Have you noticed the absence of moms in Disney movies? The heroines, with the exception of Sleeping Beauty, either have a wicked stepmother, or their dad just hasn’t found a new wife. But Princess Merida from Brave seems to have a very present and loving mother in Queen Elinor. Could this be why Merida promises to kick so much ass?
We very much enjoyed this new Mother’s Day spot from Brave and June 22 just can’t get here fast enough.
We’re hoping that Merida is Katniss for the younger crew and that between Brave, Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman, we’re just going to keep on seeing movies about strong, brave young women. Also, this trailer finally gives us a little better idea as to what the movie’s actually about. Previously, we’d figured that each family had to send someone to compete in some sort of games (not Hunger Games games, more like A Knight’s Tale games), but it turns out that the men are competing for Merida’s hand in marriage and she’s like “Um, no, I can beat them all and so I shouldn’t have to marry any of these losers.” (Loose paraphrase)
Ryan at Pacing the Panic Room confesses that he hates the playground. But his daughter’s at the age when she needs to make some friends.
GeekMom Kathy got a kick out of the “Barbie Blunders” she found over at the National Museum of Play. Did anyone (besides kitsch-loving gay men) buy Earring Magic Ken? What makes the earring magic?
OK, so we all love Buzz Lightyear and Wall-E and Carl from Up! What makes a CGI character lovable and what makes some of them just weird? Salon talks to a Dreamworks expert who says that too human = too creepy. The Incredibles worked so, so well because the family weren’t too realistic and all of varying shapes and sizes. What are your favourite CGI-animated characters?
Check out this 9-year-old Tanzanian boy reenacting his favourite movie, Commando. Via BoingBoing: