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Trivia / Ballerina

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  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The film didn't do very well at the American box office, but Carly Rae Jepsen's soundtrack song "Cut to the Feeling", while not charting very high, was one of the most critically acclaimed singles of 2017.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Maddie Ziegler is voicing a ballet dancer. Sound familiar?
    • Elle Fanning had previously appeared in a screen adaptation of The Nutcracker, and her character in this film auditions for a role in the original ballet.
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  • Channel Hop: The Weinstein Company was the original distributor in North America, but following the Weinstein scandal, the film's DVD and Blu-ray release was handled outright by Lionsgate, which normally merely distributed Weinstein's home media releases.
  • Creator Killer: It was among the films that, along with the Weinstein scandal, signaled the end of The Weinstein Company, and was the only film released under its Mizchief label.
  • Dawson Casting: Félicie, Victor, and Camille are 11-year-olds voiced by people older than them, especially Victor.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Maddie Ziegler was known for showing a lot of passion in her dancing when she was on Dance Moms. Camille? Not so much.
  • Market-Based Title: In the United States, the film is titled Leap!
  • The Other Darrin: Dane DeHaan, Julie Khaner, Brownen Mantel, and an uncredited Jamie Watson were all replaced by Nat Wolff, Kate McKinnon (for both of the median characters), and Mel Brooks for the American version. The original voices can be heard on the German 3D Blu-ray release of the film (which, incidentally, uses English-language credits and displays the original title at the end).
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  • Playing Against Type: Kate McKinnon, who's best known for roles as fun-loving and kind characters, plays the abusive Stage Mom Régine Le Haut. Ironically, she's playing well within the latter type for the one character she does voice in both the American and international English versions: Félicie's Missing Mom.
  • Release Date Change: It was initially scheduled to be released in the US on March 3, before being pushed back to April, and later August.

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