Western Animation: LeapFrog
This page contains tropes that applies to the DVD releases. For the toys, see Franchise.Leap Frog
Leapfrog regularly releases DVDs featuring animations of the characters its franchise created.
So far, 15 DVDs has been released. The first title, The Letter Factory
, was released way back in 2003. It was followed by The Words Factory
in the same year, The Words Factory 2: Code Word Caper
and Math Circus
in 2004, (Learn to Read at) The Storybook Factory
This was followed by a two year hiatus and then A Tad of Christmas Cheer
in 2007. Then the series went into another two year hiatus before the next video. During this hiatus, the three main characters (and Edison) were completely redesigned and many of the supporting were Put On The Bus
Upon returning from the hiatus, the first video released was Lets Go To School
in 2009. This was followed by Math Adventure to the Moon
in 2010. This was followed by The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park
and Numbers Ahoy
In 2012, it appears that Leapfrog had gotten tired of Leap, Lily and Tad and decided to focus on Scout and his friends instead (not surprising, as at that time, Scout and Violet were Leapfrog's cash cow and toys from the company of that period primarily featured the two puppies). The result was the first two Scout and Friends
video, Phonics Farm
, following a new continuity. This was followed by Adventures in Shapeville Park
and The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words
Leapfrog has since proceeded to put Scout and his friends on the bus instead and brought back Leap, Lily and Tad in the 2014 video The Letter Machine Rescue Team
, which also marks an art shift to CGI.
Tropes exhibited include:
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: There's Scout the green puppy, Violet the purple puppy, and Eli the blue cat. Other animals, however, are more or less the colors that you'd expect them to be.
- Art Evolution: A major one that crosses with Art Shift between A Tad of Christmas Cheer, and Let's Go To School!. Also many noticeable minor improvements from The Letter Factory right up to A Tad Of Christmas Cheer.
- Art Shift: The Letter Machine Rescue Team marks a shift to full CGI from the past DVDs' Flash Animation.
- Call Back: In The Magnificent Museum of Opposite Words, the guests of the museum at the time of opening consists of characters from previous DVDs Phonics Farm, Numberland and Adventures in Shapeville Park
- For an example of a brother and sister, Mr. Polecat shows Tad and Lily.
- Christmas Special: A Tad Of Christmas Cheer
- Disembodied Eyebrows: In The Letter Machine Rescue Team, many of the letters have these, so though sometimes the appearance of it depends on what angle they're shown at.
- Expressive Ears: In the Scout and Friends videos, Penny certainly has them. Possibly some of the others as well.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: In the Scout and Friends videos, notice how Axel automatically puts seatbelts on the characters during the "I'm With You Scout" song.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: In Scout and Friends: Adventures in Shapeville Park, mice called "measure mice" are used as part of a song number about measuring. "Look at Penny jump / How far can she go? / We can use the measure mice and then we'll know / Line them up and count them up, place them end-to-end! / Her jump is two mice long! That's how long!" The mice were cute and the song was catchy, but the problem was that no real-world units were given to relate just what "two mice" was. Some felt this may have been done to avoid having to get into confusion between metric and imperial units, but more than one reviewer and commenter on Amazon.com felt the idea of measuring with mice was somewhat bizarre.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: One-off character Dash in Adventures in Shapeville Park can't use his back legs and requires aid in the form of an "animal wheelchair". He can also run very fast.
- It's a Wonderful Plot / Whole Plot Reference: A Tad Of Christmas Cheer, in summary, completely references the plot of It's a Wonderful Life.
- No Antagonist: Unless you count Parker Pig as one in A Tad Of Christmas Cheer. Averted with Numbers Ahoy!. And then zig-zagged back with the Scout and Friends DVDs
- Slice of Life: The Scout and Friends titles.
- That Reminds Me of a Song: Pretty much every now and then in the DVDs.
- Theme Tune Roll Call: "I'm with You, Scout!" in the Scout and Friends titles
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- Numbers Ahoy: with the biggest shark of 3; at the end of their song the biggest shark makes a big smile and swims toward the camera it's teeth fill up the screen.
- Scout does it at the start of the "Being a Puppy" song.
- You Talkin' to Me?: In A Tad of Christmas Cheer, Tad tells his fairy godbug Edison that he's cuckoo and Parker asks him "Are you talkin' to me? Well, I don't see nobody else, so you must be talkin' to me." He says that he's talking to Edison and at that point, Edison reveals that nobody else can see him. "That's probably not good," deadpans Tad.