This Friday marks 75 years since Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – the first feature-length animated film. Since the simpering Snow White, to whose beauty even birds were not immune, a lot has changed.
Disney’s latest heroine, Princess Merida, the wild-haired Scottish princess from Brave, marks something of a watershed for cartoon films. Helen Nabarro, head of animation at the National Film and Television School, said: “I think Brave is a departure for the Disney heroine. There is a genuine hardship that Merida has to get out of, and she’s a proper heroine rather than a foil for some bloke. Girls have been shown in cartoons as the weaker sex, but she sorts things out for herself. The film shows the cartoon heroine catching up with real-life women.”
Jim Korkis, a columnist for the online fanzine Mouse Planet and a Disney historian, said: “Disney animated heroines have always reflected their times. Snow White was the model of the women at that time who felt that their life would only be complete with a prince and waited for him to come along.
“After the Second World War, women had experienced the workplace and were more proactive. Cinderella did not just sit around waiting for the prince to come, she went right out to the palace to get him. With the Eighties, Disney heroines became more headstrong. Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, never needed a prince. She was independent and self-sufficient and rather than a prince rescuing her, she was the one who rescued the prince.”
To celebrate 75 years of the Disney heroine, The Independent on Sunday revisits 20 of the animator’s leading ladies.
More pumpkins, this time specially-themed ones!
Strange Random Scary Quote:
Hold on, man. We don’t go anywhere with “scary,” “spooky,” “haunted,” or “forbidden” in the title. – From Scooby-Doo
- Halloween: Pumpkin Carving and Decorating Ideas | Martha Stewart (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- Watch (Literal) Smashing Pumpkins (thedailymeal.com)
- Artist carves up some deliciously ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ for the Holidays (fernexpress.wordpress.com)
- Pumpkin Carving (chasingmoonbeamsbyday.wordpress.com)
- The Crazed Pumpkin Art of Ray Villafane (makezine.com)
- Hunting Pumpkins at Adiva (jjsadventures.wordpress.com)
- The ART of pumpkin carving (chicquero.com)
- Apparently there’s such a thing as master FOOD sculptors, and they excel at carving life-sized pumpkin zombies. (blahbethany.com)
- Best ever Pumpkin recipe ever… did I say ever?! (atyoursenses.com)
Over the past 20 years, [Billy] West has watched from the inside as more and more traditional actors as opposed to career voice actors have taken over the animated feature film industry. It’s such common practice now, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was always like this. Take, for example, this week’s Rango, which has been marketed through and through as a Johnny Depp film. Depp’s name fills the screen of the trailer within 20 seconds, whereas the film’s posters tell you in no uncertain terms that JOHNNY DEPP IS RANGO. He just happens to look like a CG chameleon.
Note: If you’ve never heard of Billy West, perhaps his most famous roles are in Futurama, as Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Doctor Zoidberg, among others. Many of the scenes in which he appears have him literally talking to himself!
Strange Random Animation Quote:
Animation is about creating the illusion of life. And you can’t create it if you don’t have one.” – Brad Bird (Oscar best animated feature 2005)
- ‘Rango’ Star Johnny Depp Tells You How To Identify A Lie (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- (3/2011) Movie Review: Rango (basilandspice.com)
- Johnny Depp Says There’s A Little ‘Rango’ In All Of Us (mtv.com)
- “RANGO” Starring Johnny Depp – New Clips & Images! (hollywoodnews.com)
- “Johnny Depp Learned To Play A Lizard In ‘Rango'” and related posts (starpulse.com)
Strange Random Bicycle Quote:
The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community – Ann Strong
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The series’ creator, Shalva Ramishvili, says he would be proud if The Samsonadzes were compared to The Simpsons, but claims it is a purely Georgian programme, with all the preoccupations of a typical Georgian family. See more of the interview here, including a guest appearance by Vladimir Putin, speaking Georgian.
Strange Random Simpsons Quote:
Dr. Nick: Inflammable means flammable? What a country.
An exhilarating rollercoaster ride through the animated pictures of Sarah’s world, as she gets revenge on the man who broke her heart!
Written, Directed & Edited by Robin King. Starring Denise Hoey, David Crow, Ruth Larkin
This pixilation (stop-motion animation using real people) was made in 2006 for Screen South as part of the UK Film Council‘s Digital Shorts scheme. As much as possible, it was made ‘in camera’ without digital superimposure, using thousands of printed materials.
Strange Random New Year Quote:
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” – Unknown
If you’ve seen the new animated movie of Dickens’ classic novel (or any of the other versions), you might be interested in the original Christmas Carol. But rather than read the whole book, you might prefer to listen to it. If so, you’re in luck, because the site Learn Out Loud, which specialises in audio and video downloads, is giving away the audiobook during the month of December (so hurry and get yours!)
From the download page, you need to add the item to your shopping cart as if it were a normal purchase, then create a free account with the site. However, the book is free and once you have an account, you’ll be able to access other free offers the site provides.
If you’d prefer to read the original text or use it to follow along, you can find it here.