James instills in Tiana some of the most important lessons a father can teach his daughter: that she is special, gifted, and loved. Though he has a sad ending, he gave her a foundation that she keeps with her all of her life. At least The Lion King prepared us for Disney tragedy, but come on — kids have to watch this stuff!
Best line: "You can do anything you set your mind to. Just promise your daddy one thing? That you'll never, ever lose sight of what is really important."