i used to be an ardent fan of Disney animated films — i would wait for very film they churned out with baited breath and was rarely disappointed. in the past years though, their record has been something of a hit-or-miss affair for me.
Case in point — i couldn’t bring myself to watch The Princess and the Frog, Brave, Wreck-It Ralph, etc. but i loved Tangled and Monsters University. now, i’m glad i can add another title to the Plus side: Frozen, which frankly delighted me more than i had expected.
the plot, based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Snow Queen, is easy to relate to and despite the standard romantic angle, i’m glad Disney also made a strong emphasis on the touching filial bond between the two leads Princess Anna (Kristin Bell) and Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel). Powered by a strong cast (which also includes Jonathan Groff and Santino Fontana), stunning visuals and several heart-tugging moments, Frozen is sure to stir your heart. And the songs! My favorite are “Let it Go” (Idina Menzel) and “Fixer Upper,” a droll, upbeat tune sung by the trolls (ha!).
as for the characters, the real stand-outs for me are the loquacious snowman, Olaf (Josh Gad), who comes with detachable body parts and ironic yearning for summer and warmth, and the reindeer, Sven. Sven doesn’t have any lines, but his expression/reactions and interactions with his best bud Kristoff (Groff) more than make up for it.
basically i would say Frozen is THE Disney film consciously made and geared towards female moviegoers, although guys can obviously relate to it in some ways, too.
In remembrance of that fateful day (November 22, 1963, Dallas, TX), when time crawled to a standstill — a tiny sliver of time when millions of people marked what they did, thought and said in reaction to the unthinkable: the assassination of an American president.
Moments before the youthful president was felled by an assassin's bullet
it is rather amazing that 50 years have passed and yet people around the world could still look back to that particular day as if it were a vital reference point of their lives. and the fact that it has remained one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century and an unending source of speculation among conspiracy theorists has certainly added to its luster.
somehow it has become one of the defining moments of the century, even for us who were born years after the event had occurred.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963, 35th US President)
Don’t let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot
the outpouring of support and surge of aid from all over the world to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) has been nothing short of overwhelming and heartwarming. and i hope someday in some way we might be able to pay it back by helping others in their time of need.
still — amid all the bleak and disheartening reports that have battered us for days — there have been a few bright spots, like this poster created by various comic book creators/writers to highlight the fundraising drive for the benefit of the typhoon victims.
i tend to think of superheroes as aesthetically pleasing, well-muscled figures in tight spandex suits and billowing capes, but i just love the way the comics writers/creators have presented them in this poster — in their chibi form! — to encourage others to contribute to the ongoing fund drive. it is an astute approach, if you ask me. it’s cute, and it carries an all-encompassing message of doing good for others the best way we can (which is what superheroes are supposed to do).
various local and international groups are still receiving donations (cash, food, clothing, medical supplies, etc.) for Typhoon Yolanda victims, so if you have the time, resources and inclination to do so, please donate. every little bit helps.
my annual Starbucks Planner quest (Limited Edition Starbucks 2014 Planner) has officially kickstarted today after i got my new Starbucks card (2013 Christmas edition).
i wasn’t planning to do that, believe me (after all, i still have my “other” green Starbucks card), but for some reason the girl ahead of me looked so excited about her new card — and made such a fuss about which card to choose — that i promptly decided to get a new one, too.
the barista gave me two choices. the red variant looked a bit too flashy for me, so i went with the white one.
so while sipping my latte and waiting for the caffeine to kick in, i decided to snap a picture of the cards — you know, for comparison.
and then, i thought what the hey, i’ll just take another picture of the whole bunch – coffee, fruit cup, sticker card, and all — to memorialize the whole thing (me effortlessly succumbing to the lure of commercialism and shiny plastics, etc. etc.)
so now, i’m only 16 stickers short for that 2014 Starbucks Planner. and you know what else? my 2013 Planner is still in its box. I must have opened it 2 or 3 times this year. (hehehe…)