One of the clunkiest movie titles ever, Freddie As F.R.O.7 (or Freddie the Frog as it was known in the US) is the story of a French, man-sized secret agent frog who works for the British government. It’s similar (but not as fun) as the UK TV series Danger Mouse, as Freddie (Kingsley) is sent to England to help us Brits combat bad guys who are causing monuments such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Stonehenge to vanish. With the help of agents Daffers (Agutter), Scotty (John Sessions) and Loch Ness monster Nessie, he investigates and discovers that the dastardly mind behind this plot is the same person who turned him from a prince into a frog years before.
It’s all a bit complicated for young viewers, and the animation isn’t sparkling enough to draw their attention either. Kingsley does a great job as Freddie, however (while his son Edmund provides the voice of Freddie when he was young), and this is almost worth catching for his humorous vocal turn. (Alternatively, your money may be better spent buying Danger Mouse on DVD.)
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