I really enjoy this film and leap at the chance to watch it, as the characters go beyond clichés, the villain is so engaging and charismatic and the overall energy of it, fully encompassed in Lottie.
A few people think Tiana is meh, but really, I like her, she may not be the most spirited of them all, but she's better of for the flaws she has and how she gets around them, and has more development than, say Ariel.
The film isn't without it's flaws, however, some of the humour is unfunny, the sidekicks can be annoying, although after a few viewings you appreciate the more subtle jokes they have and get a few laughs from them; and the curse thing is all over the place, mean, if Facilier was genre savvy enough for the curse to spread then how come it didn't for the real
princess Lottie, and the way she was considered a princess felt very weak,and why, knowing what would happen did he make a kiss the thing that broke it?
A lot of people say the music is bland, but almost there down in new Orleans, dig a little deeper, friends on the other side and almost there are quite memorable, and the others are at least tuneful.
The start isn't exactly the best introduction, but the rest of the film makes up for it, and given some time I think it will be a bigger classic than say, my personal favourite, hunchback, as it subverts tropes but plays to children in a way people can't really deem controversial.
It isn't the best, but it's a great bounce back from home on the range an d chicken little, neither of which I can watch without having a strong urge to riff, and I personaly like it more than Tangled, which gets far more attention than this.