escape with Ray’s help and pull the fake one off the parade float, causing the latter to retreat into a church. The fake Naveen was exposed shortly afterward, and an angry Mr. La Bouff ordered Lawrence arrested.

At the end of the movie, Mr. La Bouff, and his daughter attended Naveen and Tiana's second wedding as well as the opening of Tiana's restaurant.

Disney Parks[]

Tiana's Bayou Adventure[]

Eli La Bouff can only be seen in the "Special Spice" final sequence where he can be seen dancing inside the conservatory of Fleur du Bayou next to the King and Queen of Maldonia as Tiana and Naveen are hosting the Mardi Gras party.

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Trivia[]

  • Despite apparently spoiling his daughter and not being good on disciplining her, he does show some ability to control her, even if slightly, as he once stuffed a beignet in her mouth to stop her from continually interfering with his talking.
  • Big Daddy bears a strong resemblance to his voice actor, John Goodman.
  • He is the second character in a film from Walt Disney Animation Studios to be voiced by John Goodman, after Pacha from The Emperior's New Groove.
  • In Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, Eli is briefly mentioned by Tiana; "We just told Big Daddy La Bouff the news. He's King of the Mardi Gras parade... again."
  • Eli's nickname, Big Daddy, is possibly derived from the character of the same name from Tennessee Williams' play The Cat on the Hot Tin Roof.
    • When he calls for Stella, he yells, "Hey, STELLA!" just like Stanley Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire (also made by Williams). Interestingly enough, his voice actor played Harold Mitchell in the 1995 TV adaptation of Streetcar.
  • It is unknown if Eli ever married Charlotte's mother or what happened to his partner.
  • Throughout the film, Eli is always referred to as "Big Daddy" or "Mr. La Bouff" instead of his real name.

References[]

  1. movieweb (September 24, 2010). "The Princess and the Frog - Interviews with Anika Noni Rose and Bruno Campos" (Video). YouTube.


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The Princess & the frog title
Media
Films and Television: The Princess and the Frog (soundtrack/video) • A Poem Is...Tiana

Video Games: The Princess and the FrogKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Princess Enchanting StorybooksDisney UniverseDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Sorcerer's ArenaDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: The Art of The Princess and the FrogDisney Princess Beginnings
Music: Bayou BoogieMusic from Tiana's Bayou Adventure

Disney Parks
Club VillainCastle of Magical DreamsMidship Detective AgencyPrincess Fairytale HallSorcerers of the Magic KingdomTiana's Bayou Adventure

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney's Showtime SpectacularMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Wondrous BookThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess WaltzTiana’s Mardi Gras CelebrationTiana's Showboat JubileeVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Tiana's Palace
Shops: Eudora's Chic BoutiqueRay's BeretsLouis' Critter ClubCritter Co-OpTiana's Bayou General
Parades: A Million Splashes of ColourDisney Stars on ParadeDreams.... And Shine Brighter!Festival of Fantasy ParadeMagic HappensMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey and Friends Celebration
Fireworks: Disney Dreams!Disney EnchantmentHappily Ever AfterHarmoniousIlluminate! A Nighttime CelebrationMomentousWonderful World of AnimationWondrous Journeys
Spring: Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDr Facilier's Carnival-LoweenFrightfully Fun ParadeHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMickey’s Halloween Treat CavalcadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Nightmare ExperimentVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleWorld of Color: Villainous!
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeDisney Holidays in HollywoodDisney Winter Magic CavalcadeRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
The Princess and the Frog: TianaPrince NaveenRayLouisMama OdieJujuDr. FacilierLawrenceCharlotte La BouffEudoraJamesEli La BouffKing and Queen of MaldoniaPrince RalphieEvangelineFirefly Five Plus LouReggie, Darnell, and Two FingersStellaThe Fenner BrothersFacilier's Friends on the Other SideFacilier's ShadowFirefly FamilyRandyMimiBeaudreauxSwamp GatorsGeorgiaSpoonbillsButterfliesMarcelBayou Animals

Tiana's Bayou Adventure: The Bayou Community BandZydeco Critter BandTimoléonApolloRufusByhaliaGrittyBeauRara Critter MusiciansOctaviaPawpawClaudeBernadetteSebastiánPhinaAfro-Cuban MusiciansFelipeMayraMondoIsabelGloriaDeloresLariEmilyWalterLuciaAnaRosa
Cameos and Crossover characters: Br'er RabbitBr'er FoxBr'er BearMr. BluebirdBr'er FrogBr'er GooseRiver Belle ChorusThe BeesSinging StorksBass Frog

Objects
Facilier's TalismanMama Odie's WandMama Odie's Gumbo CauldronTiana's Foods
Organizations
Tiana's FoodsSouthern Dome Salt Company • Finest King Carrots
Locations
New OrleansBayou of New OrleansMama Odie's TreeTiana's PalaceMaldoniaDr. Facilier's Voodoo EmporiumDuke's CaféTiana's HomeFleur du BayouTiana's FoodsTiara-Topped Water TowerOld Mill PondLemoine Soda ClubLari's Home
Songs
Original songs: Down in New OrleansAlmost ThereFriends on the Other SideWhen We're HumanGonna Take You ThereMa Belle EvangelineDig a Little DeeperNever Knew I NeededSpecial Spice

Bayou Boogie: Everyday PrincessLive To See You SmileShadow ManDo What I Wanna DoWhen You're In Love You'll UnderstandZippin' To The ZydecoI Was Born To Blow This HornPlay With The BandNight and DayLife In The SwampLove is a Magical MysterySing Away The BluesMama Odie's Kitchen Song

See Also
Disney RevivalElectric Holiday
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