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I definitely maintain a love-hate relationship with Disney, and now we are back in the love corner because Once Upon a Time has become my all time favorite show. It brilliantly links the classic fairy tales together in an epic plot that jumps back and forward between our world and the fantasy world, or the past and the present. I especially favor this series because it explores the idea that there are many worlds existing simultaneously. It also dances on the theory of past lives, inner power, and the multiple aspects of ourselves. I find all of these topics fascinating, which explains why I enjoy this series.

The first episode begins with a bang as we meet our terminator protagonist Emma Swan, who is a bail bonds representative. On her 28th birthday, she makes a wish to ease her loneliness, which has become a curse of hers over the years. Her wish has been granted, and that’s when her son Henry appears. At this very moment, it is only fitting that Emma is set for a very intricate adventure.

Personally Emma grows on me. In season one, it was hard to watch her make the obvious dumb decision since we the audience know more than her. We are given constant glimpses of the character’s true selves as it relates directly to a given situation. So I can only slap my head in disappointment when she, for example, trusts Sydney Glass even though she knows he was Regina’s spy and Regina always has a bag of tricks to come out victorious. Another example of Emma not trusting her instincts is when she decides to give up Henry…again and also takes Regina’s deadly apple turnover as a goodbye treat.

However in season two, she is wise and we are given her back story to show why she guards her emotions and why she is attracted to the bad boys like The Hunter, Captain Hook, and Pinocchio. Speaking of Pinocchio has anyone else noticed that Pinocchio failed Emma twice? The first time was understandable because he was a child when he left her in the orphanage. But wow! The second time was dishonorable. He stole Emma’s money and only sent her the car key while she was in jail. This is very disgraceful because Emma probably would have kept Henry if she had that extra cash. Pinocchio definitely has more moral lessons to learn.

Mr. Gold, or Rumpelstiltskin, is a great metaphor on how people in general seek others to solve their problems, which only makes the problem more complex. Each character was resourceful enough to get out of whatever predicament if they would have took the time to think of alternatives. The best example of this is Cinderella. She is literally seeing fireworks from the Prince’s palace. Therefore, she could have made her own dress while her Step Mother and Sister were out, and attended the Royal Ball herself. But nope, she wanted a quick easy solution, which led her to the possibility of losing her child. And the full circle irony in Rumpelstiltskin’s deals is that he is unable to fix his own problem of finding his son, yet everyone goes to him to fix theirs. I definitely see this as a perfect life lesson of releasing your power to someone who uses that power for their own personal agendas.

My favorite character is easily Red. I can relate her desire to explore and break free from the life she perceives as her imprisonment. Through a twist of her being the wolf, she realizes her true nature and since she was considered the monster of her village, this symbolizes how her current thoughts and actions were destructive. She runs away from responsibility instead of conquering it. As her story progress, she gains control of how to use her power and this is also represented in her decision to stay and operate Granny’s dinner. Red’s character alone makes me ponder the very essential questions of: who am I, why am I here, what am I good at, and how does it benefit myself and my society? I definitely appreciate Red as a character especially her facial expressions. When she meets Emma and Belle for the first time it seems like she’s overjoyed like a happy puppy or enticed like a hungry wolf.

Well that raps up my thoughts, but there are some unanswered questions:

  • Is Henry a fairytale characters? Is he Regina’s father reincarnated making them relatives after all?
  • Where is Emma’s boyfriend, and what did he see to convince him to believe everything Pinocchio was saying? Did Emma not see this certain something because she was in denial initially?
  • Where and who is Rumpelstiltskin’s son?
  • Where is Pinocchio?

That’s it for now, folk. To the next episode and beyond.

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Alrighty! I am having a hard time ripping video footage of Disney’s Cinderella because the all-mighty Disney is a step ahead. There is anti-burning properties on the re-release, special-edition discs, which is completely understandable. Therefore, I am going to display my thoughts here and just find an alternative method for my video project.

 

Time to just dive right in!

In the very beginning, it is explained how Cinderella’s mother dies, and her father felt is was in Cinderella’s best interest to have a replacement mother. I can understand this premise to some extent. I mean, he can be the best father in the world but it is close to impossible to teach Cinderella how to be a woman, since  of course, he is not a woman. Or may be the situation is deeper. May be the father worked all day and Cinderella was left alone. As you can see from the screenshot, Cinderella is definitely not poor, but she is nowhere close to being as rich as the king. So, I do see a slight justification to why the father shopped around for a new wife, but on an emotional level this is the recipe for disaster. Cinderella’s mother just died, and instead of the father adjusting to the life of a widow and being strong for Cinderella, he decides to bury the past – literally – and moved on to marry Lady Tremaine.

Lady Tremaine is a stern woman with two daughters of her own. What happen to her children’s father is never explained, but does conjure up more suspense for her character because it is revealed that Lady Tremaine despises Cinderella. We are talking about a devilish type of hate. She cannot stand the thought that Cinderella is so naturally beautiful. Cinderella, being so naive, couldn’t even fathom the thought of anyone being jealous of her, so when the father died and left her in the demon pit,  Cinderella simply accepted her new life with her step family.  Of course, this raises up more questions about the father.

I can understand wanting to find a new bride, but why pick Tremaine? I’m sure she was nice at first. I know there are people who are masters of deception, but one thing is clear. It is extremely difficult to hide your true self for long. It comes out in clues. For example, I’m sure if Cinderella came into the room, Lady Tremaine would give her a specific look. A look designed just for her. Why wouldn’t the father pick up on these subtleties?  Kids are more keen on these situations, so why didn’t Cinderella pick up on them and tell her father? Okay two steps have to happen before I can move on with my analysis. First, stop making excuses (or filling in huge plot holes) for the father. Second, analyze Cinderella’s beauty as power because it is. Beauty, power, perception are all inter-related. Cinderella’s power will win her a Disney ending.

It was no time when we see Cinderella in her life of heavy chores and heavy demands. Of course, this is set up so you feel a sense of sympathy and side with the protagonist…or at least thank the heavens that you’re not in her situation; (this is a taste of how the step sisters think). However if you really challenge what you see, you’ll catch that Cinderella is very strong minded. She cooks full course meals for four people including a cat, she cleans the entire house (which includes upstairs, downstairs, at kitchen, four bedrooms, a barn, and so much more!), and she babysits the animals in the barn. She does all this, and still manages to stay grounded. This is what Lady Tremaine especially despised. She wants to see Cinderella burn because Tremaine is a weak woman.

By the way…

There is a bunch of mice sprinkled throughout the movie to, I guess,  liven the mood….AHHHHHHH! Okay, breathe! It’s for the kids….kids of the 50s. Moving on!

Unlike the mice, the cat and the dog actually serve a purpose to understanding the story. The cat is the pet of Lady Tremaine’s and of course carries her attributes. Just like her master, the cat clearly does not like Cinderella yet loves what Cinderella can offer her. (This is one of the many reasons why Tremaine is weak, but I don’t want to waste time dissecting her since this article is an attempt to better understand Cinderella). The dog is the pet of Cinderella’s, and you guessed it! He carries Cinderella’s attributes. Much like the dog, Cinderella has this odd sense of loyalty. Why do I say this? Hello! The light are out, everyone’s asleep – runaway and never turn back. She must know the neighborhood and the people in it since she grew up there. Run! But she doesn’t. Cinderella stays put. She accepts her life even though she is now very aware that she becomes a slave. Oh yes! You must remember that Lady Tremaine is living in Cinderella’s house. Cinderella’s loyalty is tied to taking care of her house, where all her memories lay…

Even though Cinderella is able to stay grounded through her blind yet loyal obligations, she still feels the depression that she should feel. Notice the color scheme when she is looking out her window at the castle. Her location is very dark and almost haunting. The castle is very bright and colorful. This doesn’t mean that the castle is a wonderful and peaceful sanctuary. It just means that Cinderella perceives the castle to be a wonderful and peaceful sanctuary, which is why she makes it her dream to visit one day.

Cinderella gets her wish. With the help of her fairy god mothers, she is able to get all dressed up and go to the ball at the palace. Of course, the Prince takes a liking to her, because as I mentioned before, Cinderella is a strong mind -well  metaphorically speaking. The Prince is attracted to her uniqueness. Cinderella admires the Prince has well, but I get this feeling that her attraction to the Prince is no different from the other women in town. She is attracted to the fantasy that the Prince can offer, but regardless! Cinderellas knows that marriage is her golden ticket to happiness…or is it?

Let me take a detour for a moment before we reach the conclusion. It is clear that Cinderella fears her step mother. One look from Lady Tremaine, and Cinderella falls into submission. It is my belief that Tremaine did something very traumatic to Cinderella…well beyond the psychological abuse. I’ll let you use your imagination to what happened, but the fact is Cinderella is petrified by her step mother. Therefore, she makes sure she marries the Prince. You’ll notice in the ending that Cinderella will  stopped at nothing to try on the glass slipper. In Cinderella’s mind, the Prince is her only way out of her hell.

So does Cinderella finally have her Happy-Ever-After? In Disney terms, she does. In actuality, this question is up for debate! The fact is, Cinderella went from one supporting role to another. In her marriage, she doesn’t have to cook or clean or complete any other household chores. Now she as other pressures. She is in the public’s eye because of the Prince. She is expected to maintain the traditions of the royal family and maintain a strong image for the political  gain. This is not pleasing. After all, Princess Diana was rebellious for a reason. Basically, Cinderella seems to have sacrificed her individuality for a slightly better life. But her sympathy card has run dry since she chose this life.

 

Overall Nostalgic Impressions:

I surprisingly enjoyed this film. I popped the movie in the Blu-Ray player expecting to dread it, but no! I even found myself in a trance as I watched Cinderella’s character slowly develop around itself. This is the big shock because I HATE Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It is my least favorite Disney film simply because I hard to watch Beast interact with both Belle and her father. However, Cinderella was tolerable. It could be because the movie is short and vague and someone like me, who bursting with creative analysis, can make story to fill in the gaps. Hmmmm, I wonder….

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This is Almas’s Analysis of the popular Disney film, Beauty and the Beast, which I’ll be referring to in my next Youtube video. It’s packed with insightful views and valid claims. She offers a detailed perspective that will challenge your very own perception of the film. Enjoy!

Thank you Almas!


Beauty and the Beast Critique

By Almas

In both the Disney version and the folklore, I believe Belle ( the main female character)  to have Oedipal tendencies which is very common in women that date abusers ( or are attracted to abusers).

As it is consider to be a spell over the person, and that’s why they will put up with outrageous behavior due to the insane desire to be part of the other person. Its also very common in victims of multiple rapes.

However in the folklore version, oedipal love is refer to as incest so the ugliness of the beast is part of her imagination.

She subconsciously sees the beast as ugly because she is not ready to give her self to him, and its not until she gets over the enchantment, or the insane love that she feels for her father, that she sees the beast as beautiful and there for attainable.

In the folk tale, she gets asked in marriage at least 3 times, but she refuses because she is scared to leave her father, which is typical because even though we are portrayed with all sorts of rape histories and incest, not all the victims see the horrible side to it until its spotted out to them by others. Just like a lot of people didn’t realize that there was something with the world until someone came and spotted it out, Belle is conditioned to grow up accepting something as normal, so she doesn’t to question it.

Ok lets get into the Disney analysis

At the beginning of the movie they tell you a story about how the prince was enchanted by this beautiful fairy god mother who disguises herself as an old beggar, and knocks on the prince’s door asking for food and a place to stay for the night. In exchange, she was going to give him a rose. The prince being shallow and mean turned her down because her face was wrinkly and ugly.

The beggar woman gave him a second chance, but he turned the offer down again.

Then she revealed herself , and placed him under spell as a punishment for his shallow behavior and told him that the spell will break only when he learns the true meaning of love.

The prince was turned in to a beast.

He was supposed to learn that beauty isn’t the most important thing yet he fell in love with a women named Belle, or Bella, which is Italian for beautiful and she is obviously highly attractive as the men in the village desire her.

Analysis on Gaston,  a very important character.

Gaston is the man in love with Bella, who is a representation of the care taker, educated, independent, and growth orientated modern woman. That’s why we first meet her as she reading a book and interacting with the farm animals.

Gaston loves her, but she doesn’t love him because he is a self-absorbed creep who is not very intelligent or respectful.

He feels he is entitled to have Bella and wont stop at anything to get her. He imprisons her father and organizes a wedding without telling her because he is very certain that they are going to end up together even though she has turned him down at every single attempt.

Gaston is very important because besides his unattractive personality, all the women in the village want him, which sends the message that it isn’t really worth forming a relationship with the smart type of girl. Gaston automatically attracts the whore archetype, which inevitably creates a relationship based solely on appearances because that is all the two genders see in each other. Interestingly enough, all the whore archetypes are blondes ( which is an other stereotype).

Now the prince and Bella and the beast.

Lets not forget that the first time they met, it was because of a prisoner’s exchange, which goes very well with the fact that Bella is from the working class and since he’s a prince, he’s from the upper class.

When she offered her self in sacrifice for her father, the exchange is not the only thing she’s sacrificing. She is portrayed as submissive , she is an only daughter taking care of her father so she takes on the roll of a Mother.

From here we just see a very naughty beast who has no idea of how to treat human beings, let a lone a lady. He shouts and gives her orders as if she’s one of his servants.

But out of the sudden, the love of the beautiful Bella is starting to change the beast in to a loving caring  man. In the end, the beast gains her love and they ended up happily every after, which gives the illusion that the love of a good women can change a beast in to a prince.

This is exactly the kind of mentality women in abusive relationship have.

Very rarely do abusers conform to the stereotypical image of a constantly harsh, nasty or violent person, either in public or in private. More frequently the abuser portrays a perfectly normal and pleasant picture to the outside world (often they have responsible jobs or are respected and important members of the local community or Church) and reserves the abuse for you in the privacy of your own home. Nor are abusers always overtly abusive or cruel, but can display apparent kindness and consideration. This Jeckyll and Hyde tendency of the abuser serves to further confuse the victim, while protecting themselves from any form of suspicion from outsiders. Many victims describe “sudden” changes in mood – one minute nice and the next explosive or hysterical, or one minute happy and the next minute sad. This does not indicate some special “mental problem” but are typical of abusive personalities, and related to other characteristics such as hypersensitivity.

That’s why most of the villagers didn’t know of the existence of the beast.

The beast’s abusive side only gets display at home from there the symbolism to why he the “beast” never leaves the home, which is the Jekyll and Hyde’s abusers profile.

Most of the women falling for that kind of character, first meat the angry beast, but when they do tell about it , no one believes them because, in front of other people they are loving and caring and no one believes them to be capable of doing such things.

Then second, the woman meets the loving and caring side of the beast and then they start to believe they are strong enough to help the beast to change in to the permanent state of nice and loving.

But  generally the beast’s behavior is normally displayed by choice, where the person chooses to mask them selves,  two very different personalities, so they are normally not willing to change.

The enchantment from the fairy god mother

Often times fairy god mothers with magical powers are portrayed as been part of the conscious of the character involved. As we all know, fairy god mothers aren’t real and they’re just a product of the imagination.

So the enchantment is believed to be just a way for the prince to protect him self from a broken heart. So he become this hideous beast, which I don’t believe is actually talking about his physical appearance, but rather his personality. The beast is protecting himself by being cold with to rest of the world, which is a not so strange for people that have suffered some kind of childhood trauma to act this way before they become abusers. (This is a bit of an allegory.)

What about the little characters?

A tea pot, a tic tac clock, a tea cup, and the candles holder.

They make us feel sad and happy for them, but they are obliviously inanimate objects, yet we end up treating them as humans.

Humane beings who are enchanted become like inanimate objects, which do not have a soul. And fixed on a tea pot and cup,  it’s funny how human beings interfacing with inanimate objects and feeling sorry for them and feeling love for them. This promotes the future agenda of the surrogates, and people having sex, or intimate relationships, with dolls and robots and vibrators and so forth…

If you’re intrigued by Almas’s intellectual critique, you can visit her YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/almasdp. Send her a PM, she’s very friendly and full of useful knowledge of the conscious and subconscious mind.

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