Friday, May 31, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Merida's Coronation Was a Gala Affair!
Watch each of the Disney Princesses be introduced, including the newest addition to their roster, the glorious Princess Merida!
Pictures of the Newest Disney Princess, Merida!
It was a great day to be a Princess in the Magic Kingdom on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Merida from the Pixar animated film "Brave" became the eleventh Disney Princess. Below are some pictures of Merida from that glorious coronation event.
|Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas and her mother are on hand to honor Merida|
|A Royal Procession through the streets of Walt Disney World|
|Merida greets her subjects|
|Merida with her bow|
|Merida wearing her Princess crown|
|Merida is very happy, with her mother Elinor in the background|
Merida's Mother, Queen Elinor, Appears for the First Time Ever
Queen Elinor, mother of Merida in the Pixar film "Brave," makes her first appearance at an official Walt Disney World event. Here she is with her daughter at Merida's coronation.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
There Now Are Eleven Princesses!
At the official Coronation Ceremony for now-Princess Merida of the Pixar movie "Brave," all of the other ten Princesses were on hand to celebrate Merida's good fortune. Since this was the first appearance of all eleven princesses together, we celebrate the event by publishing pictures of each of the princesses.
The official Princesses are:Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White, Tiana, and Merida. As a fun exercise, see if you can identify each Princess in the photographs below! Hover your mouse over each picture to find out if you were correct.
|The new Royal Princess|
|All of the previous ten Princesses Awaiting Merida's royal arrival|
Merida, the "Brave" Princess, is Crowned a Princess
|Merida in her Royal attire|
May 11, 2013 was a great day for all fans of the Princess Merida from the award-winning Pixar film "Brave."
|The original Merida, on the right, and the new look of Merida, on the left.|
Congratulations to Merida from the Pixar film "Brave," who officially becomes the 11th Disney princess as of May 11, 2013 in a coronation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Above, we see her as portrayed in the film on the right, and on the left as she will henceforth be portrayed in dolls and accessories. Clearly, Merida got an extreme makeover that makes her look even more fabulous than she did previously. It is a great day for Merida and all fans of the animated sensation "Brave."
|Princess Merida, attended by Queen Elinore's first appearance ever|
Just to keep track, the ten previous princesses are: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana.
Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas was on hand with her mother to introduce the newest Royal Princess.
|Olympic Chamption Gabby Douglas and her mother|
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida was the site of the Royal Celebration.
Below are videos of the official coronation ceremony, with appearances by all the Disney princesses. How exciting!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Disney on Ice is Always Tons of Fun!
"Dare to Dream" is about Disney animated films "The Princess and the frog", "Cinderella", and "Tangled." At the end of the show, all of the princesses show up for the grand finale.
"Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Experience Disney's hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty. sparkle. and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!"
A Really Fun Game for Little Girls!
This is a fun and free Disney Princess online game for girls. The Disney Princess Dress Up Game will help you to dress up all of the Disney princesses. The game is a great chance to explore the world of Disney Princess dresses. Choose clothes and accessories for the princess and make her happy and beautiful :):):)
Please watch the video above to see what it is all about, then click on the button below to try it out! There are many other kids' games as well to play there. A little harmless fun for pre-teens.
Click on the below link to play the free Disney Princess Dress Up game!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Technically, I suppose, Alice from Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice in Wonderland" isn't actually a Princess. But there are a lot of Queens and so forth in the story, so I am including this anyway. Hey, it's my party and I'll post if I want to! Check out Johnny Depp's notorious Futterwacken Dance on my other site!
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010)Director Tim Burton may be most famous for his stop-motion animation films such as "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "The Corpse Bride," but Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands" show that Tim Burton is a master of live action, too. With his Walt Disney Pictures "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), Tim Burton managed to take a "it's been done" classic fairy tale by Lewis Carroll and turn it into a Disney movie smash box-office hit. Tim Burton did it by contrasting vibrant color schemes with devastation, pairing top Hollywood stars such as Johnny Depp with a complete unknown female lead, and altering human characters with unique Disney movie animation methods to create startling and almost transcendent imagery.
|It's interesting how this "Alice in Wonderland" is marketed overseas - at least they actually show Alice|
This is Tim Burton's original take on the traditional fairy tale "Alice in Wonderland." Teenager Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is confronted with a sudden marriage proposal from a rich, titled and effete wanker at a garden party. Conflicted about it, she wanders out and sees an odd rabbit in a blue waistcoat rush by. Following it, she falls down a large rabbit hole into a strange new world Alice dubs "Wonderland" but is actually "Underland," though the name hardly makes a difference, and we shall stick to "Wonderland" because the name of the film is "Alice in Wonderland."
|Alice in Wonderland, a strange new place|
Alice, in Wonderland, soon meets friendly but unusual characters the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), the murderous Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the Dodo (Michael Gough), and Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas). These "Alice in Wonderland" characters greet her as a potential savior of Wonderland who will slay the Red Queen's (Helena Bonham Carter) Jabberwocky (Christopher Lee) and restore the flaky but unthreatening White Queen (Anne Hathaway) to the Wonderland throne.
|The Red Queen of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," looking very Cindy Lauper-ish|
The Bandersnatch and some soldiers under the Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover) then surprises the group and steal the Oraculum - a scroll of prophecies - for the Red Queen. Alice and the Tweedle brothers escape into the woods. Upon hearing the news of Alice's arrival in Wonderland, the Red Queen orders out her soldiers again led by Bayard the Bloodhound (Timothy Spall) to find and capture Alice.
|So much to do, and so little time!|
Alice meets the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), who introduces her to the March Hare (Paul Whitehouse) and the Hatter (Depp). They all head for the White Queen's castle, but the soldiers appear and Hatter has to allow himself to be captured to save Alice. Bayard the Bloodhound finds her anyway, but changes sides (nobody ever does what the villainess orders in a Disney movie, especially in "Alice in Wonderland"!), offering to help her get to the White Queen's castle. Alice insists that they first rescue the Hatter, so they head for the Red Queen's castle.
|I bet nobody called the Red Queen "big head" to her (enormous) face|
The Red Queen treats Alice kindly, unaware of who she is (though, if in fact her previous appearance was like that in the original Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland," it is hard to see how she would mistake her, and she already had been alerted to Alice's Wonderland return). Alice quickly learns that the Vorpal Sword that is the only weapon capable of killing the Jabberwocky is locked away inside the Bandersnatch's den. Alice charms the Bandersnatch and obtains the sword, but the Knave sees her with it and chases her until Alice flees on the back of the Bandersnatch. Alice then presents the Vorpal sword to the White Queen.
|Anne Hathaway doing a Jack Sparrow imitation in "Alice in Wonderland"|
The Cheshire Cat prevents the Hatter's execution, and the Hatter then tries to stir up a rebellion. It is prevented by the Jubjub bird. Hatter and his allies then flee to the White Queen's castle and prepare for battle, but Alice is not sure what everyone expects her to do (just as she was indecisive about the marriage proposal). Absolem the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) then tells Alice that he remembers her from her previous visit thirteen years earlier and that she is perfectly capable of defeating the Jabberwocky.
|What time is it? It's time for you to make a ton of money, "Alice in Wonderland"!|
The Frabjous (battle) Day arrives, and the armies of Wonderland prepare to have it out. Alice, clad in armor, fights the Jabberwocky on a chessboard battlefield and kills the beast. The White Queen takes over and banishes the Red Queen. The Queen also gives Alice a vial of the Jabberwocky's blood, and Alice pledges to someday return to Wonderland again. Alice then leaves Wonderland and returns home, where she is a new and independent person.
|Welcome to Wonderland, Alice. Would you like some tea?|
Almost all the characters of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" are digitally manipulated almost beyond recognition in this Disney movie, with often only the fairy tale characters' heads being recognizably human. Several of the Tim Burton "Alice in Wonderland" fairy tale characters, in fact, are completely animated, such as Absolem the Caterpillar. This lends this Tim Burton Disney movie an air of extreme fantasy which jars with new plot twists involving uprisings and battles. This Tim Burton Disney fairy tale movie's story is hugely altered from the original Lewis Carroll source material ("Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass") to make the Tim Burton Disney movie conform to various modern tropes (strong, assertive female, rebellious rather than simply crazy Hatter, etc.). Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland comes across as a feminist heroine who threatens to make a few changes in the real world once she returns there.
|Very nice - but the disappearing animated Chesire Cat was cooler|
Tim Burton had to overcome several obstacles in getting this Disney movie into theaters. Directing "Alice in Wonderland" was his first time using green screens, and because of technical issues Tim Burton made the difficult decision to film in 2D and later convert it to a 3D, partly animated, fantasy. Production by Tim Burton of this Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland" took longer than expected, and finally was complete a year late. When the Tim Burton Disney movie was released, several theater chains staged a boycott because of issues relating to a planned quick release of the "Alice in Wonderland" DVD. Fortunately for everyone, the theater chains ultimately relented and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" enjoyed a wide release.
|Ready for battle at the climax of "Alice in Wonderland"|
The problems Tim Burton overcame with "Alice in Wonderland" were worth it. "Alice in Wonderland" earned over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and later sold over $76 million worth of DVDs. With Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" English setting, emphasis on exotic locations and animated characters, it did not intimidate foreign theatre-goers. Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" did better overseas than it did domestically, and ranks as the third highest-grossing Disney movie ever.
|"I'm grimacing because, well, I'm constipated and this suit is Hell to get off!"|
In many ways, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" is a fun Disney movie, full of delight, humor, charmingly odd characters and witty updates of the classic Lewis Carroll fairy tale. Unfortunately, "Alice in Wonderland" also can be annoying, pointless and meandering. The visuals of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" are stunning compared to 60 years ago and so stand up well against the animated 1951 Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland." The technology now is there to combine human and animated forms, and this gives 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" a distinct look. Even with all that, though, it takes Johnny Depp's performance as the Hatter truly to sell this "Alice in Wonderland."
|Queen of Heart's Castle - admit it, it looks like fun!|
A lot depends on how you feel about Johnny Depp and his unique acting style and randomly disappearing Scot accent. Depp is all style and mannerisms, but some may think that elevating a minor character to carry a film about major fairy tale character Alice is disrespectful to the source material and a wee bit strained (like the mice taking over the story in "Cinderella II: Dreams Come True"). From this Tim Burton Disney movie's marketing and plot, one might think it was the Mad Hatter who fell down the rabbit hole, and not some vacant girl named Alice, in Wonderland. Reliable Danny Elfman wrote a nice but unmemorable score, replete with mediocre singles later released by Avril Lavigne, 3OH!3 and Kerli.
|Absolem the Caterpillar, voiced by Alan Rickman. It just looks too much like a ... Oh, never mind.|
So, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" is far from perfect, and that is an understatement. The problems with his "Alice in Wonderland" start from the very concept. Tim Burton apparently envisaged this "Alice in Wonderland" as a cross between a re-telling and a sequel of Lewis Carroll's fairy tale, with a supposed earlier visit (the one in Lewis Carroll?) that is suggested. However, dialogue, scenes and general plot are all lifted from the original. Why they can't just do a straightforward adaptation of such a charming fairy tale is an open question which "it's been done" doesn't address - they re-do "Madame Bovary" every couple of years and nobody seems to mind. While many of these alterations to Lewis Carroll's fairy tale "Alice in Wonderland" are quite clever in an academic sense and make the story more understandable for modern audiences, they also undermine the high-concept conceit. The decision to man-handle a whimsical fantasy into a quasi-realistic veiled polemic on gender relations and looming adulthood was done for modern sensibilities, but jars when grafted onto a 19th Century fairy tale that was solely intended to please children without any angry political messages.
|The White Queen's crib - perhaps the most color-coordinated castle ever|
Rather than an ordinary but bored schoolgirl, our heroine becomes an ageing (not married by 19 in Victorian England? Good luck) proto-feminist with modern sensibilities (which. of course, completely elude her poor clod suitor) trying to figure out a "problem that has no name," as Germaine Greer might put it. This leads to ridiculous excesses, such as having stone-faced lightweight Mia Wasikowska putting on shining armor and defeating the supposedly fearful Jabberwocky. Then, in a stupefyingly misguided and completely unnecessary coda, she is seen to compound this foolishness and go on to subjugate China (one wonders how the Chinese felt about that part, and besides, China was already rebelling against Western influences at that time with the Boxer Rebellion). Indeed, there is much which will make you scratch your head in befuddlement at the choices made by the screenwriter Linda Woolverton in drafting this version of "Alice in Wonderland" for Tim Burton. Apparently, she thought (wrongly) that the power-girl theme hadn't been roared loudly enough in Tim Burton's take on the classic fairy tale "Alice in Wonderland."
|Behind the scenes of "Alice in Wonderland," which looks similar to ABC shooting "Once Upon a Time."|
In fact, it is fair to say that Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" starts out with a terrific premise and entrancing execution that, after the mid-way point, becomes weighed down with a rather hokey "uprising" and a ridiculous battle confrontation. The 3D is good but not that visually exciting for a contemporary Disney movie, and in fact the giant heads and so forth become distracting and pointless (and perhaps disturbing for small children). The stoic, unknown female lead (and whose name somewhat pointedly is not mentioned by Disney's marketing people anywhere in places such as the Disney movie trailer), despite all attempts to make her into some kind of action hero, is basically a cipher upon whom to dump the weirdness of those around her. If Tim Burton's idea merely was to provide a blank slate for the viewers to fill in themselves, and thus experience the pyrotechnics from a central viewpoint, the casting was a slyly ingenious choice, but it also kills the dramatic tension. This "Alice in Wonderland" also is part of a strange trend of recent Disney movies attacking arranged marriages (see "Brave," which, strangely enough, also has Scottish overtones), as if that were a plague upon modern society that must be stamped out right this minute, rather than something that ended in most places well before the time in which this film was set.
|The real star of the show, Anne Hathaway, who should have been Alice in Wonderland|
The bizarre portrayal at the end of "Alice in Wonderland" of the heroine as some kind of world-beater (this is a girl who couldn't even figure out if she wanted to get married!) who has to keep repeating how much she's "found" herself (writers should show and not have their characters tell things like that, Linda) destroys much of the sympathy for the (dare I say it, relatively homely) Alice that this Disney movie had spent well over an hour trying to manufacture. Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" would have worked much better with a recognizable lead who was more expressive and sympathetic and, quite frankly, a better actress (and they didn't have to look that far away, with Anne Hathaway handy, though it is said that she turned the part down). Hathaway, incidentally, is the best thing about this film by far, playing the White Queen as a sort of dilettante poof whose act, combined with the all-white look, is probably a subversive parody of Snow White and her hyper-girlishness and wonderfulness. It is almost a drag queen impersonation, and it is spot on.
|Tim Burton directing "Alice in Wonderland"|
Still, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" is a satisfying Disney movie despite its flaws, as long as you like excessive use of CGI. In that case, "Alice in Wonderland" is a treat for the eyes, and only becomes a waste of time if you are a hard-core Lewis Carroll fan or unduly picky. If you are a traditionalist and want the truest rendition of the "Alice in Wonderland" fairy tale, seek out the classic 1951 animated Disney movie "Alice in Wonderland," which, all else aside, clearly has better songs. On the other hand, definitely try this "Alice in Wonderland" if you are a huge Johnny Depp or Tim Burton fan (which accounts for most modern film-goers) or hunger for a girl-power reconstruction of an innocent children's fairy tale (maybe next they can make Winnie the Pooh fight for proper enforcement of Title IX, that hasn't been done yet, either). A sequel to this "Alice in Wonderland" and Broadway musical of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" are coming at some point because of the dollars at stake, both again to be written by Linda Woolverton. Thus, there will be more adventures of our plucky "Alice in Wonderland" heroine in the years to come, though it would be a bit surprising if they used the same actress in the lead.
Below is the original 2010 trailer for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," and, for the sake of comparison, the trailer for the 1951 "Alice in Wonderland."