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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Aurora: Back in Disney’s Good Graces

Before Maleficent, it seemed that Aurora was nobody’s favorite princess.  She never had her own merchandise and, when featured on the princess line-up, she was typically in the back among Pocahontas and Mulan.  Yet with the rising popularity of Maleficent and all related tales, Aurora may finally be getting her long deserved attention!

Disney has leaked photos of an upcoming collection, Art of Aurora.

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Love the extra details of the birds on the handle!  This is going to be similar to last years Art of Ariel collection, including mugs, notebooks, t-shirts, etc.

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It even went along with the release of beautiful 17″ Ariel, Eric, and Ursula dolls.

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Disney has announced that there will be a limited edition 17″ Aurora doll, which I think will be just as detailed as the Ariel pictured.  It is also rumored that there will be a surprise Maleficent doll released along with the Aurora LE doll.  What do you think of Aurora and her recent attention- deserved or over-hyped?

Frozen’s Hype Brings Others Down

The Frozen girls- Anna and Elsa- have moved into the Fairytale Hall of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.  This means (hopefully) the end of the Daddy Dash/Frosen 5k, when guests would run to the Frozen Meet’n’Greet immediately after the drop.

However, the wait times have only slightly improved.  When the girls were back in EPCOT, it was a consistent 4 hour wait.  Check out this graph that gives estimated times based on previous days.  It seems that from opening to close, guests will have to wait roughly 3 hours to see the icy ladies, whereas the wait times for Cinderella and Rqapunzel never exceed 45 minutes.  Yet there is still hope for those who play it smart!

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The benefit of the royal ladies being moved into Fairytale Hall is that you are now able to book a fastpass for the attraction through both the WDW website and the My Disney Experience app.  Thank goodness for fastpasses, this will automatically push you to the front of the line.  The best part?  Fastpass+ is available to any guest with a valid park ticket.

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Of course, there is still Aurora there meeting! Don’t forget about her.  This picture looks so sad to me 😦

Well, hopefully the hype will die down soon.  But between the merchandising fiasco, Disney’s plans for Frozen on Broadway, and possibly a sequel, I doubt it will.

 

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?

The Festival of Fantasy Parade has arrived!

Wow, the first new parade in over 10 years! Disney recently retired Celebrate a Dream Come True (RIP) in order to make way for the new parade, Festival of Fantasy, which held its debut yesterday (March 9th, 2014).  It was amazing and the floats were truly a spectacle.  Many of the Disney revival princesses were to be seen with their own intricate floats, with dancers in all new costumes.

Firstly, the Beauty and the Beast float was lead by the crazy swan people, which confused me.  Where there swans in that movie at all?  Odd.

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Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Quiet, classy float. Nothing too special.

Cinderella and Charming arrived in typical fashion, nothing new to note about their outfits.  However, I did find it strange that they made such a spectacle of her pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy's pink dress.

The float spins around to reveal Cindy’s pink dress.

This Frozen float is absolutely amazing!!!  Anna in her coronation dress??? I love it! And her hair looks stunning, perfectly natural.  That little Olaf spins and moves beautifully as well.  Elsa is elegant and regal as usual.  I just can’t get enough, I love that they included these girls in the parade even though they’re so new to the Disney universe.

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Frozen float

This is my favorite float of the parade by far.  It’s huge, it’s amazingly detailed, and it’s got characters spread throughout it.  If you look closely you can see Flynn Rider and other guys from the Snuggly Duckling on one of the swinging axes.  Tell me that doesn’t seem like a fun job to have!  And I love the Rapunzel’s hair leads through the entire float.

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

So many easter eggs hidden in this float!

The only thing that ruined it for me was the costumes of the dancers.  Just hideous!  Are they… rainbow viking renaissance girls?  I found the many of the general dancers had these crazy costumes that just seemed like a child threw on every colorful thing they could find.  Take a look at other dancers over at Stitch Kingdom.

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The Malificent float was by far the most thought-out and detailed part of the parade.  She was led by three very worried fairies, along with Prince Philip, fighting her off.  This float was very dark compared to the other floats, possibly to make us think of the new Malificent movie coming up.

The crown jewel of the parade.

The crown jewel of the parade.ma

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Why is this so enormously tall?

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A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

A giant bagpipe for our Scottish girl

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And finally the parade wraps up with a garish Pinocchio float, a cast of miscellaneous characters and a lovely little Mickey Mouse float.

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What do you think, was the parade a true Festival of Fantasy or a  Funeral of Gaudiness?