Maleficent Kisses Goodbye to Evil

Maleficent.  What can I say? As you likely know (because everyone is raving about it), the styling of the movie was impeccable.  The medieval glamour was fabulous.  You can’t help but stare in awe at the beautiful settings.  Medieval glam is an upcoming trend that I’m in love with.  The animation on the other hand was hideous. I have absolutely no clue why the animator chose to be so disgusting.  Even the “pretty” characters where gross.

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BUT WHY?

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Maleficent’s new backstory was punctured with sorrow and hatred, which I loved.  It gave her character a new soft side.  Angelina Jolie’s performance was fabulous.  Her cold stare can churn your stomach.  Elle Fanning did a fine job, Aurora was love able enough.  And the character of King Stefan (Stefan Copley)?  Much darker than you might have imagined, his paranoid mind was fascinating to watch.  Copley does a wonderful job.  The fairies raising Aurora were so horribly annoying that they could have been cut from the movie entirely.

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What KILLED me about this adaptation was Maleficent losing her power.  I love when she turns into a dragon in the 1959 film, here they gave that transformation to her man servant.  Maleficent learns that hate is not her path and that to me is just so predictable.  Do you think Maleficent deserved to be stripped of her title as villainess?   Overall, it’s worthwhile to see a new spin on  the old tale, especially when it is as beautifully done as this.

 

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P.S. Have you seen this beautiful Maleficent artwork by Nicholas Kole?


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Why your Frozen Headcannon is Wrong

As an avid tumblr blogger, I have witnessed many headcannons regarding the new Disney movie Frozen.  Some are fun to consider, but to be honest, almost none of them consider the actual facts given in the movie.

Headcannon: Kristoff actually had parents but was stolen by the trolls.  His father was one of the ice harvesters in the first scene.

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Is this person feeling okay?  Did he/she watch the movie?  True, Nordic mythology does make it clear that trolls would steal children and eat them, but that is not at all what happened in the Disney movie.  We see that Kristoff is riding his little sled with Sven alone through the woods.  If his father was an ice harvester, wouldn’t he have gone home on the sled with him and the rest of the men?  I consider it a little dangerous to let your child go into the woods alone.  Besides, later Kristoff tells Anna that “it was just me and Sven until they took us in”.  There you have it.

Headcannon: Elsa and Anna’s parents were emotionally abusive.

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Okay… it’s so wrong.  Sorry, but it just is.  The troll chief told Elsa’s dad that she must learn to control her powers, so thats what Elsa’s dad tried to help her to do.

Headcannon: Elsa had no way of figuring out how to control her powers after being unable to control them for so long.

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I think this person missed the point of the movie.  Elsa’s powers are out of control because of her own fear.  When the troll told her “fear will become your enemy”, we thought he meant fear coming from other people, but thanks to Anna we discover that the only truly scared person is Elsa.  Her powers are obviously directly connected to her emotions.  This shows why she has so much power being “alone and free” on the mountain and why she can’t control her powers because she’s nervous at the coronation.

Headcannon: Oaken is gay.  The family shown is another man and their children.

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Hey, I see where you’re coming from here.  The family shown seems to feature all boys.  However if you look close you’ll see that next to the man in the sauna is a smaller woman.  Could this be a gay couple?  Yes, but we have no way to know which of the two in the sauna is Oaken’s partner.  I’m not calling it until I have serious proof.

The last thing I have to say about spreading rumors that have no basis:

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Disney Princess Redesigns

Suuuuuuuuuuch old news.  Oh well, get over it.  It’s still important.  These are the images that little girls (and boys!) will see and as we all know, media representation is very important.  In order of best to worst, I present the new princesses.

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1. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)

Just an addition of glitter.

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2. Rapunzel (Tangled)

Luckily the newer princesses seemed to suffer the least.  She still looks dead inside to me.

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3. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)

Like her new hair, but the dress looks so much cheaper.  Why did they take out the seams on the bodice? Her face is all wrong too.

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4. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

I like the color change quite a lot.  The hair looks like a hot mess.

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5. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

This caused quite the uproar because her new dress is nowhere to be found in the movie.  To be fair, the dress is quite ugly and she seems to suffer from an excess of accessories.  I do like her neutral makeup tones and hair change.  To me, she looks more like the movie ariel in the redesign.

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6. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

Meh.  This modernized version takes out many details that I think are Snow’s defining characteristics.

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7. Jasmine (Aladdin)

I hate this one.  They changed so much about Jasmine.  Why did they give her pink lipstick and hoop earrings?  They specifically made a choice to white wash Jasmine

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8. Cinderella

I could scream.  Everything is different and about ten times uglier.  Her face doesn’t even resemble the original.  Cindy’s dress is not dark blue.  To top it off, the designer gave her a sock bun.  Staaaaaahp.

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9. Mulan

What the hell is going on with that hair and hairpiece?

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10. Pocahontas

Oh poor Pocahontas.  Her mother’s necklace is destroyed.  Her skin is lightened and she has feather earrings.  Her dress has beads and feathers.  Why did they take out the little Native culture that Pocahontas had?