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On being brave

lionI almost didn’t see Lion.

From the trailer, I could tell the movie had the dreaded Disney structure:

Child has a beloved family. 

Child is ripped from his beloved family within the first five minutes.

Child spends the rest of the movie looking for his beloved family.

Let’s face it — that story line is hard enough to watch when little cartoon characters are involved; I wasn’t sure I could stomach it with real people.

And I wasn’t altogether wrong.

But this true story — and the actors who portray it — are so compelling, I couldn’t have looked way if I had wanted to.  It is heartbreaking and life-affirming, all at the same time.

And I hope, in the course of my life, I can be one-tenth as brave as that little boy.

 

 

 

 

 

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The brave one

Have you seen the Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz?

She posed celebrities as classic heroes and villains from Disney films: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Brave. Russell Brand as Captain Hook. Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

They are really something.

But I think they are wasted on celebs.  I mean, regular folk would be a more impressive transformation, don’t you think?

carla_brave photoshop

 
Oh yes, I quite agree.

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Someone had to

maleficent

Dopey cubed

Look!

Tom and Dopey

It’s my people!

Video this

Have you watched America’s Funniest Home Videos lately?

Show’s still got game.

I caught part of the Christmas special tonight.  It’s probably the first time I’ve watched the program in 10 years and — darn it — the clips of kids and cats and dogs and grandmas caught in compromising circumstances while celebrating their holidays made me laugh aloud.

Embarrassing, but true.

AFV also kept the holiday show in the family by hosting the special at Disneyland’s Winter Wonderland.  So all the lights and Disney characters and Santa himself added a certain something-something.

Plus, if you are a Tom Bergeron fan like me and find the days between seasons of Dancing with the Stars particularly dark and dreary without his quick wit and showmanship, you can get your weekly dose between clips of painful pratfalls and precocious kiddies.

Tonight was a good reminder for me, too.

Yawn Broadway

The lights on Broadway were glowing a bit brighter this week after its 2010 numbers were announced.

Bigger revenues.  Higher attendance. The Great White Way must be doing something right.

Or is it?

The top money makers have been around a long, long time.  Wicked.  The Lion King.  Jersey Boys.  The Phantom of the Holy-Crap-People-Are-Still-Going-To-See-The Opera.

It’s not to say that many of these productions aren’t wonderful.  I would see Wicked once a week if I had tickets.  (I would see Phantom if it were deemed the appropriate punishment for a truly, evil deed committed.)

But I sometimes feel like the audiences visiting New York City exhibit the same caution towards their theater ticket purchase as they do what street to walk down in Times Square.

Always taking the safe route, the tried and true, and — more and more so — Disney-approved.

So by the time the Tony Awards roll around in June, many of the shows nominated will have already closed due to low audience turnout.

Case in point:  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Bloody was a smash hit Off-Broadway and made the leap to the Great White Way earlier this year.  Critics loved it.  Audiences?  They went to Wicked and Lion King, which I saw in previews in 1994.  That’s 1994.

Come on, people.  You’ve seen the movie.  You probably own the movie.  Your kid lost their stuffed Simba before they started college.

Bloody was funny and irreverent and semi-educational.  And, yes, just edgy enough to remind you all…

You’re in New York City.

Eye full

To make it in Hollywood, a girl used to have to know how to act or know someone.

Today?

She needs GINORMOUS eyes, too.

It’s true.  The latest crop of actresses have the largest eyeballs I have ever seen.  We’re talking eyes so huge, they are practically on either side of their head.

Like fish.  Freaky, pretty fish.

Are more girls being born with these bulbous baby blues?  Or are casting directors merely drawn to how actresses with prodigious peepers look on television and film?

Goodness knows Disney is guilty of perpetuating this trend.  Every princess from
“Beauty and the Beast” to “Little Mermaid” has been drawn with impossibly enormous eyes.  In their latest movie “Tangled,” Rapunzel has green eyes so gigantic, the two combined are bigger across than her waist.

(But I really loved that film…so I’m gonna give it a pass.)

So, let’s consider some human examples.  Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada and Love and Other Drugs. Amanda Seyfried in Dear John and Letters to Juliet. All of the actresses on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.”  Mila Kunis, who goes toe-to-toe with Natalie Portman in the ever-so-creepy — and I mean that as a huge compliment — Black Swan.

All new Hollywood.  All wearing those mega-watt eyes.

In fact, when I tried to think of a successful actress with even slightly squinty eyes, I had to go back a few years to Renee Zellweger, who was so charming with Ewan McGregor in Down with Love and won an Oscar for Cold Mountain. And she’s really just squinty in comparison…not squinty in that Clint Eastwood/Dirty Harry “Make my day” kinda way.

See what I mean?

So, if you have your sights set on the bright lights, make sure your eyes are a sight to behold.

(Meaning they are big…really big.)