Plus I used to LOVE singing along with it. I happen to think this version is WAY better than the Disney original. The cast is amazing, all of them have fabulous singing voices, and they have great chemistry together!!
I first saw Polly at age three and it continues to be one of my favorite films. I have watched it at least once a year for every year I have been alive since then. I will never grow tired of Polly because it teaches everyone such valuable lessons about friendship and love. It has been sixteen years since Polly aired and my sisters and I are still singing (and dancing) her praises. Every time we hear the song "Stand Up," "Sweet Little Angel Eyes," "Rainbow, Color Me," or "Ain't Got Nothing' on You" we have to get up and dance! I swear we must have rewound the scenes where they play these songs about 100 times each just to dance again.
I love this movie! The acting in this movie is phenomenal and the dancing is some of the best I have ever seen! Kudos to all of the cast and crew of this movie! It is most definitely a "glad text!" If anyone knows where I can get a DVD of this movie please tell me as our home videos of it are getting grungy from overuse!
I just watched the movie again for the first time in many years, and while most of it was exactly as I remembered it, there were a few things that I hadn't noticed as a small child -- I had always understood that the movie dealt with racism, but some of the interpersonal conflicts or the terms people used had gone over my head. There's nothing too strong or offensive, though (as in, parents, don't worry, it won't accidentally teach your child a new vocabulary).
It is a musical, and the only thing that I think is clumsy about the movie is that a few of the songs don't quite seem to blend into the fabric of the movie. Almost all of the songs, though, are catchy and sweet, and it certainly says something when a song stays with you for fifteen years. I still find myself singing "Sweet Little Angel Eyes."
Incidentally, there aren't nearly enough good kid movies where the majority of the cast is black. I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with those other kid movies, just... it occurred to me that very few other films I've watched are like this one in that respect.
http//disneyvideos.Disney.go.com/moviefinder/products/Polly.html There is a section to the left of the screen that says "not currently for sale". You have to click and leave your email address and name in order to request for Polly's release to DVD. Please share this information with anyone you know who is a fan of the TV movie Polly. There was a part 2 of the movie , maybe that can be released too. So all fans please, please help to request that Polly be released to DVD. Thanks....
I have also seen the original movie and I think the remake is ten time better. I wish I could purchase it on DVD to show my kids one day. The actors were also exceptional. Phylicia Rashad, Keisha Pulliam, Vanessa Bell-Calloway, and Brandon Quinton were especially wonderful. The time period was accurately reflected. The props, wardrobe, scenery, and issues of the time were all excellent. I love the movie. I encourage anyone with young children to find it. The movie did not receive the recognition that it deserved.