First of all, "Princess and the Frog" was fucking awesome. Haters to the left, please. Leave your PC, gender binary, racially paranoid bullshit at the door, because I don't want to hear it.

No! Wait! Haters come see this movie, because IT WILL BLOW YOUR FUCKING SOCKS OFF.

This was one of the most beautiful, well thought-out movies Disney has ever produced. John Lasseter has an absolute gift for storytelling. The characters were wonderfully developed, they avoided huge character cliches in favor of creating wonderful, sensitive people you really rooted for, there was an obvious New Orleans pride that celebrated its Golden Age but wasn't demeaning, the music was catchy and awesome, the bad guys were CREEPY AS ALL GET-OUT, the hand-drawn animation was simply stunning, and and and.

Seriously. Go see this movie. It's an absolute gem. Here's hoping it brings Disney back into the musical, hand-drawn moviemaking that we all knew was their real forte anyway.

Day 12: Anything that tickles your fancy

If any of you are familiar with the musical "[Title of Show]", then you will REALLY love this video. If you're not, then you'll probably still think it's an AWESOME SONG. ^_^ There's tons of cameos in it, too... not just for complete musical geeks like me. I know that AT LEAST ONE [ profile] zombres-TYPE PERSON will enjoy @2:17. XD

rest of the days under the cut )

Day 9: A photo you took:

I took this picture while in New York City last spring. It's got kids, and bubbles, and PLAY! in giant playful letters. What's not to love!?

In other news, OMG ALICE I CANNOT HANDLE IT. It took every ounce of my internet ninja skills (I mean, really, I have NEVER had this much trouble finding a download), but I was finally able to watch Part Two, and Sally (my Grinnell Squeebuddy) was with me, and OH MY GOD.

for spoilers )
Day 7: A picture that makes you happy

Er, I'm not really a picture person, you guys. But I did find it somewhere and thought OMG CUTE KITTEN, so here you go. is freaking adorable, though.
Day 6: Whatever tickles your fancy

First of all, this guy is absolutely adorable. Second of all, this video makes me happy. Third of all, I want to learn this dance, because that would make this song SO MUCH COOLER. And, I mean, it's already an alright song, but there is nothing that can't be improved upon with the addition of sign language. XD

the rest of the days under the cut... )
I had an early bedtime last night, and I forgot my Advent post. So this one's a twofer!

Day 4: Favorite Book

This was really difficult, and I'm still not sure that this is my Number One Book, but it's the title that came immediately to mind so I'm running with it. I absolutely adore Jane Eyre. I get a lot of weird look when I say this, and I know why; the beginning is sort of a slog to read through, so most kids my age who've had to read in in school hate it because they never get to the good part. But once Jane gets to the house, and you know all about her horrible life leading up to that point, it makes her romance with Rochester so much sweeter. And Rochester! He's so hilariously charming in a 19th century sort of way. Rochester is adorable, and Jane is fucking baller, and this is a really, really great book.

Day 5: Favorite Quote

"There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive, wormhole refractors. You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold."

For awhile I thought about getting this as a tattoo, but I decided on Mickey instead because it was smaller. I just absolutely love this quote, being a community-oriented person myself. This quote is just silly and sweet and optimistic and hopeful. It's kind of a microcosm of everything I love about DW. ^_^
Day 3: Favorite television program

Oh, COME ON. It's gotta be Doctor Who!

It's simply the best. That's just the way it is. Rose is my ultimate favorite character of all literature of all time, even more than Peter Pan (and OMG, I *LOVE* PETER PAN). I've made so many friends because of Who, and it's really made such a difference in my life philosophy. I'm going to miss my RDJ Who so much... I hope I still like the show with a new Doctor and a new head writer. I'm reserving judgement until I see it. But I'll still have my four, wonderful, lovely seasons. ^_^ ♥ ♥ ♥

But since technically Doctor Who isn't a *program*, because it's not on currently, I'm going to put another show up here, too. Because this is a show I absolutely adore to pieces and never talk about on this journal, but OMG I LOVE "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE"!

You guys, this show is SRS BSNS. After watching these contestants, American Idol just seems like a bunch of kids singing karaoke on Saturdays at the pub. These people love dance more than anything else in the world, and it shows, and they are AMAZING. These people should not be able to do these kinds of things with their bodies. And they're so sweet and so nice and they work so hard, and the dancing is just incredible. The judges really know what they're talking about when they give critique (except for Mary Murphy, who is fucking annoying -- I always fast-forward through her bit), and the host! YOU GUYS, CAT DEELEY. Cat Deeley is my favorite host ever. I want her to be my best friend. She's funny and crazy and you can tell she really considers the contestants to be her friends. Also, she picks out all her own outfits to wear on the shows, and they are often hilarious.


The short of it: if you love music, and dancing, and nice people, and adorable gay boys, you need to start watching "So You Think You Can Dance". Personally, I only start watching after they get to the top 20, because everything leading up to that is just audition drama that takes months. I WANT TO SEE DANCING. So yeah, all the seasons are good, just watch the Top 20 and on. <3
Since I missed yesterday, I might as well put it up now! ^_^

Day 1: Favorite Song

Summer, Highland Falls from the Broadway soundtrack Movin' Out :

This is hands-down my favorite song of all time. I listen to it when I'm happy, I listen to it when I'm depressed, I listen to it when I want to feel good about the world. The lyrics really speak to me on a very personal level -- whenever I feel like I'm lost, I think about them and I remember who I am, in an odd sort of way.

It was originally written by Billy Joel (like the other songs in Movin' Out), but since this is the musical version, it's sung by a man named Michael Cavanaugh. I like this version TONS better than Billy Joel's original. <3
I'm going to try this Advent Calendar Meme, because I want to get back into posting in LJ again and it looks like fun. ^_^ Besides, I always lurk around, clicking other peoples' links and videos ([ profile] zombres I AM LOOKING AT YOU), so why not add a few of my own?

Day 2: Favorite Movie

I know it's not a Disney movie, but I really, really, really love Kung Fu Panda. It's funny and sweet and inspirational, and the voices were cast so well and are acted beautifully. I just never get tired of this movie.

The rest of the days are... )



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