Sunday, June 1, 2014

Maleficent


It's been a while since I have made any entry on this blog ... and I usually don't do movie reviews, but here we go anyway. (Warning ... if you haven't seen the movie there are spoilers below.)
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Maleficent is based on the 1959 Disney Classic, Sleeping Beauty and the character is one of the iconic Disney villains ... or is she?

At first, I was a bit skeptical having heard a bit about the direction that this movie was going to go, as I hate inconsistencies. Right off the bat you can see that Angelina Jolie does not sport the green complexion of the original, although there is one scene in which you do get a chance to see what she would look like if she had.

To be honest - excluding the storyline itself, the inconsistencies really weren't as numerous as I had expected. In fact, other than the one above, only a few really stuck in my craw.

The first was the naming of the three fairies who were to raise Aurora. In the animated feature they are named Flora, Fauna and Merriweather. In this version they are Thistletwit, Flittle and Knotgrass. I know that this is a small thing and I can even understand why they were named this way here, but I think it would have been a nice shout out to the original Disney creations to use the original Disney names.

Yet, having said that, Maleficent carries her well known iconic name right from the beginning. Of course, you say, but at the beginning of this movie she is a kind hearted, happy and friendly fairy ... a far cry form the malicious creature we have all come to know. Malicious .... Maleficent ... see what I mean? The very name means evil, so why was this sweet young fairy given that name which denotes everything she wasn't ... yet? Perhaps it was a name she could have adopted later?

But those are the inconsistencies that could have been eliminated without affecting what the movie was trying to accomplish. The rest of the departures from what Disney set down in 1959 were needed for this new view of what happened, and as long as you don't insist on complete adherence to canon, you can accept the revised facts.

From the above comments, however, you may have decided that I didn't like the movie. On the contrary, I surprised myself by liking it more than I had expected. It was hard not to ... Angelina Jolie was such a magnificent Maleficent! The movie did contain the necessary iconic characters from the animated feature ... the three fairies, the raven (with a much expanded role) and the dragon, so you won't get cheated there.

Maleficent will continue to be a classic Disney villain and her section won't soon be moved to the Disney Heroes side of the Magic Kingdom's parking lot - but this isn't your grandparent's Maleficent.

Go see it!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Where in WDW? - Challenge 71 (Reveal)

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


You will find this fellow above the Sunshine Tree Terrace next to the exit of the Enchanted Tiki Room in The Magic Kingdom.



Well, it's time for us to escape the snow of the north for the palm trees of Florida. Where in WDW? will return in March.


See you real soon!




Friday, January 31, 2014

Where in WDW? Challenge 71

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


You will find this piece of firefighting equipment on the platform of the Frontierland railroad station.



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?


As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Where in WDW? Challenge 70

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


This is the waterfall by the water lily pond in Living with the land. (That's a Goofy hat on the right of the picture.)



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?


As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.




Sunday, January 12, 2014

Where in WDW? Challenge 69

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


As many guessed, this is from the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, in the scene from Casablanca.



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?


As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.







Sunday, January 5, 2014

Where in WDW? - Challenge 68

Welcome to 2014! I hope this is a wonderful year for everyone.

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


Like the gas pumps in the last challenge, this sign can be found in Animal Kingdom - at the meet and greet area next to Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama. (See the second reveal photo below - which is the full frame version of the last challenge's reveal.)



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?


As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.








Sunday, December 22, 2013

Where in WDW? Challenge 67

Last time you were challenged to identify Where in WDW you would find this ...


These gas pumps can be found in Animal Kingdom - at the meet and greet area next to Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama.



Didn't get it? Well, here is another one for you - Where in WDW? would you see this?


As usual, make your guess in the COMMENTS section below and then stop back next time to see if you were correct.

This will be the last Where in WDW? for 2013 ... and I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Happy and Healthy New Year. See you in 2014!