The Swamp Gators are minor antagonists in Disney's 2009 animated feature film The Princess and the Frog. Hostile and ravenous, they try to eat Tiana and Naveen when they arrive in the bayou after being transformed into frogs by a curse of the evil Dr. Facilier. Only two of their names are revealed which are Ian and Marlon.
Ian, Marlon, and the rest of the alligators have wild, vicious, hot-tempered, impatient, and temperamental personalities. They are shown to be hungry whenever prey arrives in their territory and they are impatient to get angry easily, when their prey escapes from them.
Role in the film
Ian and Marlon and the other four alligators appear in the swamp and try to eat Tiana and Naveen after they were ambushed by a hostile heron. Thinking the hard ground Tiana and Naveen land on is a log, they stand on it and continue their confrontation, briefly before they see a float of alligators approaching them. Naveen believes them to be moving logs at first, but as they come closer, Tiana claims that they aren’t logs and they soon find out that what they are standing on isn’t a log either as Ian raises his head out of the water to reveal that they are actually on his back. The alligators then attempt to devour Tiana and Naveen. However, Tiana manages to swim into an old hallow tree trunk for shelter from the alligators and watches them wildly leaping in and out of the water in horror, thinking they might have eaten Naveen. Fortunately, Naveen then reveals himself to be right below Tiana leaning against the trunk as he asks her to lower a vine to help him into the trunk for shelter. Still mad at Naveen, Tiana refuses at first, but when the vicious alligators spot Naveen and approach him, ready to eat him, he hastily promises to grant her her dream restaurant if she helps him escape the gators so she frantically agrees and helps Naveen into the trunk with her. The alligators then claim that they can hop but they can’t hide and laugh wickedly as they decide to wait all night for Tiana and Naveen to come out, forcing the duo to stay in the trunk for a while. They eventually give up on waiting for Tiana and Naveen to come out and they leave as they were gone the next morning. No alligators besides Louis (who shows a friendly, helpful personality rather than a vicious, hostile personality to the frogs) appear for the remainder of the film.
- Marlon's voice actor, Emeril Lagasse, also starred in the long-running Food Network show, Emeril.