I haven’t watched a lot of the show’s episodes. So I am no
expert in the series. However, there are a few memorable moments I’d like to
1: The birthday party for orphans – there were balloons and
decorations set up. It was a general birthday party for any orphaned child.
There was even a little girl eating a cookie. What a sweet idea.
The next two moments are pretty crude, though.
2: A flashback of Earl and his friend as children making fun
of a girl with a mustache – you never make fun of anyone for any reason. That
is called bullying. Anyway, the girl with the mustache grew up to be a woman
with a beard. While women usually don’t have facial hair, there are rare cases
of those that do. That character might’ve been one of them. Yet, people associate
bearded woman with circuses. Not very cool.
3: Another flashback of Earl as a boy going off the high
dive in his t-shirt – Earl was about to go off the high diving board with his
shirt on. But the lifeguard would not let him. Either he had to take his shirt
off or go down the ladder. He took off his shirt—only to have hair in his nipple
areas. The other children laughed and Earl went down the ladder. Pretty embarrassing,
I have not caught up with the TV show in a long time. I
probably won’t. I only watched “My Name is Earl” because my brother was watching
it. Nevertheless, it was funny.
People are gathering at the UN. So are the mice. They
received a message from a little girl named Penny that she needs help. Miss.
Bianca and the janitor go to assist her at the orphanage she lived at. There is
also a cat named Rufus who tells the mice about a woman named Madame Medusa,
who’s kidnapped Penny before. Madame Medusa is desperate for a particular
The mice continue to guide Penny. But Madame Medusa won’t
surrender with her plans. She even uses her pet alligators to hunt for Penny
when she runs away. Her assistant, Mr. Snoops, tends to be nervous with her and
more relaxed with his attitude toward Penny. But when things worsen, everything
There are elements in this movie that make it differ from
other Disney films. For example, the mice and cat can talk to Penny. While
talking animals are super-common in Disney movies, it’s rare that they talk to
humans. Usually, they make their natural animal noises around people. Another instance
is when Penny prays that things will improve. With the exception of “The Hunchback
of Notre Dame”, religion rarely plays roles in Disney. In fact, the characters
are often not allowed to say the word, God.
None of the characters get the classic musical numbers, except for the work
anthem at the beginning and the twist of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” the
kids sing at the end when Penny is finally adopted.
Speaking of which, while it’s satisfying that she got parents,
it was a little disappointing that it took a while. But I understand in some
ways. The adoption process can take a while—sometimes, several years.
This film was decent, but not one of my favorites. I did
notice the “may day” moment similar to the balcony scene in “Aladdin”. It could
have been recycled. Disney does reuse moments and movements a lot. Anyway, the
reason it was just okay was mainly the engaging element. It didn’t keep my
attention too much compared to other films. So I would rate this movie, 3.5 out
of 5 stars.
In honor of the 20th anniversary, as well as give
a tribute to the latest creator, Stephen Hillenburg (R.I.P), I am going to analyze
“Spongebob Squarepants” and my opinions on it. This post will include moments
from the TV show and the 2004 movie.
We all know the premise. Who lives in a pineapple under the
sea? You know the answer. You should probably know all the main characters too.
Remember that theory where they all represented the 7 deadly
sins? It was more creative and interesting than other conspiracy theories, where
the premise is just a dream or imagination. However, that theory has been
debunked. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it.
The characters are great. Spongebob is funny, entertaining,
and silly, as well as very immature for his age. Speaking of which, his age is inconsistent.
His boating license says that he was born in 1986, which would have made him 13
when the show was released and about 33 today (I believe the license said his
birthday was in July). The 2004 movie hinted that he has been working at the Krusty
Krab for over 31 years. But the creators said that Spongebob has no age. He is
just silly. Confusing, huh?
Another detail I noticed, especially in the earliest
episodes, is that when Spongebob sings, his voice sounds totally different.
This happened in the “Ripped Pants”, “Sweet Victory”, and “Pizza Delivery”
songs. Why is that? In later songs, such as those from the 2004 film, the “F.U.N.”
song, and the “Campfire Song” song, Spongebob’s voice sounds exactly like his
normal speaking voice. It doesn’t seem like this has ever been explained.
Now onto the other characters. Patrick is just as immature
and silly as Spongebob. No wonder they’re close friends. But why is Squidward
called Squidward if he is an octopus?
Although he’s anything but easygoing, he is still likable. The moments when he
and Spongebob fight are hilarious. And Sandy? A squirrel who lives underwater
in an air dome, yet misses Texas? She sang about missing Texas in one episode.
And like Spongebob, her voice changed too. Although this was obnoxious, it was
also funny when Spongebob and Patrick distorted their bodies and went, “I’m Texas”.
Mr. Krabs is great too and greedy for money. He also has a
daughter named Pearl, who is a whale. Like others, I assume that she must’ve
Anyway, another memorable character is Plankton (as well as
his computer wife, Karen). Plankton—that little creature who is evil and wants
to steal the secret formula to the crabby patties, (which, by the way, might be
vegetarian). I love the episode where Plankton decides to turn Mr. Krabs into a
baby to steal the formula. It was so clever. The ending to that episode was
very, very funny. I laughed so hard that my mom told me to take deep breaths.
Unlike most people, I didn’t mind the post-2004 episodes.
The old ones are good. And I get why many hated the episodes after that. They
had new writers. However, I liked “Spongebob” for about a year or two and then
lost interest for years. So when I reunited with it, I didn’t see any
differences to the old episodes. I thought those episodes were completely fine.
That being said, there are old episode moments I like. “Is
mayonnaise an instrument?” Ha, ha, ha. That line never gets tiring. The “Employee
of the Month” award episode was super-humorous, as well.
Now one plot hole I noticed is that outside the ocean is real
life, not a cartoon. Yes, in that dream episode, Sandy had a dream where the
land was cartoon. But, hey, that was just a dream. So what happens if a scuba
diver goes underwater? Do they freak out about becoming a cartoon? Would they
reveal this to everyone on the land?
I believe the characters can understand and communicate with
humans, like when David Hasselhoff brought Spongebob and Patrick back to Bikini
Bottom in “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie”. There is a sequel where the characters
become CGI’s and are on the land with people. I don’t know the plot. But from
the trailer, the humans seem to casually accept them and not freak out. I could
be wrong, though. Also, why is there an additional ocean under the water?
Humor, I guess?
So that’s really it for my analysis. I don’t know how the
show will perform after Stephen Hillenburg’s death. Hopefully, things stay
well. I don’t watch “Spongebob Squarepants” regularly anymore. But I still have
enjoyed many moments.
I was never really a Lord of the Rings fan. I never read the
books nor saw the movies before this one. However, I did do a little research
on it after, despite finding this film just okay.
Basically, a bunch of men are continuing their journey from
the previous movie, which I didn’t see. Never reading the book, I discovered that
many female characters, such as Tariel the elf, and Bard’s daughters, were not in
the novel. The film crew added them.
One thing I found surprising was that Bard had kids that
were suddenly shown at the end. And they were older—old enough to look after
themselves without a nanny. I’d came up with private nickname for Bard, “Guy
who looks like he had kids at 17.” Then, after doing research, I discovered that
Bard was supposed to be in his 40s. The actor, Luke Evans, was in his early 30s
when the movie was shot—I think.
Another interesting aspect was that the elves were not
short, like they traditionally are portrayed in other fantasies, excluding Christmas
ones (except in “The Santa Claus” movies, where the elves looked like human
children—but that’s another topic). They were even fierce.
Because I was never into the LOTR franchise that much nor
was I very familiar with it, I was a little lost in the story, which is why I
didn’t narrate it. It was also a little intense for me. Therefore, I would rate
this film 3 out of 5 stars. It just didn’t hold my attention as much as “Harry
Potter” or “Narnia”.
Who doesn’t love movies? I don’t know about you, but I
always have. There were also times where I didn’t know what I was watching. This
was mostly when I was little.
I just saw scenes and enjoyed the characters. But did not
know the plot. When I was an older child, I started understanding the storylines
of movies. When I studied creative writing, I started pointing out plot points
(inciting incident, call-to-action, midpoint, falling action, and resolution).
Many adults will understand sarcastic or dry humor. Unfortunately,
I don’t, although I do get the inappropriate stuff, even when it’s snuck into G
and PG-rated movies. People may also point out hidden symbolisms.
What I do, though, is not only identify the plot points as
well as the main conflict and other literary elements, but I also point out
these two unique things:
1: Moments that would get you arrested in real life
Have you seen “Toy Story 2” or “Night at the Museum 3” or
even watched “Ned’s Declassified: School Survival Guide” on TV? If not, I would
not suggest reading forward—unless you
are uninterested in watching them.
So here it is. Remember in “Night at the Museum 3”, when
Lancelot went crazy and ran on stage during a live performance of “Camelot”?
Rather than calling security and having Lancelot arrested, the guy playing Arthur
just explained to him that he was just an actor and held the play as he calmly
told Lancelot to get off the stage. However, if you run on stage during a live-performance
in real life, you would get arrested. Forget about yelling at the actors and
threatening to hurt them, like Lancelot did. You could run on stage, stand there,
and say nothing and still get arrested. Just the action itself is illegal.
In “Toy Story 2”, Al steals Woody from the garage sale Andy’s
mom holds. He gets away with it. Andy’s mom doesn’t bother to call the police.
However, in real life, not only would Al have been arrested for stealing, but
so would have Andy’s mother for failing to report a crime she’d witnessed. But
if that happened, Andy and Molly would’ve been taken away by CPS and the ending
would’ve been too sad. Therefore, “Toy Story 3” may never have been made as audiences
would have complained about the ending to “Toy Story 2”.
In an episode of “Ned’s Declassified”, where students were
having the fifth graders tour the middle school, there was a scene when one of
them (not in sight) that removed Seth’s clothes. He was naked while using a plush
elephant to cover himself. Everybody else laughed. A younger kid may have done
the same. A parent may have stated that it was inappropriate and turned off the
TV. I, as an older sibling, reacted by saying, “You’d get arrested for that in
real life.” Yup, even as young as 17, I was pointing out things that would get
you arrested in real life.
Because of having to learn about the importance of believability
in prose writing, I have developed expectations too high for movies and TV
shows. I now find it strange when characters in movies do things that real people
would get arrested for, but the characters don’t. So many illegal activities
happened constantly in the movies “Monster Truck” and “Dumb and Dumber Too”,
but the characters didn’t get arrested because of plot movements or
While many say “It’s just a movie”, that can also be an
issue. Someone who doesn’t know better may imitate those actions and get
surprised when they get arrested because the characters in the film didn’t get
arrested. Then someone could try to sue the film company.
If the characters can’t get arrested for plot reasons, couldn’t
there, at least, be a disclaimer in the end credits, warning audiences not to
try those activities or else they’ll get arrested?
2: Things that would not be acceptable today
There are so many of these. I could not state them in one
post. However, I will give a few examples of movies that I don’t think would
come out today.
“A Christmas Story”
If you’ve seen this film, the kid, Ralphie, wants a bb gun
for Christmas. Obviously, in the 80’s, that was acceptable. However, today, after
so much gun violence, especially in the US, I do not believe this would be
acceptable today. No way would a child with a bb gun be appropriate.
Although rated G, there is smoking, drinking, and the use of
a dirty word, which I will not specify. Smoking wasn’t always inappropriate,
especially when people were unaware of the dangers before the 60’s. They
thought smoking was cool. And “Pinocchio” was released in 1940. That was at least
20 years before smoking-dangers were discovered. And even then, people were
resistant to the studies. I saw in a video that it was not until the 90’s when
smoking became inappropriate for young audiences. I don’t think “Pinocchio”
would be released today.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Just this past holiday season, this movie got tons of
criticism for it being offensive, promoting prejudice and discrimination, and
more. I was confused, so I watched the film. And I could see why people
complained. When Rudolph’s nose cover came off, revealing his red nose, the
other reindeer freaked out. Even Santa took their side (“You should be ashamed
of yourself,” Santa said to Rudolph’s dad). The elf boss gave Hermey a hard
time about being a dentist and not wanting to make toys. “You’re an elf, and
elves make toys!” the boss said. Umm… that’s elfist. Another scene is where
Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius arrived on the land of misfit toys. There
is a Jack-in-the-box whose name is actually Charlie. He complained that no kid
would want to play with a Charlie-in-the-box (that’s namist). Sensitivity is
growing for some reason. So I could never see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
being released today.
So that is really it for what I look for in movies. I apologize
if I seem overcritical at times. But thanks for reading.
This film must have been so hard to produce. And that is
what makes it so enjoyable. It probably involved a lot of studies behind the
mind and emotions.
There were actually going to be more emotions than the five
the film created for Riley. But that didn’t work out.
Enough said on the introduction. Let’s get down to the
First, the strengths:
1: The mind and emotion constructions
The mind is an abstract place. The creators made everything so
literal, and that must’ve been very difficult. There was the train of thought,
the core memories, islands representing Riley’s different interests and life
essentials, and, of course, the emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and
The emotions matured as Riley aged over time. When Riley was
a toddler, the emotions would react strongly to broccoli and no dessert if she
didn’t finish her dinner (which had no protein, by the way. But that’s another
By the time Riley was eleven, the emotions have matured even more. I appreciated how Joy could feel grief and pain as she was unable to make Riley happy throughout much of the film. She even cried in the “all is lost” moment. However, there is also a special feature of Riley without her internal emotions being shown. And I heard the viewer can understand why Riley can’t be happy.
Who doesn’t love Bing Bong? Or that cute little song Riley
made up as a toddler? He was such an imaginative character as well as a fun
one. I loved when he barged into Riley’s dream. But it was very sad when he
died as Joy had to continue her way back to headquarters.
3: The “Triple Dent Gum” song
Why was that song so annoying to Riley and even the bus driver
in the end credits? I found it amazing and funny. It was a great way to incorporate
4: The boy’s emotions at the end
“Girl, girl, girl.” The emotions panic like crazy in his
head. It was so hilarious. It is also realistic for boys if girls like them. Many
have been nervous about impressing girls. The animals’ emotions were funny too.
Which brings me to the flaws…
1: Why do Riley’s parents have all male or female emotions
while Riley has both?
This plot hole has been wondered so much by the general
public. However, the creators revealed that it was just for humor. I guess that’ll
2: Why do the Andersons move?
When things go well, of course conflict has to happen. However,
why did Mr. and Mrs. Anderson sell the house? Why did they move to a less-appealing
building, both unattractive on the outside and the inside? Were they unable to
afford the house in Minnesota? Did one of the parents get offered a new job in
It makes sense for Riley to be unhappy with the move. At the end, one of her parents says that they missed Minnesota (but they were the one who chose to leave). Is it supposed to remain a mystery?
3: Would a pizzeria really only serve broccoli pizza?
It’s believable for a pizzeria to only to plain cheese
pizza. But just broccoli pizza, only for plot convenience? I can’t imagine so. Also,
couldn’t Riley have just removed the broccoli from her pizza?
4: “Child runs away from home and parents comfort them after”
I don’t know why the media keeps portraying this. It’s not really
credible, let alone allowing an eleven-year-old to walk to school unsupervised
in the 2010s (which would get you in trouble with CPS). Riley also stole her
mom’s credit card to pay for a bus ticket back to Minnesota. Add that to running
away, Riley would’ve gotten the beating of her life and been severely punished
for months if this were believable. But the parents had to feel sorry just for
plot convenience. Kids, don’t try this in real life. You will most definitely
get the beating of your life as well as be grounded for several months—at least.
5: Toddler Riley has no nipples
Okay, this might be a bit much, although they show topless
Toddler Riley. And she has no nipples. When I saw this in the movie theater, I found
it strange and was thinking “Maggie Simpson has nipples”.
And that’s all. I would rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars. It must’ve been one of the hardest films for Pixar and Disney to create. I always found productions that look so challenging to make more enjoyable than those that look to easy to create.
I saw this movie with camp when I was eight. It was one of
Disney’s few successful features in the early 2000’s. It had a few sequels and
even a TV series on Disney Channel.
The story centers around an alien and a little girl from
Hawaii desperate for a friend. Stitch is blasted off a planet. At that point,
he is dangerous and his identity is Experiment 626. The POV switches to Lilo, a
small girl late for her luau class after feeding Pudge the fish his peanut-butter
sandwich. Lilo and the other girls break out into a fight and then she runs
away unsupervised. Her older sister, Nani, gets in trouble with CPS as a
consequence for the escape. After an arguement between the two, Nani forgives
Lilo. The two go to adopt a dog. Lilo chooses Stitch, thinking he is a dog. Their
time begins from there.
Now here are the strengths of this film.
1: The plot
In some ways, it reminds me a lot of “Beauty and the Beast”.
The structure of scenes, the characterizations and actions of both Stitch and
Lilo, and how they go from an unhealthy to heartwarming bond. Does that ring a
bell? I can’t imagine this was intentional, but it was well-executed.
2: The Elvis music
Not often do you hear pop music in a Disney movie. Although “Lilo
& Stitch” is sometimes treated like classics such as “The Little Mermaid”
or “Pinocchio”, it sometimes is not. None of the characters sing. But the scenes
where Stitch plays the guitar dressed as Elvis and where “Hound Dog” and “Burning
Love” play are great.
3: The way this film was promoted (lol)
As a way to promote the movie, Stitch barged into classics,
such as “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin” and “The Lion
King”. I love this line from the others, “Get your own movie” (Belle really is
a funny girl). I will admit, however, that the picture quality wasn’t the
Which brings me to moments that could’ve been improved or
1: How does Stitch learn to speak?
The alien somehow goes from monstrous feral beast to knowing
how to use developed speech like a human. Yet, it is never explained why or how
(correct me if it gets revealed in the series or one of the sequels). I was surprised
to hear that there is talk on making a live-action “Lilo and Stitch” remake. I
don’t know if this plothole will be resolved, though, depending on how many
people are bugged by this. But it’d be nice if this question is answered.
2: Why was Cobra Bubbles there at Lilo’s birthday in that brief
I get he was an important character, but doesn’t anyone find
it a bit strange to invite someone from CPS to celebrate a child’s birthday? I
wouldn’t do that.
That’s really it. I would rate “Lilo & Stitch” 5 out of
I saw this film a year after it was released in theaters. I watched it at my house. It was such a beautiful movie.
As a baby, Moana is interested in the story she is hearing in daycare about Maui stealing the heart of Te Fiti. All the other children are scared. Moana is somehow called to the ocean. But her overprotective father forbids her to go near it.
Years later, when Moana has reached her current age for the main part of the story, there is a shortage of fish by the reef. Moana suggests going beyond the reef. But her father gets angry and will still prohibit anyone going further than the reef. Moana’s mother reveals why her dad is so against going beyond the reef. Moana tries sailing, but it ends up not working out. Her grandma shows the story of her ancestors and how they used to go beyond the reef all the time. They stopped because there were too many dangerous monsters, especially Te Ka the lava demon. Unfortunately, not long after, Moana’s grandmother is dying. She tells Moana to sail out to the ocean, seek Maui, and return the heart of Te Fiti. Moana’s journey begins from there.
I really admired many parts of this movie, from the story to the characters, especially Moana. She is one of the few Disney princesses to have no love interest. The other two are Merida and Elsa (which is why fans were begging Disney to give Elsa a girlfriend in the “Frozen” sequel). Anyway, Moana was fierce, brave, and strong, which is what many expect for female characters today.
The music was also fantastic. Many songs sounded different from traditional Disney songs. Some sounded more like pop songs, such as “How Far I’ll Go” and “Shiny”. I particularly appreciated the rap section in “You’re Welcome” sung by Maui.
That being said, there were a couple flaws in this movie, such as some urine jokes and (sorry to disappoint some of you) the coconut pirate scene. I loved when Moana said that they were cute and then they went vicious. However, I couldn’t see how important it was to the story. I felt it was just a little filler to add conflict. And the story told in Moana’s daycare is really too mature for little kids. It was only used for plot convenience.
The ending was beautiful. After violence with Te Ka the lava monster, Moana figured out that she was really Te Fiti without the heart. The scene where Moana returns the heart and Te Fiti turns back into a beautiful Goddess and Island was heartwarming. It was also funny how Te Fiti looks a lot like Moana.
I would rate Moana 5 out of 5 stars. It is such a wonderful movie that I would recommend to all, especially with a strong, independent female lead.
I’ve never been a superhero fan, regardless of brand or characters. I saw “Thor Ragnarok” at a birthday party a little over a year ago. It turned out better than I thought. However, I will say that I didn’t love it.
The film starts with Thor is some underworld environment. He then joins his father and brother. Thor discovers that the planet, Asgard, is in danger. In fact, an evil woman, named Hela, gains so much power and puts the whole planet in danger as she becomes a tyrant.
Thor is whisked away to another planet, where there are messed up beings and cannibals. Thor is imprisoned somewhere. Not long after, his hair is cut and he has to fight the Hulk in a stadium. Meanwhile, Asgard is falling apart. It takes time for Thor to get others to trust him and try to save his planet.
Unfortunately, the planet is pretty much destroyed once Thor arrives. The people there have to move to Earth.
The film was interesting. I will admit that. But I found some things disappointing, like when Thor had his long hair chopped off (I actually have a super-painful memory of me experiencing my hair chopped off years ago) as well as his eye removed. I felt sorry for Thor’s hair to be cut and right after that, the crowd booing at him. At least the scissors guy let Thor keep his beard. As for the eye, something satisfying happened in the “Avengers” film with all the Marvel characters (I won’t say what, though).
Hela was so evil. She was not only unlikable to the point that I couldn’t even have just the tiniest amount of sympathy for her, but she also wasn’t really believable . She just abused her power. Maybe she has a tragic backstory and wasn’t always evil. But pure evil villains are too stereotypical and even lazy.
Thor’s brother wasn’t too likable, either. The ruler of the planet (played by Jeff Goldblum) or the Grandmaster, was wicked in a special way. He was calm and acted more positively. I think that’s more creative than the approach to developing Hela.
The ending was disappointing too. I know this is an installment, but still. It could have been at least a little more satisfying. Will things turn around later?
I would rate “Thor Ragnarok” 3.5 out of 5 stars. It was engaging. I will also admit that many parts were funny. Just a few things didn’t really work out for me.
This is one of my favorite “Family Guy” episodes—not just their Christmas specials, but in general. I would even watch it off-season.
Stewie and Brian go to the mall to see Santa (a fake one, of course). However, there is a long line. By the time it’s Stewie’s turn, the mall closes and Santa leaves. Disappointed, Stewie makes Brian drive to the north pole. They stop at a Christmas festival, where Stewie blows up at Brian for taking him there and not the real north pole. He reveals the real reason he wants to go: that is to kill Santa.
The journey becomes tough and lengthy. But Brian and Stewie make it, only to discover something shocking about Santa. The types of gifts, as well as the amount, has overwhelmed Santa to the point that he is no longer jolly. He is sick and stressed out. The elves are inbred and some were born blind. The reindeer are vicious and eat the elves that have died. Santa’s health ends up in jeopardy. If he goes out to deliver presents, he will die. Brian volunteers himself and Stewie to give out the gifts. However, things end up ugly.
Everyone wakes up to no presents from Santa. Brian reveals the reason on TV and asks everybody in the world to request only one gift each Christmas. People are willing to accept that.
One year passes and Christmas turns out better. The north pole has had its place cleaned up. The elves and Santa are healthier. And the people enjoy Christmas, even with just one gift each.
There are many things I admire about this holiday special. First, there are the songs, “All I Really Want for Christmas”, sung at the beginning by all the characters. They express their wishes for Christmas. Then there’s the song, “Christmastime is Killing Us”, sung by Santa and his elves right after Stewie and Brian arrive at the north pole.
Speaking of which, I found this approach to Santa and his elves, as well as his workshop, to be the most realistic, compared to other TV shows and movies. Being destroyed by all the requests for Christmas, fancier gifts (like an iPod), and other factors made Santa’s stressed character more believable. I think this would, unfortunately, be the case if Santa Claus were real. But, as Stewie said, delivering gifts to the whole world in one night is inhuman.
There were some funny moments, as well, such as the Gary Busey scene, and the brief “Winnie to Pooh” scene, explaining why Eeyore is always in a bad mood, after Brian almost reveals to Stewie that Santa doesn’t exist (at that point, to Brian).
Overall, I would rate this special 5 out of 5 stars.