The Animation Tag

Olivia (thanks, Olivia!) @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell (a beautiful blog, folks, go check it out!) tagged me for this tag. She tagged me a very long time ago, so I apologize for taking so long. I haven’t done a tag in ages, so I’m a little rusty. But here goes.

Let us begin! (Like Olivia, I’m including any animated movie I want to, not just Disney. Because it doesn’t say ‘Disney animated tag’ just animated ;D)

 

1. Who’s you favourite animated heroine?

#1I tried really hard to just choose one… but so many kept coming to mind! I narrowed it down to four, though. #progress      I would say Jane Porter from Tarzan. She is brave and amusing and I love her facial expressions, and she’s silly and wonderful. Violet Parr is also awesome. Her sass and the way she pretends to be all tough is really kinda sweet. Rapunzel is amazing. i could go on about her, but basically she’s just awesome. And finally Miriam, from Prince of Egypt. She is underated, but she is so amazing. She is brave and stands up for what she believes, and she’s the one who (in the movie) reminds Moses of his home and family, his people. She is there for everyone, ready to slap you in the face if you need it, but just as ready to hug you.

 

2. Who’s your favourite animated hero?

#2Again (and I have the feeling for many of these questions) I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. I love Ralph from Wreck-It-Ralph, he is a bad guy in a video game, but he’s tired of being bad. So he goes on a journey to become a good guy. Eugene, Eugene,  I love him. The way he falls in love with Rapunzel is so beautiful, and he’s so funny. Also, of course, the smolder ;D  Sully is one of my all time favorite movie characters. I adopted him as my monster dad (’cause those are real). And lastly, Carl, from Up. He is a grouch… but a softy! I think I’ll actually be similar to him when I get old hahaha!

 

3. If there was to be a sequel (or even a third, fourth, or fifth part) (and then I don’t mean like Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, those short movies, but a real one) of an animated movie, what would you like it to be about?
ratat2OH MY GOSH I HAVE THE BEST IDEA EVER. This is a prequel, not a sequel but same dif. Make me a movie about this guy. Anton Ego. Tell us more about his childhood. It would have happy moments. I bet his mother died, and obviously he was picked on as a child. Then he moved to France when he was old enough. And fell in love. And was an amazing chef. But then the girl he was in love with, idk, left or something, and he was heartbroken. He was tired of the cruel world. And so he became a cynic. BOOM. Pretty sure I’m a genius. Yep. CALL PIXAR. I honestly think this would be one of the best movies. ever. I just adore the first movie, the accents, the setting, the culinary flares, everything! But this would be a slower, more moving, beautiful movie. *sighs*

 

4. Which couple from an animated movie do you think is highly underrated? 

motziMOSES AND TZIPPORAH. I never hear about them. And they’re both awesome individually, but also their lives together *nods head*. Yep.

underatedAlso, Pacha and Chicha. Their relationship is so normal, seemingly everyday type of love (but hey that’s what matters most) and they love each other. Also, she’s so cool! Frying pans, who knew, right?

 

5. Which couple do you like most?

cou1Carl and Ellie. *sniffles* Just yes.

cou3 Tarzan and Jane. I love EVERY OUNCE OF THEM TOGETHER. ahem…

cou4And lastly, Rapunzel and Eugene. #adorable

 

6. Which song is your favorite?

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WHAT. EXCUSE ME. HOW CAN I CHOOSE?!?! So many! Umm… Once Upon a Decmeber from Anastasia (don’t like the movie tho). I See the Light from Tangled. Any of the Toy Story songs. Prince of Egypt soundtrack. Once Upon a Dream from Sleeping Beauty. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes and So This is Love from Cinderella. Turnaround from The Little Prince. Peter Pan soundtrack. Something There from Beauty and the Beast. Jungle Book songs.

 

7. And if you should choose a song that isn’t likely to be chosen by you, one that didn’t immediately come up in your mind but is still a favourite, which one would it be?

bepre*cerebellum fuses* I don’t know! Um… Oh, okay, so normally I really don’t like the Villain songs in Disney movies, but Be Prepared. It like gives me chills!

 

8. What animation movie did you first think you wouldn’t like, but eventually you did? 

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I was not expecting to like this movie. The Little Prince. I had heard it was boring. And I guess it kinda is, but it was somehow captivating throughout the entire movie. The three styles of animation, the ideas, the plot twists, all of it. I loved this movie.

 

9. Which two do you always consider as a couple, even though they are not a definite couple, but almost no one else does? 

No idea…

 

10. Which girl from an animated movie has the best hair?

besthair Okay, I know how hard it is to have hair that’s difficult to manage. But look at hers. She doesn’t have to even do anything and it looks crazy (in both sense of the words, crazy good and just plain crazy) amazing. #effortless  I would feel like a crazy warrior and feel scottish and like it would just be #fab.

 

11. Who has the best wardrobe?

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ariel2Ariel’s dresses are so pretty, some ballgowns, her wedding dress, some other styles, just like so nice. I also love Aurora’s wardrobe, for the most part. And Merida’s wardrobe would be awesome.

12. Which sidekick is the best according to you?

kronkKronk. No doubt about it.

 

13. What’s your favourite Disney princess movie?

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disneyp2Both have amazing places in my heart. I just can’t choose between them. I like Rapunzel and Eugene and the visuals in Tangled best, but the supporting characters and the actual story in Beauty in the Beast are so awesome. Both have an equally good soundtrack. So yep, both.

 

14. What’s your favourite animated movie (no Disney princess movies included)? 

favmoPrince of Egypt, like oh my gosh it’s soundtrack and the characters, just everything.

Toy Story 2, how can you get better?

Monster Inc. is so very wonderful in every way, Sully, Mike, and Boo? Best trio ever.

 

15. What is your Disney personality?

confusedI don’t know…

 

16. Which animated girl do you think looks most like you (in looks, not in character)?

idkNone of them…

17.  Which statement do you think is true and which not (you know, those things on Pinterest that say…for example: That Elsa and Anna are Rapunzels cousins, and that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa’s brother or that the oldest girl from Despicable Me is maybe Riley’s mom from Inside Out)?

e79ddb9d2ec600aba68db0632d1e2599^This one. I no longer care about the whole cousins thing, like whatever, believe what you will, but the Tarzan being related to Anna and Elsa… that offends me. Like if you know me, you know that I don’t like Frozen at all, and I love Tarzan so…

18. What animated movie did you expect much of, but turned out to be much worse than you originally thought? 

nopeUm hmmm. Iron Giant was awful. That was just one weird movie. I also was pretty disapointed with Anastasia and Hercules. Like I turned off Hercules because I thought it was so lame, and Anastasia had some really nice parts but overall just not my type of movie. It’s sad because both of those movies are so hyped up. I was expecting something awesome but it just didn’t happen.

 

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So there we have it! The animation tag! I’m not tagging anybody, but if you want to use it feel free. Thanks for reading!

(also, random note, my blogiversary is on Thursday, any follows are appreciated!)

What are some of your favorite animated movies? How about some that disappointed you?

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heart of valentine

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this pic is mine, the rest in this post are from Unsplash

Valentine’s Day. The day for romance, love, chocolates, and flowers. If you don’t have a ‘special someone’ you might simply show your appreciation to family and friends, while also stuffing your face with chocolate that you bought for yourself.

The idea of modern day Valentine’s is a sweet one, I suppose. Love should be celebrated, and there’s nothing wrong with having a special day set aside to really show that.

But (and you probably saw this coming), there’s a deeper layer to Valentine’s day. And it (like most holidays) has some pretty pagan roots. On the other hand, the men named Valentine, stood for some pretty amazing things and paid the price for it.

Here are some interesting stats about Valentine’s day:

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this interesting stats graphic is from History

Valentine’s Day most original roots are from the pagan festival, Lupercalia, with some nasty origins about fertility and such. After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman state, newly converted Christians combined their festival, Lupercalia, with a day to celebrate the martyr, Valentine. Their hearts may have been in the right place but mixing the two brought many pagan traditions and symbolism along for the ride. Also, many of the symbols of Valentine’s day have pagan roots as well, from cupids to roses. Consider this verse when thinking about religions being mixed:

“29 When he destroys the nations in the land where you will live, 30 don’t follow their example in worshiping their gods. Do not ask, ‘How do these nations worship their gods?’ and then go and worship as they do! 31 You must not insult the Lord your God like that! These nations have done horrible things that he hates, all in the name of their religion. They have even roasted their sons and daughters in front of their gods.”
~Deuteronomy 12:29-31

On the other hand, modern Valentine’s Day is in no way associated with God anymore, unless you’re really reaching, so I guess it’s no longer mixing our culture and God, it’s just our culture. Which brings up even more reasons why it might be okay to celebrate it, and might not be.

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Chaucer (in the poem ‘The Parliament of Foules’) and Shakespeare (in ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’, ‘Hamlet’, and more) both popularized and romanticized Valentine’s Day, turning it away from both its roots (the festival and Valentine), and making it simply a romantic occasion.

Saint Valentine may have actually been two or three men named Valentine, all whom were martyred around the same time and their stories may have been blended into the one story we now have. Either way, long ago, Emperor Claudius II decided that soldiers who were not married made better soldiers than married ones with wives and families. So being the awesome (#sarcasm) guy he was, he outlawed marriage for young men. A priest named Valentine, however, knew this was unfair and evil, and continued performing marriage services for young folks. He also may have helped Christians escape from Roman prisons, and was sent to jail. Legend goes that Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, and the night before his death, sent her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, a rather swoon worthy story, I must admit.

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When I was young, we never made much of an occasion about Valentine’s day, we were each given a book, my aunt would send us a box of gifts and goodies (she still does most years), when we participated in a homeschool co-op we would give each other cheap valentines with pencils or candy, and give sugar cookies to the elderly, and my parents would have a romantic dinner sometimes, if I’m remembering correctly.

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Nowadays, I may listen to some love songs, and contemplate making myself something yummy and be too lazy (although I do that every day, not just Valentine’s Day) I shall, however think about the lives that have been given for the cause of love and God and I shall perhaps read a romantic poem or two, and listen to the AIO episode about Valentine, and wait in anxious anticipation to see if my aunt has decided we’re too old for the lovely box.

Honestly I’m not even sure what my complete opinion of celebrating Valentine’s Day is, and since I’m still young and have no one to buy chocolate for, I don’t really care much.

Nothing I’ve said here is to offend you, mostly to tell you a very interesting story about a brave man, and point out somethings that are worth weighing in before decorating your house with cupids 😉

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Well what do you think? Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Thoughts?

h e a r t

image credit: Unsplash

h e a r t

by M.L.

A glass heart is broken and shattered.
All around, my memories scatter.

Shards of glass feelings,
and delicate crystal dealings.

The tears. The pain. The agony.
It’s more than I can bear.

The splinters of glass try to pierce my ruby soul
Inside its metal snare.

What is this chaos,
this uncomprehensible madness?

I do not know, only that it brings
an overwhelming sadness.

If I get a second chance,
for which I greatly bemoan,

I shall trade my glass heart
for one of stone.

flashlight > sun

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A  N    E  X  P  R  E  S  S  I  O  N    O  F    P  O  E  T  I  C  A  L    T  H  O  U  G  H  T  S

an original poem

F l a s h l i g h t  >  S u n
b y  M. L.

a flashlight in the daytime does no good,

unless you are looking into dark corners.

but a flaslight is practically useless

when the sun is shining.

the sun does go down eventually, though.

some people think it is sad,

i think it’s beautiful.

because then, us flashlights are put to use.

it may only be for a small while,

but we feel our worth.

and in those few hours;

a flashlight is greater than the sun.

Heeeelp!

Y’all! I’m so excited! It’s almost my blog’s second birthday (say whaaaaat??!) and I’m really looking forward to having myself lots of happiness on that day. Also I’m the bestest at grammaring.

The long anticipated date is February 22, and it’s fast arriving.

But here’s where I need your help!

This blog, obviously, is not about the numbers but, looking around at other blogs (seeing blogs that have only been running for a few months and already have 150+ followers) is making me feel a little… under accomplished.

I only need 20 more followers to reach that amazing milestone of 100 followers! Please spread the word or if you’re reading this and you don’t follow, please do. (If you’re using a computer there’s a subscription box on the right side, if your on a mobile device scroll way down ’til you find it.)

At the same time, I don’t just want empty numbers, so if you don’t think you’d actually read the blog or enjoy it, then don’t feel like you need to follow/subscribe.

But if you DO have any interest in reading this lil’ ol’ blog of mine, I would love to have you follow along!

Thank you all so much for your support! It means the world to me!

100??! Can we do it?

and all the sudden 2018 arrived

2018

Crazy, isn’t it? That all the sudden there’s a new year. The start of a new beginning.

2016, I worked really hard making and breaking habits. I did a lot of hard work and reaped the rewards. I’m gonna be honest, in 2017, I really slacked off. But I hope to do better this year.

Normally I wouldn’t post my ‘goals’ or ‘resolutions’ but I think if I post them for the world to see, it will make me more inclined to follow through. So here goes.

2018 GOALS: 

  • Exercise daily. In 2016 I was exercising three times a day and I felt amazing. So I need to start exercising at least once.
  • Drink even more water. I drink a good deal of water now, but I should be drinking even more.
  • Eat less junk. I don’t want to say ‘go on a diet’ or ‘lose more weight’ but I just need to create a habit of eating better.
  • Arrange and follow through with an actual sleeping schedule.
  • Floss daily (yes this is how honest i am, i’m letting everyone i know know that i need to floss more regularly #brutallyhonest).
  • Apply essential oils to hair and face daily.
  • Make a weekly schedule at the beginning of each week.
  • Blog regularly, plan out posts each month.
  • Complete room decorating.
  • Earn more money.
  • Find/accept more opportunities to earn said money.
  • Smile more. Frown less. Watch body language.
  • Explain instead of express my frustrutions.
  • Become the ‘awesome big kid’ to the younger kids I know.
  • Go somewhere exciting.
  • Learn a little dancing. Whether random steps from tap or ballet, or a little bit of swing.
  • Volunteer somewhere.
  • Contact at least one family member (that I don’t see constantly) every week.
  • Go on an awesome outing with a friend or family member once a month.
  • Drink more tea.
  • Do a cleaning/organizing project once a month.
  • Be braver, take opportunities even if they sound scary.
  • Do a morning and evening stretch session every day.
  • Spend more time in nature.
  • Learn to accept compliments and criticism like an awesome warrior.
  • Get my camera out at least three times a week.
  • Create in my art journal at least twice a week.
  • Sell my crafts somewhere (my paper crafts). Etsy… a store… idk somewhere
  • Get to a point where I can do the splits. Y’all. I was almost there last year (as in 2016). But I stopped doing the stretches so I’ll now have to start from scratch. But I’m almost positive I can do it.
  • Read more books. Hopefully about 60.
  • Cook/bake more.
  • Watch sunsets. And even watch sunrises.

So that’s what I’ve thought up. Habits to make. Habits to break.  Things to do. Etc.

So what do you think? What are some of your goals for 2018? And doesn’t that sounds strange? 2 0 1 8 !!! Here’s to the New Year!

Original or Remake (Disney)

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So ya know how there are very few original ideas in Hollywood right now it seems? There’s remakes, sequels, prequels, etc? And rarely something entirely new? At times I’m really annoyed at this but it can be fun to see remakes sometimes, a new twist on an old classic that either goes horribly or wonderfully.

Anyways, I thought it would be interesting to do a comparison of six Disney remakes that I have seen (as far as I remember it’s just these six I’ve seen).

So here goes.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951 and 2010)

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I remember seeing the original at my aunt’s house, but that was years and years ago. So I will not make any statements like ‘the new one is much better’ or ‘the original was so much more accurate’ because I honestly cannot remember the original.

But I love the modern one. It’s so oddly weirldy whimsical. And Although I would entirely understand if someone were to hate it, I still love it. There’s something so marvelous about it. And I love Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, he’s superb as the odd character. And Alice’s main dress and her blue coat in the end, my goodness I would love to wear those!

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the wind, the butterfly, her paleness. sighs so melancholy

 

SLEEPING BEAUTY/MALEFICENT (1959 and 2014)

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Okay I must admit, I’m not very fond of either of these movies. I remember finding both boring and thinking just not containing the perfect magical Disney touch. But I haven’t seen either in several years.

I don’t have really anything else to say about either…

 

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She’s so sweet and pretty!

 

CINDERELLA (1950 and 2015)

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Lemme just say that I think everyone already knows that I love, entirely completely ADORE the 2015 Cinderella. I find it gorgeous and breathtaking and all the acting is incredible, the characters are spot-on, the costumes astound me, the visuals sweep me off my feet, and the soundtrack is top-notch (claps hands for Patrick Doyle).

The classic Cinderella is cheesy and quite boring but I do still like it. It’s a sweet movie.

But the new one is must so amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

"I looked into his eyes and he looked into mine and I couldn't help but think that he a great deal left to live for."
just look at how happy and perty she is!

 

THE JUNGLE BOOK (1967 and 2016)

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Ah! The Jungle Book. I love both movies. I will always like the old one best, because it so simple and cheery, but I really like the new one too because it adds a different dimension. There are several differences, and the one that made me go ‘whoa!’ the most was King Louie. Like what on earth I hope no children saw the new one because the chase scene? My goodness, that was frightening haha! I also didn’t like Baloo much, he was much to conniving and scheming, whereas in the original he is sweet and innocent, albeit somewhat brainless. I also didn’t like that Bagheera and Baloo didn’t have as much of a friendship as they did in the classic. But it’s still a good movie.

 

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just look at them two!

PETE’S DRAGON (1977 and 2016)

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I also haven’t seen the original of this, and after looking at stills from the movie, I’m not sure I have any desire to. Is it as awful as it looks, anyone? But I did see last year’s version, and although I found it somewhat boring and slow moving, I thought it was a good movie overall. Will I want to see it again any time soon? Probably not, but maybe in a few years. The kid who played Pete is a very talented actor, and there was some gorgeous scenery and music.

 

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LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS GREENESS!

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991 and 2017)

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These movies. I could go on for quite a while. But let me be brief. I was dissapointed in the new version. It just didn’t have the perfect touch, not to mention (why do we say that right before we mention it?) all the controversy. But I liked the music in the new one, the added songs were quite beautfiful. But overall I will always 100% love and favor the original.

 

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Look at how confused and scared he looks! So sweet!

 

So that’s that, folks. What do you think? Did you enjoy the comparisons/mini-reviews? Would you be interested in another similar post? I could do classics remade, or westerns or whatever.

Which versions of these do y’all like best? Did I miss any Disney remakes? Are there any more remakes coming out soon?

Autumn Happiness

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Autumn has arrived! Autumn is the season of soul, in my opinion. Here are a few lovely quotes that really capture how I feel about this season.

“And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.” ~Raquel Franco

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” ~Shira Tamir

“The leaves are changing. I feel poetry in the air.” ~Laura Javorski

“How beautiful the leaves grow old
How full of light and color are their last days.”

And of course to be entirely cliche; “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~Anne of Green Gables

Here is a list of lovely Autumn happiness:

holding a warm mug in your hand

rain running down a window

the crunch of leaves

listening to jazz

sitting around a campfire

decorating with pumpkins

wearing sweaters, vests, jackets, and boots and not dying of heat while doing so

candles lit all around

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the nearing of thanksgiving

pumpkin patches

orange, gold, and red being the color scheme of everything

cuddling under a blanket

the smell of the air

pumpkin candy and candy corn

my mom’s hot apple cider

So what are some things you love about Autumn? Are you glad it’s arrived?