Aurora – Disney Princesses: Origins

AuroraAurora appeared in the 1959 Walt Disney production of Sleeping Beauty. A tale of a young girl cursed upon her sixteenth birthday, only to be awoken by love’s first kiss. Sleeping Beauty flopped in theatres and another Disney fairytale was not created for another 30 years! Where did Walt Disney find inspiration for this tale? Today we look at the original tale told by Brothers Grimm (Little Brier Rose), and Charles Perrault.

The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm

The story begins much the same. Seven good fairies (instead of 3) are asked to be the godmothers of the baby Princess. An evil fairy (Maleficent?) enters the palace. Everyone thought this evil fairy was dead because she had been living within a tower for years. The baby is gifted beauty, wit, grace, dance, song, and music by the first six fairies. The evil fairy is so mad that she is being overlooked that she enchants the Princess so that she will prick her hand on a spindle and die. The final good fairy tries to do damage control. Rather than dying, the Princess will go into a deep sleep for 100 years unless awakened by a kiss from a Prince.

Sleeping Beauty

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Zootopia – Spoiler Free Review

ZootopiaZootopia hit theaters March 4, 2016. After seeing the preview at One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios less than a month ago, we were very excited to see this movie. Statistics for Friday showed that the movie brought in 19.5 million dollars! We went on opening night, to the last showing, and it did not disappoint.

Zootopia is set in a society filled with an anthropomorphic cast of characters living in harmony. In Zootopia we see predators and prey living and working side-by-side. Unlike many movies, Zootopia had many funny moments that were not seen in the previews and trailers. Even though we saw a lengthy preview of it before, there was so much storyline left that we couldn’t have even guessed at. The main characters, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, are dynamic characters which can make you really buy into the storyline, and invest yourself in wanting to see them succeed. There are so many relatable experiences to keep you invested in all of the major plotlines, as well as the minor plotlines. Even a character that we saw over and over during the previews, Flash at the DMV, is so much more than a slow sloth. He’s the embodiment of an experience at the DMV that almost all adults have experienced at one time or another.

Flash the sloth

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Cinderella – Disney Princesses: Origins

Cinderella artOur next Disney Princess is Cinderella. The Walt Disney version of Cinderella tells a tale about a girl who is living with her step-mother and her step-sisters. As tradition with most Disney princesses, she is also able to communicate with animals in a unique way. It seems that Cinderella’s only friends are these mice that live in her house. But, how did the Cinderella that we know so well develop from her original tale?

Cinderella – Early Tales

The story of Cinderella can be traced back as far as 7 BC, to the Egyptians and their version of the tale titled “Rhodopis.” In this tale, an eagle steals a woman’s shoe and drops it in the lap of a King. Once he finds the owner of the shoe, he marries her.

Cinderella fishIn versions of Cinderella from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, the fairy godmother is depicted as a fish that gets cooked. In some versions, the fish represents Cinderella’s mother’s spirit. When the fish is cooked, Cinderella seeks out the bones. When the bones are found and buried, a beautiful swing appears in the spot, which serves as Cinderella’s “glass slipper” because she is the only one who can make the swing move with her singing. In the version from Vietnam, Cinderella cooks her step-sister as revenge, and forces her step-mother to eat her. Dinner is served!

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Disney Movie Rewards – How To Rack Up Points

In a post not too long ago, we discussed the merits of Disney Movie Club. Today I’m going to tell you about Disney Movie Rewards, a program that can be used in conjunction with Disney Movie Club or on its own.

What is Disney Movie Rewards?

Every time you purchase a qualifying Disney blu-ray or DVD, you will receive a piece of paper inside the case with a code. If you purchase a blu-ray or DVD that also has a Digital option, the code is both your points AND your digital content code. Put your codes in to the website as you earn them, and you will eventually have enough to cash out for a $10 Disney giftcard, exclusive swag or even another movie! Those giftcards can come in handy, especially if you’re saving for a Disney vacation.

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Snow White – Disney Princesses: Origins

Snow White Disney Princesses are beloved by little girls and boys worldwide. But, how did the stories we know come to be? In this series of Disney Princesses: Origins, we’ll delve into the original backstories and creation of the Walt Disney princesses we know and love. Our first Disney Princess is Snow White, star of the 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The story of Snow White originated as a fairy tale in Europe, published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. This original version was included in the first edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. In this tale, Snow White’s mother dies during childbirth, and indeed, it is an evil Queen who marries the princess’ father. The Queen decides to sends a huntsman to take her step-daughter deep into the woods to be killed, demanding proof of her death in the form of her lungs and liver. The huntsman can’t go through with the request and brings back the lungs and liver of a boar. The queen then eats these, believing it is from Snow White. Yuck!

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