Disney Classics Challenge: Dumbo

So what have we learned? I am BAD at keeping schedules. I have a reason though. I was under the assumption that I would have a lot of free time when I graduated, so I took way to many responsibilities and I ended up more stressed than I was when I was still in university. In the last two months, I worked 3-4 days a week, gave sex-ed at schools in my free time, helped my grandmother clean her house every other week, went to Dutch Comic Con, finished my first scanlation project, started following voice acting classes, and organized two birthday parties. Yes, there is fun stuff between the mandatory stuff, but it takes time nonetheless.

Anyway: Dumbo. Dumbo was released in 1941 and was solely made to make up for the financial loss that Fantasia created. Surprisingly, Dumbo turned most financially successful movies of the 1940’s. By purposefully keeping the animations simple and with a length of only 67 minutes, the production costs of Dumbo were half of Snow White’s and 1/3 of Pinocchio’s.  Dumbo got re-released in theaters in 1949, 1959, 1972, and 1976. Dumbo, along with Alice in Wonderland, was the first of Disney’s canon of animated films to be released on home video. The film was originally released in 1981 on VHS and Betamax, followed by a Laserdisc release in 1982 and then once again on VHS and Betamax in 1985. The film was then remastered in 1986 and 1989 and released on VHS and Laserdisc as a 50th Anniversary Edition of Dumbo in 1991, followed by a 1994 VHS and Laserdisc release. In 2001, a 60th Anniversary Special Edition was released in VHS and DVD formats. In 2006 the film was released on DVD,followed by a UK Special Edition release in May 2007. A 70th Anniversary Edition of the film was released in the United States in 2011 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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I had Dumbo on VHS as a kid and I remember watching it many times. I watched it again a few years ago for nostalgia reasons, but I didn’t mind watching it again! It’s not on Netflix yet (at least in the Netherlands) but I have this one on DVD.

Like with Snow White and Pinocchio, we start with a part of the staff roll on slides. No opening of a story book though. The movie starts out with an adorable scene of storks delivering baby animals to the zoo. Every expecting mother seems to get her baby, except for Mrs. Jumbo. We then see that the animals get loaded into the circus train and we see the train riding across the US. I don’t know why, but I just love this animation style! It’s so adorable.

We then see a stork searching for Mrs. Jumbo and finally delivering her baby. She calls him Jumbo Junior, but when the other elephants find out about his abnormally big ears, they nickname in Dumbo. We cut to a scene were the train arrives and the circus people and the elephants build the circus tent in the storm. I found this scene extremely intriguing as a kid. Probably because it’s a very dark scene and you constantly have a sense of upcoming danger

Turns out that sense is absolutely wrong, because the weather the next day is perfect and the circus opens! However, the local kids make fun of Dumbo, and of course his mother is going to do something about that. She punishes the kids but because of her aggressiveness she gets locked up. The other elephants think this is a big shame and blame it on poor little Dumbo.

So this is when the movie gets a serious and maybe even a dark turn. Dumbo’s mother is in prison and Dumbo himself gets shut out of the society for something he can’t do anything about. What fascinates me even more is that these kinds of things are actually happening in the real world. Disney managed to put a very tragic story (a mother who’s in prison and a kid that gets rejected by society) into a freaking kid’s movie! Whereas Snow White and Pinocchio are mainly fantasy stories, Dumbo has an unsettling air of realism. It touches me.

This is when Dumbo meets Timothy Q. Mouse (what does the Q stand for?). Timothy feels sorry for Dumbo so he decides to help him. He figures out that if Dumbo manages to pull a great act at the circus show, the other elephants will accept him again. At night, he sneaks into the tent of the circus director and tricks him into using Dumbo as the ‘climax’ of the elephant pyramid the director is planning.

At the big show, we see the elephants forming the pyramid, and this is another scene I love, because the atmosphere is so tense! When it’s time for Dumbo’s big moment, he tramples over his ears and causes the pyramid to collapse, which destroys the entire circus tent. As a result, Dumbo is made a clown and the elephants no longer recognize Dumbo as an elephant. Again, the realism. When you try to meet expectations that you realistically just can’t meet, society will hate you even more, even though you tried your best and they basically made you do it.

At Dumbo’s first performance as a clown, you can see the poor boy is going to great emotional stress. Even though the show’s a succes, Dumbo couldn’t be more unhappy. Timothy tries to think up a plan and takes Dumbo to meet his mother in prison. AND THIS IS THE MOST HEARTBREAKING SCENE YOU WILL EVER SEE. Just look at this image. No words needed.

Just like Timothy’s last plan, this plan also backfires and Dumbo is only more sad than before. Timothy advises Dumbo to drink some water, but what he doesn’t know is that some kind of liquor got spilled in the water before. Dumbo and Timothy both get drunk and what follows is one of my favorite scenes of all time. Maybe Disney still had some Fantasia after-effects? Who knows. Just enjoy this:

After a night of… who knows what, Dumbo and Timothy wake up… in a tree! How did they get there? A group of crows (who are apparently African-American stereotypes. Please! This is nothing compared to the stereotypes we’ve seen in the previous movies!) they befriend suggest that maybe they flew there. Could it be possible? The crows and Timothy give Dumbo a ‘magic feather’ to give him some confidence, and… Well! Look at that! DUMBO CAN FLY! You didn’t see that coming (except that it’s on the box art).

Dumbo plans to dazzle the audience (and the other elephants!) with his new trick! But, at the most crucial point during the show, he looses his magic feather! But Dumbo manages to fly anyway! There was no magic feather, he could do it himself all along! The movie ends with some newspapers, showing us that Dumbo gets immensely successful, Timothy becomes his manager and he his mom get’s a private train wagon. THE END.

As you might have guessed by now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Both Snow White and Pinocchio (lets not count Fantasia, since that one is… incomparable) had it’s good but also bad points, and they both didn’t age very well. But Dumbo… Wow. Maybe the themes are a bit too dark for little kids nowadays, but apart from that, I’d say it aged perfectly well (or not at all)! I like the animation, the songs, the music, the story… Everything! 10/10!

Disney Classics Challenge: Fantasia

I’m so sorry it took so long to write this blog. As you might know I got sick a weeks ago, and it was the kind of sick that made me want to sit on the couch with a blanket watching Disney movies all day. Then I got better, and I was busy with the real-life stuff I couldn’t do when I was sick. Then I got sick again, but this time it was the kind of sick that made me unmotivated for absolutely everything except for staying in bed grunting for aspirins.

So now I’m better again (kind of, I hope), and I’m finally motivated to write about Fantasia, which I watched 3 weeks ago. Fantasia was released in 1940, the same year as Pinocchio. Mickey Mouse was losing popularity, so Disney made an extra-long Silly Symphony: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. But soon they discovered that production costs grew higher than it could earn, so they decided to add stuff to make it a full-length film. The result is Fantasia.

Fantasia made use of a sound system called Fantasound, a system that made it possible, for the first time ever, to show commercial films in stereophonic sound. However, the length of the film was 120 minutes, and it was believed that this was too long for a general release. In 1940 and 1941, the film was released in a roadshow format: It was shown for a limited time at 13 theaters across the US, you had to reserve your seats and the price was higher than regular releases. The film had a regular release in 1942, 1946, 1956, 1963, and 1969 in mono sound, and it was edited to reduce several times, only to lengthen it again after. It was released in stereo again in 1977. For the releases 1982 and 1985, Disney re-recorded the soundtrack completely. In 1990, the film got restored to its original format. Fantasia was released in VHS in 1991, on DVD together with Fantasia 2000 in 2000 and on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010.

But enough history lessons! What is Fantasia? I’ve never watched Fantasia before, but I heard of it of course. And I must admit that I wasn’t really looking forward to watch a 2-hour movie of psychedelic images and classical music. Did it meet my expectations? Kind of. The word I would use to describe Fantasia is… experimental. As in… what did Disney smoke?-experimental.

We start with the conductor explaining some stuff about classical music, that some pieces have specific stories and some don’t, and that Disney and co. just made some footage that they imagined while listening to the music (this conductor gave a short explanation before every piece btw) The first piece was Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied by abstract clouds and random images. I wasn’t looking forward to the next 1 hour and 55 minutes… (Yes, the image underneath is actual footage from the movie).

After a short introduction of the conductor it was time for Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and we saw fairies and fish and flowers. I liked this part because I actually knew the music and I was feeling kind of fever-ish, so I liked the fishies.

Next up was the famous The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. I knew the story because my grandma had all kinds of small Disney booklets with the famous stories, but it was nice to see it in motion and with the actual music.

After that it was time for Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky, which showed the story of the origin of life, starting with primordial soup and ending with the extinction of the Dinosaurs (I missed the comet, but maybe that wasn’t common belief yet in 1940). Up next was an actual pause, where we see the entire orchestra leave and retake their seats. Yes, we are only halfway there.

But now stuff gets really trippy. While listening to The Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven, we travel back to the ancient Greece, where we see unicorns (who behave exactly like swans, including the swimming, see, I learned something about unicorns!), we see centaurs picking a mate, which was borderline sexist. But I see clearly that the mermaid scene from Peter Pan drew some inspiration from this! And we see boobs *shocking*. We also see Bacchus the Wine God entering a party with his companions (which was downright racist) and we see Zeus interrupting the party with lightning. Although this part was a bit trippy and some stuff wouldn’t be accepted in the current time, it was one of the more enjoyable parts of the movie, since we see an actual story.

I later found out there was also a scene containing the images underneath, but it was removed from the version that I watched, for obvious reasons…

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Up next: Dance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli. The drugs have now fully reached Disney’s brain. Dancing ostriches, dancing hippo’s, dancing elephants (I see some foreshadowing to Dumbo here) and rapist crocodiles. I’ll just let the images explain the rest…

And FINALLY, the last piece: Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky and Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. We see the actual devil raising from a mountain torturing his minions after which he is driven back by passing monks singing the Ave Maria.

So what did I think about Fantasia? It was interesting, but I didn’t like it. The stories and random images couldn’t hold my attention for long, so I was bored pretty quickly. I can imagine that young children may find the music and the images quite fascinating, but then again I don’t see young children sit through this 2 hour movie. Again there is some stuff that would be culturally unacceptable at the current time, which I find interesting, but it also is the reason that this movie didn’t age very well. But what I do like is that this movie covers different views and beliefs on history (scientific, Greek Mythology and Christianity) without really making a statement.

Next up is Dumbo! I’m looking forward to this one!

 

The Disney Classics Challenge: Pinocchio

Hellow everyone! I said I wanted to watch 2-3 movies a week, but maybe I’m able to watch more this week because I’m sick so now I have a lot of unasked-for free time. And what activity can you better do when you’re sick other than laying on the couch covered in used napkins watching old Disney movies?

So we’ve landed in 1940. I was surprised to read that despite great reviews, Pinocchio was initially a box-office failure. It eventually turned a profit when it re-released in theaters in 1945. Pinocchio got theatrical re-releases in 1945, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984, and 1992. I was released on VHS in 1993 and it was the first movie to be released on Disney DVD in 1999.

I had the VHS as a kid and for some reason, I remember the story of Pinocchio better than the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I didn’t remember the details though, since I haven’t seen it since I was a kid. I also remember seeing a live-action version of Pinocchio in the cinema as a kid, but I can’t really recall anything about it, only that it was really dark. Also, I forgot to mention this in my Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review, but at one point a dwarf shouts: ‘Jiminy Cricket!’. I though that was a nice Easter egg (or was it just a coincidence?). This movie isn’t on (Dutch) Netflix again, but I have the DVD.

Let’s get to the movie. Like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it starts with a book. But this time, we don’t have to reads for ourselves. Jiminy Cricket narrates for us. He tells us the story that one night he came to the house of the wood carver Gepetto. We see a lovely scene of Gepetto finishing the puppet Pinocchio, and the cat Figaro and the fish Cleo are also introduced to us. I love Figaro. Being a cat-lover, I really think every cat-owner can see something of his/her own cat in Figaro. Anyway, everyone goes to sleep and Gepetto wishes that Pinocchio would be a real boy. His wish is heard by the blue fairy, who gives the wooden puppet life, but doesn’t turn him into a real boy just yet. To achieve that, he must prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish. To help him with that, she declares that Jiminy must act as Pinocchio’s conscience. Scared awake by all the ruckus, Gepetto thinks there are intruders in his house and grabs his gun (I know this still happens, but I’m always a bit thrown-off when there are guns in kids’ movies) to scare them away. This scene is actually quite similar to the one in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, where the dwarfs find out that Snow White is in their house. Anyway, Gepetto is in ecstasy when he finds Pinocchio. After a little dance, time to go to bed.

The next morning he sends Pinocchio off to school. On the way, Pinocchio encounters Honest John and Gideon the cat (kinda funny that they have animal cats like Figaro and human cats like Gideon in this universe. Honest John en Gideon are the only anthropomorphic animals though, beside Jiminy), who want to sell the extraordinary puppet to the traveling gypsy Stromboli. They deceive Pinocchio by telling him that he will be an actor and will gain fame. Because Jiminy overslept, Pinocchio doesn’t have a conscience to tell him to go to school, so he agrees with them. When Jiminy finds Pinocchio and does tell him to go to school, Pinocchio doesn’t listen. Pinocchio’s performance as a string-less puppet is a success. Stromboli is actually a very racist stereotype Jew or gypsy (or Roma, I don’t even think it’s socially accepted to use the word gypsy nowadays).

After the show, Stromboli doesn’t allow Pinocchio to return to his father and locks him away in a bird cage. Jiminy sees Pinocchio’s initial success and decides that he isn’t needed (‘what does an actor want with a conscience anyway?’), but he wants to wish him good luck anyway. He finds Pinocchio locked in the bird cage, but is unable to free him. The blue fariy comes to their aid, but when she asks Pinocchio about how he came in that situation, he lies about it, which causes the iconic nose-growth. What I find surprising is that this is the only time in the whole movie that Pinocchio’s nose grows. And it isn’t really important to the plot anyway. The fairy forgives Pinocchio and frees him.

On their way home, Pinocchio encounters Honest John and Gideon the cat again, and this time they take him to Pleasure Island, an entertainment park without rules. So up until now we’ve seen a racist stereotype and a gun, but nothing really weird. But this is the point where everything gets bat shit crazy. All the kids on Pleasure Island fight each other and vandalize the place, and they are handed out cigars and beer. CIGARS. AND. BEER. Pinocchio is having the time of his life, smoking and drinking with his new friend Lampwick. He refuses to listen to Jiminy again, only to find out that the whole island is a trap, and that all the kids there are being turned into donkeys so that they can be sold. Because that makes sense. This scene is really fucked up btw, I’m surprised it didn’t traumatize me as a kid. Jiminy and Pinocchio escape just in time (Pinocchio does have Donkey ears and a tail now though). What also strikes me is that they do nothing about the situation on the island. They don’t defeat the evil guy, they don’t save to donkeys/boys, they just escape and the island probably still exists. Because that’s what you get when you smoke and drink when you’re under-aged, kids. You turn into a donkey. Let this be a lesson.

They swim back to Gepetto’s house(?), only to find out that it’s abandoned. I thought that all this happened in one night, but judging on the dust and the cobwebs, quite some time must’ve passed. The Blue Fairy delivers them a letter telling that Gepetto went looking for Pinocchio, but that he was swallowed by the giant whale Monstro. Pinocchio doesn’t hesitate and jumps into the ocean to look for Monstro on the sea-floor together with Jiminy (because who needs oxygen?). Monstro turns out to be one evil motherf*cker (he even has teeth!). Gepetto is trapped inside his belly and doesn’t have any food anymore. Pinocchio is eventually swallowed by Monstro too. There is a happy reunion, but Gepetto explains that they can’t escape. Pinocchio creates a fire with a lot of smoke, which causes Monstro to sneeze them out. Monstro, enraged, chases them, but Pinocchio is able to save Gepetto. To bad Pinocchio died doing that. What follows is another scene very similar to Snow White and the Seven Dwafs: Gepetto mourning at Pinocchio’s bedside. The Blue Fairy appears again and turns Pinocchio into a real boy because he saved Gepetto. The End.

I like Pinocchio a lot more than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the tempo is better, it’s more dynamic, the characters are better written, the songs are more memorable. Except for the Pleasure Island scene, it aged very well. I feel like they used any feedback they got on Snow White which caused an enormous leap in quality.

Next up is Fantasia, a movie I’ve never seen before. I’ll see you then!

The Disney Classics Challenge

Hello everyone!

After a lot of thinking that I wanted to do the Disney Classics challenge once, I finally plan on actually getting started! What is the Disney Classics Challenge you ask? Well, watch all 54 Disney Classics in chronological order. After a quick check I discovered that I’ve ‘only’ seen 32 of them, so I have a lot of catching up to do! I’m not going to set a time-frame or make a schedule, but I’m planning to watch 2-3 movies a week.

So what can you expect? I’m going to write a small review of every movie I’ve watched + a little trivia and maybe share some childhood memories. I’m going to try and write 1 post per movie, but if that consumes too much time I’m going to write 1 post per week, reviewing multiple movies. But aren’t I supposed to write about anime and manga? Yes I am, and I’m not going to stop doing that. I’m getting the New 3DS and Majora’s Mask 3D next week and I will also be attending Tsunacon, and I will write about all of those.

So I did some research regarding the list of Classics. It turns out that the US and the UK have different lists. This is because ‘Classics’ are Disney animated movies that had a theatrical release, which differ between the US and the UK. The differences are small though: The US list contains the movie Dinosaur (2000) and (ironically) Winnie the Pooh (2011) while the UK list contains the movie The Wild (2006). I chose to follow the US list simply because I like Dinosaur and The Wild seems like a Madagascar rip-off.

I also found out that the Disney Classics can be divided in eras. There are lots of different lists, but they all seem to agree on the Disney Renaissance: The Little Mermaid (1989), The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), Pocahontas (1995), The Hunchback of the Notre Dame (1996), Hercules (1997), Mulan (1998), and Tarzan (1999). Apparently, the movies before 1989 weren’t that successful so Disney decided to make movies based on well-known stories, which restored public and critical interest in Disney.

I hope I’m able to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this weekend, let’s see if I can get to Dumbo next week!

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. Fantasia (1940)
  4. Dumbo (1941)
  5. Bambi (1942)
  6. Saludos Amigos (1942)
  7. The Three Caballeros (1944)
  8. Make Mine Music (1946)
  9. Fun & Fancy Free (1947)
  10. Melody Time (1948)
  11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  12. Cinderella (1950)
  13. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  14. Peter Pan (1953)
  15. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  16. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  17. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  19. The Jungle Book (1967)
  20. The AristoCats (1970)
  21. Robin Hood (1973)
  22. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  23. The Rescues (1977)
  24. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  25. The Back Cauldron (1985)
  26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  27. Oliver & Company (1988)
  28. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  29. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  30. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  31. Aladdin (1992)
  32. The Lion King (1994)
  33. Pocahontas (1995)
  34. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  35. Hercules (1997)
  36. Mulan (1998)
  37. Tarzan (1999)
  38. Fantasia/2000 (1999)
  39. Dinosaur (2000)
  40. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  41. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  42. Lilo and Stitch (2002)
  43. Treasure Planet (2002)
  44. Brother Bear (2003)
  45. Home on the Range (2004)
  46. Chicken Little (2005)
  47. Meet the Robinsons (2007)
  48. Bolt (2008)
  49. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  50. Tangled (2010)
  51. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  52. Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
  53. Frozen (2013)
  54. Big Hero 6 (2014)

Maleficent, a film review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Life keeps happening over and over, but I finally managed to find a bit of time to write this review.

Maleficent

I went to see Maleficent last Thursday with a friend after a bit of studying and working. Hey, we needed the break and we ended up seeing Maleficent in 3D.

First things first. Can we stop with the whole 3D thing? It gives me migraines if I don’t take massive amounts of painkillers before settling down in the cinema. I don’t think it improves a film, nor for me at least has it any other value besides being more expensive.

Oh and as always be beware of spoilers!

This whole fairy-tale revival is really peaking at the moment  but I don’t know if it’s a good thing per se. Ok, it gives us a few interesting stories and such, but I would like my fairy tales the way they intended to be, scary gruesome and with a moral at the end of the story.

We’ve seen the a lot of films come by these last few years, but I long for the old fashioned 80’s movies like Legend, the NeverEnding story, Willow and Labyrinth to come back. I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s so there you have it.

Now a days we have once upon a time in wonderland which epically failed due to terrible green screen CGI effects and a horrible plot, although it’s original Once Upon a Time is slightly better. We have Beauty and the Beast the TV series, Snow White and the Huntsman the film, Mirror Mirror, the TV series Grimm (again terrible CGI), Red Riding hood, Alice in Wonderland the film and now Maleficent.

One thing all these productions have in common is that they definitely don’t follow the original stories as they were once written down by the brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. No, they are all some sort of Disney adaptation, and that’s ok, I mean, who didn’t grew up with Disney films as a child and as an adult as well. What I don’t like is that they all follow the same sort of soppy romance spin-off and most of the times a terrible plot and bad acting as well. The same goes for Maleficent.

Synopsis according to IMDB.com

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

My thoughts:

It was an entertaining movie, don’t get me wrong, but it will never be one I’ll buy on DVD to watch over and over again. Isobelle Molloy is perfectly sweet as a young Maleficent and Angelina Jolie as adult version even more magnificent as Maleficent (try saying that 10 times fast) and as far as the story goes they tried at giving bad writing a positive outcome. The movie is about an hour and a half long and I couldn’t keep myself from thinking about the massive plot holes. And I can’t believe they intended this movie to be this way. So a lot must have been left out in the cutting room, which is a shame because it has so much more potential. You almost wish it was a book adaptation and you could read the whole story. Now it just felt like watching a J.J. Abrams film, instead of being distracted by lens flares you keep getting distracted by plot holes.

And don’t get me started on King Stefan. I don’t know if it has to do with bad writing or bad acting, but it was awful. The character was very flat, the accent was terrible, the actions of said character unbelievable rash and without motivation. And I almost feel sorry for Sharlto Copley who accepted the role.

The CGI in the movie has its good and bad sides. Little pixies and surrounds are beautifully done, but as soon as the character get any larger, it’s not so beautiful any more. And I constantly had the urge to yell stuff was stolen from other films (e.g. LOTR).

The film had its good moments as well. Elle Fanning as Aurora is such a sweet character and it was truly remarkable acting as well. And little Vivienne Jolie-Pitt melted the hearts of the audience by cuddling Maleficent’s horns.

The three good fairies were to dumb for my taste and I missed the third blessing of the child after Maleficent’s curse. They acted like the comic relief part of the film, which is a shame. And has Maleficent nothing better to do than lurking around Aurora all day?

One thing worth mentioning is Sam Riley as Diaval, the crow boy. He was the most interesting character in the film but was seriously lacking some background information and I would have loved to see an explanation to all his scars. And I was kind of hoping he was the one to give the kiss.

And one more thing, sleeping beauty sleeping for 5 freaking minutes? Nope!

All in all it felt very rushed, lacking a lot of explanation, bad script writing and some bad acting as well, plot holes all around. But if you’re in the mood for some light entertainment you should watch it. It’s not that I wasted the hour and a half in the cinema, but there are far better films out there.

If you want to know Theta’s thoughts on the film, check out his review of Maleficent by clicking the link! http://thewanderingbookworm.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/826/

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday (finally!)

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sigh; finally have the time to do a proper YouTube Sunday again. This last month has been crazy. I had to pick up the workload for a colleague who went on a 4 week holiday and after that I had my own vacation break. But that also meant I was to freaking tired during the week to gather geek vids for you guys. When I encountered one I saved it. But I never posted them. So now, on the last day of my holiday (eugh, I need to start working again tomorrow) I’ll post them all at once.

So now, still in my pyjamas, cause you know, it’s Sunday, I’ll be sorting through about 40 vids I collected. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Some may be a bit old, but nevertheless fun to watch. Enjoy!

Seeing as the movie How to train your dragon 2 is coming out June 2014, here’s something to kill the hiatus for you in between waits. The making of part 1: http://youtu.be/PQMBA4896pU if you go to the geek who posted it, there is more where that came from 😉

I first encountered the song Sail by Awolnation in a fanvid made for Sherlock: http://youtu.be/tderL0tZ2jo and I think this is one of the most awesome fanmade vids with this song; it fits in every way possible. And now I found a Supernatural one as well!: http://youtu.be/IbQEyH9bdlg  I mean, this song, is just perfect if you’re having a crappy day and want to get it out of your system by playing angry music and shouting along with it. It’s one of my favourite songs on my mp3 player.

Ok, this is old news for a lot of Sherlockians and a lot of rumours online as we wait for season 3. But fake scenes??? What?: http://youtu.be/epIch_VCVp8 (no Setlock involved in this vid)

A bit of Sherlock season 3 in this drama trailer by BBC: http://youtu.be/ThHEcmDBXpg when is the wait finally over!

The Little Flavour teaser trailer has finally landed, and when it came out, my social media exploded, it’s short, it’s bloody and I need more: http://youtu.be/7mghu5ELe_c

Neutron creme! I’m talking about Star Trek obviously, this vid is a crappy quality, but Karl Urban explains a bit about is: http://youtu.be/xPdrKDh_olw

Talking about Star trek, here’s the honest trailer: http://youtu.be/6B22Uy7SBe4

So what happens if you cross Harry Potter with Doctor Who? http://youtu.be/3aLBLb8DQO4  another fanvid.

There are countless of version online for the cup song (song by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect the movie), but I really like this one as it’s in Gaelic: http://youtu.be/nFtfk0bZVRM

I’m going to Gent in two weeks to see the Julian Assange movie ‘the Fifth Estate’ here’s Julian’s reaction to Benedict’s accent: http://youtu.be/C-X8dxsuOOw I can’t wait to see this movie! Oh and a bit more Fifth Estate: http://youtu.be/ZTzCpjT2ds8

More Benedict? Yes please: another interview with Benedict: http://youtu.be/VtfOxmOzcec  and one more: http://youtu.be/JeEQ2wbRxHY  oh ok, I’ll give you another one: http://youtu.be/iY9lcIHzREc

Although I haven’t watched Merlin (seriously I tried, several times) I did enjoy this children’s in need vid the cast made: http://youtu.be/5k0DinFR5rw

Winter is coming, but not season 4 of Game of Thrones, we still have to wait for some time. Until then, enjoy this extended version of the intro: http://youtu.be/EyJUx2co12c

Season 8 gagreel Supernatural!!! http://youtu.be/6Xlste6kFmk they are the best! Ladies, hold on to your ovaries for this one.

Spoilers people, for Supernatural season 9: http://youtu.be/DfcKMlFCqiU Oh god, is it October yet? Also a nice Castiel and & Crowley promo (insert exploding ovaries here…): http://youtu.be/3anPgm0NQXY (can I make that into a ringtone ‘Hello Crowley here, aka the King of Hell) and of course the extended promo, again, spoilers: http://youtu.be/wgH-oNilKGc

Tom Hiddleston and Cookie monster, do I need to explain myself?: http://youtu.be/b_ubVVnWglk

This is seriously one of the craziest vids I have seen. And it’s a big hit on tumblr as well, what does the fox say: http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE

Since we are still waiting for the 50th trailer to come out, at least for the ones who didn’t go to ComicCon, there are a lot of fanmade trailers popping up, enjoy this one: http://youtu.be/_PBlVhQcGT4  also a fanmade intro for Peter Capaldi: http://youtu.be/oXOBHnWiinY

And also a bit of behind the scenes for Doctor Who as well: http://youtu.be/QPqmOrf1Y9E and a vid about the 10th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver universal remote control: http://youtu.be/9f16q0ZQ2D8 just shut up and take my money!

Neville what happened to you? Innuendo bingo with Matthew Lewis: http://youtu.be/UZoAl8-XQmo

Vlogbrothers and Neil Gaiman? God yes please: http://youtu.be/X9Em3v9CqdU

My name is Khan on a 20 min loop; kuddo’s if you can actually watch this for 20 min I made it to 2: http://youtu.be/3eM-P1bEQYI

David Tennant on the Proclaimers: http://youtu.be/l5RXMt7rIXo  Oh god, that accent.

Ohhh new trailer for you guys, Disney’s frozen: http://youtu.be/TbQm5doF_Uc  Seriously, I’m just a big kid, geeking out over this trailer.

For the Avenger fans, a Thor featurette: http://youtu.be/LL8VHNR0wIU

I love Simon Pegg, haven’t seen the Worlds End yet, but here he is explaining the 12 stages of drunkenness: http://youtu.be/-LO4xWk7_cI

We end this YouTube Sunday with a nerdy chat with Steven Moffat: http://youtu.be/JeCM7LiThEs

I hope you guys enjoyed this YouTube Sunday; I know I did, for the full playlist, check this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFCliQ8XYXop4SnDqYE-KVnY

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, I’m back!!! Sort of, this month needs to seriously end and I will have more free time! But without going to deep into personal stuff, it’s been a very good week for us fangirls and boys.

I’ve been jumping up and down squeeing with all the awesome stuff that happened this week. A small recap:

  • The veronica mars movie raised enough money with kickstarters to be funded (hell yeah!!!)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch spilled the beans about signing on for season 4
  • Although 2 days later he revokes it, sort off.
  • Red nose day happened and a certain Doctor did something really cheeky!
  • Neverwhere started yesterday
  • There are some rumours online that David Tennant will be starring in the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
  • There is a new teaser trailer released for season 7b of Doctor Who

Some of the videos are related to the stuff above, so you’re welcome. Oh and this post contains some spoiler vids, for Doctor Who and Sherlock, just a slight warning, Let’s just start.

This is a cute video about what would happen if you put a ballpit in the middle of the street and let strangers meet each other and getting to know each other with funny questions: http://youtu.be/HfHV4-N2LxQ

Game of Thrones season 3 is starting soon, are you guys excited? I am. Here is a video about Game of Thrones, highschool style: http://youtu.be/DY6dvlMfntw And another one, write like the wind, again, laughing like crazy about this one: http://youtu.be/j7lp3RhzfgI

I laughed so hard about the next video. What do sheep herders do when they are bored? See for yourself: http://youtu.be/D2FX9rviEhw

A little hobbit related stuff, Martin Freeman thanking facebook friends of the Hobbit: http://youtu.be/DAJe-y7rd_w

And now for the Benedict Cumberbatch spam video’s talking about winning awards, Star Trek, Sherlock, Moriarty, a kiss,  a new season and revoking it: http://youtu.be/F4-BNIHxv-Q  http://youtu.be/EIghE7GEaCk  http://youtu.be/-D_FtB6J2jM  http://youtu.be/LIhat1gSp5A  http://youtu.be/Xdv9B3okCMQ

Doctor Who spamming video’s now. Red Nose day, a kiss (or actually a snog), interview, and new trailers: http://youtu.be/E_HDzq_8nOU http://youtu.be/6FLcLWetBnw http://youtu.be/SRQu3MvRySA (and since I can’t find a YouTube for the American trailer, the link to one of the sites it’s posted on, this one is slightly different than the one from BBC: http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/03/16/doctor-who-trailer-matt-smith/ ) http://youtu.be/Xz9tK0ebsCM  http://youtu.be/FQkdWM1ma2o  http://youtu.be/gsGXSP5xrfU  http://youtu.be/AsiUvm111fQ

I watch a lot of fanvids, made by Whovians, Supernatural fans, Sherlock fans, you name it. I love how some people get so creative to edit the show and put great music to it. So sometimes I stumble upon music I didn’t know. And such a song just keeps playing in your mind over and over again. Like this one: http://youtu.be/ktvTqknDobU and the amazing fanvid, combining BBC Sherlock with the new Sherlock movies that made me look up the original music: http://youtu.be/lpxkgcIX9uw And the last two amazing fanvids with awesome music that just is so accurate to the series, it will blow your mind away: http://youtu.be/J4oQbrLtu7o  http://youtu.be/tderL0tZ2jo

What did I just watch? Martin Freeman as a mime player? All I can think off while watching this video is, John Watson really let himself go after Sherlock died: http://youtu.be/oxmXnucXlMQ

So what happened after the Disney stories end? What happened to the princesses, did they get their fairytale ending? Guess again: http://youtu.be/diU70KshcjA

And I’ll end this post with Neverwhere, first up, Benedict Cumberbatch singing as the angel of Islington http://youtu.be/y3cIU9qLLZk and for the people who missed it, the first episode of Neverwhere: http://youtu.be/rh-jp0wPK4I

And if you’re too lazy to click each separate link, here’s the link to the whole playlist, but remember, the vids are not in the same order as I posted them in this post. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFCHeZvYdtMc6v2bD-d8HWv_

I’m off not spending my Sunday lazy, lot’s of cleaning up to do, and I need to change my precious euro’s into British pounds, because your own hot cute girly geeks go’s London again!!!

Lots of love, Mendy