It's hilarious how often I find myself writing "Alice raised an eyebrow" whenever she and Hatter are together. XD I think this is highly indicative of their relationship dynamic.

(I also think that Alice, in her old age, must become like Gaius from Merlin with one perpetually raised eyebrow. This comparison makes me giggle inside.)

In related news, I am writing the most crack!fic I have ever written. If future!Deborah had told past!Deborah that she would be writing this fic, past!Deborah would not have believed it in a million years. BUT I CANNOT DISMISS THIS GORGEOUS IDEA.

But Christmas! It was today! ^_^

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I hope all of you had a wonderful, relaxing day with family. Me and mine went to see Princess and the Frog, and I have good news: just as good the 4th time. HUZZAH.
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 )

It's staged, of course. I'm pretty sure of this for several small, geeky reasons, the most pressing of which is that Disney wouldn't allow a full-blown, Main-Street-blocking musical performance (done by alluding to their music and characters, to boot) to spontaneously appear without their permission. This would be a great little "random" thing to happen during their "Make Dreams Come True / Celebrate Today" theme of 2009.

Also, these people are miked; obviously they must have had access to their sound system. They had CD accompaniment and a video team, too. Now, maybe it could have been a real proposal if the man proposing was a fairly high-ranking employee... but I digress.



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I've decided that I'm going to get a tattoo. ^_^ I want to get a Micky Mouse shape, you know the silhouette-like one that's the basic head and two ears, about the size of a nickel, and I'm going to get it on the front of my left shoulder.


I've thought really carefully about this, too, I'm not just barging into this! I mean, I want to go into big business, so I have to be careful to always give a good, professional first impression. On the front of my shoulder, I'll always be able to see it and look at it, but it'll be covered by anything I wear with a sleeve. Which, since I prefer cold/mild climates, is... everything in my closet. ^_^;; Also, it's small. It's a basic shape. It's one color. This will be a cheap-ass tattoo. Also, harmless.

Disney is something that really touches me and effects my outlook on life. It's a symbol. I want to grow up, but I don't want to grow OLD; the symbol of Disney reminds me that I love being an optimist and having a positive, hopeful outlook on life. I believe in goodness and true love and miracles. I believe in the power of choice and a good attitude. I want to be reminded of this, so I don't become old and cynical and whiny like my relatives.

This is really, really important to me. Thinking about Disneyland and what it symbolizes, and the effects going there has on children and families, really touches me.

Hm. I got a little misty writing that. *sniff*

I'm going to try and wait until my 20th birthday... which is September 29th... but I don't know if I can wait that long! I'm just too psyched! But my friends would kill me if I did this without them there, and a birthday seems like a good occasion.
Here's the thing. Enchanted. A lot of people love that movie, me included. But I was watching it tonight, and I realized I really only liked the first half. After that scene where Giselle gets angry for the first time, it just really... I don't know.

Am I weird for not liking the fact that Giselle changed so much? I mean, there are feminist groups all the time at Grinnell hosting Disney protests (which, as a Disney fanatic, bothers me to an extreme amount that I can't describe) where they discuss and analyze the movies to find examples of domestic abuse and sexism. Still, I refuse to think that there is something wrong with me for thinking that the Disney male-female roles are fine. Sure, there are some movies that drive me crazy (Sleeping Beauty... I'm looking at you. And Ariel is kind of a brat, yes, but she's also a teenager). But for the most part, I think they're fine.

What really bothers me about Enchanted is that Giselle had some of her optimism and naivete persuaded out of her. It's like, those are things to be *fixed*, because they're not realistic. Sure, she inspired some levity in Patrick Dempsey, but... I think I would have just liked the movie better if she had helped him work out his relationship with Nancy, and he helped her add depth to her relationship with Edward, and she went back to Andalasia and visited Patrick Dempsey/Nancy on occasion... instead of the Great True Love Swap that they had going on between the four of them. o_0

It's just, something about the second half of that movie... bothers me. And it bothers me a little that it bothers me. I mean, I consider myself to be a strong, independent woman who is happy being herself. I don't need men to validate me or give me meaning, I just want a companion, a best friend to spend the rest of my life with. In love. But if I wanted to be the kind of woman who stayed at home, raised a family, and depended completely on my man, I'd like to think that I'd have the freedom to do that without needing to be *fixed* by society, claiming I'm not living up to my potential as a woman or whatever.

I think being free as a woman, equality between the sexes, simply means that you can choose whichever way you want to live your life. If you want to be a Cougar and a high-powered CEO, than you can do that. On the flip side, if you want to marry at 18, become a homemaker and raise a family, then you can do that, too.

That said, and to end this on a positive note, I could watch the first half of Enchanted a zillion times and still love it. XD The second half is okay, but it just irks me for some reason I can't put my finger on.



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