Role in the film
The Fenner Brothers are first seen removing their Real Estate Business sign next to the place Tiana buys, which would one day become her restaurant. They promise to bring the papers she has to sign after Mardi Gras but later at night, at the La Bouff's party; disguised as a horse, they inform her that she was outbid by a gentleman and that unless she can top his offer by Wednesday, she "can kiss that place: Good-Bye". Tiana tries to object but they tell her that "a woman of her background" would have difficulties running a restaurant business despite complimenting her cooking. After Tiana's been turned into a frog and she, with Prince Naveen, are being chased by Stella, they get a cake thrown on them, thus resembling clowns. At the end of the movie, they accept Tiana's sum of cash and surrender the key to Tiana's restaurant due to Louis' "persuasion".
- Their appearances are based on the film's directors, John Musker and Ron Clements. Their names, in turn, are revealed in the end credits; Henry (tall one) and Harvey (short one).
- Henry may be a bit more sympathetic than Harvey; as he seemed rather reluctant to tell Tiana about being outbid while Harvey just thoughtlessly blurted it out.
- Though during the La Bouff's party, the Fenner Brothers inform Tiana that a gentleman outbid her, it's unlikely that this was true as it's a bit odd that someone would bid on the mill after twenty years of it being untouched in the same week Tiana placed her bid, so it could be theorized that the Fenner Brothers probably were making up an excuse to prevent selling the mill to a woman of color.
- Likewise, the identity of such gentleman is never revealed in the film. Some people have theorized that it could have been Dr. Facilier, though it's unlikely, as Facilier was a man of color too and the Fenners are implied to have prejudices.
- The Fenners are similar to Chi-Fu from Mulan, as they are all minor antagonists who dislike a certain Disney Princess for personal and unfair reasons (The Fenners dislike African Americans and Chi-Fu underestimates females).
- Similarly, the Fenners are Disney's representation of a bigoted group of people, in their case they represent racists, similar to Chi-Fu who represents misogynists.
- Technically, the Fenner were a bit correct in the notion that Tiana wouldn't have been to run the restaurant by herself, as she just bought the building but she needed more money too to pay the personnel and to pay taxes. However, thanks to Naveen's and possibly Charlotte's financial support, Tiana was ultimately able to run the place succesfully.
- When they mention Tiana's background, they were probably referring to that she came from a poor family instead of her race.