Saturday, March 31, 2018

Jordan Peterson Is A Silly Billy About Frozen


When it comes to film criticism, especially on the internet, arguments are like Westerns: there's the good, the bad, and the ugly.

There are good arguments, like how Frozen is a great movie because it's both a deconstruction of a traditional Disney movie while also a traditional Disney movie. This is a good argument because it can be backed up through sound reasoning and evidence.

Then there are bad arguments, like how Frozen is a "bad" movie because it doesn't have any black characters. Yes, this is an actual argument! It's also bad because it overlooks important details like how the movie is set within a predominately white country during a predominately white time period. (You might as well argue that Mulan is "bad" for also not having any black characters!)

And then there are ugly arguments, or rather, WTF argumentsthe type of arguments that make you sit back in your chair with your mouth agape as you stare at the screen and wonder "what the f***" you just read and "how the f***" anyone could come up with such reasoning.

That's probably how most people felt when they read how right-wing pundit Jordan Peterson argued that Frozen was a bad movie because it was propaganda, and the reason why it's propaganda is because...er, well, he doesn't really explain why.

But while everyone else has been content to point and laugh at the alleged "stupid man's smart person", I'm determined to delve into his mind and, like Alexander the Great wrangling with the Gordian Knot, try to unravel the reasoning why exactly he believes Frozen is "evil" propaganda.

For a deciphering of Mr. Peterson's argument against Frozen, click READ MORE:


Friday, March 30, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Hoppy Easter Rabbits


Disney may not own Peter Cottontail, but they have many cotton tails who will most likely be hopping down the bunny trail--because hippity-hoppity Easter's on its way! So to celebrate this holiday commonly associated with bunnies, here's a fan art showcase of many of Disney's famous bunnies.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Herbie On The Tomorrowland Speedway

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If you've ever been to the Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World, chances are you've seen the Tomorrowland Speedway and wondered what a ride like that has to do with "tomorrow", let alone why it even remains open. (Fortunately, folks like Rob Plays have answered that question!)

Believe it or not, aside from the Skyway, the Speedway was one of the only attractions at Tomorrowland when the Magic Kingdom park first opened in 1971. No Space Mountain. No Astro Orbiter. Not even a Peoplemover or Carousel of Progress. Just a concrete track with go-karts. And it's still remains open!

In fact, Walt Disney World was so proud of this attraction that it actually showcased it during its grand opening with a very special guest star--though you can probably tell by the title who it is.

To watch the time when Herbie raced on the Tomorrowland Speedway, click READ MORE.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Toys R Us Commercials

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Something I will never get used to as I continue to grow up, no matter how old I get, is the feeling of seeing something I once cherished as a child fade away into non-existence. Even at the ripe age of 31, many of the things I used to take for granted as a child no longer exist.

VHS tapes have been replaced with DVDs. Saturday morning cartoon blocks no longer air on television. Nickelodeon and Disney Channel have both declined in quality with their over-abundance of teen sitcoms. And now Toys R Us is fated to meet Circuit City and Sears in the great shopping mall in the sky.

Yes, this year will mark the last generation of children who can say that they didn’t want to grow up, that they were Toys R Us kids, as the titular toy store chain has since declared bankruptcy and will be closing down its stores worldwide. If you want to learn how this came to be, I suggest watching Moviebob’s video here. (Hint: It wasn't the internet that killed it. It’s all Mitt Romney’s fault.)

I know this is technically not Disney-related, but many Disney toys were sold in these stores, so close enough. Not to mention no other time would be better to send off this once great purveyor of childhood nostalgia. So here are several Toys R Us commercials to help us cope through the grief:

To wish this toy store goodbye on memory lane, click READ MORE:


Monday, March 19, 2018

Top 5 Reasons We Love Zootopia

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Two years ago, Zootopia quickly became the surprise animated hit of 2016. What was supposed to be Disney's B-movie to its A-movie later this year, Moana, managed to become an animated blockbuster in its own right. Earning more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide, this movie broke box office record after record, becoming the second highest grossing original film of the year and fourth highest grossing animated movie of all time. But was this buddy cop movie (or rather, "bunny cop" movie) truly deserving of this level of success, or was its box office hit merely due to it being the only animated movie in March? Here are five reasons why we truly love Zootopia.

To learn why we love Zootopia so much, click READ MORE:


Friday, March 16, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Luck Of The Disney


Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day. Ever wondered how your favorite Disney characters celebrate this most lucky day? Let's take a look with Disney fan art sprinkled with the luck of the Irish for this week's Fan Art Friday.

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


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Muppets Sing Danny Boy

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the green corner. So what better way to celebrate this traditional Irish holiday than with a rendition of a traditional Irish melody? Sung by the three most incomprehensible Muppets!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

SVTFOE Recap: Butterfly Trap


Credit where it’s due: while the last two episodes were lackluster, this episode more than makes up for it by revealing what those two were building up to—and boy is it quite the revelation with major ramifications for the rest of the series.

The one thing I really enjoy about this series is that, like other modern cartoon shows like Adventure Time and Steven Universe, it manages to delve into very serious and mature topics in spite of its otherwise whimsical and nonsensical setting. Star Butterfly may be a magical princess from another dimension, but her magic kingdom isn’t quite as magical as she initially thought it was.

As she learns in the series, her country was founded through oppression, her government is maintained through corruption, and her family history is riddled with secrets and lies. It almost makes you feel sorry for her the more disillusioned she becomes with her world and how dark it really is despite its bright and colorful façade.

And you have to wonder how things will develop from here on out now that she knows that she and her family are not the rightful rulers of their kingdom. And what of Eclipsa? Is she really evil as everyone assumes that she is, or is there really more to her character than she lets on? And what of her long lost daughter, Meteora? Only time will tell, and we can only hope that the season finale reveals an even bigger revelation.

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


Monday, March 12, 2018

Why I Won’t Be Watching Or Reviewing A Wrinkle In Time

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Disney’s theatrical adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time was released in theaters over the weekend, and it’s since received mixed reviews and ratings. As such, I’m sure most of you are curious as to what a Disney fan like myself feels about this movie.

I regret to inform you all that I won’t be reviewing this movie, as I have no plans to actually watch it, or at least I won’t be paying money to watch it in theaters. My reason for doing this had less to do with the movie itself and more with a particularly “problematic” individual starring in it.

In recent years, it’s been a common trend for certain moviegoers to forgo watching a particular movie as a matter of principle, either because of an aspect of the movie they disagree with or because of the people involved with it.

Some people declined to watch Ender’s Game because the movie was based on a book written by a homophobic bigot. Some declined to watch either Pirates of the Caribbean or Fantastic Beasts because one of the actors, Johnny Depp, was accused of domestic violence. And some like James Rolfe refused to watch the Ghostbusters reboot because they felt it would not live up to the original movie. (Though others accused them of hating the movie out of sexism.)

In a similar vein, I will not be watching A Wrinkle In Time—not because I think the movie won't be good (it does look visually stimulating), nor because I have a problem with its message (which is simply that evil can be overcome with the power of love), and nor because the main character had her race changed (because I’m not a triggered alt-right loser)—but because one of the actors within the movie has proven to be quite problematic. That actor is Oprah Winfrey.


To learn why Oprah made this movie a "no go" for me, click READ MORE:


Friday, March 9, 2018

Fan Art Friday: The Women Of Disney


March is Women's History Month, and yesterday was International Women's Day. It's a time to reflect on all the amazing women that make up our world, including those in our favorite movies. And while it would be easy to showcase mostly princesses in honor of this occasion, I'd like to focus on some of the amazing Disney female characters who aren't royalty in this week's Fan Art Friday:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

SVTFOE Recap: Total Eclispa The Moon


If there's one consolation about the previous episode, it's that at least it makes this episode look better in contrast. Of course, what else would you expect from an episode that involves Queen Moon going on a super special awesome adventure with new best character, Eclipsa?

We already learned from the mid-season finale that Miss Heinous is the long lost daughter of Eclipsa whose real identity is Meterora. So the plot really thickens in this episode when we learn her identity has been covered up through a royal conspiracy. Why the real identity of Eclipsa's daughter is covered up remains a mystery, but we can only surmise that it has something to do with Eclipsa's imprisonment, either rightly or wrongly.

Aside from creating more suspense for this season's story arc, this episode also excels with the chemistry created between Moon and Eclipsa, as two people who should be enemies with each other end up working together to uncover a mystery, and in the process, end up bonding. Seeing the two create such a bond makes you almost forget that the two will inevitably have to oppose on another during the upcoming trial.

Of course, as such, this only helps to further drum up the drama during this season. Will Moon manage to set aside her prejudice for Eclipsa and realize that she's not really as evil as she initially assumed? Or is Eclipsa really evil and this whole cover-up a justifiable attempt to annul her evil deeds, whatever they may be? Only time will tell, but now we're just as antsy as Star to get some answers.

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


Throwback Thursday: Maleficent KH Boss Battles

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The Nostalgia Critic recently kicked off his "Disney Live Action Remakes Month", where he will be reviewing Disney's attempts to further cash in on their classic animated movies by creating live-action facsimiles.

Since he started his themed month with a review of Maleficent, I've decided to dedicate this week's Throwback Thursday to something nostalgic concerning the titular "Mistress of all Evil".

And what better nostalgic property best showcases her affinity for all things evil than the video game Kingdom Hearts? (You know, aside from her original movie, Sleeping Beauty?)

To check out the Mistress of all Evil in digital form, click READ MORE:


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

SVTFOE Recap:The Bogbeast of Boggabah


Finally! After a three-month hiatus, Star Vs. The Forces of Evil returns to television to continue its stimulating third season. And it’s very first episode following this hiatus has our main character, Star, finally confronting her mother about the dark secrets she learned in the last episode…only to be sidelined by her father forcing her to go on a camping trip.

Under normal circumstances, I would have loved to see Star going on a wacky misadventure with her father in the woods, but not during an episode that teases us with an important revelation that never gets…well, revealed! And while, yes, this episode is one part of a two-part episode, even then, we never get to learn what this important revelation is, not even in the second part. In the end, we're forced to wait another week for the next episode to air to find out.

Look! I trust Daron Nefcy and her staff to be competent creators—if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be a fan of this show—but if this episode reveals anything, it’s that they need to learn when to make a proper episode for the proper time. If they want to make a filler episode about Star camping with her father, make a filler episode. If they want to make an episode revealing important information about the season-long story arc, make an episode about that. But don’t try to combine the two types of episode, because you end up with a mess like this.

I don’t even get what the “moral” of this episode is supposed to be? Patience? Again, under normal circumstances, that would be a good enough moral to teach, but not after a three-month hiatus when fans are waiting on the edge of their seats to find out how the overarching story finally plays out.

Overall, this newest episode makes a bad first impression of the remaining third season. The only saving grace is that the second part of this two-part episode is the much better half.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Four Things Feminists Get Wrong About Disney Princesses

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There's no denying that princesses are popular with Disney. After all, the company has its roots with a princess movie, and some of its more recent animated blockbusters tend to star princesses.

However, with most of its newest princesses being empowered female role models that often belt out pop chart-breaking power ballads, their older princesses, in contrast, appear less empowered, and by extension, less "feminist."

Some feminists accuse these princesses of being "poor" role models for young girls; at worst, the more radical feminists accuse them of being a sexist plot by the "patriarchy" to help groom young girls into "internalized misogyny" and "cis-heteronormative gender roles"—whatever all that means!

We’ve heard these criticisms before, from Cinderella being a helpless "damsel in distress", to Belle suffering from "Stockholm Syndrome." But how much weight do these feminist accusations carry?

Here are four common feminist fallacies about Disney princesses and why they're as fictional as the fairy tales they attack.

(And before anyone accuses this think piece of being yet another anti-feminist/anti-SJW screed, this rebuttal will mostly cite feminist sources such as The Mary Sue and Lindsay Ellis—in other words, this will be feminists debunking feminists!)

To learn why these feminist fallacies are full of it, click READ MORE:


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Disney Dudebro Updates (03/03/2018)

The remainder of SVTFOE's third season will be airing this month, so expect recaps for these episodes at least one week after they air.

Also, International Women's Day will be coming up next week, and I'll be releasing a special blog post to commemorate it. Let's just say it will be on the women of Disney, specifically it's princesses.

Lastly, A Wrinkle In Time will be premiering this month, next week in fact. I'm sure most of you are expecting me to write a review of that. Well, let's just say that I will be publishing a blog post explaining why I won't.

Other than all that, expect to see my regular Throwback Thursday and Fan Art Friday posts as usual.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Going Wild For Zootopia II


It's been two years since Zootopia was released, and the movie still stands as one of Disney's best yet when you consider its reviews and box office sales. Even greater is the fan art. So here's another Fan Art Friday showcasing even more Zootopia fan art.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Stitch Great Escape Commercial

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Recently, Tony “Some Jerk With A Camera” Goldmark released his video discussing the Top 15 Attractions That Closed In 2017. One of those attractions was Stich’s Great Escape.

During his video, he showed a commercial for the now defunct attraction, and it was so weird that I considered it worth sharing for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

For an ad about Disney's most *burp* experience, click READ MORE: