Happy Endings June Blog Challenge – Day 30

We’ve done it! We’ve reached the end of June and the end of the blog challenge. 

We’ve found our Prince, we’ve ridden off into the sunset and we’ve tied up all the lose plot ends. The baddy is arrested or come to a sticky non specific end. Maybe we will be surrounded by our family or our friends. Maybe we will fly off into the clouds. There’s almost certainly been a wedding. Possibly even a baby, perhaps being lifted high by a baboon. We’ve been reunited with loved ones and discovered either our true destiny or who really matter in our lives. It’s certain we’ve learnt life lessons. And maybe, just maybe we’re setting up for a sequel but one thing is certain we WILL live happily ever after. 
Thank you for reading the blogs. We really hope you’ve enjoyed them. x

Scariest Moment – June Blog Challenge Day 29

It’s June 29th and this is the last entry from me, Odd-Days-Blog-Captain-Jen.

The scariest moment, and it seems without a doubt, is from the first full length animated film from Walt Disney: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. On January 13th, 1938, Snow began a five week premier at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The children in the audience were so frightened by the sequence of Snow White lost in the forest that they wet their pants, and consequently the seats, at each and every showing of the film. Subsequently, at the end of the film’s initial engagement there, all the velvet seat upholstery had to be replaced.

Doesn’t get much scarier than that.

Quotes – June Blog Challenge Day 28

When I was thinking of what to write for quotes I thought about what different things mean to different people how could I state (other than my opinion) that some quotes were better than others and so I thought I would look up what people get tattooed. So I took the first 100 photos after googling “Disney quote tattoo” Here we go.

Interestingly the most popular were quotes from Walt Disney himself:

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.”

“If you can dream it. You can do it.”

Unfortunately it’s unlikely that Walt Disney ever actually said these however they are very inspirational messages.

But from the films themselves popular quotes were:

“Ohana” From Lilo and Stitch

“Wish Upon a Star” From Pinocchio

(Variations of) “Faith, Trust and Pixie dust” From Peter Pan.

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” From Mulan

“We’re all mad here” From Alice in Wonderland

“Fairest of them all” From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

 

And two of my favourites:

“I can go the distance” from Hercules

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere” From Beauty and the Beast.

 

Eyes – June Blog Challenge Day 27

I talked about prince eyes a little in my prince blog earlier in the month, so I’m going to talk about princess eyes today.

Did you know that Rapunzel has the biggest eyes, and Ariel has the second largest?

If you start looking up info about eyes in Disney, you come across a lot of weird stuff. Firstly, lots of points about how princesses eyes are bigger than their waists, and therefore they literally have eyes bigger than their bellies.

Buzzfeed have a slightly disturbing article showing what it would look like if Disney princesses had normal-size eyes. Spoiler alert: they are all as weird as this example of Ariel.

ariel eyes

This cool picture (courtesy of griffsnuff.deviantart.com)shows the current evolution of eye sizes, and a prediction for the future. Turns out that as well as ever-explanding eyeballs, the tiny noses are dropping further down the princesses faces as time wears on too.

princess eyes

 

 

Magical Moments – June Blog Challenge Day 26

There are many magic spells, enchantments and happenings in disney films. Some of them by people who are magic and some by people who just use it. They use it for good, for bad and for a happy ending. Here are just some of the magic moments in Disney films.

Good magic users:

The Genie is responsible for some excellent magic, turning a street rat into the Prince and conjuring up all Prince Ali’s entourage. Peter Pan uses pixie dust for his magic. The Blue Fairy helps Pinocchio become a real boy, the fairy godmother sorts out poor Cinderella while Miss Price defeats a Nazi invasion conjuring an ancient army.

Misguided magic:

The Witch in Brave gives Merida a cake that will change her fate (in a rather terrible way!)

Bad magic users:

Ursula uses magic to trick Ariel into submitting her voice in order for her to grow legs and go to land. Jafar does all sorts of terrible things no less than mind control on the Sultan. The evil Queen poisons Snow White’s Apple.

But my top magical moment is from Beauty and the Beast where Belle believes that the Beast is dead only for him to be whipped up into a magic swirl and become a human man once more. The spell (curse) has been reversed.

 

 

Villains – June Blog Challenge Day 25

Disney villains are big business. Just like the princesses, they have their own franchise. The primary villains are:

  • Maleficent

  • Evil Queen

  • Cruella De Vil

  • Ursula

  • Captain Hook

  • Jafar

  • Hades

  • Scar

  • Queen of Hearts

  • Dr. Facilier

  • Chernabog

Maleficent is arguably the best because she’s the only one to have her own film. Also she is played by Angelina Jolie, who is arguably one of the most awesome women ever. I say “arguably” because I will argue with you if you say otherwise.

Then we have our secondary villains. They appear in some material but aren’t seen as often as the primaries. These villains are:

  • Gaston

  • Pete

  • Lady Tremaine

  • Claude Frollo

  • Yzma

  • Oogie Boogie

  • Big Bad Wolf

  • Si and Am

  • Mr. Smee

  • Shenzi, Banzai and Ed

  • Pain and Panic

  • Iago

  • Lucifer

  • Kaa

  • Flotsam and Jetsam

  • Diablo

I largely disagree with this list because there are quite a few snake wives on this list, also did Iago not prove himself? Must we hold his crimes against him forever? I also think that Si and Am and Lucifer shouldn’t appear here, because they’re just cats, you guys. All cats are weird (for the record, I (Jen) love cats. I love them so much. But they are weird). And some cats are just mean. All three on the list just act like any cat would. I am, however, delighted to see Oogie Boogie on this list, because I like him in the way in which I find him genuinely very frightening and disturbing.

Anyway. This isn’t my talk show where I give my opinion on everything. I’m here to provide the FACTS.

There is an “other members” section of the franchise, it’s pretty long and I’ll let you look it up yourself. Notable characters include Mother Gothel, King Candy, Madam Mim, Prince John, Ratigan, and Hans. Hans who might not be the villain! I’m still not over that.

Then we have some sub-franchises! Say what?

First up, Disney’s Divas of Darkness. OMG. What a name. I want to be in that club. DDD contains the most recognisable lady villains. They are incidentally also some of the most glam villains. In here we’ve got:

  • Evil Queen

  • Lady Tremaine

  • Queen of Hearts

  • Maleficent

  • Cruella De Vil

  • Ursula

And occasionally also:

  • Madam Mim

  • Yzma

  • Mother Gothel

We also have Disney Evil Cats. This franchise is also known as Disney’s Sinister Cats or just plain old Disney Cats (even though no kitty protagonists like Duchess or Oliver appear in it, so that name is kinda misleading). Official members are:

  • Lucifer

  • Si and Am

  • Shere Kham

  • Felicia

  • Scar

  • Cheshire Cat

Look, I am genuinely really into cats, but I feel like the barrel is being scraped here. Cheshire isn’t really evil, is he?, he’s just unhelpful and sometimes antagonistic. Shere Khan and Scar aren’t the first ones that pop to mind when I am thinking of kitties. Glad to see Felicia though!

There is a lot of villain merchandise. Like, a lot. Pretty much anything you can think of, but my favourite has to be the villain make-up line. Villains don’t have to obey the rule about bold lips OR eyes. They do what they want, and they go all out (Ursula’s look was based on American actor and drag queen Divine)! I get down with that.

villains make up.jpg

PS what setting spray does Ursula use? It’s seriously waterproof.

Parents – June Blog Challenge Day 23

Parents are a big deal in Disney films, usually because they’re already deceased, or they’re killed while we watch. They’re obvious because of their absence.

disney princess parents

An interesting point is how little screen and speaking time female characters get in general in Disney films, even the princess ones. Having your one parent be your dad helps the guys get all the lines, and apart from Tiana, who do we have who only has a mom?*

Another theory for this is that a lot of the stories are about our hero or heroine growing up, and killing off one or both of their parents forces this to happen. The average Disney film is only 90 minutes long, which doesn’t give writers a lot of scope to make things happen. A timely death is a quick way for them to move the story along.

Googling “Disney parents” brings up a story about Walt’s life, in which he bought his parents a house, but the furnace was leaky and his mother died as a result. Apparently he never spoke about it, and it is generally believed that he never got over it. The lack of mothers in his films was a way to express that.

This post is kind of a downer. My next one will be more fun: on the 25th I am writing about villains and all the campy fabulousness (and thumb-sucking) that entails.

*Quick stats: Female characters get just 32% of the lines in The Little Mermaid (although having Ariel lose her voice for the majority helps this particular percentage stay low). In Mulan females speak just 23% of the dialogue. Need we be reminded that this is a film about a woman saving an entire country?! In Aladdin, women speak only 10% of the lines. Whaaaaaat?! And it isn’t exactly improving. With the exception of Brave and Tangled, most of the modern films have women speaking less than half the lines.

 

Saddest moments -June Blog Challenge Day 22

I have picked three saddest moments in Disney film.

The Death of Mufasa, The Lion King:

Oh my goodness, the death of a Disney parent is not an uncommon thing, but most often it’s already happened or it happens off screen. But this one happens slap bang in the middle of a loud and scary stampede and to top it all off it’s a murder. The silence that follows punctuated only by Simba’s sobs is very moving and emotionally damaging for the majority.

The Furnace, Toy Story 3:

It’s an emotional ending anyway but just before that it seems that all is lost for the toys we know and love. Instead of them showing fear or anger, they join hands. Ready to go together. The bravery and acceptance of that is something that makes my eyes fill with tears every time. Bravery is an emotive trait. Bravery in the face of complete hopelessness is worthy of anyone’s tears.

The Beginning of UP:

I have never seen this film and it’s opening scenes notoriety is one of the reasons. I’m waiting til I’m emotionally capable to deal with it.

Dance Scenes – June Blog Challenge Day 21

We talked about this a little in our Robin Hood podcast, and a little bit of searching found this video from EW.com. Watching a lot of the older films, you’ll occasionally spot a little bit of recycled animation. It’ll be no surprise to anyone that Little John from Robin Hood (1973) and Baloo from The Jungle Book (1967) share some of the same dances. A little more surprising was Snow White (1937) having her moves live on in Maid Marian, thirty-six years later! Check the video out, the edit is really good.

Later, Ariel and Eric, and Belle and Beast, have dance scenes very similar to Aurora and Philip’s scene at the end of their film. That means moves from 1959 came back for our viewing pleasure thirty years later! Some things just never go out of fashion.