I just really love everyone’s individual pas de deux moments in the dance circle part of “You and Me.” Each is so unique and tailored to each of their specific dynamics, it’s fantastic.
Like Carlos starts the whole thing alone like the break-dancing dork he is and then Jane joins him. They’re finally being honest about maybe kind of liking each other, but they’re not taking it too seriously. This is just a dance with a possible date to follow if things go well, so they’re just being silly and having fun. He wraps her arms around him like the goofball he is and carries her off because he’s just so happy that she’s actually there with him.
Then Jay and Lonnie both enter at the same time, doing flips and spins and all the stuff that’s tied into R.O.A.R. They’re friends and aren’t technically or officially there as a couple. They’re just teammates who understand and trust each other and know how to make each other look good. They’re both athletic, so they turn what they’re comfortable with into a dance and walk off arm in arm.
Then Evie kicks them out and takes center stage like the amazing diva she is. After her moment in the spotlight, she beckons Doug in—because he defers to her and knows she’s always in charge—and he comes sliding in like the hero he wants to be for her. He lifts her like she’s a princess—because she is to him, and he wants nothing more than to be her prince—but it’s not as graceful as some of the other lifts in the song. He’s still goofy, and she’s more than happy to go with it. When they exit, she struts while he flails, perfectly capturing their personalities.
Ben and Mal go in at the same time to meet each other in the middle, but Mal kicks water in his face—because she is absolutely done with pretending to be the perfect proper princess. And Ben responds in kind, kicking water toward her, with a laugh and a smile. He’s always willing to meet her halfway, and will do so gladly. But she’s accepted that she’s not just the punk villain kid anymore, she’s also a lady of the court. She’s both now, and that’s why she willingly jumps into Ben’s arms to get lifted into the air like a princess. He wants to show off his incredible pixie dragon princess girlfriend to the entire world, and she’s totally willing to do that, just so long as she can still be herself. And the only reason they don’t start kissing again right then are there is because everyone splashes them to tell them to get a room, and Ben unsuccessfully attempts to shield Mal from the water even though they’re both already soaking wet.
When you put it all together, each little moment is a miniature showcase of each duo’s individual dynamics and it’s just so cool!
Anyways since I’m still upset about Tiana how about the fact that she’s the only Disney Princess since Aurora to literally only have one animated feature centered on her? Besides a 3-5 minute cameo on Sofia The First, Tiana has not been seen in any other animation (or live action for that matter).
Aurora had a straight-to-video short
Cinderella and Belle had multiple tv/straight-to-video movies
Ariel and Jasmine both had multiple movies and TV series based on their movies
Mulan and Pocahontas both got (admittedly bad) animated sequels
Rapunzel had an animated short and is getting a tv series, and I don’t even have to mention Anna and Elsa’s copious media.
They literally??? Could have addressed all the issues they had with the first movie (displaying their leads of color as frogs ¾ths of the movie, Tiana having to work during the entire thing, her hair never being out, etc) with a short, tv movie, or a series