A trip to Walt Disney World

ImageSo, I’m in Disney.  I decided that the event was big enough and special enough that instead of filling up this blog with stuff from Disney, I’d start a separate blog for the event.  Cause, you know, I post so damn often to this blog.  Anyway, that’s what I’ve done, and if you want to follow along, or otherwise check out the Disney blog, you can find it at http://bigmikedisney.wordpress.com and on twitter at @bigmikedisney.  So feel free to check it out.  Once I’m done with the trip I’ll lock it down and leave it alone as a memorial to a great family trip.

The Princess and the Frog, a Review

I’ve been to see Disney’s Princess and the Frog.  I have a four year old daughter, so what do you expect.  Her review is it was the most awesome awesomeness EVAH!  Me, not so much.

Look, I grew up on Disney.  I don’t want to bad mouth the mouse.  I’m a fanboy.  I love the Pixar stuff.  I love the old school Disney animations.

I’m not a big fan of the whole “Disney Princess” concept, but I get the marketing behind it.  With the aforementioned 4 year old girl, the Disney Princess concept isn’t exactly promoting the most healthy of body images.  But I get it.  Little girls want to be princesses.  Little boys want to be…  not princesses.

So, in no particular order, here are the things I had trouble with:

  • Tiana was another in the long line of impossible female images that my daughter will look up to and attempt to emulate.  Thankfully there wasn’t a “specific” dress this time that seemed to be associated with “Princess” Tiana.
  • The Shadow Man seemed a little stereotypical to me.
  • The story seemed a bit forced.  It wasn’t as flowing as other princess stories.  Cinderella for instance.
  • I didn’t walk away humming a tune.

Now this isn’t to say I didn’t like parts of it.  Overall, it wasn’t awful.  So since I did the bad, here’s the good.

  • There isn’t any really negative stereotype of women.  Okay, the one friend is a little vapid, but in the end, she turns out pretty damn good.
  • The Shadow Man’s “friends on the other side” were creepy.  Delightfully creepy.  LOVED THEM!
  • For some reason I liked the goofy alligator.  And the firefly.  And his girlfriend.
  • The candle was in the window.  Which is code, for it has the expected happy ending.  Disney movies should always have the happy ended.  It’s a rule.

My son liked the movie too.  I think he liked Planet 51 more.  But he did enjoy this new Disney movie.