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In 1995 they gave us Pocahontas, in 1998 we got Mulan, and in 2009--for the first time in Walt Disney animation history--they finally created a black princess with The Princess and the Frog. While there are still questions and issues surrounding the film, and Princess Tiana has to spend half of her time on the screen as a frog, at least it’s a step in the right direction. Now, how much longer do you think we have to wait until they give us a heroine ... Read More
For centuries, mermaids have been known for their mysticism in folklore and fairy tales. They’re often described sitting on rocky shores combing their hair with shells and luring sailors in with their songs and, more recently, they've appeared in the Disney franchise as Ariel, the aquatic princess. But a more interesting association with mermaids spawned from the current generation has been seapunk. Honestly, I never entirely understood what seapunk was, ... Read More
    In today's edition of Things That Elicit Mixed Emotions, I present Thomas Czarnecki's photoseries "From Enchantment to Down". The haunting images depict Disney princesses meeting tragic ends. Ariel is beached on the shore, Sleeping Beauty lies abandoned on the floor of what appears to be a drug den, and Pocahontas is slung over a hunter's shoulder in his room of taxidermic trophies. I hope Czarnecki is making a statement about the impossible standards ... Read More
  This past weekend I was lucky to catch the last show of the world premiere stage adaptation of Newsies, at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.  The stage show was the cult movie, with all the loveable characters, dance moves, and all of my favorite songs, but also with notable differences.  There were changes to the details of the story, some new songs, and some lyric changes.  My favorite change from the movie was the addition of a lady ... Read More
After the box-office failure of Disney's The Princess and the Frog, rumor was that Disney decided that fairy tales were a thing of the past; according to the LA Times, targeting only the little-girl market just wasn't enough. The studio's latest offering, Tangled, combines a take on a classic fairy-tale princess story with more modern elements, like CGI and wacky wise-cracking sidekicks, in order to attract a broader audience. And the movie did well on opening ... Read More
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