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Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings

June 8, 2014

I needed background noise for drawing and decided to rewatch some movie I already knew well enough that it wouldn’t be too distracting. But by chance I ended up watching a Tinker Bell movie instead, and despite not having seen it before it still wasn’t distracting at all because it was so boring that there was little reason to pay attention to it.

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Anyway, the story is about Tinker Bell the fairy who notices that her wings start to glow when she enters the winter area of the fairy realm. Despite the laws strictly forbidding warm fairies and winter fairies from crossing the border and hanging out with each other Tinker Bell goes to the winter area anyway in order to find out what made her wings glow. There she discovers that she has a winter fairy twin sister called Periwinkle, and the new-found sisters are excited to spend time with each other. But unsurprisingly things go wrong when Tinker Bell despite the rules invites Periwinkle to see her home.

Pics from Disney Screencaps. Review contains spoilers.

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Madoka movie 3

April 15, 2014

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie : Rebellion to be more precise.

Originally I wasn’t supposed to write about anime on this blog, but I do have some 30 non-anime posts by now so I guess every now and then shouldn’t be a problem.

Anyway, to the Madoka movie. The whole movie and the 12 episode anime series it’s based on thrive on dramatic twists and surprise reveals, and this review will contain spoilers on both. You have been warned.

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The LEGO movie

April 14, 2014

I ended up seeing the Lego Movie. The trailers seemed incredibly dumb and I was sure I would be skipping this one, but it seemed to be getting a lot of good reviews, so I decided to watch it anyway. And that ended up being a pretty good decision.

Pics from Google. Review contains spoilers.

The story premise isn’t exactly the most original thing ever. Our hero is a particularly unremarkable and incredibly generic Lego guy Emmet who enjoys living his life following rules in a city ruled by an evil bad guy who has an evil master plan. Emmet ends up accidentally obtaining the crucial item for preventing the evil plan, and is thus expected to be the hero of a prophecy (“The Special”). Unfortunately for everyone, Emmet has no idea how to be a hero.

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Frozen

April 13, 2014

Man I have like 18 drafts and every time I decide that now I’ll go and finish one of them I end up creating a new draft on a completely different subject. I’ve had to move this text from post to post and increase the number by one far too many times…

This post has been pretty difficult to write, since it’s been sitting in my drafts since December, and during that time my opinions have wildly varied from “BEST MOVIE EVER!” to “this thing actually has a ton of flaws“, and now I should write a somewhat coherent result out of that. Plus everything has probably been said on other blogs already, but there’s not much I can do about that.

But anyway, Frozen, which should be called Snow Queen, tells the story of princesses Anna and Elsa. The older sister Elsa has had ice powers ever since she was a child, and the sisters enjoyed the snowy games the powers made possible. One day Anna was accidentally hit with ice, and to heal it her memories of Elsa’s powers had to be taken away. The accident made Elsa fear her powers and withdraw to solitude to avoid hurting anyone, while Anna was confused about why her sister closed her off from her life. Then the parents die, and Elsa must become the queen when she reaches majority. The coronation doesn’t go as planned, because the conflict about Anna wanting to marry a guy she just met causes Elsa to reveal her powers, run away and accidentally freeze the whole town. Anna decides to go after her to convince her to unfreeze everything.

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Review contains spoilers. Picture from Disney Screencaps.

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Sofia the First : the Floating Palace

January 12, 2014

As much as I don’t enjoy Sofia the First, at least the episodes have the virtue of being short. But the mermaid princesses haven’t appeared in any other episodes yet as far as I know, so I had no chance but to watch this episode even if it was twice as long to acquire them in my princess collection.

Princess Sofia and her royal family are on a summer vacation in their “Floating palace”. Sofia inquires if there are mermaids around, but everyone says they’re just fairytales. Surprise surprise, Sofia meets and befriends a mermaid princess anyway. However, their friendship is in danger, because the merpeople thing that HYOOMANZ R EVIL, and the boat Sofia’s family has parked above their cove angers them. The mermaid princess gets captured by a sea monster, and the merpeople accuse the humans of this. Now Sofia must get her friend back before the mermaid queen sinks her family’s ship with a magical storm.

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Anastasia – wait, what?

January 9, 2014

When I was going through the movies my relatives have collected to my grandma’s house I came across a VHS tape for Anastasia. For some reason I wanted to check the package, which lead to a surprise. The cover was familiar, but the text on the back was not. “A family friend takes the unconscious Anastasia to a farmhouse. Since she has lost her memory, the farmer couple lies that she is their daughter, and she is put to hard work. One day Anastasia meets Aleksander, who helps her escape from the evil family and discover her royal heritage”.

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Uh, what? I’ve seen the movie already, and there was no evil adoptive family, she was in an orphanage! And the dude was called Dimitri! And the movie was definitely feature-length, but the VHS says this story is only 50 minutes! I must find out what is going on.

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Tangled

December 20, 2013

Tangled has been in my Top Tier ever since I saw it, but lately I feel it has been going down. Not fast enough to fall to the lower tier, but that may be the case some day.

In Tangled we have a baby princess Rapunzel, whose hair has healing powers. A woman named Gothel wants the power to herself, so she kidnaps Rapunzel, and raises her as her own locked in a hidden tower. When Rapunzel grows up she starts to want to leave the tower despite Gothel’s warnings and protests, and she gets the chance when a passerby thief tries to use her tower as a hiding place. She blackmails the thief to act as her guide, and the two set off to watch the annual floating light festival held at the nearby city. Unsurprisingly a romance starts to form, but problems ensue when Gothel realises that Rapunzel has fled, and the thief has to deal with the downsides of his career choice.

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Sleeping Beauty

December 16, 2013

The initial plan was to review both the princess and the movie, but now I’m three movies behind… Let’s start catching up with the most recent watch. In Sleeping Beauty the evil fairy is upset about not getting invited to Princess Aurora’s birthday party, so she curses her to prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die. The good fairies change the spell from death to sleep, and take the baby princess away from the palace to be safe. Aurora grows up, and unsurprisingly pricks her finger despite all the precautions. Luckily she has a prince for a boyfriend, who can break the spell with a love’s first kiss.

Review contains spoilers in case you somehow don’t know what happens in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Screen shots from Disney Wiki and Google.

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The Little Mermaid

September 14, 2013

Writing the plot summary for movies like this feels pretty dumb since everyone knows what the Little Mermaid is about, but the post feels so badly incomplete without it… Anyway, Ariel is a mermaid princess who wants to explore the land, but can’t do that because her father, king Triton, things humans are evil, and she lacks legs. After she rescues a human prince and falls in love with him she has a bad row with her father on the subject of humans, and decides to make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula: She trades her voice for legs. The spell lasts for three days, and if she can’t get a “true love’s kiss” from her prince during that time, the spell is reversed. Now Ariel has to woo her man without words, but Ursula is determined to have her fail.

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Monsters University

September 6, 2013

Took me a while to see this, and when I finally got the chance there were no showings with the original voices (conveniently). So I had to watch the Finnish dub, aaaaaaaand there wasn’t really anything bad about it expect that I didn’t really need it for anything.

Monsters University is a prequel to Monsters, inc, telling the story of the young monsters Mike and Sulley ended up working in the scare business in the original film (as the monster world is powered by the screams of children). Since childhood it has been Mike’s dream to become a professional scarer, and he has worked hard to get into Monsters University to study for it. Mike takes studying very seriously and practically knows all the books and theory by heart, while Sully, also a scarer major, relies on his instincts and natural talent. Due to opposing ideals the two don’t get along at all, but after getting kicked out from the scarer curriculum they must team up to get back.

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Images from Google. Review contains spoilers.

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