Best lesson from a Disney movie

This is an underrated movie

This is a grossly underrated movie.

Can I take a minute to rant? Good. Cuz I’m gonna.

I FLOVE this movie. And I HATE all the stupid hatred it gets. For a long time the buzz was “finally a black princess yay!” and now everyone is like “Fuck this movie, first black princess and she spends the whole movie a frog.”

You know what? Fuck that. Because Ariel spent a good majority of the movie not talking. Mulan spent the majority of the move pretending to be a man. Aurora and Snow White? Asleep (Hardly in the movie at all). They’re all just plot devices, not designed to take away from the traits of the women. 

And you know what else? Unlike some of the other princesses, Tiana is in control of her destiny every step of the way. When she turns into the frog does she lose hope and need rescuing? Hell naw. She busts Naveen over the head and gets the job done. She is consistently responsible and capable even after having her dreams crushed and turning into a freaking frog. 

So don’t tell me that Tiana is “less than” just because she gets turned into a frog. She’s still one of the most hardworking, badass, and capable chicks in animated history and I love her like crazy cakes. 

the end. 

Also? She’s based on a real person. A real woman who is 91 and is still cooking in her kitchen. She’s still widely respected in the culinary community, she’s fed presidents, she’s had songs written about her and her restaurants. She’s 91, and she still wakes up every morning to run things, because she still believes in hard work and good food. And if you don’t think that’s truly fantastic, then you can just fuck right off.

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I submit the intro for Hunchback of Notre Dame beats Circle of Life raw.

Especially since the former doesn’t have flocks of pink birds that immediately make me think, “Sure, Disney, you weren’t influenced at all by Osamu Tezuka. Tell us another one.”

This movie was surprisingly hardcore for a Disney retelling of Victor Hugo’s really screwed up story.

It also did a ton of great stuff with God and religion and Catholicism that somehow managed to still be about people and not bring “Why Religion Sucks” into the whole thing, which is aces.

One thing that surprises me is how well the animation has aged. Strangely enough, it looked weird at the time; we weren’t really used to traditional animation blended with computer backgrounds. But now that pretty much everything is computer animated, you can really appreciate how effin’ gorgeous the Cathedral backgrounds are.

Also, God Help the Outcasts is the most honest song featured in a Disney movie. “Honest” meaning it doesn’t feel manufactured specifically to be played in a suburbanite van ferrying kids to McDonalds. It’s raw, open, and genuine.

(Needless to say, there is nothing suburban about Hellfire, ho ho ho. Will we ever again see a Disney villain essentially sing, “Help me Mary, I have an unholy erection?”)

I grew up on flowery and heartwarming Disney stories, I had all the classics from before I was born. I was five when The Lion King came out and I remember it like it was yesterday ;;u;;

Then The Hunchback of Notre Dame came out when I was 7, and it sucker-punched me into the middle of next week with its dark themes and Disney’s increasing usage of cgi. And I bloody loved it just as much as any other Disney film before and after it *u*

This is honestly my favorite non-fairytale movie. Frollo is such a compelling character and i love it. He says he is doing God’s work but his ethics and morals are unjustified. I love his death though. His fall from the cathedral represents his fall from his power in the Church and his descent into Hell as a corrupted man who abused his power. 

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ultraofrah1 said: I once read a post on IMDb that "condemned" Esmeralda for what she did to Frollo at the festival: "The only problem I had with Esmeralda is when she 'flirts' with Frollo while dancing on stage, and then is suddenly surprised that he wants to bang her! Maybe if she hadn't done that in the first place, Frollo probably wouldn't have gone on a murderous rampage for her affections." Also, I've heard some people say that her "flirtatious" act was solely meant to MOCK him, but what are your thoughts?

It’s interesting, and I can understand why someone would believe that… but I’m not buying it. Sure, she flirts with him during her performance, but I don’t think she’s singling him out to toy with. How many of us have been to a concert where the singer winks at someone in the audience? It’s a performance. And given the nature of Esmeralda’s performance, it’s not surprise that Frollo thought she was toying with him specifically. 

My biggest complaint with that interpretation, though, is that it doesn’t fit Esmeralda’s character. So much is made throughout the film of the fact that her two main virtues are kindness and justice. Someone with those traits would not purposely try to lure Frollo. She knows that her performance made him uncomfortable, but she doesn’t cross the line. 

Thanks for the great ask!

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Okay. So there’s a theory out there about this movie that I’m going to throw out to you all. I’m not sure I agree with it, but at the same time, I’m not sure I don’t. It really makes a lot of sense if you think about it, but I fairly confident it was not a planned story by the creators of the movie. But it certainly fits. So here goes.

The Great Stone Dragon is featured three times in the movie: First, Mulan stands beside the statue when she sings about how she wishes her outside would match her inside, and that her actions and appearances were in line with her inner character. Second, Mulan sits on the base of the statue watching her father pass his final night before going off to war, it is here that she makes her decision to take his place. And the third time is when the ancestors attempt – and fail – to awaken the spirit.

So why does the statue crumble? Because it’s empty. Because the spirit of the Great Stone Dragon has already awakened and given Mulan the strength she needed to make her decision and go to war in her father’s stead. Mulan woke the dragon (calm down, Viserys) when she sang ‘Reflection’ beside him, and he gave her his spirit when she sat in the rain watching her father, passing to her all of the strength of the Great Stone Dragon. So when the ancestors try to wake him, he’s already gone.

Anyway that’s the theory. As I said, I don’t know that I buy into it, but it certainly makes a lot of sense. 

My childhood just got more beautiful

I’d always wondered why it didn’t work! Honestly this theory makes perfect sense. The spirit wasn’t there to talk her OUT of going to war, it was there to give her the strength and courage to do it in the first place.

And it means that the statue wasn’t a DUD, the ancestors just didn’t understand how it worked.

You REALLY think that wasn’t planned out by the creators of the movie, who spent the thousands of frames to deliberately show that statue, place that statue, and crumble that statue? Are you fucking serious? You think shit in animation is just randomly placed? Get some fucking respect for the people that toiled away for months if not years to craft that film. I can fucking guarantee you they INTENDED EVERY SINGLE FUCKING FRAME YOU SAW. 

It’s a fantastic “theory” if not totally what was intended by the people who made that film. Considering how much time they have and how SLOW the animation process is, I’d be bloody surprised if they hadn’t hidden shit all over the movie that people think they’re “discovering”. No, you’re not. It’s all placed painstakingly by hand over millions of frames of very, VERY deliberate animation. I’m sure they’re very happy that you noticed their hard work, but don’t for one second think you’ve noticed something they put into the movie that wasn’t intentional.

When I say ‘I don’t think it was planned,’ that means I couldn’t find a single thing from any of the writers, directors, or animators that would indicate it was. It doesn’t mean I’m claiming to know more than anyone, just that there’s no way to say for sure whether or not this is more than just a fantheory.

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Sorry for the recent slight-neglect, guys! January turned out to be busier than I had anticipated. But not to fear, I am still going to be doing plenty of posts. Things should calm down this week and with any luck I’ll be able to get started pretty soon :)

Thank you to everyone who sent me suggestions so far, and please feel free to continue sending more!

theloveofmylifeee said: Hi! I just wanted to ask your opinion on something to do with the movie Cinderella. You said in the original version that the Fairy Godmother appeared at the grave of her mother, sometimes through Cindy's tears. And I agree that that obviously did not happen, however, I think there is something important about Cinderella choosing the fountain as her crying spot and the Fairy Godmother appearing there as well. The only shot we, the audience, have of Cinderella's old life before her Stepmother TBC

and Stepsisters is at this fountain, with her father, who does love her enough to marry a woman he may or may not love simply because he didn’t want her to go without a mother figure in her life. The ripping dress scene was Cinderella’s breaking point. She can take their insults, she can do their laundry, their dishes, work all day while they barely lift a finger, but she finally breaks when they rip apart her mother’s old dress. After this scene, Cindy is show running through the house, out the house and to the fountain, where we first saw her, her old life and her father. She could have gone anywhere else in the house. She could have gone to her room, the kitchen, the stables where all her animal friends are, but instead she runs without hesitation to this fountain, the only place in the movie that also shows her life before the Steps. And that is why I think this spot, though may not be her mother’s grave, is still important and a clever way to bring in the Fairy Godmother.

Love this analysis! Cinderella was towards the beginning of my project, before I started thinking too hard about things like this, but the above is absolutely spot-on. The fountain is really the only place we get to see Cinderella in her “old life” and, to my memory, we don’t see the Stepmother or Stepsisters there at all. So her memories at the fountain don’t become tarnished in any way. It’s her safe place.


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Rhapsody in Blue is one of the best segments of Fantasia 2000. It has the benefit of telling a good story (dreams coming true in unexpected ways) in an interesting way (through the drawings of Al Hirschfeld) with music that matches the flavour (George Gershwin). Like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (which we’ll get to later), it is a testament to the fact that, with a good enough story, words aren’t even necessary. It’s strong enough on its own. The characters are defined through their look, their movement, their expressions; we know these folks, even though they don’t utter a single syllable because their words are painted on their faces. Words are superfluous. 

And even if you don’t care for the story (but really, how could you not? It’s lovely), the music is great. I’m a Gershwin fan, always have been, and this is my favourite Gershwin number. And this is a perfect visual to go along with it.

I was just thinking about how great this animation is.

although to be fair I regularly think about how great this is.

Sorry to steal your thunder but the idea of a story without sound is called a silent movie and they were quite the thing back in the day. Just saying.

Thunder-robbery thwarted! This is a Disney blog. I’ve seen plenty of silent films, but this blog is only about a specific list of 52 animated films. None of which are considered silent movies. The two editions of Fantasia were designed around music rather than dialogue, rather than the other way around, and my point was that this segment of Fantasia 2000 was masterful in its use of storytelling without words. Not that it invented the concept. But all the same, I thank you for your reblog!

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Hi everybody! Miss me?

I hope everybody had a wonderful New Year holiday, and now it’s back to business. My 2013 plans for this blog are a bit different from last year, so let’s get right to it.

Instead of devoting a full week to each movie consecutively, I’m going to pick a handful of films and, over the course of the year, talk about the original source material and the process of turning that source material into Disney’s end product. There’s no set time frame on anything, basically just “however long it takes” and the list of movies will go according to my whim – and your suggestions and requests. So please, make use of my ask box!

It ought to be fun, and I hope you will all stick around for it!