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YMMV: The Princess and the Frog

  • Accidental Aesop: Some people prefer being single, and that's bad.
    • Marrying someone you don't love for their money is perfectly fine as long as your intentions are good.
  • Acceptable Targets: The hillbilly frog hunters are presented as villainous versions of The Three Stooges. Laugh at their stupidity.
    • The Cajun fireflies are stereotyped with missing teeth and being "simple". Ray's subplot makes him look like a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, though the whole thing is about him being a firefly and has nothing to do with his ethnic group. And of course, that worked out for him in the end.
    • Averted with most of the white characters. They're noticeably wealthier and more privileged than Tiana and her family, but they're not depicted as arrogant. Hell, Charlotte is a better friend to Tiana than her nameless black friends in the beginning.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are the Friends on the Other Side legitimately evil or actually a case of Dark Is Not Evil, orchestrating a massive Batman Gambit for the main character’s good and give Facilier what’s coming to him?
  • Anvilicious: Tiana herself is a walking anvil with the message "remember to work hard". She drops the anvil practically every ten minutes into the movie.
  • Awesome Music:
    • It's hard to pick one with such a good soundtrack, but "Friends On the Other Side", "When We're Human", and both versions of "Down in New Orleans" get particular mention.
    • Don't forget "Dig A Little Deeper"! Mama Odie's voice actress was even backed up by a real church chorus.
      • Add "Ma Belle Evangeline". The song is so heartwarming and sweet!
      • Also from Ray: "Gonna Take You There". It was short but very catchy.
      • Especially when linked with good memories; this song was played daily from the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland, at least during November '09, making it a permanent reminder of Disneyland.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The poachers. Sure, their existence is foreshadowed, but they still feel disconnected from the rest of the story and contribute little to nothing to the overall plot. All it boils down to is a few minutes of gratuitous slapstick.
  • Cargo Ship: Ray the firefly and Evangeline the evening star until Ray dies and becomes a star next to Evangeline.
  • Cliché Storm: Justified, as it's harkening back to the Disney Renaissance.
  • Crossover Ship: Odette/Dr. Facilier seems to be pretty popular. Understandable, seeing how her backstory is similar to what Facilier does to the main characters.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Dr. Facilier. "He was very charismatic!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The fandom absolutely loves Charlotte, probably due to her sweet nature, loyalty to Tiana, and subverting everything you'd expect from a beautiful rich girl.
  • Evil Is Cool: Again, Dr. Facilier.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Facilier is this according to the fangirls (and some fanboys). Well, what did you expect? Keith David is voicing him.
  • Genius Bonus: When Facilier shows Naveen his future and changes around the image on his cards, three roman numerals appear at the top, IV when it shows Naveen as a royal, XVI shows Naveen in front of a tower, and IX showns Naveen with a bride and her father with treasure around them. In the Tarot, IV is The Emperor, representing power, control, etc. XVI is The Tower, representing a sudden crisis or disaster, and realizations of falsehoods. IX could be The Hermit, representing solitude and contemplation, or given the image could be taken as the Nine of Coins, referring to someone who has achieved fortune through hard work. Lawrence's card meanwhile shows a X, representing the Wheel of a Fortune, a sudden change of luck and fate.
  • Girl-Show Ghetto: The movie did okay at the box office for Disney, but not nearly as good as their previous animated films. Disney determined that this trope was the reason and was rumored to completely shut down adapting fairy tales into movies. For Tangled's marketing, they completely downplayed the fairy tale-ness of the movie, put the male hero character front and center, and marketed like a Dreamworks comedy film. The advertising brought a whole lot of backlash, but in the end it paid off as Tangled more than doubled what Frog did; Disney took the same tact with the formerly-named The Snow Queen, rechristening it Frozen and giving it a similar marketing strategy as Tangled, right down to using the same music for its TV spots as the other film.
    • It's funny when you realize that arguably, Princess and the Frog is among the least-girly Princess movies, alongside Mulan and Pocahontas - it features a very menacing villain, a roadtrip, slapstick, strong leads that aren't romantically interested in eachother at all at first... In comparison, Tangled is a girlier movie, with less peril, less Nightmare Fuel and more "princess"-stuff.
    • Minority Show Ghetto: Not to paint too broad a brush... but some fans of the movie are convinced this was also a pretty big reason the film didn't do as well at the box office as prior Disney films. Let's just leave it at that.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In a previous Disney animated feature, The Lion King, Timon once said that the stars in the sky were 'fireflies that were trapped in that big blue-ish, black thing.' Ray, a firefly in this movie, was killed by Dr. Facilier and turned into a star in the sky.
  • Hate Sink: The Fenner brothers are racist and sexist. They don't have any redeeming qualities, and they exist for the viewers to hate them.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum...
    • Are you ready?!
    • The Shadow Demons' screeches, howls, and voices.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A while ago, some guy named Terry Pratchett wrote a novel called Witches Abroad, whose third act was set in a fusion of the Disney's Magic Kingdom and New Orleans, the plot of which involves voodoo and a prince who's really a frog...
    • In The Thing (1982), Keith David's character calls out the others for believing in "voodoo bullshit". In this film, he plays a voodoo doctor.
  • Like You Would Really Do It Yeah, like Disney is going to kill off the lovable animal sideki—wait, what? What?!
  • Love to Hate: Dr. Facilier.
  • Misaimed Fandom: While Lawrence and Dr. Facilier have understandable reasons to feel bitter about their lot, living in the service or shadows of "fat cats in their fancy cars" ... Some viewers miss the mark about this NOT being an excuse to use magic to try to lie, cheat, steal, trick, and murder their way into money. There are not a few that go so far as to say they should have completely gotten away with their scheme from beginning to end, even though it would have ultimately resulted in destroying the lives of countless people, none of whom would deserve it.
  • Moe: The film's prologue can be seen as pure unfiltered Disney moe.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Facilier crossed the line is uncertain, but it's likely when he offers the souls of all New Orleans to his "Friends" in exchange for their cooperation. He takes it a step further when he steps on Ray the firefly.
  • Narm Charm: It's almost too easy, to the point of cliché, that Ray ends up as a star alongside Evangeline. And yet... it's sweet, and it's fitting, and it works.
    • During the Ma Belle Evangeline dance, when Ray sings "Look how she lights up the sky", and Naveen looks to Tiana and sees a very cartoony sparkle in her eyes. And yet, it's just too adorable a moment to feel awkward.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Lawrence could have been a much more interesting character if he had received more development. When Facilier shows him his tarot readings, we learn that he has a pretty decent Freudian Excuse for his back-stabbing, as he was pushed around by everyone in his life, including his family and the prince. And in one scene after that, he actually offers to give his amulet back to Facilier and not go through with his plan. But none of that comes up again after those scenes, after which he passively goes along with Facilier.
    • Dr. Facilier's issues with his Friends on the Other Side would have made a perfectly good story on their own. Dr. Facilier is basically Disney's version of Dr. Faustus. He had unimaginable demonic power at his fingertips, and all he could think to do was scam a butler and get some money. When his debt is finally called in, he begs for "just a little more time."
      • Indeed, one of the movie's most prominent criticisms is that the villain was underplayed.
      • In the same sense, Facilier's personal Living Shadow minion turned out to be a conceptually impressive hit, which makes it a big shame that in the movie proper, the Shadow ends up doing little more than acting as an extra pair of hands.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Mama Odie has about 15 minutes of screen time, but steals the show when she first appears.
    • To a lesser extent, the hillbilly frog hunters.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Tiana’s friends at the beginning, who complain about her working all the time instead of having fun on occasion, are portrayed as insensitive, but let’s be honest—consistently excluding oneself from social activities with one’s friends does tend to put a dent in one’s relationship with them...
  • Ugly Cute: Ray, oh so much.
  • Win Back the Crowd: This movie was intended to prove traditional animation wasn't dead and re-establish Disney's prominence in the animation industry. While critical and audience response was positive, the jury's still out when you look at the box office take. It opened wide the week before Avatar arrived and steamrolled it; then Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel came along. Financially it's closer to The Emperor's New Groove or Meet the Robinsons than the company's early '90s hits. But since Tiana was long intended as the next official Disney Princess, there's plenty of Tiana and Naveen merchandise already, which will mean plenty more money long after box office sums are counted, not to mention the inevitable DVD sales and rentals.
    • Although it wasn't quite the smash they hoped for, it did bring attention back to the aforementioned princesses which hadn't seen a newcomer since 1998's Mulan over a decade prior. As such, many now call this the sort of starting point for the current Disney Princess Renaissance which has since been running stronger than ever before, especially since there have now been 3 more Princess films formally recognized in relatively rapid succession (one of whom wasn't even technically a Disney Film), not bad after a decent break.
    • Alongside reviving the Princesses, of course, many are claiming that in hindsight; this film has helped to usher a Second Disney Animated Renaissance in general, much like The Little Mermaid did. Which although it wasn't quite successful in bringing back traditional animation to the forefront, it did jump start the return of Disney as a prominent animation house, what with the string of hits that would follow...(Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and as of 2013 the massive success of Frozen)
  • The Woobie: Tiana, especially when she was misled into thinking Prince Naveen was going to marry Charlotte instead of her. Poor Tiana.

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