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Mama Odie
Background information
Feature films The Princess and the Frog
Television programs A Poem Is...
Video games
Park attractions Disney Believe
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Andreas Deja
Andreas Wessel-Therhorn
Voice Jenifer Lewis
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration Coleen Salley
Fairy Godmother
Suga Mama Proud
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Voodoo Queen of the Bayou
Personality Wise, kind, friendly, humorous, excitable, motherly, funny
Appearance Obese, blind, elderly, barefoot, gold jewelry, white dress and turban
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Voodoo priestess
Alignment
Alignment Good
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal
Home Her tree
Relatives
Pets Juju (snake)
Allies The Princess and the Frog: Tiana, Naveen, Ray, Louis, Juju, Firefly family
Crossover material: Merlin
Minions
Enemies The Princess and the Frog: Doctor Facilier, Shadow Demons, Lawrence
Crossover material: Hades
Likes Gumbo, candy, happiness, helping others
Dislikes Her advice not being taken
Powers and abilities Good voodoo magic
Weapons
Fate
Quote "You dig a little deeper, you'll find everything ya need."
"Ya'll just loves ya Mama, don't ya?!"
"You listen to your Mama now!"
"Ya'll ain't got the sense you was born with!"
"Where's my candy?"
Not bad for a 197 year old blind lady!
―Mama Odie

Mama Odie is a kindly old blind voodoo priestess who lives deep in the swamps of Louisiana. She is one of the minor protagonists in Disney's 2009 animated feature film The Princess and the Frog, where she acts as the film's Fairy Godmother. She is voiced by Jenifer Lewis.

Personality

An eccentric, sunny, wise woman who has great power and doesn't use it to grant wishes. She challenges Tiana and Naveen to 'dig deeper' in themselves. According to the wise woman, she tells the other visitors she gains the same thing. Mama Odie is a well known woman throughout the bayou. Louis the Alligator refers to her as the "Voodoo Queen of the Bayou". Though incredibly sweet and motherly, Mama Odie appears to be greatly feared by others. Louis himself had a fear of her prior to the events of the film. The dark magic voodoo demons working with the evil Doctor Facilier were also shown to fear her, as her magic is able to eliminate them rather easily.

Mama Odie's closest companion is her snake Juju, who acts as her assistant, constantly helping the woman with various tasks throughout their home. Being blind, Mama Odie can usually find herself in comical peril in her tree house home, only to be saved by Juju. Mama Odie's love for her snake is shown several times, treating him as her own child many times. Mama Odie also appears to be good friends with Ray the Firefly and his family prior to the events of the film, admiring the spunk of Ray's grandmother, especially.

Role in the film

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Mama Odie and Juju in The Princess and the Frog.

After becoming frogs through the magic of the evil Dr. Facilier, Tiana and Prince Naveen team up with a firefly named Ray and an alligator named Louis to find Mama Odie so she could reverse the curse. However, the evil Doctor requires the blood of Naveen as part of his plot to dominate New Orleans, and sends out a hoard of Shadow Demons to capture him. In the middle of the night, Naveen is suddenly kidnapped by said demons. Fortunately, Mama Odie arrives just in time and uses her light magic to eliminate the monsters with ease. With that out of the way, Mama Odie take them to her home.

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"Dig a Little Deeper"

Inside, Tiana attempts to ask Mama for help, but the wacky voodoo priest is far too preoccupied with other things such as cooking and fixing up her gumbo. Not only that, Mama Odie knows that both Tiana and Naveen desire to be human, but need something much more. She tries to explain to them just that through her gospel number Dig a Little Deeper. The song's theme proves to be a failure, having Tiana believe she needs to work extra hard to get her restraint, instead of follow her heart and ease up a bit.

Since the song was a failure, Mama Odie decides to give the duo what the want and takes them to her gumbo pot brew where she locates a princess that'll break the curse through a kiss from Naveen. The princess turns out to be Charlotte La Bouff, who is the "Princess" of the Mardi Gras parade, being that her father is the King. Mama explains that Tiana and Naveen only have until midnight to get to Charlotte, which is when Mardi Gras ends. With their task fully realized, the team heads out. Mama Odie doesn't appear again until the film's finale, where she uses the power invested in her to marry Tiana and Naveen at their wedding ceremony in the bayou after the two proclaimed their love.

Since Tiana became the wife of Naveen, she became a princess, thus turning the two back into human, living happily ever after.

Printed material

A Hidden Gem

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An illustration of Mama Odie in A Hidden Gem.

When Naveen goes on a hunt for swamp amber, he and Louis visit Mama Odie and Juju in the bayou, asking her if she's able to uncover the whereabouts of the substance through her magic. However, Mama tells the duo her help won't be needed, and to find it themselves. Later on, Mama Odie and Juju take a trip to Tiana's Palace in the evening, where Naveen reveals to have found some filthy and mucky swam amber. Mama takes the stone and uses her magic to transform it into a beautiful, emerald-like necklace, telling the royal couple it's an old bayou trick; turning the worthless and disgusting into something beautiful and awe inspiring; like a frog into a prince.

Other books

Mama Odie makes a brief appearance in Something Old, Something New, attending Tiana and Naveen's wedding in New Orleans.

Video games

The Princess and the Frog

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Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog video game.

Mama Odie makes an appearance in the game as a non-playable character who assist Tiana throughout the game. She is also featured in a mini-game.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Like other characters from the film, Mama Odie is briefly mentioned by Tiana in the game.

"Mama Odie taught me how important it is to figure out what you need, and it's not always the same as what you thought you wanted."

Live appearances

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Mama Odie as she appears in Disney On Ice

While having appearances within the Disney theme parks in some entertainment, Mama Odie has not made a live appearance outside of Disney on Ice. However, her trademark song, Dig a Little Deeper, is commonly featured in entertainment, usually sung by Tiana.

Disney Believe

On board the Disney Dream cruise ship, Mama Odie is one of the last "Magic Makers" that the practical father meets on his journey. She performs Dig a Little Deeper and transports him back home as he has finally learned to believe in magic for once.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

In Frontierland and Liberty Square, Mama Odie receives a message from Merlin that an evil is arising in her area. She checks her gumbo in the pot to find that Doctor Facilier has returned from his death via Hades and plots to take over Frontierland while helping Hades in his search for the Crystal of the Magic Kingdom. Mama Odie guides the park guests in their quest to defeat the Shadow Man.

She also has her own spell card known as "Mama Odie's Magic Charm".

Trivia

  • She is the polar opposite of Doctor Facilier, in both appearance and approach. Doctor Facilier is tall, young and thin while Mama Odie is short, old and fat. Facilier gives people what they (think) they want while Mama gives people what they (whether they know it or not) need. In addition, Doctor Facilier is implied to have "made a deal with the Devil" (metaphorically) for his powers while Mama is implied to have gained her powers over the course of her long life.
  • Another thing between Dr. Facilier and Mama Odie is they both have pet snakes seen in the film (Facilier's snakes only appear when they tie up Naveen before Facilier turns him into a frog at the end of the song Friends on the Other Side, although one of his snakes was seen again when he captured Tiana in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom; Mama Odie's snake, Juju, on the other hand, is more friendlier and is seen more than Facilier's snakes).
  • When first greeted, she mentioned that she is 197 years old.
  • In an earlier script, Dr. Facilier would have been Mama Odie's son, who followed the path of the dark arts, unlike his mother. In this same script, there was to be a showdown between the two of them, which would have converged into a major battle during the Mardi Gras festivities.
  • Jennifer Lewis, Mama Odie's voice actress, also voiced Flo from Cars.
  • Mama Odie is the second elderly female to be shown barefoot, after Madame Bonfamille (although in Madame's case, she was seen barefoot for a split second when she realizes that her cats have been kidnapped).
  • Despite being apparently good friends with Ray, Mama Odie is mysteriously absent during his funeral.
  • Mama Odie resembles Suga Mama from The Proud Family.

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The Princess and the Frog
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Films and shows: The Princess and the Frog | A Poem Is...

Video Games: The Princess and the Frog | Kinect Disneyland Adventures | Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks | Disney Universe | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure

Books: Little Golden Book | The Princess and the Frog: Ultimate Sticker Book | The Princess and the Frog (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) | Tiana's Cookbook: Recipes for Kids | Graphic Novel

Attractions: World of Color | Mickey's Soundsational Parade | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic

Characters: Tiana | Prince Naveen | Ray | Louis | Mama Odie | Juju | Doctor Facilier | Lawrence | Charlotte La Bouff | Eli "Big Daddy" La Bouff | Evangeline | Alligators | Reggie, Darnell and Two Fingers | Eudora | James | Stella | The King of Maldonia | The Queen of Maldonia | Prince Ralphie | The Fenner Brothers | Shadow Demons | Facilier's Shadow | Firefly family | Georgia

Objects: Facilier's Talisman | Louis' Trumpet

Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana | Bayou of New Orleans | Mama Odie's Tree | Tiana's Palace | Maldonia | Dr. Facilier's Voodoo Emporium | Duke's Cafe

Songs: Down in New Orleans | Almost There | Friends on the Other Side | When We're Human | Gonna Take You There | Ma Belle Evangeline | Dig a Little Deeper | Down in New Orleans (Finale) | Never Knew I Needed | Everyday Princess | Live To See You Smile | Shadow Man | Do What I Wanna Do | When You're In Love You'll Understand | Zippin' To The Zydeco | I Was Born To Blow This Horn | Play With The Band | Night and Day | Life In The Swamp | Love is a Magical Mystery | Sing Away The Blues | Mama Odie's Kitchen Song

Other: The Princess and the Frog: Original Songs and Score

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