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30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Fourteen

Day Fourteen: Your favorite kiss

I’m not a huge fan of the kissing moments because there’s too much build up to one smooch. Your fears of intimacy dissolve and you embrace your one true love in a tender moment that has to be… perfect. F**king perfect. The Disney kiss scenes are a little too much, but I guess I would go with Tangled. Flynn isn’t a prince (as I’ve noted my preference for rogues before) and Rapunzel is innocent yet willful. The first kiss is passionate because (spoiler) her love for him overcame death. It’s like a backwards, more heart-wrenching Snow White moment.

And the second kiss is also quite charming because she feels joy and freedom and Flynn was a big part of that.

And I might have chosen this for my favorite love song had I remembered it:

(*sniff* The lanterns were for YOU, Rapunzel. They were for you.)

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30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Thirteen

Day Thirteen: Your least favorite song

“I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio. Easily one of my least favorite characters to begin with, this song grates on my ears and fuels my hatred for him.

On top of that, he’s ogling female puppets from across the world. He’s supposed to be a stupid child. Why is he staring up the french ladies’ skirts?

Stay down! Jiminy is right! You suck!

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Twelve

Day Twelve: Your favorite villain song

“Poor Unfortunate Souls” as sung by the talented Pat Carroll. She has a rich voice and the character was convincingly evil. Years later I also see it as a statement on body issues. You have this large woman, who seems to prefer being large, urging impressionable youth that image was all that mattered in relationships. The message was beauty before personality (not like Ariel had much of one to begin with).


(This was embeddable, but the better version was not.)

In true villain fashion she wasn’t looking to keep a fair trade or make someone happy: she knew it was a path to ultimate power. She used appearance to be the deceiver and dropped the attractive countenance once she got what she wanted. It’s on the inside that counts:

There’s also a bit of a gender fight going on:

And in keeping with the female/evil depictions, I feel I need to add this:

(“Evil Flush” by Ponsho)

This question was tough since are some great songs to choose from. Several years ago I made a CD called “Evil in the Ear of the Beholder” and distributed it amongst my friends. (This may or may not have been illegal.) It included many Disney songs, but a handful of songs from so-called kids’ movies (like Anastasia and Fern Gully). If anyone is interested in the playlist let me know.

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Eleven

Day Eleven: Your favorite love song

“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon. Oh wait. Wrong answer. I’m going to have to give this one to Aladdin. “A Whole New World” was amazing to watch in the theater and matches up with my theme of escapism. Get out! See the world! (Or you could be like me and experience reality through tumblr. It’s totally the same.)

As flawed as he was, Aladdin wanted the girl to love him by making her happy (while ignoring advice to be himself). She’s already a princess, so how do you do that? Tell her that she’ll have free will. I’m still never sure what the message is in Aladdin.

And a little something James Cameron stole:

(Tale As Old As Time definitely comes a close second.)

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Ten

Day Ten: Your favorite song

I have several favorites, but many of them are villain songs. That’s a separate question, though, so I had to ponder my other options. Most of the 90’s movies had fantastic songs (Aladdin, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and The Lion King). It was difficult to choose from the selection. I feel most of The Lion King songs were great, but I don’t really feel like picking one of those today. It feels like a cop-out.

Ergo, I limited my choices down and ended up with a tie. Most of Disney’s “princess” movies tend to have at least one song about the woman wanting to explore and be free (despite the fact that they end up in their correct gender roles due to some handsome man interfering).

Since Belle is my favorite I’ll let her go first:

(Is it just me or does the end remind you of The Sound of Music.) Here’s a Harry Potter/B&B tumblr spin-off.

Next is Avatar Pocahontas. She was also the “free spirited” main character who doesn’t dream of meeting a handsome prince, but wants adventure. I loved “Just Around the River Bend”, but YouTube will not allow me to embed that one. So instead you get “Colors of the Wind” which is just as good (dirty Native American propaganda that it is /sarcasm):

(Does that rock outcrop remind you of anything… circle of life-ish?)

BTW, when researching Disney songs I was reminded of “Best of Friends” which I listened to. goddamnit.

EDIT: Question for the audience. Which did you like better: Colors of the Wind or Circle of Life?

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Nine

Day Nine: Your favorite original character

Goofy is without a doubt the best of the original characters. He’s always relaxed, usually jovial, and he can laugh at himself even in his clumsiest moments. Mickey and Donald have both seemed more aggressive and self-conscious. The female versions of Mickey and Donald were either damsels in distress or harpies (go to hell Daisy).

Since Goof Troop was on during high school for me, I enjoyed it. He’s depicted as an honest and caring parent, but his teenage son is embarrassed by him so the conflict is often learning how to accept people for their faults. It’s also coupled with children growing up in a single parent household.

On a lighter note, my admiration for Goofy was sealed with the Kingdom Hearts video game series. It was bizarre that he ended up the brains of the game. The main character was just a kid who wanted to do right, but rushed into things without thinking. And Donald was Donald. Goofy was the protector and the one with the highest Wisdom score:

TRON GOOFY!

30 Day Disney Challenge: Day Eight

Day Eight: Your favorite villain

Maleficent. I feel there is more I should say. I keep starting a post trying to express my admiration and explain the affect she had on my development as a sociopath. I don’t think that needs saying, though. Most of my friends understand how awesome she is (or at least nod and agree with me out of trepidation).

She wasn’t lavishly greedy or self-absorbed about her appearance. She carried out plans that were out of an inherent desire to cause suffering. She was good at waiting and played to the weaknesses of her foes. And all that because she wasn’t invited to a party. You see what happens when you snub the Mistress of All Evil?

By the by, I was excited to see all the Disney villains in Kingdom Hearts (1 and 2), but I flipped my shit when I saw she was there and, essentially, the one in control. She earned some damn respect in a group that even included a god (Hades).

Not to mention, she wins most epic battle:

Since Sleeping Beauty came out long before I was born, I’m not sure when I first saw it. It was probably shortly after it came out on VHS. Around then (per the Wikipedia page) I would have been 4 or 5. Apparently (per my dad’s account) when I first saw it I stood up and pointed at her shouting, “I DON’T LIKE THAT WOMAN!” In time I changed. It’s all about patience, right Maleficent?

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