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Why does Meet The Robinsons get no love?
It has singing frogs
And time travel
And a man is married to a hand puppet
And a tyrannosaurus rex randomly shows up halfway through but is unable to do anything because the people he was chasing run into a corner and he has little arms
And the villan is a hat
I legitimately do not understand what’s not to love about this movie
YOU LEFT OUT THE BEST PART
THE MORAL WAS LITERALLY PERFECT AND GREAT ADVICE
Meet The Robinsons is one of the most underrated Disney movies out there and it was so amazing
I love the movie Pocahontas SO MUCH, omg. I first figured out my love for it in the first re-watch I did in 2011 when it ranked in my Top 10. Then I was even more deeply touched by it in 2012 when I tried to pinpoint what exactly it was that I enjoyed so much (so many things: the not-idealized love story, the struggle between culture and open-mindedness, the issues of ignorance from both the oppressor and the oppressed). This year I was looking forward to seeing it SO MUCH. I’m glad that it climbed even higher on my rankings list because it’s truly a compelling film and its realistic ending of having the strong female future-leader choose to stay with the culture and family that is NOT linked with a lack of adventure for her, over the man that she and maybe even destined chose for her, was truly amazing. I especially love that while it’s so realistic, it doesn’t hurt to watch, like some other realistic moments in Disney do. What an incredible film!
I saw Wreck-It Ralph twice when it came out in theaters: once the first day, and then a few days later. Then I watched it a month or two ago in the Polish dub, English subtitles with my dad. And then again for the purposes of this chronological re-watch in English.
My first impression of the movie back when it came out was that it was extremely fast-paced. That thought has grown into me thinking that the movie is extremely well-timed and put together. The foreshadowing and all of the pieces are like dominoes, where one is needed for the next to happen, but it’s not too obvious and it’s not predictable. It’s actually kind of amazing how the writing fits and nothing seems unnecessary.
While I was expecting to see the movie focus on Ralph’s unjust life and his feelings about how he is treated, I was amazed to see that Vanellope’s story and life were actually much deeper and darker in the film. I loved how the subtle story of “someone has it worse than you” is in the movie, but that it doesn’t shame us or Ralph, and instead helps us to realize that we can’t sit around and let injustice happen to us. Like Vanellope and Ralph, we need to fight for our rightful place.
That was my long way of saying that this film has compelling and surprising emotional twists. It has lessons that are not shoved down our throat, but that are also humbling. After watching this movie, we walk out as better people than we were when we walked in. That sort of a thing is priceless, in fiction and in everything.
So ultimately my thoughts and feelings about this movie are very positive. There are little tidbits I’m not crazy about, like just HOW fast-paced it is (I get so tired!) and the weird hitting-Felix scene, but I think there is a lot more good to it. Calhoun’s triggers were fairly realistic and I enjoy anything psychological. The portrayal of Calhoun being both a badass and a wife/love interest was awesome. And Vanellope being both an adorable princess and a gross president pleased me to my core.
I could keep going. lol.
Sleeping Beauty is a female driven narrative featuring an incredibly responsible, mindful, dignified protagonist who maintains loving, trusting and equal relationship with her older female guardians. The ones that happen to be unwaveringly individualistic, self reliant, independent women not involved in any romantic commitment and neither opposed to traditional femininity nor striving to defy it. Aurora’s aunties/fairies certainly fit into conventional housewives mold, firmly devoting their lives to raising a child healthy and content to the best of their ability. Willingly doing the housework while not being above exhibiting pitifully unskilled capabilities in virtually any aspect of this area (i.e cooking, cleaning, etc) but possessing a remarkable talent they excel at (magic). None of them is condemned by the narrative for fulfilling established gender roles or making considerable sacrifices on behalf of parental duties. Nor are they deprived of their agency, entitlement to be flawed and not succeed at every essential pertaining to what is commonly regarded as institutional femininity.
The movie often gets a ton of completely undeserved flack for the fact that the fairies, being often deemed as the “only characters with fleshed out and rounded personalities in the whole story” (misleading assertion that is about to be addressed and deconstructed in a short bit) are not the protagonists of the film. And from the narrative perspective are reduced to secondary/supporting cast for their existence is intertwined with Aurora’s storyline and in many ways caters to it. As though there is anything fundamentally wrong with female solidarity or the fact that the plot is structured around a specific protagonist and their powerful bond with other women that are being helpful and supportive of them even despite making admitted and unflattering mistakes in the process (i.e lying to Aurora on her behalf and for what they perceived as a “greater good”. Which is undoubtedly a honorable premise but still doesn’t negate the implausibly problematic nature of concealing legitimate truths and facts or keeping a person isolated from socializing and ability to form connections, platonic or romantic, with other people which is the inherent part of maturing and self discovery). Speaking of the protagonist herself.
Contrary to the vast majority - if not all - the existent princesses whose movies are officially included into the line up by the company Aurora is the one to gracefully and mindfully place her obligations above individual agenda, wishes or goals she was set out to achieve. Despite the fact that Prince Phillip was her first genuine and natural affection - and she was well within her right to explore and act on her attraction to someone as long as they are mutually interested in each other, especially seeing as Aurora, based on the standards of the time period, was considered an adult - she chose to first introduce the handsome boyfriend material to her aunties. Rather than carelessly running off with a random stranger for the sake of attaining a long awaited liberation and emphasizing her capability to make formative decisions herself without consulting the guardians. Not because Aurora was “passive, submissive and unconditionally obedient” as certain home made critics tend to wrongly assume, blatantly misconstruing the essence of her characterization. But due to Aurora’s poignant and prominent sense of perspective regarding the dangers that might be entailed by communicating and going on a proper date with a person you hardly have a substantial knowledge on, being confusingly unaware of his intentions, psychology or context behind his controversial lonely walks in the forest.
And even though Phillip by that point had already proven himself as exceptionally attentive listener, admirable gentleman and someone who clearly wasn’t out for causing any type of harm but was just as naturally drawn to Aurora the latter didn’t carelessly and thoughtlessly grant him an ultimate exclusive pass into her life before determining what he was about.
Fastforwarding to the point where Aurora is bluntly informed about her royal heritage and the fact that she has living parents. Who didn’t voluntarily miss out on a chance of being a part of her environment and growing up but were confronted with a fearsome threat in a form of fascinatingly cunning villainess Maleficent. And that from there on Aurora is supposed to refrain from pursuing her aspirations and feelings for a person she developed a strong affection towards for the sake of embracing her status and duties that come with it. And while Aurora’s internal struggle is still in it’s ongoing, anguishing phase she nonetheless chooses in favor of recognizing her responsibilities towards her Kingdom as a productive and effective future ruler ought to. Because - to highlight it once again - Aurora is one of a very few Disney heroines to always put the legitimate obligations first. No attempt at dismissing her privileges or labeling being a princess as boring and not to her liking while still intending to benefit from extensive amount of luxuries and advantages it provides.
Obligatory and absolutely deserved credit goes to engagingly progressive, persistent and determined Prince Phillip who outright confronted his father - the King, authority figure under whose rule he essentially was - on the latter’s outdated and shallow values regarding the institution of marriage, opting for personal autonomy and pursuing his legitimate interest in a person who asserted their willingness to equally and actively participate in this relationship. As mentioned in my other, more insightful and detailed review of Prince Phillip specifically, distinguishing his arc from the one of other characters in order to analyze it comprehensively he was in a position of much less disadvantage contrary to Aurora who was subjected to unfortunate separation from her family only to be shockingly exposed to the utterly unexpected revelation later on.Phillip used his privileges on behalf of upholding and cultivating the concept of marriage equality and challenging his society’s problematic notions in that respect. Subsequently, he gets to work in functionally organic team with the three women who guide and give him the instructions he strictly follows - not because the narrative implies men are less competent or inferior to women in terms of logical thinking and calculation but due to validity of the fairies’ capacities and experience regarding magical practice. Something Phillip would have hardly gotten the grasp of, let alone when set out to defeat a self professed mistress of Evil.
Last but definitely not least, the mistress herself. Maleficent was not motivated or overtaken by self imposed vanity or jealousy towards young, fierce and conventionally attractive heroine’s irresistible visual/external appeal but invested strictly in individual goals related to establishment of her empowerment and verification of her terrifying status. Without any cliche riddled formulaic backstory about past misfortunes or heartwrenching adversity of a misunderstood antagonized martyr being brought up to unconvincingly justify her actions. She was also not apologized for her wrongdoings on a sole base of being a woman and therefore inherently marginalized in certain ways - seeing as neither personal nor societal issues individual gets to inevitably face make them immune to responsibility for the harm they inflict on others by taking advantage of their power or resorting to abusive, harmful methods/tactics.
Sleeping Beauty was refreshingly ahead of it’s time and revolutionary even nowadays in a sense of a well constructed and multi-facet approach towards gender and power dynamics, deserving a wider acknowledgment and appreciation it normally gets.
the thing that makes “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” sad is towards the ending where the music gets slower and the tone gets lower and Anna sings and her voice sounds so heart breaking, and then finally at the end she says softly “do you want to build a snowman?” with a crack in her voice
oh my god this movie is going to kill me with this song i cant
Probably my favorite thing about Frozen visually was that Elsa’s Ice Palace changed with her emotions. It was almost an extension of her and it was cool to see.
The hue of the light and the texture of the ice just changed with her, the animation was really impressive.
Just got back from seeing Frozen and oh my lord…..it was FANTASTIC!! I went with my mom, dad and sister and they were shocked at how good it was. We all balled during the first few scenes (including my dad) and Olaf was so hilarious that my mom did her snort laugh. I just can’t believe that it actually lived up to all my hopes and dreams….I can now safely say Frozen IS my favorite disney movie.