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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Itself (Strange World)

    So this is our future, huh? Disney has stopped attempting to make villains. There are no bad guys, just people who make mistakes and assumptions. Our antagonists are now natural disasters (Strange World), faceless plagues (Raya and the Last Dragon) or ourselves (Ralph Breaks the Internet). I think this will be the final entry in “Analyzing the Disney Villains” because Disney simply isn’t making new villains. Which is a shame because Disney had some of the best — Scar, Maleficent, Captain Hook. That’s part of the reason I started this series. But there doesn’t seem to be a point anymore. I applaud Disney’s move on attempting to craft something more…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Namaari (Raya and the Last Dragon)

    NAMAARI Origin: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Is it right to teach the children no one’s really evil, just misunderstood? I’m having a hard believing that in this day and age. Maybe that idea’s good for reality but it’s not good for stories. Let’s just proceed as if Namaari is the antagonist. Because I’m not writing an essay about a faceless purple plague that looks like Gloom from “Tears of the Kingdom”. (Fun fact: she’s the first combination Disney princess/antagonist.) Motivation: Long ago, the four five nations tribes lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation Fang Tribe attacked. During her dad’s company picnic, Raya thinks…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Ralph (Ralph Breaks the Internet)

    WRECK-IT RALPH Origin: Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) So we have another antagonist-less Disney movie. Who is the villain of this piece? Is it the virus? Is it Shank? Is it… is it Ralph? I can’t see a way that it’s not. For one thing, they are fighting a bunch of Ralph clones at the end. For another, the antagonist is defined as the person standing in the protagonist’s way. Who is the protagonist? It’s not Ralph. Ralph doesn’t need to change. His life is perfect (he even says so). Therefore the protagonist is Vanellope–she wants to change. And Ralph doesn’t want to let her. Motivation: Vanellope wants a life…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Maui (Moana)

    MAUI Origin: Moana (2016) Moana is a little like Pinocchio, where there are several unrelated antagonists–Te Kā, Tamatoa, the Kakamora. But these are dumb obstacles in Moana’s way. They have no personality and no purpose but to provide Moana with action set-pieces. The person serving as the real antagonist, the one preventing her from getting what she wants, is Maui. Some might call him a deuteragonist, but I think he’s enough in Moana’s way to call him the biggest hindrance to the hero’s journey. Motivation: At first, it seems like Maui is just a macho braggart. He makes these grand gestures and accomplishments to earn the accolades of other people.…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Dawn Bellwether (Zootopia)

    DAWN BELLWETHER Origin: Zootopia (2016) Motivation: Strong. Both personally and socially, Bellwether is full of resentment for being disrespected and mistreated. And why shouldn’t she feel this way when she’s been dominated by a predator for her career? This is a world where there is so much diversity, you are basically a stereotype of your species. As a secretary to a lion (the lion and the lamb?) she has to subjugate herself to predators. But prey are the majority vote 10 to 1! I’d be mad too if I was so underrepresented. But at heart, her desires are purely self-interest. Character Strengths: Being a prey animal, Bellwether has the ability…

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    We Have Passed Peak Movie Theater

    With the underperformance of every Summer and Winter blockbuster this year (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Strange World, Avatar: The Way of Water), it’s clear the movie theater is dying. You will never see another blockbuster box-office banger like Avatar or Avengers: Endgame or Titanic or The Dark Knight, even though most of those are recent movies (which might just be because of inflation, giving you an idea of how big 1997’s Titanic was). And that’s because of two reasons. 1. People are crowd shy since the pandemic. It’s baked into us now — six feet, superspreader events, wash your hands. Any event with crowds comes with an implicit warning sticker…

  • Some YouTube Videos Worthy of Getting My Like

    The first video I ever liked (apparently) was Hannah Hart’s Pizza video from… let me check… ELEVEN YEARS AGO? We were all just babies back then. That’s like… 1997? I’m not sure why–I recall liking “Tacos” and “Grilled Cheese” better (“butter yo shit”). I bet I was drunk at the time. When I rewatched this, I realized Hannah Hart reminds me of my daughter, and I have no problem with that. I was in this anthology and the editor put together a book trailer for it. I love book trailers. Actually I love trailers in general. So if you like names, find mine at 2:09. This was just just a…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Bowler Hat Guy (Meet the Robinsons)

    BOWLER HAT GUY (a.k.a. Michael “Goob” Yagoobian) Origin: Meet the Robinsons (2014) Motivation: A long time ago Bowler Hat Guy was Lewis’s roommate in the orphanage. Because of Lewis’s late-night inventing, he doesn’t get enough sleep before the night of the big baseball game. When he falls asleep (standing up) in the outfield, he misses the winning catch. This caused his teammates to beat him up in full view of the audience and coaches and everyone. Coach gives him some advice to let it go, and he’s about to take it when his future self (Bowler Hat Guy) comes in and tells him not to. Tells him to use it…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: John Silver (Treasure Planet)

    JOHN SILVER Origin: Treasure Planet (2002) Motivation: A long time ago a pirate named Flint stole treasure from “a thousand planets” (side note: gold and gems are apparently still valuable when you have access to every planet in the galaxy). Somehow Silver found out about this and a map leading to the location. Young boy Jim Hawkins got that map, leading to a commissioned mission to find the treasure. Silver and a band of his unruly scalawags integrated into the mission to steal the treasure for themselves. Gotta admit, the “loot of a thousand worlds” does sound appealing. Character Strengths: Silver is a charismatic bloke. A fun guy. Quick with…

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    Analyzing the Disney Villains: Yokai (Big Hero 6)

    YOKAI (a.k.a. Dr. Frank Callaghan) Origin: Big Hero 6 (2014) Motivation: Like Fred said: “This is a revenge story.” Callaghan lost his daughter who volunteered for a portal experiment. Said experiment was led by Alistair Krei, a devil-may-care tech billionaire. Krei noticed a discrepancy in the experiment but continued anyway. The portal blew up and his daughter was lost, presumed dead. Callaghan rebuilds the portal machine and, through the use of stolen microbots, intends to destroy Krei’s new fancy building and Krei himself in the same manner. It’s actually a pretty understandable motivation, one that any one of us might do in the same circumstance. IMO, those are the best…