Movies, Uncategorized

Moana = Shiny

 

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That darn SHINY song.

Why?  WHY did they make that song?!

In the middle of our first viewing I turned to my husband and asked “So, did David Bowie do this song before he died, or did they bring him back specifically to write it?” Because seriously, that song is full-on, Labyrinth-swamp-scene-headless-bird-weirdness.  And it won’t get out of your head.  Ever.  We keep pulling Marshall Eriksons around the house, singing what we would actually speak to our son with the word “shiny” at the end of the sentence.

Phew, now that I got that off of my chest, I can say that I finally saw Moana….and I love it. (Other than the aforementioned song.) I love it because…

  • The music is addicting; even the background, non-lyrics soundtrack.
  • The Rock can sing, which is cool and actually quite nice to listen to. (Still figuring out how he fit that many tongue-tying syllables into that short of a time, because I’m going to learn it, dangit! #MusicMajorProblems)
  • The animation is phenomenal.  I even noticed the torches people were carrying around, the second time I watched it, and it looks like real fire.
  • I plan on being the kind of grandmother Moana’s Granny is.
  • The chicken ends up being the sidekick, even though he’s almost useless and they make you think it’s gonna be the smart pig.
  • Mythology.  I don’t know how accurate Disney kept it, but I have a long love of all sorts of mythology dating back into my elementary school days.

But most importantly, I love how there are two main themes in Moana, and even though they are somewhat opposing, they work together so well.

Theme one: “You can find happiness right where you are.”

They may have gotten the point across in the main crowd-scene song, but it looks like it takes all of Moana’s growing-up years to finally convince her of this.  She has a longing for more, but she also understands the important role she has to play for her people.  So, she puts aside her personal desires in order for the greater good.

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Moana and Spock would agree. 

 

Even with knowing her grandmother would support her, it takes her island starting to die to take her away from her duty in leading her people.

Theme two: You usually know your calling deep inside yourself, but it might take a LOT of outside prompting to discover and accept it.

You might be saying “Theme two doesn’t oppose theme one.”  And you’d be right…. kind of.

In light of that Moana’s calling is to leave her people and complete a mission larger than her or her duty to her people, then yes, these two themes completely oppose each other in Moana’s case.  She has the duty to fulfill the mission the Ocean has given her, and she has a duty to taking care of her people.

And in the end, she manages to do both: Moana completes her mission, by which her people are saved (I’m guessing, since the lava monster isn’t spoiling the sea and islands anymore), she returns to lead them (symbolized by conch shell on the stack of leadership stones[way to go to ruin the stack for your descendants, Moana!]), and helps her people return to their tradition and calling of being voyagers.

I seriously love this girl.  True to her family, true to her people, true to her calling.  And sassy as all get out.

I also have to say that I love Moana’s mother.  She has such a small part, but it’s so important.  When she realizes Moana is leaving, finally answering the call to leave the island, she doesn’t stop her.  But more importantly, she helps her daughter pack.   She cries as her daughter leaves, she obviously worries once her daughter is gone, but she realizes her daughter is grown and must do what she thinks is best as her people’s leader.

And that’s my stormy night brain dump, as I’m staying up, just waiting to see if any of these tornado watches turn into warnings-yay!  Pray for safety in the southeast, it’s nasty over here.

Did you like Moana?  Did you despise Shiny, or actually like the disco moment?  Have you also been listening to the songs on repeat in your car?  Let me know! 

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Disney Days 2

Philippe!
Philippe!

Since I missed Movie Quote Monday this week, I had a hankering for some lovely Disney pictures.  And what better place to go for those than to my Photographer Friend!

Trust in me...
Trust in me…
...too much trust.
…too much trust.
I was there the day this was taken! I was not brave enough to climb up to the cave, though. It was high, and I was getting married in three days, so I was avoiding injury.
I was there the day this was taken!  Scar was a little cranky we bothered him. 
Ooh de laly!
Ooh de laly!
"Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!" "I don't have a cow!"
“Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow!”
“I don’t have a cow!”
Look at the reflection in the pendulum. XD
Look at the reflection in the pendulum. XD
Two kinds of street rats
Two kinds of street rats

My Photographer also has some non-Disney photos… I know, not exactly “Disney housewife-y,” but trust me, you’ll like these.

Let me be your wings..
Let me be your wings..
Toothless!
Toothless!

Link to my original post with more of this photographer’s work here.

Happy Disney Days!

30 Day Challenge

My Least Favorite Classic – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 17

Okay, so I’m terrible at doing a 30 day challenge if those 30 days are supposed to be in a row.  But now that I have agreed to write something everyday, I shall continue (and hopefully finish) the 30 day challenge!  Which, you know, has nothing to do with the current score being Lent: 9 Bryn: 3.  Or my lack of knowing what to write.

Today’s topic is supposed to be my least-favorite Classic.  Since we have already covered what makes a Disney movie a classic, I shall go straight into the film itself.

My least favorite Disney Classic is… Continue reading “My Least Favorite Classic – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 17”

30 Day Challenge

What makes it a ‘Classic?’ – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 16

Today begs the unavoidable questions: what makes a Disney movie “Classic”?

Is it the older form of animation, all done by hand?

Or perhaps it requires it to be a musical, with at least three or four big numbers.

Must it be a princess movie, or can the dudes and families rule, too?

Left without a clear idea, I turned to one of my trusted sources:

Wikipedia.

No, really, it’s rather reliable when it comes to films and fandoms.  Trust me, if you post something incorrectly Continue reading “What makes it a ‘Classic?’ – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 16”

30 Day Challenge, Music

Favorite Love Song – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 11

At last!  A day of the challenge that is really easy.

Technically, I See the Light is a love song, but it is also about finding a dream.  And since it is my favorite song in yesterday’s post, I’ve picked another love song that is just lovely.

Love Goes On-Robin Hood

I know what you’re thinking.  “Man, this girl really likes her obscure Disney!”

Which I do.

But this song has always been a favorite, and one that comes to mind whenever I think “Disney Love Song.”

Honorable mentions:

Bella Notte-Lady & the Tramp

So This Is Love-Cinderella

A Whole New World-Aladdin

Kiss the Girl-The Little Mermaid (only because I like to squack Scuttle’s part)

Outside of Ariel's Grotto.
30 Day Challenge, Autism, Music

Music, Autism & a Favorite Song – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 10

There is a very important blogging lesson I have learned: when one takes on a challenge that is supposed to have you “do ____ for _____ number of days, all in a row, and don’t skip a day!…” you’re going to skip days.  Whether it’s been an exercise challenge, a writing challenge, anything, there will be days that you have to skip, for one reason or another (like, say, road trips that take all day, National Novel Writing Month, or Thanksgiving turkeys that are completely frozen even though they’ve been thawing for two extra days… to be completely non-specific, of course).

But enough about why this 30 Day challenge is turning out to be a 2 Month challenge!  Let’s go on to the hardest question on this list:

Favorite Disney Song

I know a lot of people who would not have a hard time with this question.  Thank goodness there are four categories of songs in this challenge, so I can whittle my list down a little bit.  But here’s just a tiny bit about my life, so you can understand my dilemma.

I grew up listening to and watching almost every Disney sing-along video cassette that was ever made.

I'm old enough to say that these videos here have the "new" style of covers.
I’m old enough to say that these videos here have the “new” style of covers.

As far back as I can remember, my little sister has had rather severe autism.  Growing up, Disney movies made her happy, but I believe that back then, it had more to do with the music than with the stories.  My sister would Continue reading “Music, Autism & a Favorite Song – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 10”

30 Day Challenge, Weddings

Favorite Original Character – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 9

This one is so easy compared to the others.

So, so easy.

No, not the horse. The guy behind the horse.
No, not the horse. The guy behind the horse.

Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert

Just pick your favorite name for him.

Apparently Disney put together a council of women to have "hot guy meetings" to come up with this lovely face.
Apparently, Disney put together a council of women to have “hot guy meetings” to come up with this lovely face. They did well.

“But wait!” you might say, “Rapunzel had a prince in her original story!  He’s not Disney original.”

Well, yes, but that was a prince along the lines of Snow White’s singing kisser (really, those are the only two things he does in the film).  He shows up, falls in love, doesn’t say much but is a nice, loyal guy.

Flynn/Eugene was completely created by the Disney peeps to replace the boring prince from the Rapunzel fairy tales.

So he wins being my favorite original character.  Here’s why: Continue reading “Favorite Original Character – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 9”

30 Day Challenge

Favorite Villain – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 8

Ah, so many good villains to choose from… Well, villains who are good at being bad, anyway.  I have several honorable mentions, so let’s start with those.

Honorable Mention 1:

Scar

Sibling rivalry can go WAY too far. 

Scar gets a lot of villain points for having a really good plan in place, and for his dramatic flair.  “Be Prepared” is one of my favorite Disney Villain songs, and actually helps get you moving when housework calls.

"Be prepared for sensational news…"
“Be prepared for sensational news…”

And of course, he’s voice by Jeremy Irons, who actually sings Scar’s parts.  Oh yeah.

Lesson learned: Don’t trust the important jobs to your henchmen, er, hench-hyenas.

Honorable Mention 2:

Maleficent

Literally the Mistress of Evil.
Literally the Mistress of Evil.

Extra villain points for the creepy crow familiar, and for awesome magic powers.

But seriously, why get so ticked off about not being invited to the party?

(Actually, Tumblr answered that question…)

Thanks, Tumblr.
Thanks, Tumblr.

And now, for my favorite Disney Villain…

Mother Gothel

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This woman’s got skills.  And she didn’t start out completely evil…

…just really, REALLY creepy.
…just really, REALLY creepy.
She wasn't even going to take Rapunzel at first.
She wasn’t even going to take Rapunzel at first.  Just cut off her hair.  Of course, that plan failed. 

Mother Gothel is a brainwashing genius.

With a flair for the dramatic.
With a flair for the dramatic.
Lotsa flair.
Lotsa flair.

Not only has she fooled Rapunzel, she even manages to fool the audience for a little while.

Look closely, she's looking at herself!
Look closely, she’s looking at herself!

Mother Gothel is so good that it almost seems she believes her own lies.

As evidenced by this look of shock when Rapunzel realizes she is the lost princess.  Mother Gothel's face reads "Oh crap, there goes my entire life."
As evidenced by this look of shock when Rapunzel realizes she is the lost princess. Mother Gothel’s face reads “Oh crap, there goes my entire life.”
This really made me laugh, but again, great manipulator.
This really made me laugh, but again, great manipulator.

And why everyone loves to hate her:

One of the few villains to succeed in killing everyone they intended to.
One of the few villains to succeed in killing everyone they intended to.
Fun fact: every time Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel "I love you," she's either looking at, touching, or kissing the hair.
Fun fact: every time Mother Gothel tells Rapunzel “I love you,” she’s either looking at, touching, or kissing the hair.

Who is your favorite villain?

 

30 Day Challenge

Favorite Sidekick – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 7

I have to be honest, the first sidekicks I thought of are Dreamworks characters…

Because Tulio and Miguel act like the sidekicks.  It's really a serious story about the horse's journey.
Because it’s really a serious story about the horse’s journey as he gets stuck with two ridiculous Spanish outlaws.

Oops.

But I do have a favorite Disney sidekick duo, too!  So without further ado… Continue reading “Favorite Sidekick – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 7”