Saturday, March 8, 2014

MCS #6: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice follows the White Rabbit to Wonderland. Can she get home before the Queen of Hearts takes her head off?

I have not seen this in about fifteen years, so this will be interesting. Alice in Wonderland fell into the “earlier Disney” category that I couldn’t get into as much. I owned it on VHS (you know, back in the Stone Age), but I never bought it on DVD and probably won’t. Such is life.

I haven’t even gotten around to reading the original story. It was never required reading, and I’ve been trying to focus on current pop fiction since starting grad school. I want to stay abreast of the market and such, but I will read it.

So the movie. K, Cheshire Cat disappearing? Did anyone ever see the Peanuts episode where Snoopy did that?


Favorite song. I always thought “Painting the Roses Red” was hilarious. The thought of a bunch of playing cards painting roses to pacify their queen just cracks me up. Let’s watch.

Nice harmonies, boys.

Also, March of the Cards—seven dwarves, anyone?

And really, I felt so bad for the King of Hearts in this movie.

Well, that about wraps it up. I don’t have much more to say. So let’s leave off with a riddle, shall we?

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Writer’s Lockbox

Don’t plant white roses by accident.

Smiley scratches his head, puzzled (animated)

Right, sorry.

Umm, k, this might be a stretch. But when writing the weird, make sure the weird makes sense. Wonderland is a place where things are strange, but they obey the laws of strange. And so too must strong fiction.

Look at me pulling that out of my a$$ after not seeing this movie in years.


Last week: Aladdin and the King of Thieves

And join me next week for The Aristocats

Thanks for reading.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Dear Idina Menzel...

Dear Idina Menzel,

You delivered an amazing performance of “Let It Go” on Sunday. The song won the Oscar for best musical number, and Frozen won the Oscar for best animated feature. That’s amazing!

So if you are at all still upset about this…

Don’t be.

No really. I mean, Travolta, he played this guy.

And this guy.

Enough said.


If that’s not enough, though, grab some popcorn. I’ve got more. Can we talk about this?

And this?

Not to mention the internet. Twitter exploded, and there’s a ton of articles. Like this one from Eonline and this one from the NY Daily News. There’s a ton more where those came from, and all of them are on your side.

As are your peeps. All of us who love WICKED


And Frozen and Glee and everything else you’ve done. And those of us who will love If/Then.

Because really, what’s not to love.

So I close by saying that this has not been a loss. In fact, it’s even a win. You and “Let It Go” were everywhere before the Oscars, and you will continue to be all over the place now. As Shakespeare said, “what’s in a name?” In your case (“though it’s the toughest case I’ve yet to face”), it’s not the name but the talent behind the name. And, girl, you’ve got that in spades.

Let’s watch the movie scene again. Because we can.

That’s what I’m talking about.

Rock on.

-A fan

The full Oscar performance with intro because I couldn’t find it without.