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->''"We're gonna fly to school each morning, we're gonna smile the entire time,''
->''We're gonna be more happy, we're gonna finally be fine!''
->''We're gonna get more calm and normal, we're gonna fix our state of mind,''
->''We're gonna be less crazy, we're gonna finally be fine!"''
-->-- ''Series/{{Community}}'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT89wX6_Fig Season 3 opening]]

The {{Lig|htIsGood}}[[LightIsNotGood ht]] twin of DarkerAndEdgier, when something is {{Tone Shift}}ed to be more kid friendly and frothy than the original source. This can either happen to a show over time, or it can be the result of {{Disneyfication}}. It may also be done purposefully if it's felt that the series has been getting overly dark. Thus, a Lighter And Softer installment may often follow one which made a point of being Darker and Edgier. Finally, if an adult or more serious TV show or movie has a spin-off aimed at children, this can be the result. Just like it's brother extreme Lighter and Softer can leave just as [[TastesLikeDiabetes bad of a taste]] in longtime fan's mouths as Darker and Edgier if handled poorly.

At it's most extreme it can [[CharacterDerailment turn]] a previously vibrant cast into {{Flat Character}}s and remove a lot of the show's appeal or even cause fans to abandon the work entirely. If it makes the work into [[BlackAndWhiteMorality Black and White morality]] and makes everyone clear {{hero}}es and {{villain}}s then expect people to complain about the loss of subtlety in the setting or feel like their being [[ViewersAreMorons talked down to]].

In video games, it can lead to ItsEasySoItSucks. Though just because a video game is cute [[SurpriseDifficulty doesn't mean that it is always easy]].

In music, this may result in an artist merely recording a SurprisinglyGentleSong, or it could lead to the artist having a complete GenreShift to a lighter genre.

Often found alongside DenserAndWackier, and YoungerAndHipper. Also often signaled by an increase in [[{{Slapstick}} wacky humor]].

Just like with DarkerAndEdgier, please keep in mind that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. Sometimes when something is lighter and softer than its initial source material, it doesn't mean it's [[FanDumb automatically]] [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch bad]]. It usually depends on who creates/writes said material as well as how subtly they do it. Sometimes some products that are lighter and softer are the result of ExecutiveMeddling. Other reasons include trying to be more mainstream, to change their luck in a bad situation, to appeal to another demographic, recognition of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy etc. Sometimes, something that's light and soft can actually be good if done right. It just depends on who's behind the product and how they execute it.

Compare {{Bowdlerise}}, {{Disneyfication}}, MenaceDecay, BadassDecay, SequelDifficultyDrop, ReverseCerebusSyndrome, {{WAFF}}.


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* LighterAndSofter/{{Literature}}
* LighterAndSofter/LiveActionTV
* LighterAndSofter/{{Music}}
* LighterAndSofter/{{Other}}
* LighterAndSofter/ProfessionalWrestling
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* LighterAndSofter/VideoGames
* LighterAndSofter/{{Webcomics}}
* LighterAndSofter/WesternAnimation