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"The dialogue exhibited a level of literacy that might startle those who think that all Saturday-morning cartoonery is brainless; there weren’t many other programs in which one would hear a middle-schooler [Tish] congratulate her comrades by proclaming “Kudos to us!” Nor was there an abundance of animated series wherein a nervous preteen drama queen [again, Tish] was shepherded through her first appearance by the ghost of William Shakespeare. Particularly pleasing was the series’ depiction of its adult characters - not the anal-retentive, rule-imposing tyrants we’d seen in so many other cartoon weeklies, but instead as recognizable human beings with affectionately detailed personality quirks.
This was precisely what was so unique about the program. The Weekenders was a conscious, symbolic break with the traditions of television animation aimed at “tweens”. It did not attempt to portray any of its characters as stereotypes; instead, it celebrated the uniqueness and intelligence of all its characters, without sacrificing humor in the process. Thanks to the clever writing and directing, and the skilled voice acting behind its four leads (the four performers were never better, particularly Marsden and Soucie), it was an approach that really paid off.”

- Excerpt from America Toons in: A History of Television Animation by David Perlmutter

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I mean, you have to understand that — when we bring one of the Disney Princesses in to appear on Sofia the First, like we’re going to do with Tiana later on this year — we don’t do this sort of thing casually. We spend a lot of time making sure that we get the character design just right," Gerber continued. "We want to make sure that these Disney Princesses all look and sound the way they’re supposed to. Which is why we brought Ming-Na Wen in to voice Mulan for ‘Princesses to the Rescue.’

Which Disney Princesses Will Soon Be Showing Up on Sofia the First?


(Source: The Huffington Post)

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Speaking of the importance of pacing and the different ways films from different decades approach it…

One of the (very) few criticisms I have with Tron: Legacy is that it takes Sam a long ass time to get sucked into The Grid and longer still to reunite with his father/set about stopping CLU. Looking back, I realize that this may have been a deliberate choice on the part of the film makers to harken back to 80’s style movie pacing of delaying the central premise of the story. Even in the original Tron, Kevin doesn’t get digitized for a decent while. But still, there are some issues. Tron: Legacy spends a lot of its opening minutes focusing on the problems of ENCOM’s Board of Directors which don’t end up paying off in the story proper whereas everything with Dillinger from the original Tron's first act did. I get that there were murmurings of trying to make Tron the next big franchise for Disney, but it still leaves Act One clunky.

Filed under 80's movies tron tron legacy disney set something up: pay it off Wreck It Ralph also kinda has 80's pacing... but everything in WIR pays off

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Anonymous asked: About Osmosis Jones (and other children movies). Is it me, or do kids movies have a thing about killing off villains in horrible ways. Ex. Gothel aging to death, Clayton hanged, Scar ripped apart by the Hyenas he backstabbed, Lord Shen getting crashed, Thrax melted in alcohol, etc. Fun for kids! :D

I think it’s because villain characters are one of the areas children’s media makers have a little more freedom when it comes to darker imagery and actions. Since villainous characters are often set-up to be unarguably bad and the disposal of them as acceptable, writers and animators are free to punish the “bad-guys” in any way they see fit. Plus it help assure audience members that the villain won’t be making a come back. At the same time, you can’t be too graphic in a kid’s movie… which sometimes makes the villain’s implicit demise all the more horrible because your imagination fills in the gaps (We don’t directly see Scar get eaten it’s just shadows, same things with Clayton, Gothel is shielded by her cloak, etc.) Thrax is a rare exception in that we see his body burn to bits on screen with no pretenses as he’s howling in pain.

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Marshmallow finds Elsa’s crown ♥ 

This scene also has a symbolic function as well as a humorous/cutesy one

Elsa’s powers are manifestations of her emotional state, while the snowmen she creates are indicative of how she views herself and her relationships with other people. When Elsa is free to roam the mountains, but missing her sister, she brings life to Olaf, a playful and infectiously optimistic snowman who is utterly devoted to Anna. When Elsa fears that her powers truly are monstrous and desires to keep people away from her, she constructs the frightening Marshmallow who violently defends her.

By the film’s end however, Elsa and her abilities have been happily accepted by the people of Arendelle. So, Marshmallow in turn gleefully adorns his “mother’s” discarded crown, because he’s reflecting her happiness of being reunited with the kingdom.

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autobotbarrage asked: Hey, had a question. I know you share your thoughts on Rescue Bots and Sofia the First,and I didn't see it here but could you discuss what you think about King Rowland and Sofia's mother (her name elludes me presently,I've only seen a small handful of episodes). I just find it interesting that Sophia's mother wants to be a good step mother as they have a bad rap and Rowland loves all his kids equally. Has there been anything explaining how the two met? Would you want to see that delved into?

Hey there. For sure, I love talkin’ Sofia the First.

Her name’s Miranda, and it’s explained how she and king Roland met in the opening bits of the Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess special. Miranda was a cobbler who came to the palace to fit Roland for shoes and they fell in love. For me, that’s a suitable explanation for how they met. Though I would like to see another episode or two showing Miranda and Roland spending time together as a married couple like they did in “Tri-Kingdom Picnic”.

Then again, I know that showing adults acting romantic, even in completely non-sexual ways, can sometimes be outside of the scope of a pre-schooler show. For example, it took until season 2 of Doc McStuffins for her parents to be shown onscreen together and late into the same season for them to share one kiss. I’ve written some other meta on Miranda and her characterization in this post, if you’re interested in reading further. To any rate, I’d love to see her delved into more in general as well as Roland because I like it when children’s shows approach both adults and kids as characters on the same level, because I think that helps child viewers have realistic expectations about their peers and elders. Sofia the First has been pretty good about showing Roland as fully realized with both strengths and weaknesses. He’s a loving man, a hardworking king, and a good father, but he also makes mistakes and snap decisions (his actions towards the Trolls in “Let the Good Times Troll” and the whole “Baker King” fiasco). He’s not perfect and sometimes it falls on Sofia to show him the error of his ways, yet it never feels like Roland is incompetent as a parent. He’s just a human being who needs to be taught lessons sometimes like anyone else. I’m totally cool with Miranda being more of an ideal mentor figure to Sofia, but I’d still like to see some episodes with her in a more prominent role.  

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Princess Amber of Sofia the First is interesting to me because she’s a female character in an American cartoon aimed at a very young demographic who portrayed as extremely confident, out-spoken, and grandiose. Yet she isn’t severely shamed for her loudness and visibility. The fact that Amber’ has so much love for herself, looking good, and crowing about her awesomeness is presented as perfectly acceptable. The only time the story takes umbrage with Amber’s attitude is when she infringes on the comfort and safety of other young girls. And by late in season one, she’s mostly evolved past this flaw anyways.

I dunno, I just think it’s a nice approach…

Filed under sofia the first disney amber princess amber confidence in young girls is not something that needs to be hushed up but your positive self image should not come at the expense of someone else Amber's also a good example of gradual character development she starts off rather snobbish and greedy but mellows out considerably by the start of S2 without sacrificing her self-love

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Season 2 of Sofia the First begins March 7 (9:30 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel. A special episode, featuring Snow White, will premiere April 4 (9 a.m. ET/PT) on Disney Channel and Disney Junior (6 p.m. ET/PT) […] Among the highlights of the season: appearances by familiar Disney Princesses: Mulan (Ming-Na Wen), Tiana (Anika Noni Rose) and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore).

(Source: USA Today)

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