Told you about rewatching

I watched frozen for like the 3rd time. This movie keeps growing on me, everytime I see it I like it more. First time I saw it I was like “excellent animation (disney, duh), awesome character losing awesomeness as the movie progresses (Elsa), an overally bad script”.

But, after watching it for the 3rd time and ending up liking it (forgive me Father for I have sinned) I had a moment of enlightenment about Disney in general. Here’s a treat for those who will read this post (brave souls) because I can tell from now that I’ll be going on and on and on (Disney this and Disney that) for quite some time.

Ok, here it comes.

All prejudices aside, this movie could have been a legend based on it’s basic analysis.

I mean, you have 2 well written main characters.You have Anna, who is an ordinary girl (appearances aside, bear with me I’ll get to that later), sweet and compationate and awkward, with a great capacity for love; and at the same time is quite independant, stubborn and can hold her own battles. Then you have Elsa, a quite complex character as far as Disney goes. She has been treated poorly by her parents, was a prisoner in her own house, in her own mind because of her special powers (put needs here and it could be a real story drawn for the 40s) so that her parents could protect themselves, their other daughter and their position in society (no one must ever know). That fact made her close herself off, afraid of everyone and everything, not able to accept herself for who she was and fear and anxiety where eating her from inside out. Still, she is a very strong character, independant and willful, with a deep capacity for emotions who became a monarch (and was quite good at it) and was able to rule in peace and justice inspite of all the things that happened to her. I mean, we have some good character development here.

Not only that, but the movie is riddled with modern messages about the nature of women’s position in society. Disney here is changing its previous standarts about love and women. It’s more centered around the emotions between two sisters, its main characters are both independant women who don’t need any man to save them e.t.c. We have to give the creators some credit for those elements. But still, it could have been much better, even for a fairytale, had Disney finally decided to stop the charade of all fluffy lovey-dovey-in the end stuff. If it didn’t break the tension with joking around, if it didn’t say all those things I mentioned above between lines, but had come out and screamed them as loud as possible. Why make Elsa so repressed and then release her from her bonds if all we are going to see is a super model in a cool dress and a grand castle? After all those years hidding she would have torn off the facade and screamed to the heavens for absolution, she would have made that castle and then she have it blown to pieces just because she could do it. As for the beautiful women thing, I don’t want to get into that right now. All I’m gonna say is than no one looks so fabulous when is exiled and is trying to find his/her real self and battle with his/her long repressed fears and emotions.

I’m going to stop here before I really get into this and never end this post. All in all, I think that if Disney had used more truth and honesty during the storytelling procedure it would have been beyond excelent. Good job for changing your policies people, next time try showing more real emotion for a change.

Oh! Did I mention that this is the first Disney movie both written and directed by a woman? Kudos to Jennifer Lee!!

Pure Genius

I instantly loved this video! It is hillarious and ironic and eccentric and cool. Gotta love a warped sense of humor when you find it. So rare and so special. The name of the film, Una Furtiva Lagrima, is the name of an act from an italian opera. After I read the English translation I found it even funnier. Enjoy!

A single furtive tear
from her eyes sprang:
Of those festive, young girls
envious it seemed to be.
What more need I look for?
What more need I look for?
She loves me! Yes, she loves me, I see it. I see it.
Just for an instant the beating of
her beautiful heart I felt!
And my sighs became as one
fleetingly with her sighs!
Her heart beating, her heart beating to feel,
our sighs confounded as one…
Heavens! Yes I could, I could die!
More I can’t ask, I can’t ask.
Oh, heavens! Yes I could! Yes I could die!
More I can’t ask, I can’t ask.
Yes I could die! If I could die of love.

If this isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is

Simple, complex and utterly cool. How many wonders a marker and a whiteboard can show if only with a little creativity. This is animation at it’s sweetest, it’s films like this one that make me love the art so much. I think it shows that you can make things just for fun (or make it appear so) and it can still be a damn good film.

Happy belated new year everybody!

I don’t know about you guys but it seems to me like it’s been a year since january 1st. The ending of the semester and the workload that follows it has worn me down badly. But anyway, this is a post for a happy-happy story from Germany, where a 22 year old college student impressed Hollywood with his excellent 3D sci-fi short film called R’ha. It already has the air of Hollywood, the graphics and directing are first class. Lets give our best wishes to this guy! Enjoy!

Oh I visited his blog, obviously, the man has gone where few men have gone before, he has some great artwork, (you should probably go and see it) and I read this: ” I only didn´t actually consider it [getting in the cinema/graphics bussiness] because I thought in Germany you can pretty much forget about movies”. Come on man get real, some of the best movies out there are German for Christ’s sake. Germany has probably the largest economy in Europe right now, how could he possibly say that?

I know I’m not being nice right now, but that was a wrong thing to say. It’s simply a matter of politics. Hollywood is going down, and Europe is moving upwards as far as cinema goes right now. The best movies are produced here, the awards at Cannes are much more important than the Oscars, the best actors/directors/musicians are european and now that money is moving towards the East, they will migrate as well. Don’t sell us short my friend.

 

 

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