Family, film, and flippancy!

Today I got to introduce my seven-year-old niece to Aladdin!  My niece had some insights:

1. First impression: “Who’s singing?” Me-“The man on the camel.”  Niece-“But what’s his name?…He’s tiny.”

2. “It takes Jasmine an hour every day to brush her hair.”

3. You should feel sorry for Jasmine when she thinks Aladdin got beheaded.  (Movie Jasmine: “It’s all my fault, Rajah.  I didn’t even know his name!” Niece: “His name’s Aladdin, princess!”

4. On Jafar: “He’s using hypnotism!” Also, “He’s calling him “Abooboo” on purpose!”

5. The genie is “hilarious.”

6. After that most romantic of songs, “A Whole New World”, “I wish I could’ve seen that Chinese dragon up closer.”

 

As this was officially a Movie Date and my sister gave us permission to watch two films, Aladdin was followed by The Swan Princess, which the niece had seen before.  I think it just made her think about it more.  Also, it made her helpful.  She explained several things to me.  She informed me that Derek was sad because he wanted to marry Odette, that King William’s not really there during his voiceover, Derek’s just remembering, and other helpful tips.

 

1. Odette introducing Puffin: “I’m Odette, princess Odette.  And these are my two best friends in the whole world-Jean-Bob and Mr. Trudgealong.” Niece: “No-your best friend should be Prince Derek!”

2. Question: When Odette’s flying to find Derek as a swan, why does she whisper “Derek” when she sees him instead of saying it aloud?  My answer was that humans can’t understand her when she’s a swan and she didn’t want to startle him.  Any thoughts?

3. Question: Is that hag character Rothbart’s “true daughter”?  I said no, it was just his assistant, who I think joined him because she had a crush on him before she met Chamberlain.  There is debate about the crush-any votes?

4. Question: Can the hag character talk?  I said that I thought she could, but refrained herself to noises because that’s what Rothbart preferred.  After a particularly emphatic noise at the end of the movie my niece also decided that the hag probably could talk.  Yes?

5. Odette: “I’ll never give you my father’s kingdom!” Me: “Actually, her father’s dead, so she shouldn’t call it ‘her father’s kingdom’.  It’s really all hers!”  Niece: “But she should still call it ‘her father’s kingdom’ because she’s not married, so she can’t be the queen yet.”  I’m not sure if I should be glad the niece is brilliant enough to pick up on this medieval idea or be alarmed that she sees this so clearly.

6. Rothbart: “You’ve forgotten one very important thing.  Tomorrow there is no moon!” Niece: “How can she know the weather!?”

 

So, in short: I should watch more things with the niece.  She won’t let you get confused on the one hand, and on the other she comes up with good questions.  Hurrah!

 

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Disney Crossover Compatibility

Today I attended birthday celebrations that included the task of assigning Disney princesses to new partners, outside of the Disney/cartoon universe.  The results:

 

Snow White: Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice.  He needs someone to appreciate his gardening, keep his house, be meek with an older lady patroness, and help cheer him up.  She needs someone who’ll let her tell him what to do in a domestic setting and encourage her to support him.  Also, they both appreciate retelling stories.

 

Cinderella: Raj of The Big Bang Theory.  They both cook and do gentile-variety housework.  If anyone can appreciate geekery it’s a girl whose prior entertainment has been dancing mice and birds.  Raj might mess things up, but he’ll actually do things with her and won’t order her around.  They’d probably make each other laugh and engage in odd activities.

 

Aurora: George Weasley from Harry Potter.  McGonagall taught him how to dance, so he should be an expert.  He’ll love introducing someone gullible into society and make her smile.  She’ll be a calming influence and be easily entertained.

 

Ariel: J.D. from Scrubs.  They both indulge great optimism and fantasies, and fall in love ridiculously fast.  They also both have strong attachments to the human body.

 

Belle: Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility.  They’re both intellectuals with very strong moral principles.  She has the high spirits and fiestiness that can bring him out and make him smile the way Marianne did, while Belle won’t need any near-death experiences to appreciate Brandon’s nobility and interests.

 

Pocahontas: the new version of James Bond.  She could be a grounding influence for him and be protective without making him defensive.  He could bring her around the world and understand her political background without exoticizing her.

 

Megara (Hercules): the prince from Much Ado About Nothing as played by Denzel Washington.  Meg has trust issues, so she needs a great communicator who can make her feel valued without going overboard with cheesy things.  Also, she needs someone able to verbally spar with her.  The prince expresses himself magnificently, is a tactful genius, and has enough tricks up his sleeve to match Meg.

 

Jasmine: Westley of The Princess Bride.  She needs someone who can keep up with her actively and who understands independence.  Also, someone who can take her sarcasm and losing her temper.  Westley deserves a girl who will support him guns-a-blazing and be able to handle delicate fighting situations.

 

Esmerelda: Inigo Montoya of The Princess Bride.  Esmerelda is a physical genius who knows how to dance, fight, and disappear.  The only one who can match her is the wizard of swordsmanship.  Moreover, they both understand being marginalized by society.  They are passionate and have strong personal causes.  Also, then they could double date with Jasmine and Westley.

 

Mulan: Remus from Harry Potter.  Mulan needs someone who can go along with her plans while still making her feel beautiful and belonging.  Remus needs someone tough enough to stand up under the werewolf revelation, and someone who can make him laugh and relax.

 

Also, we wanted the boys from Psych to be involved, so:

 

Princess Fiona (Shrek): Gus.  They’re both very robust, have specific things that they like and are interested in, and are able to roll with the punches.  Also, they’d fight really well.

 

Odette (Swan Princess): Shawn, provided that they grew up together in the same circumstances as Odette and Derek do in the film.  Like Derek, Shawn has no idea what to say around women he cares about, he likes secrets, but he’s also very dedicated and fully committed to following his own instincts and intuitions in spite of what anyone else says.