Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Disney Dudebro Updates (12/26/2017)


Hope you all had a Merry Christmas.  I certainly did. In fact, I've decided to give myself a break this holiday season. That and I'm also feeling under the weather.

As such, this blog is going to experience a brief hiatus until January 1. Until then, there will be no regular posts. No Throwback Thursdays. No Fan Art Fridays. No Dateline Disney.

So until then, enjoy the rest of the holiday season and have a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Most Underrated Muppets Christmas Special?

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Most of us are familiar with A Muppet Christmas Carol. But did you know that there were many lesser known Muppet Christmas specials that were produced for television?

I reviewed one of the worse specials last week. So for this week, to make up for that, I'll be reviewing one of the better specials: A Muppet Family Christmas.

This special has a very special place in my heart, as it was released in 1987, the exact same year that I was born. That makes it one of the very first Christmas specials I ever remember watching. You could even say that this special and I are kindred spirits!

My folks recorded the special on VHS when it first came out, and I remember re-watching it every year for Christmas. Even when I stopped watching it, I still remember the enjoyment that it brought me every holiday season.

But were these holiday feelings genuine? Was the special really as great as I remember it? Or was it one of those specials that never really aged well?

And before you ask, yes, I am aware that the Nostalgia Critic already reviewed the special. That doesn't matter. I already had plans of reviewing it, and it's not like "reviewer dibs" is a real thing anyway.

To find out more about this underrated Muppet Christmas special, click READ MORE:

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dateline Disney (12/24/2017)


With this being Christmas Eve, I wish I could be offering good tidings with good news, but that sadly doesn't seem to be the case, what with Marvel canceling many of their more diverse comic books, the new Star Wars movie being review bombed on Rotten Tomatoes, and the new Disney-Fox merger threatening to layoff up to 10,000 employees. But hey, at least we finally get to see Donald Trump in the Hall of Presidents. That's clearly good news that's not the least bit controversial, right? Right?!

To view this week's headlines, click READ MORE:

Friday, December 22, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Very Merry Christmas


Christmas arrives after this weekend. Until then, let's get in the holiday spirit with some Christmas-related Disney fan art.

For this week's festive fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Disney Afternoon Christmas Bumper

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Christmas is less than a week away, so of course I have to share something both nostalgic and Christmas-related. And fortunately, I managed to stumble across something that’s both with this Disney Afternoon Christmas bumper.

To view and learn more about this bumper, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tangled Recap: The Alchemist Returns


So in this episode, do we ever learn what those glowing rocks are? No. But do you know what we do learn? That character who's been acting like he's turning into a villain? He's totally turning into a villain! Bet you never saw that coming!

Oh, and the glowing flower that has magical powers. Turns out it no longer has magical powers now that it's no longer glowing. And it's magical power is now in Rapunzel. Bet you didn't know that...unless you watched the original movie, of course!

Oh, and everyone in the castle is gullible enough to eat purple cookies given to them by a random stranger. This is why you don't take things from strangers, kids!

Okay. Okay! All joking aside, this episode, while it didn't reveal anything we didn't already know, did a good job of setting up for the season finale. We can only hope that all this hype will be worth it.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tangled Recap: The Quest For Varian


When I first learned that Disney Channel would be turning Tangled into a series, I never imagined it would amount to anything substantial. After all, how much material can you create from a movie based on a fairy tale that ended well enough with "happily ever after"?

Well, turns out a lot!

Ever since the mid-season hour-long special, the overarching plot with the mysterious glowing rocks has been quickly gaining momentum, and these last few episodes are really bringing it all to a head and preparing for the final outcome with the season finale.

So what are up with those glowing rocks? Are they related to Rapunzel's magical hair? What does Varian and his father have to do with them? Will Varian turn to the Dark Side of the Force for good? And who exactly are Rey's parents? (Okay, the last is a question about Star Wars, not Tangled!)

All those questions and more are...never answered in this episode. Or the next. In fact, we're still left with more questions than answers, and if the very next episode is any indicator, we still won't have those questions answered, even after the King's entire cover-up has been uncovered.

Gee, a politician who insists that everything is under control is lying and he doesn't really have anything under control? Color me shocked!

Like Rapunzel, we're still left wanting our questions answered, and we can only wait and see until they are when the season finale finally arrives. Until then, here's the recap for this episode.

For a scene-by-scene recap, click READ MORE:

Monday, December 18, 2017

Disney Dudebro Reviews: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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I'll be honest here: I'm not a fan of the new Star Wars movies.

I've already written about why I think The Force Awakens is overrated. To sum, the movie rips off too many plot elements from previous movies, its villain fails to come across as the least bit intimidating, its big "shocking" moment was too telegraphed within the movie to come across as even remotely surprising, and the entire movie undermines the very existence of the original movies. In short, it's overrated and overhyped!

That's not to say that I hated The Force Awakens or that I thought it was bad. While the movie wasn't "teh best Star Wars ebah!", it was at least entertaining, with plenty of cool moments and action scenes. I'd even say that the new trilogy has some potential.

And I'll give the movie credit: at least it was better than Rouge One!

If you want to know why I hate Rouge One...Quick! On the top of your head, name one character from that movie. Who isn't Jyn Erson. Or any of the old Star Wars characters. Actually, name three characters! If you can't, then congratulations: you know why I don't like that movie. It was a big flashy spectacle with no actual characters to care about.

So with the Force Awakens being disappointing and Rouge One being awful, I didn't exactly have high expectations for The Last Jedi. My expectations were as low as they could be. The only thing giving me the slightest hope was rumor that this movie would be darker and go in an much different direction than other movies.

So did this Star Wars movie serve as A New Hope? Or has the entire franchise turned to the Dark Side? Find out by clicking READ MORE:

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Worst Muppets Special Ever?

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Most of us are familiar with A Muppet Christmas Carol. But did you know that there were many lesser known Muppet Christmas specials that were produced for television?

This Christmas season, I want to share two of these under-rated Muppet specials. One of them is good. The other? Not so much.

The good Christmas special I'll be sharing next week as a sort of Christmas present from me to you. That means this week I'll be reviewing the not-so-good special. (Consider this a coal in your stocking for any bad behavior this year!)

What's considered to be the worst Muppet movie ever is highly debated by fans. Some claim it's Muppets in Space, a movie that did so poorly in the box office that another theatrical release would not be made until 12 years later.

Other Muppet fans claim the worst movie to be Muppets Wizard of Oz, while others give that dishonor to Kermit's Swamp Years.

While most of these movies are bad in their own right, in my opinion, the worst of them all has to be the 2002 NBC made-for-television special, It's A Very Muppet Christmas Movie.

To learn more about the worst Muppet special ever, click READ MORE:

Dateline Disney (12/17/2017)


It's official. The Mouse has purchased The Fox! And with this massive purchase comes many goodies for the Mouse to play with, from the Fantastic Four and X-Men joining the MCU, to the Mouse taking control of Hulu and the Fox Network. What does this all mean? Find out with this week's Dateline Disney.

Check out this week's headlines by clicking READ MORE:

Friday, December 15, 2017

Fan Art Friday: May The Force Be With You


Star Wars: The Last Jedi makes its epic premiere today in a movie theater not to far away from you and by no means a long, long time ago. So to celebrate the new Star Wars movie coming out, here are some Star Wars fan art:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Star Wars Holiday Commercials

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The newest Star Wars movie premieres tomorrow. It's also the holiday season. So what would be more apropos for this week's Throwback Thursday than something that combines both? Something like the Star Wars Holiday Special?

Or at least that's what I would suggest if it wasn't for two things: one, every reviewer on the internet like the Nostalgia Critic has already torn that special to shreds. And two, I don't have utter contempt for my audience.

Everybody and their grandmother already knows that the special is the single worst thing to come out of the Star Wars franchise--well, perhaps not as bad as the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie!

But if there's one good thing that came out of the special itself, it would be the commercials--not the commercials for the special, but rather the commercials that aired during the special.

To take a groovy trip back to the 1970s with these vintage commercials, click READ MORE:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dateline Disney (12/11/2017)


Disney and Fox are working around the clock to come up with a deal sometime before Christmas. What will this mean for Disney? For Marvel? For Hollywood in general? We'll just have to wait and see. All this plus more news about the Disney World Skyliner and Disneyland Play Parade in this week's Dateline Disney.

Check out this week's headlines by clicking READ MORE:

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Force Awakens Is Overrated And Here's Why

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Imagine you're attending a dinner party. You and a dozen friends have been invited over with the promise that you'd be served the world's best meal prepared by the world's best chef. Your expectations are quite high.

Your dinner is served, and you're presented with...a bowl of plain chicken broth. Not chicken soup. Chicken broth. No chicken. No noodles. No vegetables. Not even any spices. Just plain broth.

Curious, you take your spoon, dip it in, blow away the steam, and take a sip. The broth tastes exactly as it looks. You take a few more tastes to check if you're correct. You are. It's plain broth. It's not disgusting, by any means. Not even bad. Just bland.

You finish your meal. Even though your hunger has been sated, it has not been satisfied. After all, the only thing you ate was broth.

You're left confused as to why the lackluster meal was hyped beyond expectation, but you're even more confused by your friends and what they think about it.

All through the dinner, you hear them praise the broth as the most delicious thing they've ever tasted. They boast about how they cannot believe how amazing the broth was, declaring it to be the best meal they ever had.

Not only are you left feeling unsatisfied about the meal, but also isolated about your opinion on it. Your senses told you that the broth was okay at best, but everyone else insists that it was better than okay. You feel alienated, doubtful of your own senses, and afraid to say anything lest your friends think lesser of you.

As you can clearly tell, this is exactly how I felt about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What I consider to be a merely passable movie at the very least, everyone else insists is, "teh best Star Wars mobie evah!"

At first, I felt alone in my assessment of the movie. But after discovering and watching several other videos pointing out the movie's flaws, including the review by the Nostalgia Critic, I no longer feel alone. Even South Park seems to agree with me! And yet, even then, my opinion remains an unpopular one.

So as you can tell, I don't have high expectations for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. To explain why, here are my top four reasons why I think Force Awakens is overrated:

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fan Art Friday: The World Es Mi Familia (Part Deux)


To no one's surprise, Coco has been dominating the box office, even managing to triumph over Justice League. Not only is the movie doing well in its setting of Mexico, but also in other foreign markets such as China. When the Chinese are paying lots of money to see a movie set in Mexico, you know your movie is succeeding. So to celebrate this success, here's yet another fan art showcase:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday: A Very Merry Christmas Sing Along

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Christmas is a few weeks away, which means it’s that time of year for Christmas music. Or at least that’s what I would say if that fact wasn’t already self-evident right now.

Seriously, even before Thanksgiving, many radio stations had already transitioned into playing 24-hour Christmas music! So whether you love it or hate it, Christmas music is a staple of the holiday season, even long before the season officially starts.

So allow me to ask you this question: how were you first introduced to Christmas music as a child? Did your parents sing Christmas songs to you as a baby? Did they have the Christmas radio station playing on loop in the house or in the car? Did your church sing Christmas songs during morning service? Or did your parents buy you a Christmas record or video that they played for you over and over again?

For me, my introduction to traditional Christmas songs came in the form of the latter, specifically with a certain sing-along video that has a special place in my heart, as well as the heart of other children who grew up with it.

To learn more about this classic Christmas music video, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Tangled Recap: Not In The Mood


Stop me if you've heard this before: a bunch of characters have their personalities switched...yeah, you've heard this before. It's one of those personality/body swapping episodes. Not much else to see or explain here.

And honestly, I'm not even sure what the lesson is. You need to be self-aware of your flaws? Don't fight with people? Oh, I know: don't spike your friends' drink.

Yeah, I wish there was more I can say about this episode, but if you've seen one episode like this, you've seen them all.

For the scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ducktales Recap: The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!


Fear is an emotion that's often maligned. We’re told that fear is a bad feeling. That being afraid makes us cowards. That we need to overcome our fears. That fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering. That we need to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy! And for the most part, these have all been good lessons. After all, if our ancestors never overcame their fears, we would all still be stuck huddling together in cold caves.

But like all feelings, fear is a natural emotion. It can be both bad and good. Fear is a self-preservation mechanism that ensures that we stay away from danger. After all, if you’re afraid of a large bear that’s five feet away from you, you’re not a coward if you run away from it. You’re simply a healthy human being looking after your own personal well-being. Sometimes, it’s okay to be afraid.

That’s a lesson that’s rarely expressed in media, especially with children’s media. Often, cartoons teach us that we need to conquer our fears and take risks against all odds possible. So it’s nice that we have an episode of Ducktales here that offers a more nuanced lesson: taking risks and overcoming your fears is a good thing, but so is learning when to walk away from them.

Scrooge is clearly a risk-taker, and it has been his risk-taking that has allowed him to make his fortune. So when there was a moment in his life when he failed to take such a risk, a failure that inevitably haunted him for most of his life, of course he’s going to do everything he can to take up that risk once again and prove his courage.

However, during his expedition, things become especially too risky, especially for his own family, and he has to learn to choose between appeasing his own ego and looking after the well-being of his own family. The smart choice, of course, was the latter. As Huey said: “Sometimes the bravest thing an explorer can do is walk away.”

So of course the main plot was good. As for the subplot, while it was entertaining to see Launchpad bumble around a spa thinking he was dying from “ice fever” because some snake-oil peddling salesman said he needed to purchase his merchandise in order to survive, while I understand what the lesson was supposed to teach, I don’t think it did quite the best job possible.

Yes, the salesman sold Launchpad those items under false pretenses, but in the end, what did he sell him other than items to keep him warm during a cold expedition? Yes, ice fever doesn’t exist, but do you know what does? Hyperthermia. Which comes awfully close. I’m just saying this could have been done a bit better.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:


Monday, December 4, 2017

Disney Dudebro Reviews: Coco

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Many other reviewers have pointed out that, for as much as Pixar is praised for its originality, most of its movies have been following a similar formula since Toy Story. Moviebob previously explained this formula, but I can sum it up thusly:

You have the main protagonist who lives in a smaller world within a bigger world. For circumstances beyond their control, the protagonist is forced into the bigger world where they have to go on a quest to return to their smaller world. Through said quest in the bigger world, they ultimately have their worldview challenged, and upon returning to their smaller world, come back with a brand new point of view.

Let’s apply this formula to Toy Story. Woody lives in Andy’s room content with being Andy’s favorite toy. Buzz Lightyear comes along and usurps that position. Jealous, Woody tries to get rid of Buzz, but in the process, ends up getting lost himself. The two end up in Pizza Planet, and later in Sid’s room, where they have to learn to cooperate to get back to Andy. The two return, and in doing so, have learned to set their differences aside and not worry about being the favorite toy.

If you apply this formula to other Pixar movies, you start to see a connection. But in all honesty, it’s not like Pixar invented the formula. It’s a storytelling formula as old as storytelling itself. We see this formula played out with Harry’s acceptance to Hogwarts, Katniss’ conscription into the Hunger Games, Alice’s journey through Wonderland, Dorothy’s trip through Oz, and Frodo’s quest through Middle Earth.

In all of these stories, you have a hero who leaves their smaller world, ventures into a new, bigger world, and returns home as a new and improved person. It’s a story that keeps being told and re-told because it teaches the always relevant lesson of stepping beyond your own personal boundaries to explore the world at large and come back with a fresher perspective.

Such a story has its root in classic mythology, especially with myths about heroes venturing into the underworld. The most famous of these myths is that of Orpheus. Such a story has inspired many other storytellers, most famously surrealist filmmaker Jean Cocteau, who used this story as the motif in his adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Kyle Kallgren, in his review of that movie, described the myth as one about self-realization, about “the artist who goes into the underworld, becomes changed, and returns…the artist delves into his soul, and brings his findings back into the world.”

So why this lengthy literary lesson in a movie review about yet another Pixar flick? Because it’s very interesting that Pixar would finally use this oft-repeated formula which has its origins in underworld myths to tell a story where the main character actually visits the underworld.

So was this movie good or dead on arrival? Find out by reading the rest of this review by clicking READ MORE:


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Disney Sued Over Alice In Wonderland?

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For many of us, the quintessential version of Alice in Wonderland is the Disney version—that being the animated 1951 film, not the 2010 live-action "Johnny Depp in Burtonland" movie!

But did you know that the 1951 film was not the first animated Alice movie? Not only was there an animated adaptation created two years prior, but when it was set to release in American theaters two years later, it sparked a legal battle with Walt Disney in an attempt to prevent it from being released.

Such a legal case seems just as curious and curiouser as any legal case where the sentence comes first and the verdict afterwards. And, of course, to share such a curious tale, we must start at the beginning and go on till we come to the end: then stop.

To learn more about this most curious case, click READ MORE:


Dateline Disney (03/12/2017)


As Bob Iger plans to step down from his role as Disney CEO, he has a rumored successor planning to step up and take his place. All that plus news about the new lead actress for Mulan and a planned expansion for Tokyo Disneyland in this week's Dateline Disney.

For this week's headlines, click READ MORE:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tangled Recap: Painter's Block


So after the big one-hour special that was Queen For A Day, you have to wonder how the series will follow up after such a major episode. The kingdom nearly froze over into eternal winter, the king and queen nearly lost their lives, Varian had been turned away and left to find out that his father has become trapped in crystal, and Rapunzel nearly failed to save the day. Obviously such a big story would have a big impact on the entire series. And as this episode shows, it did!

For starters, Rapunzel has evidently not recovered from the trauma she endured within that episode. Then again, can you really blame her? She was forced between a rock and a hard place to make a difficult decision about the fate of her kingdom, which she ultimately placed on a fairy tale. No one would be okay after such an ordeal. That’s something very few shows or movies touch upon. More often than not, after a character deals with a major fight or event, their life returns to normal as though nothing had happened, even though in real life the stress from such an ordeal would have an impact on that person. And as we see, Rapunzel is still suffering from that impact, both emotionally and mentally.

Also, the entire event with the giant wind-blowing machine has clearly produced unintended consequences, as it has unwittingly unleashed an evil force that had been imprisoned within it. Again, this has forced Rapunzel and her friends to deal with a threat against the entire kingdom, a threat which they had only barely managed to curtail in this episode. And if future episode titles are to be believed, more unintended consequences, specifically concerning Varian, will start to bubble up to the surface. Rapunzel may have freed Corona from the frying pan, but it only seems to be falling into the fryer.

Will Rapunzel be up to the challenge, especially after her previous ordeal? Only time will tell. Until then, here's the scene-by-scene recap for this episode:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fan Art Friday: The World Es Mi Familia


Disney/Pixar's newest animated feature, Coco, has arrived into theaters. During a time when Hispanic Americans are facing a lot of prejudice and even oppression, it's nice to know that this movie helps provide them some much needed positive media representation. Not to mention a movie based on Dia De Las Muertas has a lot of potential, as Book of Life proves. And even with the movie having barely released, there's still plenty of fan art of it already, and here's just a few:

To check out this week's fan art showcase, click KEEP READING:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Mickey’s Surprise Party

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It’s been one week after Thanksgiving. Do you still have your leftovers since then? If not, Christmas is around the corner, which mean there’s going to be even more food.

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, if there’s one thing that both holidays have in common is food, lots and lots of food. So what would be more apropos for this week’s Throwback Thursday than a classic cartoon that’s not only about food, but was actually sponsored by a food company.

To learn more about this cartoon for food and by food, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Disney Dudebro Updates (11/29/2017)


While this month has proven quite hectic (especially with all the SVTFOE Recaps), next month is proving to be much slower—which is a good thing since I need a bit of a downtime for the holidays.

First off, there aren’t going to be that many episode recaps, mostly because there aren’t going to be that many new episodes. There will be one new episode of Ducktales, and a holiday special for SVTFOE. Other than that, no new episodes next month. Ducktales, Tangled, and SVTFOE will be on hiatus, and Big Hero 6 isn’t planning on releasing new episodes until next year.

But that doesn’t mean my blog will be lacking content. Quite the contrary. This month has two big movies that I’ll be reviewing—Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi—and by the end of the month, I’m planning on writing a list ranking all of this year’s Disney movies from worst to best.

Other than that, expect to see the usual Throwback Thursdays, Fan Art Fridays, and Dateline Disneys. And of course, I also have editorial posts and lists planned for topics ranging from Alice in Wonderland to the new Star Wars movies, as well as two special Christmas posts—but you’ll have to wait and find out about those posts.

So until then, fellow dudebros and dudettes, stay euphoric!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Top 5 Movies That Need Their Own TV Shows

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Once upon a time, Disney adapted many of its animated movies into cartoons, with small screen adaptations of big screen hits like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch, and Tarzan. However, the last of these animated series was Emperor’s New School (based on Emperor’s New Groove), which was released more than ten years ago. Since then, there haven’t been any new adaptations.

However, Disney has since re-started this trend of adapting big screen hits into small screen bigger hits, with animated series such as The Lion Guard (based off The Lion King), Tangled, and Big Hero 6.

With Disney making so many new movie-to-television adaptations, Disney fans have to wonder what other theatrical films should receive the small screen treatment. Here are just five Disney movies that would make ideal candidates to receive their own television series.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Big Hero 6 Recap: Baymax Returns


As I mentioned in my Top 5 Reasons We Love Big Hero 6 list, while the movie was good enough on its own, it has the potential of creating a franchise larger than itself—which is no real surprise, as the movie is a comic book adaptation that serves as the origin story for the superhero team. While there have been rumors that the movie’s story would continue on with a sequel, it now seems as though it will continue on through this new animated series, which premiered with the hour-long special, “Baymax Returns.”

This pilot episode takes place shortly after the movie. Hiro has been accepted to attend college at his brother’s old school, The San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. There he stumbles upon his brother’s former science lab and uncovers the schematics for Baymax, thus giving him hope that he could bring back his former robot companion. Unfortunately, in the process of re-building the robot, he ends up getting ensnared in the nefarious plans of a criminal gang. Will he defeat the bad guys and get his robot back, and will he do so with the help of his old superhero buddies?

This Disney Channel animated series in particular is the one I’ve been looking forward to seeing the most—not as much as Ducktales, but certainly more so than Tangled. With superhero movies and shows being all the rage, it only made sense for Big Hero 6 to receive its own cartoon series. The movie certainly lends itself to being adapted into such an action-packed cartoon series, and with the former creators of Kim Possible working on it, you know that you’re going to get quality action and comedy. So with all that said, what do I think of the pilot?

Eh. It’s okay.

Honestly, that’s what I think of the show thus far. It’s okay. Not bad. Not great. Just okay. How is the story? It’s okay. How’s the animation? It’s okay. How’s the action scenes? It’s okay. How’s the comedy? Okay bordering on obnoxious—especially with Fred! Overall, I didn’t have strong feelings one way or the other watching this episode. It was merely okay.

Like with Tangled, this is a 3D movie being adapted into a 2D animated series. Both series have animation and art styles suitable to their respective shows. Tangled has a much smoother, pastel-colored art style, almost like the water-colored illustrations of a storybook, making it quite fitting for its fairy tale setting. Big Hero 6, on the other hand, has a more angular, geometric art style with thick outlines and sharp colors, almost like a comic book, which, again, is fitting for a comic book series.

The story is rather generic. Hiro rebuilds Baymax. Trouble ensues. His friends get together to help him. They save the day. Baymax re-joins the team. And the big villain for the series reveals himself. It’s exactly what you’d expect from an episode called “Baymax Returns.” As such, there aren’t really that many surprises, and the plot plays out as you would expect it to. We know Baymax is going to make his comeback, and that the other characters will re-assume their roles as superheroes. So there’s very little suspense, especially with the action scenes.

Perhaps the weakest part of the episode is the comedy. Again, as with the plot, most of the jokes are what you’d come to expect from a scenario like this, with Hiro struggling to adapt to his new school, Baymax delivering deadpan dialogue that borders on unintentional comedy, and Fred being relegated as the annoying comic relief sidekick. At best, it was mildly amusing; but at worst, especially with Fred’s scenes, they were face-palmingly cringeworthy.

Otherwise, this pilot works well as an overall transition from the movie to the new television series, showing what has happened with the characters since the movie, and setting up the overall world for the upcoming series. Though it may have a weak start, things can only go uphill from here on out, or so we can hope.

For these episode reviews, I normally offer a scene-by-scene recap of the episode. But since this episode did not leave that much of an impression on me, I’m going to skip my usual format and instead focus on the parts of the episode that especially stood out to me.

For this scene-by-scene recap, click READ MORE:


Dateline Disney (11/26/2017)


You know, I decided to start blogging about Disney so that I could actually report on good news. So these last few weeks have been draining in the Disney department, what with the company banning a newspaper for no good reason other than they wrote an article they didn't like, forcing theaters to meet draconian demands in order to show their movies, having its Pixar CEO step down because of sexual harassment allegations, and allowing its game department fire a bunch of employees before Thanksgiving. At this point, I can only wonder how things can get worse. Are we going to get revelations that Bob Iger worked with the Russians to help rig the election?

Anyway, not all news is bad news, and there are a few good snippets of good news. You can learn about all the news good and bad in this week's Dateline Disney.

For this week's headlines, click READ MORE:


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Disney Dudebro Reviews: Justice League

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I know what you’re thinking: Justice League? Why are you reviewing that? That’s not a Disney movie. And you’re right. It’s not—but it is a movie part of a comic book franchise that’s currently being overshadowed by a more superior franchise owned by Disney.

Since it's only inevitable that there would be a comparison and contrast between this superhero team-up movie and the much better one—that one obviously being The Avengers, I’ve decided to bite the Bat Bullet and watch this movie for the sake of reviewing it.

There’s no denying Marvel movies are better than DC movies. That’s not an opinion. Well, okay, it IS an opinion. But if the reviews and box office figures are any indicator, it’s an opinion based on fact.

DC fans don’t like that fact, obviously. They want to believe their films are better, even going so far as to insist that their movies are only doing poorly because of a big corporate media conspiracy run by Rotten Tomatoes—which is ironic, considering that the website is owned by Time Warner, who also owns DC Comics, so you’d assume it would be trying to save face with the DC movies! (And considering recent revelations, that seems to be the case!)

I know I’m going to be called biased over this. And I am. I’ve only seen the Marvel movies and none of the DC movies (with the exception of Wonder Woman), and for no other reason than the bad reviews of those movies proved they weren’t worth my time and money. So yes, I prefer Marvel over DC. But not because I want to.

I’m not a Marvel fanboy. Never was until recently. I didn’t grow up on Spider-Man or Hulk or X-Men or The Avengers. I grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League and Teen Titans. So I know DC Comics are capable of creating good stories with good characters. They’re capable of creating good movies. And I want them to create good movies. But as we all know, wanting something to be so is not the same things as knowing it to be so.

So I decided to check my Marvel bias at the movie theater doors as I purchased a ticket to actually sit down and watch Justice League. Was it all worth it? To find out, click READ MORE:


Friday, November 24, 2017

Fan Art Friday: We Could Be Immortals


The good news is that the much anticipated Big Hero 6: The Animated Series premiered earlier this week with the hour-long movie, "Baymax Returns." The bad news is that new episodes will not be airing until next year. So to keep us sated until then, here's some fan art of the movie that started it all.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Turkey Catchers

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Doesn’t it seem odd that there aren’t that many Thanksgiving specials, or at least memorable specials? There are plenty of specials for Christmas and Halloween, yet the very holiday that’s all about celebrating bounty finds itself less than bountiful when it comes to holiday specials.

A major reason for this might be that Thanksgiving is a very America-centric holiday, whereas holidays such as Christmas and Halloween, while are mostly celebrated in America, are celebrated somewhat in other countries. As such, to better market themselves outside of America, most television shows probably stay away from Thanksgiving.

Whatever the reason, there aren’t that many specials, movies, or even cartoons related to Thanksgiving. In fact, in trying to research potential cartoon shorts for this holiday, I couldn’t really find any classic Disney cartoons about Thanksgiving.

Well, I actually managed to turn up one cartoon short, which is sort of recent but also sort of classic depending on your standpoint, which makes it technically fitting for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

For more about this cartoon short, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tangled Recap: Queen for a Day


I’m going to be honest here. Tangled is not a favorite show of mine. When it comes to Disney Channel shows, Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil and the new Ducktales are my favorite. Tangled, for me, is simply a decent show. Not bad. Not good. Just decent. Credit where it’s due: as one of the most recent shows based upon a Disney movie since the longest time ever, it certainly exceeded expectations of what a show based on a movie can be quality wise. Otherwise, I’ve always considered the show to be simply okay.

Well, after this special hour-long episode, my respect for the show certainly increased. This episode was really that good, and I dare say that it’s one of the best episodes of the series—especially better than the otherwise mediocre pilot episode.

Throughout this series, we’ve seen Rapunzel express her doubts about becoming the future monarch, claiming that she felt unsure that she’s was up for the job. If she had doubts before, she has nothing but doubts following this episode. During her temporary reign as queen, she only compounded the problems of the citizens she tried to help, her kingdom experienced a freak blizzard that nearly froze them over, she turned down helping a close friend of hers (and possibly pushed him towards the dark side), she tried to handle the weather problem by trusting an old legend (which proved to be true, but was still a dubious decision), and to top it all off, she nearly lost one of her best friends since childhood.

To say that Rapunzel is feeling quite stressed after all this would be quite the understatement!

Again, as I said previously, one of the things that this show tackles well are the overall issues that come with a princess being, well, a princess—that is, being a future monarch. Very few Disney movies tackle this issue, as “princess” is simply a convenient title for the female protagonist to have, and it’s a title that has no impact on their character whatsoever. (The only movie to sort of address such an issue would be Brave, and that’s technically a Pixar movie pretending to be a Disney movie!)
This series, however, does show how difficult it is for Rapunzel to prepare to fill such a position, especially considering how she’s been isolated in her tower for most of her life. Becoming a proper princess is clearly a struggle for her, and it’s a struggle that’s causing her to question the path that has been chosen for her.

And then there’s Varian’s subplot. He’s my favorite character in this series, so of course this was one of my favorite aspects of the episode. We know that his village has been impacted hardest by the new mysterious rocks that have been cropping up around the kingdom, so he knows firsthand the danger that’s facing him and the rest of the kingdom. So to see so many people in his life shrug this off as no big deal has clearly taken a toll on him. His father seems to know what’s going on, but refuses to tell him, and even lies to the king about it. Seeing his father stoop to such a low level while also being conveniently “killed” off would be bad enough for him, but being turned down by the only other person he could trust (that being Rapunzel) seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for him. And we can only wait and see what direction his character will be going because of all this. From the looks of it, it very well could be the path of the dark side.

So will Rapunzel ever be prepared to become the next ruler of Corona? What will become of the mysterious rocks? What are they, why are they connected to Rapunel, and how can they be stopped? What was the secret that Varian’s father was trying to keep from him? And most importantly, what will happen to Varian? We’ll just have to wait and see, and this episode makes the anticipation all the greater.

For a scene-by-scene episode recap, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Monster Bash


Wow. Just Wow. This episode tied together so many plot points that have been going on this season: Star’s desire to heal Mewni’s racial division, her growing relationship with Tom, Marco’s need to overcome his own relationship with her, Eclipsa’s mysterious appearance, and most of all, the true identity and intentions of Ms. Heinous. The only thing that would have made this episode complete would have been Star going into her Mewman form to fight off Mina Loveberry, which is something I thought would have happened.

In this episode, we see Star attempt to heal the prejudice that has been systemic within her kingdom by bringing together the Mewman and monster youth for a party. We know that her desire to right the injustices of her kingdom is a righteous desire, but her attempts to do so admittedly come off as rather naïve. As we can see, it’s going to take much more than one party to overcome such a problem.

But perhaps the greatest thing about this episode is the big reveal concerning Ms. Heinous. Many fans had already speculated that she was connected in some way with Queen Eclipsa, and this episode finally revealed this to be true. Turns out she was her daughter. What a tweest!

There is just so much to unpack from this revelation, as it hints that Queen Eclipsa may not be the evil queen that everyone claimed she was, and that Star’s family may have been in the wrong to imprison her. Compounding the matters is the fact that she was the mother of a child who was inevitably left abandoned because of her imprisonment—something that has clearly distraught Ms. Heinous's psyche, and could have been the root cause of her repressive behavior exhibited through her position at St. Olga’s.

So what will become of Ms. Heinous—er, I mean, Meteora? Will Mina hunt her down? Will she ever reunite with Queen Eclipsa? And what about Eclipsa? Is she innocent? Or is she really guilty? Only the second half of the season will tell, and it’s leaving us all hanging on the edge of our seats.

For a scene-by-scene recap, click READ MORE:

Monday, November 20, 2017

Top 5 Reasons We Love Big Hero 6

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Comic book superhero movies are all the rave. Whether you’re a fan of the movies for Marvel, X-Men, or DC Comics (though you’d have to be huffing a lot of paint to like the latter), or even if you’re not a comic book fan yourself, you can’t deny that nothing has been bigger on the big screen than superheroes.

Disney is no stranger when it comes to superheroes, though its selection of superhero flicks have been sparse, from cult classics such as The Rocketeer and Condorman, to the Pixar hit film The Incredibles. But perhaps its biggest superhero hit in recent years, aside from its Marvel Cinematic Universe, was with the 2014 movie, Big Hero 6.

Though not as big as Disney’s more prominent hits like Tangled and Frozen, being the first ever animated theatrical film based upon a Marvel comic book, Big Hero 6 is a real marvel in its own right, and while Hiro, Baymax, and the rest of the superhero team may not be considered stars as big as Elsa or Anna, these superheroes prove to be good enough role models than any princess.

So with the animated series set to premiere on Disney XD this month, here are six minus one big reasons why we love Big Hero 6.

To learn about these top five reasons, click READ MORE:


Sunday, November 19, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Deep Dive


For the past few episodes, we've all been waiting patiently on edge to see what would come about from Star's late night sleep flights. Even though she knew that what she was doing was dangerous, and even though she was most certainly throwing caution to the wind by not telling anyone else about it, Star decided to go through with this insane version of sleepwalking, and even though it could have all gone horribly wrong, it's all finally paid off. Sort of.

Turns out that it was all leading her to a magical land of unicorns where she was able to gain the power to change back and forth from her not-Super Sayian form. This raises so many questions, all of which may or may not be answered in upcoming episodes, which only adds to the number of questions that the very next episode raises. So I'll give this episode credit for creating even more suspense for the next half of the season when it finally comes out...eventually!

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Night Life


Ever since "Running With Scissors", Marco fans have been waiting for their favorite character to return to Hekapoo's dimension, hook up with the fiery dimension hopper herself, and ride off into the sunset on his dragon cycle to go on more adventures. And this episode most certainly delivered on that.

You'd think that with Marco's relationship with Star turning cold, especially with him discovering that she still had the hots for her old flame in "Lava Lake Beach", Marco would break up with Star and spend the rest of his days adventuring on his dragon cycle with the much better half of a much better ship.

And yet, in spite of past events, Marco knows that Star needs his help and thus, being the gentleman that he is, decides to remain loyal to her, even if it means knowing that he will never truly be with her, and especially if it means forgoing his dimension-hopping adventures with his perfectly chiseled chest and losing someone with whom he was a much better ship.

Yeah, yeah. I'm a MarcoPoo shipper. So I'm a bit bitter here. But it was still a good episode anyway!

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fan Art Friday: She's From Another Dimension


It's going to get a little weird. It's going to get a little wild. Because this week saw the release of new Season 3 episodes of Star Vs. The Forces of Evil. And to help welcome these new episodes, here's some narwhal blasts and space unicorns' worth of fan art.

To check out this fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, November 16, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Lava Lakes Beach


This season has not been kind to Marco. He was dumped by his girlfriend, left his home looking for adventure only to be met with disappointment, found out that his old friend is dating someone else, saw as his same friend is undergoing some weird changes that may or may not hurt her and those around her, and to top it all off, he discovers that his old friend is now getting serious in another relationship.

This episode better highlights the pain that Marco is going through by paralleling it with that with another character who's going through a similar breakup situation. We see Marco's pain and we better empathize with him for it, and we also feel a sense of his overall isolation--which I'm sure is going to play into a major plot point later this season when he inevitably sees his friend in grave trouble with him being helpless to stop it. So in other words, this is the calm before the inevitable storm.

SVTFOE Recap: Sweet Dreams


Sweet dreams are made of these, who am I to disagree? But if they cause you to go into your Super Saiyan mode and travel to different dimensions, you should probably tell your parents because that sounds really dangerous and could get out of hand.

So, yes, in this episode, Star is discovering new things about her powers and how they’re causing her to do strange things to her in her sleep. But of course, rather than actually tell her parents about it, she decides to just let her powers go out of control and simply goes with the flow.

If you can’t tell, Star’s actions in this episode really frustrate me. Seriously, why doesn’t she tell her parents that she’s having these weird dream trips with her powers? Why does she instead trust someone who may or may not be a villain? And why does she reject all of the precautions that Marco’s offering her? Why is she making so many bad decisions in this episode?

At first, I wanted to chalk it all up to bad writing on the part of the creators, but then I realized something: she’s a teenager! Of course she’s making bad decisions. She’s a teenager, and like all teenagers, especially of the female variety, they’re entirely driven by emotions. They don’t think critically. They allow their hormones drive their thoughts and decisions.

So of course Star is acting like this. It by no means excuses her actions, but it at least offers a good explanation for them. And only time will tell where the show goes with this.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Throwback Thursday: Bump In The Night Bumpers

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Next week, the Nostalgia Critic will be hosting his annual commercials special where he takes a look back at old commercials.

If you’ve been following this annual tradition, you know that he always starts these specials off with an intro featuring the musical number, “after these messages, we’ll be right back!”

That intro was actually compiled from several bumpers that used to air on ABC during the commercial breaks of its Saturday morning programming in 1993.

Well, those bumpers would be changed out every year and replaced with different animated sequences.

One of those series of bumpers, fittingly enough, featured characters from an old Saturday Morning show called Bump in the Night.

To learn more about those bumpers, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Starfari


This series has done an excellent job of adding layer upon layer of nuance onto its monster characters. What started out as simple one-dimensional villains have since been revealed to be a marginalized underclass that has been oppressed by Star’s people since her kingdom’s founding.

Upon realizing this back in "Mewnipendance Day", Star has become more “woke” towards the plight of the monsters with a growing desire to alleviate their situation. As she even points out in this episode, the very distinction between monsters and non-monsters remains extremely arbitrary, as many Mewman races that come close to appearing like monsters are somehow not classified as such.

So when Star learns there’s a resident monster expert who shares her concerns about the mistreatment of the monster class, she believes that she has found herself an ally. Unfortunately, as Dr. Jelly Goodwell proves though her actions, she is equally as problematic as the other Mewmans.

Throughout the series, the “racism” exhibited by the Kingdom of Mewni has evidently been malevolent, with the other Mewmans discriminating against the monsters out of irrational fear. Dr. Goodwell, on the other hand, proves to be just as racist as them, only with a more “benevolent racism”—the type of racism where she believes that the monsters are incapable of caring for themselves and must remain isolated from the rest of Mewman society for their own good.

This dichotomy of malevolent vs. benevolent racism is quite evident within our own society, especially within recent years. Trump and the alt right undoubtedly express malevolent racism through their desire for a white ethnostate to combat the racial boogeymen of “white genocide” brought about through terrorism and immigration.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we see benevolent racism expressed by social justice warriors—over-privileged white college students who consider themselves “white saviors” fighting to protect POC by segregating them from the rest of “white society” through “safe spaces” and political correctness, insisting that such POC are incapable of caring for themselves and that only they know what their real best interests are.

“Oh, you poor black people! Do not worry! It is us, your white saviors, who shall save you. WHAT? WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU VOTE REPUBLICAN?!?! F***ing U”ncle Toms! You’re going against your own best interests! And who better know what your best interests are than over-privileged white kids like us? So shut up and know your place, you f***ing house ni—SKELETON WARRIORS!

This level of nuance in addressing the difference between malevolent and benevolent racism is not often present in other media, with the only other notable example being the recent movie “Get Out!” So kudos to a children’s show like this for addressing it in a way that children can understand.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

SVTFOE Recap: Princess Turdina


Before I discuss this episode proper, I want to address the elephant in the room that is the “trans Marco” fan theory, which, as its name implies, suggests that Marco is trans. I’ve never really bought into the theory, mostly because the “evidence” behind it was mostly circumstantial.

“Oh, Marco wore a dress once. That means he’s trans!” That’s as convincing as saying, “Oh! Rainbow Dash is an athletic tomboy with rainbow hair. That means she’s a lesbian!”

Don’t get me wrong. If it turned out that Marco really was trans, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. (It is the current year, after all!) And if you’re a trans person who identifies with Marco, more power to you. I’m not trying to take anything away from you. I just don’t believe in this particular fan theory. Besides, this episode really throws a monkey wrench into the theory anyway.

We can see that St. Olga’s hasn’t exactly changed for the best. While it’s no longer under the oppressive rule of Ms. Heinous, it’s not exactly doing any better under its current state of anarchy either.

So when Ms. Heinous returned, I feared this episode would take the predictable turn of returning power back to her once the students realized that things at the school weren’t as great as they seemed and that Marco was revealed to be a liar that he is. It would have fallen under the tired cliché of the liar reveal and the return from anarchy to tyranny because “the status quo is god!”

Fortunately, this episode did not go down that predictable route. The other princesses remained faithful to Marco, even after his big “liar reveal”, because his ideals were real even if he wasn’t. That’s a refreshing take we don’t often see in other similar storylines, and this episode is better off because of it.

So while the school remains in its current state of chaotic anarchy, at least it didn’t return to its previous state of a totalitarian dictatorship. Of course, one has to wonder what Ms. Heinous has in store with the other princesses, and with Marco Diaz in particular.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Top 10 SVTFOE Episodes (Season Two)

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With new episodes of its third season set to premiere this week, I’d like to take a look back at the past two seasons of Star Vs. The Forces of Evil and list my favorite episodes. Since we've already looked back at the first season, let's take a look at the second.

If the first season was an experiment to see what random nonsense the series could get away with, the second season was surely an experiment to see how dramatic it can become while still retaining its overall random nature. The results of the experiment? More than successful!

The drama really picked up by the first half of the season, with Ludo not only regaining his strength, but learning to wield his new powers to the point where he successfully stole Star's book of spells and Glossaryck. Things only took a turn for the worse when it was revealed that Toffee was possessing him all along, and the end result was a season finale that left everyone hanging until the third season.

The only thing more dramatic than the overall plot was the relationship between Star and Marco, which became quite the emotional roller coaster this season. Their relationship started out as just friends, and by the end of the season...they were still just friends, though Marco's new relationship with Jackie and Star's hidden (later, revealed) feelings towards Marco made things between them much more complicated.

So how will things turn out by the third season? Will Star and Marco remain "just friends"? Have we seen the last of Ludo and Toffee? And what of this mysterious Queen Eclipsa? We'll have to wait and see. Until then, here's a look back at the best episodes of the second season:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dateline Disney (11/12/2017)


Last week, we reported the unfortunate news that Disney had banned the L.A. Times from reporting on their movies. Fortunately, we have some good news this week, as thanks to a public backlash from the media, Disney has since lifted its ban on the newspaper. All of this plus news on the latest development with Star Wars and Marvel in this week's Dateline Disney.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Trial By Squire


This show may be late for Halloween, but it more than makes up for it by being early for Black Friday. Because, really, what even is Thanksgiving? That’s just the holiday where people make a mad early dash to do their holiday shopping!

Oh well! Any excuse to send us back to Quest Buy is a good one. Any episode set in that store is sure to be in store of fresh comedy gold. And boy does this episode have a lot of comedy—albeit at the expense of poor Marco.

Of course, can we even consider him to be poor? He may have been the target of the squires and their grudge against him, but as the redhead mentioned, it’s not like they don’t have good reason not to begrudge him. All of them worked hard to earn their positions as squires, while Marco only obtained his title because he’s best friends with the princess. So you can at least understand their frustration.

In the end, none of that really mattered because Star only wanted to go shopping with Marco for the same reason she wanted him to become a squire: so he can hang out with her. Overall, this overall silly romp in this magical department store was an overall silly romp of a magical episode.

For a scene-by-scene recap, click READ MORE:

SVTFOE Recap: Lint Catcher


You know, the more I watch of this season, the more I'm convinced that Marco's being really selfish. He barges in on his best friend's life, demands to crash with her and train to be a knight, and all because he considered his old life on Earth to be too "boring" for him.

So I can understand Star not being too fond of his arrival. Not to mention that she's currently dealing with too many issues on her hand already, what with her trying to live up to her royal title, trying to get back with her old boyfriend and help him change for the best, and also ensuring that her great-great-granny who may or may not be evil recieves a fair trial. So, yes, ain't nobody got time for that.

Even then, you can still somewhat sympathize with Marco and understand that Star was still acting unfair towards him, despite everything she's been through up until this point. Not to mention we've managed to get a cool fight scene involving laundry lint!

For a scene-by-scene recap, click READ MORE:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fan Art Friday: Oo-De-Lally Golly What A Day!


44 years ago, Robin Hood was released in theaters on November 8. While not exactly one of Disney's classics, this movie is one of my personal childhood favorites.

Not only did this movie help shape my own political outlook—after all, Robin Hood did return the tax money taken from the poor and given as "economic stimulus" to the "job creator" Prince Johnbut it also helped me to explore my furry side, not to mention that of many other denizens on the internet!

So to celebrate the 44th anniversary of this overlooked classic, here's some fan art of the first furry libertarian hero! Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day!

To check out this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SVTFOE Recap: Sophmore Slump


Well, this was inevitable. Considering how the first half of this series involved Star living on Earth, it only makes sense that Marco will be spending time on Mewni now that the next few episodes will focus there. But until then, we have to watch Marco mope around on Earth wishing that he could return to Mewni before he eventually does.

One thing I don't necessarily care for is how Marco was forced to break up with Jackie Lynn. Yes, we all know that he and Star danced under the light of the Blood Moon Ball, and that means that their souls are intertwined for all eternity...but when you really think about it, that's extremely contrived.

After all, why should that all mean that Marco is going to be romantically linked with Star? Couldn't their bond simply be platonic? There's an idea that's never been explored before: a relationship coupled by fate that isn't romantic. Marco could still be friends with Star and he can still remain in a relationship with Jackie. But no. Contrived circumstances are contrived and Marco needs to hook up with Star because arbitrary reasons and blah blah blah!

Anyway, blasé episode is rather blasé, but otherwise okay.

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SVTFOE Recap: Demonicism


So all Tom needs to do to help overcome his anger issues is for him to undergo a ritual that will eliminate the “demons” causing his uncontrollable anger? I don’t see a problem with this.

I know this episode is supposed to be presenting the moral that there are no quick fixes for your problems, but considering that such a quick fix actually exists in this show, that kind of undermines the entire moral.

And I also know that many people would object that a procedure like a demonicism is supposed to be “bad” because it drastically alters one’s personality, but if one’s personality is defined by their most negative traits, like anger in Tom’s case, then that’s a personality that needs to be altered, and such an altercation would be for the best.

That’s the problem with story devices like demonicisms or the detox machine in Rick and Morty: if they actually existed in real life, it would make real life a much better place. If there really were a machine that could get rid of your most negative character traits, people would actually pay big money to use it and help better themselves as individuals—provided they were using it voluntarily, of course, and they weren't forced to undergo such a procedure!

Think about what such a world would look like. No incompetent man baby presidents threatening nuclear war over a temper tantrum on Twitter. No white nationalists and anti-fa thugs clashing in the streets. No feminists SJWs harassing people and getting offended over things that are not offensive. It would be infinitely better. Infinitely!

So, yes, I understand where this episode is coming from, but intent does not excuse overall execution, and this episode’s execution was rather weak.

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Throwback Thursday: Hamster Dance

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If you’re a millennial like myself who grew up with the internet in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you probably remember receiving a forwarded e-mail from a relative featuring gifs of hamsters dancing along to a high-pitch song.

The Hamster Dance, next only to the Dancing Baby, is one of the earliest examples of an internet meme, as back during its day, it was shared via e-mail like wildfire:


In fact, so popular were these dancing hamsters that they eventually spawned their own album which included a song based upon their meme.

But I bet you’re wondering why I’ve decided to share The Hamster Dance for this Throwback Thursday. After all, what does the Hamster Dance have to do with Disney?

Well, turns out, everything!

To find out why, continue reading by clicking READ MORE: