Can you imagine Johnny Carson doing this in the 1960s or Jay Leno doing it in the 1990s without it looking absolutely ridiculous? See Jimmy Fallon’s and Justin Timberlake’s History of Rap Parts 1-4 (part 5 is below). The olds probably hate hate hate this.
Between some local school district shenanigans regarding our school board, a separate Facebook community bitchfest where ‘the locals’ bemoan the impact of implants (they mean transplants) on our bucolic small town (FYI, I’m an ‘implant’), and the ongoing destruction of the career of Chris Christie (TPM, the New Republic, and Esquire have been owning this beat) due to his own administrative incompetence and reliance on various high school flunkies, I’m left thinking that New Jersey’s particular problems might be based on a certain provincialism based on who-was-who in high school or who were the big men on campus in their local communities.
My kids love Disney’s Frozen. I have to admit, I do as well. Disney movies in general - particularly those aimed at girls – trade in the same familiar tropes. For instance, nearly every Disney animated movie begins with the death of a parent, with the rich story ecosystem of the Pixar movies being an exception. The various princess movies from the beginning through the mid-1990s were all the same – a damsel in distress waiting for her daring and brave prince. Things have been different, especially with the post-millennium princesses.
It started with The Princess and the Frog (to be fair there’s some movies I’ve missed – say Mulan and Pocahontas). My personal favorite part of this movie is the scene chewing of David Keith’s Doctor Facilier. But the other highlight is that Tiana saves her self, and saves her prince, too.
Frozen kicks it up a notch. Continue reading →