I am writing this live.
Which feels weird, because every post for the last six months or so has been scheduled for weeks – or at least two days – in advance.
Here’s the scoop… I’ve been sick for a long time, first with a flu and then with a bad head cold that caused the left side of my face to ache and throb all day. Good times? Notsomuch.
So please forgive me if this post feels slapped-together. We’re slowly creeping towards the end of Story And Dark Chocolate and I have a drafts-pile about a mile high, which is helpful on days like today when I need all the help I can get. But it can also be a tiny bit overwhelming and I don’t doubt that a few of you have noticed my shoddy blogging lately.
And then, of course, I got punched in the face with three weeks of sickness.
So I have excuses galore but that doesn’t make me less frustrated – I hate not answering your comments and leaving my own comments on all the brilliant posts I’ve been reading!
Crying all the tears over my own negligence…
But I’ve rambled on long enough in this introduction. Let’s get to the real post, shall we?
The first part of this post is about some animated films that I love – but somehow they always get overlooked. As we all know, I am loud and proud about my loves and want to share them with you so please do me a favor and watch these five movies. You will not regret it, I promise.
And then we’re going to do a tag. Don’t worry, it’s a an Animated Favorites Tag, so it fits right in with my theme and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Now, you should know that I wasn’t actually tagged for it… but my friend Olivia was more than gracious about allowing me to steal it from her.
She didn’t even notify the authorities.
Let’s do this thing, friends.
Wow, I feel kind of cheesy writing that. But it is a cute movie and no one ever talks about it!
Let’s break it down a bit…
Bolt is the name of the main character, a smallish white dog who thinks that he is a superhero. I’ll give you a tiny hint – he’s not actually a superhero.
But he is a complete sweetheart. He is noble and old-fashioned and just-plain-good, but he’s also a little awkward and naive in the extreme. He doesn’t know how to play fetch or what blood is or how to beg for food. Definitely at a disadvantage there.
Mittens, a tough New York street-cat, shows him the ropes and becomes his friend on accident. Rhino is a delusional hamster whose faith in Bolt knows no bounds. This story captures a sweet sadness about travel, exploration, and longing for a place to call home.
2. The Croods
Ooh, I just rewatched this one! It just… makes me smile. And yet, for some reason, no one seems to know this movie exists? Crazy.
The Croods is about a family of cavemen, told from the perspective of the teenage daughter Eep. Not only does she have a cool name, she is a genuinely relatable character but the supporting cast is amazing as well. Gran is hilarious. Grug is actually every single one of us. And Guy is just adorable, okay.
On the surface, this story touches me because it’s about the struggle of family and being a teenager. But on a much deeper, metaphorical level, this story touches my soul with its imagery of following the light, clinging to the light, loving the light. And Guy’s story about the tiger…
I need to go cry.
3. Gnomeo And Juliet
You haven’t lived until you’ve watched a British animated musical that consists entirely of reworked Elton John songs. I’m just going to go ahead and put that out there.
It should be fairly obvious, but this movie is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet and I love how it makes the story easy to understand and the characters easy to love.
And did I mention that they all have British accents? And that it’s a musical? With Elton John songs? Because I’m there for that.
Also there is this insane British frog named Nanette. You’ll have to watch it if you find out more about that.
4. Wreck-It Ralph
Aw. What a sweet movie. Probably the most popular of the Obscure Ones, too.
Wreck-It Ralph is about video games, actually. I’m not into video games – I think I’ve only played them a handful of times – but this movie, featuring some of the older video games, takes me back to my childhood.
We plunge inside the games to meet the characters. Ralph is an angry guy who runs around destroying buildings when you see him from outside the screen. But inside the game, Ralph is a nice guy and just wishes that people would see that.
Vanellope does. She gets it because she’s an outcast too. Supposed to be a racer inside her game, Vanellope is rejected again and again because she glitches when she’s nervous. Can’t have any of that.
So while I might not agree with the whole “I’m bad and that’s good” message, I love the one about friendship.
Another musical! I didn’t expect to love this movie and I’m not sure I can explain why I do, but this movie surprised me by catching my eye and capturing my heart and not letting go. This movie means a lot to me somehow.
Maybe it was just that I needed a story about a bunch of tiny hugging trolls that day. Maybe it was the catchy songs that I learned in record time. Maybe it was just some weird sentimental attachment to all the cute. I’m not sure but the associations are all pleasant ones with this sweet film.
Okay, so I ranted briefly about these underrated classics and now I’m going to use the tag questions to rant a little bit more. You’ll love it. It will be great.
But you should know that I’m limiting myself to these five movies. Be aware of that before you murder me for any of my answers, please.
1. Who’s you favourite animated heroine?
Vanellope, I think. Her sass is on point.
But I do like Eep. She’s genuine and not as annoying as most teenagers.
2. Who’s your favourite animated hero?
Bolt. Definitely Bolt.
Guy is awfully adorable, though…
Gnomeo is the sweetest…
I love Ralph…
Branch is so done with everyone…
Agh. Impossible question!
3. If there was to be a sequel (or even a third, fourth, or fifth part) (and then I don’t mean like Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, those short movies, but a real one) of an animated movie, what would you like it to be about?
Unlike most people, I’m not normally a fan of sequels. I think they drag the story down instead of making it better. And most of the time we leave the characters in a good place so it’s pointless and angsty to rehash the same plotline all over again in another movie.
That said, I think the only one of these five movies that could conceivably be improved instead of harmed or weighed down by a sequel would be The Croods. I’d love a story about Guy and Eep once they are married and have kids.
Just… please don’t tell the same story over again with Eep being the overprotective parent. We saw that the first time. No need to do it again.
4. Which couple from an animated movie do you think is highly underrated?
Guy and Eep. Or Gnomeo and Juliet. Or Branch and Poppy.
Basically all the couples that exist in those five movies, because underrated is exactly the point of this whole post.
5. Which couple do you like most?
All of them?
What kind is this anyway? Do you know how intense of a shipper I am? Because I don’t think you do. I am intense.
I think that Poppy’s upbeat personality will buoy Branch when he gets down, but he’s also gentle enough that he can comfort her when her high spirits come crashing down. In other words, they make a good couple.
So, as much as it pains me, I will choose them.
6. Which song is your favourite?
When Love Builds A Garden from Gnomeo And Juliet is the sweetest but I also like Hello Hello, also from Gnomeo and Juliet.
Go listen to those right now. Do it.
7. And if you should choose a song that isn’t likely to be chosen by you, one that didn’t immediately come up in your mind but is still a favourite, which one would it be?
Sound of Silence or Hello from TROLLS. Both of those are lovely.
8. What animation movie did you first think you wouldn’t like, but eventually you did?
I believe I liked all five immediately, but Gnomeo And Juliet might have taken me a bit longer to appreciate.
I definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with TROLLS as much as I did.
9. Which two do you always consider as a couple, even though they are not a definite couple, but almost no one else does?
Remember how I’m an intense shipper? It comes in handy here.
I definitely consider Poppy and Branch a couple. Don’t most people, though? I’m not sure whether it’s ever confirmed or not.
I’ve always thought that Vanellope and Ralph were sort of romantic, which might make me a bit of a creeper since Vanellope is sort of a child and Ralph is definitely an adult? But… is she tiny because of her game’s design or because she’s actually five years old? It’s hard to tell.
I also ship Bolt and Mittens. Even though she’s a cat and he’s a dog. I’m weird like that.
10. Which girl from an animated movie has the best hairstyle(s)?
Vanellope’s hair is full of candy, so I think she wins without much competition.
Though… everyone in TROLLS has some rather spectacular hair abilities…
11. Which is the best dress?
Eep’s tigerskin wins because it is an awesome dress and because I’m pretty sure she’s the only girl in these movies who wears a dress.
12. Which sidekick is the best according to you?
13. What’s your favourite Disney princess movie?
Breaking my own rule to obey this question…
I also love Mulan and Little Mermaid.
14. What’s your favourite animated movie (no Disney princess movies included)?
This is literally impossible to answer.
Let’s just say that one of my favorites is Prince of Egypt. I desperately need to rewatch it.
15. What is your Disney personality?
I’m not exactly sure what this means? I’ve checked which Disney Princess has the same MBTI as I do and I got Elsa. I can’t confirm or deny it because I haven’t seen Frozen…?
But my ultimate goal in life is to become exactly like Rapunzel in every way, so there is that. We’re both introverted and love reading, drawing, and dancing, so we already have some things in common.
I just need to learn her innocence, wonder, and forgiving spirit that doesn’t hold onto bitterness and hatred.
16. Which animated girl do you think looks most like you (in looks, not in character)?
Obviously Poppy. I have pink fuzzy skin and pink hair and I wear a blue dress and a green flowered headband.
Why would you even ask that question?
17. Which statement do you think is true and which not (you know, those things on Pinterest that say…for example: That Elsa and Anna are Rapunzel’s cousins, and that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa’s brother or that the oldest girl from Despicable Me is maybe Riley’s mom from Inside Out)?
I have actually been getting into film theories lately?
And I literally believe with my entire soul that this is not just a theory… it’s the truth.
By the way, these two brothers – the Carlins – are some of my favorite people on YouTube now. I love what they are doing together and I love that they are doing it – together.
As far as which one I think is not true… well, most of them. Like that one about Elsa and Rapunzel being twin sisters? Ha. No.
18. What animated movie did you expect much of, but turned out to be much worse than you originally thought?
Um, a lot of them are bad but I never expect much? But let’s just say Beauty and the Beast. It was awful.
But I expected it to be awful, so.