Toy Story Theory – Andy’s Mom

I’d like to take a second to tell everyone that DisneyFangirl.wordpress.com is expanding a little bit as of today.  I am adding in a YouTube channel to talk about Disney movies, theories, plot holes, and other such fun tidbits.  A lot of my videos will be based on blog posts that I’ve already written (but, lets face it, people are more likely to listen to me talk in the background for ten minutes rather than read something I’ve typed out on here).

I just posted my first video, which is a further exploration of a Super Carlin Brothers video about where Andy’s father is in Toy Story.  Instead of typing all of my points out, I’ll just leave you with the video for now!  Please enjoy!

 

And if you aren’t already subsccribed to the Super Carlin Brothers, you can find the video that promoted me to make this video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9WbtBEir_A&list=PLLHeqkcn5RTcEHY-YJofPFpAugpSmdFdW

Star Wars and Luke’s Role

It’s been awhile since my last post, but I have to admit, after never really being a hardcore Star Wars fan (I’ve seen the movies in full once each, dating as far back to 1998 when the re-releases of the first trilogy came out) I am getting very excited for The Force Awakens.

I went to college for Film Studies in college (which, yes, it’s less useful than a degree in basket weaving) and watching this video made me realize all the things that I looked over as a 13-year-old watching Star Wars for the first time.

For example, while I wasn’t obsessed over the movies, I did have an extensive collection of toys (mainly the action figures).  And I’ve always noticed that Luke’s clothing told a story that the films seemed to gloss over.  Luke enters the film being iconically dressed in white – film symbolism for goodness, purity, hope, etc – in A New Hope.  Really, try to remember his clothing – the first thing that you will recall is likely that white robe thing with the light colored pants.  And, throughout this film, Luke gets little exposure to the Force and what it means.  Quite literally, he’s a hick kid who’s never had an opportunity to be corrupted, so he is completely good.

I now, it seems so simple, but, really, film directors will use the color of clothing to tell you who is good and bad (ie Leia = white dress, Darth Vader = all in black, Han Solo = black and white mixed together because he’s our anti-hero who isn’t good or bad, just out for his own interests initially).

In The Empire Strikes Back, Luke ends up wearing a lot of grey, which is the color of change, choices, or a shift in morality.  When Luke is riding the Tauntaun at the start of the movie, his pants and cuffs are grey.  As the movie progresses, more of his outfits are grey or other neutral colors – and this is happening long before Luke has any idea of his paternity.  This is also a point in time where Luke is going from learning about the Force to really training to learn how to use the Force with Yoda, which is highly suggestive of whether Luke will be a Jedi or a Sith when all is said and done.  After all, he is a teenager who has been through great emotional turmoil since the start of this film (starting with the death of his aunt and uncle and NOT getting any better as his story progresses).

By the time we see Luke in Return of the Jedi, his clothing is completely black.  Lets see, Yoda dies, the girl he’s interested in turns out to be his sister, his father is the ultimate evil of the galaxy, and, oh yeah, he’s lost a hand – eeeyup, I’d say this young man has a lot to be emotional over these days that might push him towards the Dark Side.  As the Film Theorist points out, Luke makes several grabs for the Dark Side despite being constantly warned (oh, those petulant youths!), including an attempt to murder Emperor Palpatine and going into an extreme emotional frenzy when Vader threatens Leia.  So, the actual ending of Jedi is a real let down that never made a lot of sense to me.

Well, apparently, Georgia Lucas scrapped the original ending of Star Wars where Luke walked off ominously into the sunset, Han Solo dies in battle, and Princess Leia is adapting to her role as queen.  Which – wait a second – if her planet was blown up she would have either become queen on the spot (in which case, it seems a little silly that we refer to her as a princess for three movies), or, as her planet is gone, she would have no people to rule.  Any surviving Alderanians would now be refugees on other planets, under other governments, and Leia would have no ruling power or authority what-so-ever.  Since that ending didn’t happen, I supposed that is a moot point, but, I still demand consistency!

Also, a lot of people openly proclaim their hatred of Episodes I, II, and III.  I wholeheartedly disagree with the sentiment that they are terrible and/or useless to the franchise, because, truly, this is the only way we have to compare what Jedi’s were supposed to be versus who Luke was turning into.  The Jedi’s live by a high standard and moral code, in which they essentially deprive themselves of all human emotions and feelings to act as perfect diplomats.  Now, the original trilogy talks about this – but the words of two old men (or an old man and a muppet..?) don’t hold a candle to getting to see the order and what a thriving Jedi society looked like way back when.

Now, to finally touch on The Force Awakens.  Assuming you’ve watched the video I posted above, there is evidence to suggest that Luke Skywalker is now acting as Kylo Ren (the new Vader-esx villain).  The Film Theorist really makes a great case for this, especially since Mark Hamill has his name on the posters, but has been visually absentee throughout the advertising.

Personally, I would love to see Luke on the Dark Side, because I think the original films shorted us from that experience.  However, with a director like J.J. Abrams, I think Luke become Kylo Ren may be too obvious.  Abrams took a number of measures to keep secrets about Into the Darkness hidden, including making up fake things to leak, just to keep the internet at bay.  So, it seems to me that if Kylo Ren’s identity were to be a big, surprise reveal, and the one that’s been guessed at, then Abrams would have released trailers with fake footage of Luke Skywalker as a Jedi – or at least throw him on the posters with a green light saber – to throw the world off of the scent.

 

We have a bit longer than a week to find out, and, I have to say, if the absence of Luke’s image was just to get people stirred up and in line for the movie – it has worked for me at least!

The Huge Aladdin Plot Holes

Okay, everyone has been freaking out about the Little Mermaid recently.  The question was posed (the same thing I asked at age 6 when the movie was new, btw) – why doesn’t Ariel just write things down?  We clearly see Ariel sign her name on Ursula’s contract, and I used to ponder why she didn’t just grab a stick and write in the sand off the bat.  However, the most logical answer is usually the right one.  People, how do we know that Eric uses the same writing style as the mermen and women?  Think about it, even if they spoke the same exact language, the two cultures developed separately and would have created their own unique systems for writing.  TA-DA!  Internet solved!

However, I just watch Aladdin with my daughter, and there are a number of glaring plot hole that I think warrant far more intrigue then why Ariel didn’t pick up a pen in her film.  Lets dive in!

1) Why does the movie Aladdin start with the Genie’s lamp in the hands of a vender?
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There are lots of theories on this one.  The person who voiced the role is uncredited, but it’s clearly Robbin Williams (the person singing Arabian Nights, however, is not).  Sure, there’s a chance that the vender is actually the Genie in human disguise, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense.  It sort of implies that the lamp has no value now that the genie is free, yet, in all later incarnations of Aladdin (the TV show, Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves) we’re repeatedly shown that Genie still lives there.  So, what’s the deal?  Does Genie have to hawk cheap wares to make a living now that he’s not all powerful?  Well, no, because he could “poof” himself a house and food any time he wanted, as he retained all of his magical powers.  Was his lamp stolen?  Hard to say, but it’s definitely another story in and of itself.  Although, I do recall an episode of the series where Genie’s lamp was stolen, and he was in a huff to go find it, carrying on about how wrong it is to steal someone’s home.  So then, since the vender knows the whole story of Aladdin, is he, in fact, the Genie just wandering around, aimless and lonely now?  That might be the sad, simple reality of his life after Aladdin is long gone… T_T  All I know is that the vender does not reappear at the end, making him a very useless framing device for the film.

2) The Cave of Wonders declares that only “one may enter.”  Except for you Abu, you can come in too!
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Please tell me I’m not the only one that caught this?  Sure, perhaps Abu, being a monkey and all, doesn’t count – but then why could Abu, a simple-minded animal, likewise be able to violate the “touch nothing but the lamp” clause?

3) Speaking of the “touch nothing but the lamp” stipulation – we all saw them touching Carpet long before the cave has a meltdown, right?
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Abu steps right on him two seconds into the cave, then Carpet trolls Abu, then they’ll all buddies.  But, if the Carpet doesn’t count as a treasure that should not be touched, I think the cave is really underestimating the value of a flying rug.

4) What was the point of Jafar trying to kill Aladdin after he claimed the lamp?
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Sure, he’s pure evil and all, but what was the point of wasting that kind of effort?  What was Aladdin going to do, stop him?  He had the flipping lamp, he could have become Sultan, then a Sorcerer, then done whatever else and gone about his merry way before Aladdin even mentally caught up with the situation.  And, dude, the kid DID just give you all that power.  Since you’re dethrowning the Sultan and Princess anyways, maybe you could give Aladdin some rubies and let him have a shot with the now broke princess.  Just seems petty to kill him is all…

5) What was Price Ali the prince of?
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He had no title other than prince, he had no kingdom, he had no land.  How did the Sultan know that he was a real prince and not a street urchin pulling an elaborate con?  Or did the Sultan just not care at that point?  Lets face it, the Middle Eastern world was not THAT BIG, especially in the 500 AD era (when Aladdin is roughly set).  You ask a boy who his parents are, or where his kingdom is, and you are going to know who they’re talking about, because there’s only like five other kingdoms in the world at this stage in history!  Even back then, there were wealthy people who had a lot of belongings, and there was royalty, so who is not checking that this random kid is in compliance with the law?
And I get that Aladdin wouldn’t think twice about this, since he doesn’t know anything outside of Argrabah, but Genie (who exists outside of relative time and space – he’s essentially Dr. Who) was worldly enough to realized that you can’t just be the Prince of Thin Air!  Invent a back-story, man!  That should be part of the wish to be a certified prince!

6) Why in the world do the guards work for Jafar?
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“Hey, there’s a visiting prince in the castle, I want you to kill him,” said Jafar.
“Oh boy, oh boy, you betcha!” said the Captain of the Guard.
What?!  I get that guards are not supposed to question orders, and Jafar was in charge of peacekeeping, but when someone tells you to kill a prince, don’t you think someone might question that command and take that issue up the ladder to the Sultan?  And, look carefully, the guards are not enchanted with Jafar’s snake staff – they are totally into being jerks!  Alright, lets just start a war here by killing off a royal visitor…
Side note:  isn’t this the same jerk that didn’t recognize his princess in the Market Place and literally threw her to the floor?  How is his head not on a platter, or at the very least banished from the castle?  No one can trust a guard that doesn’t know who his chain of command is, and, last I checked, princess outranks adviser.

7) So Ali turns out to be merely Aladdin.
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And…?  Jasmine acts so shocked, but did he not just sort-of cover that he had an alter-ego that goes shopping in the market place?  Heck, that is the same outfit they met in! Even though the prince-hood was a lie, how does Jasmine have the mental context to know that Jafar isn’t messing with her more?  He did just put her father in his underwear and move the castle on top of a mountain, after all, why wouldn’t he lie about who Aladdin is?

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Really, it was Aladdin’s first wish, and I don’t see how Jafar changing his clothes back to normal erases that wish.  It’s like, if you download a game on the iPhone, and your phone crashes and wipes out all the data – you just go back into the App Store and redownload it for free.  How do wishes not work like that?  Aladdin never wishes Genie to un-make him a prince, and Jafar really did nothing by way of titles and possessions (although, Aladdin’s swag also mysteriously vanishes with no explanation – what new Sultan doesn’t need forty golden camels?).
So then, if Aladdin was outed as a pauper, then that was the extent of Jafar’s damage to that wish.  It was all verbal damage (minus the cost of the Ali duds). Genie tells Aladdin to use his third wish to make himself a prince again – but, unless Genie is peddling inferior wishes that can be undone by second-rate sorcerers, that shouldn’t be an issue. After all, if Jafar was THAT powerful at that point in the film, the “make me a genie” ending wouldn’t really have worked, would it?  And, either way, wouldn’t everyone just know he’s a fraud now, which would null and void his standing anyways?  So what good would re-wishing himself a prince do without a memory wipe to all of Agrabah?

9) Maybe Jasmine could rub the lamp?
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Okay, lets say Jafar was able to make Aladdin a Street Rat again, and a wish was the only fix to allow he and Jasmine to legally marry.  Uhh, obvious solution – let Jasmine rub the lamp!  Maybe she would have wished Aladdin back into Prince Ali and then ended poverty in her kingdom.  I mean, we see a LOT of homeless kids running around hungry in this film, and we don’t see the streets for very long.  What if Jasmine even used her third wish to make sure Agrabah could never be harmed by any supernatural or human forces again?  She could have come into power making her kingdom well fed, peaceful, happy, harmonious, plus get a prince to marry – and THEN Aladdin could have wished the Genie free (since Jafar used his wishes between Aladdin owning the lamp, this fits into the continuity that Jasmine could make wishes before Aladdin has to make his third wish) – but, nah, man, don’t let the girl touch the lamp, she got her a man, what else could she possibly need?  No, lets not think ten seconds past our personal feelings to help those that we struggled with our entire life!  Come on Aladdin!

10) The whole film highlights being trapped.
Think about it:  Jasmine is trapped by her royal obligations.  Aladdin is trapped by his poverty.  Genie is trapped by his servitude.  Jafar literally gets trapped by his greed.  But, is any of this internal unrest really addressed in the film?  Aladdin becomes rich, thus not being trapped in poverty any longer. Oh, but now he’s trapped with the burden of running a kingdom – something he knows nothing about and seemed to cripple him with fear in a number of scenes.  Yeah, I bet that stress will be great on a new marriage, too!
Genie gets freed, but, in the long-term (outside of this film) we find out that he still lives in the lamp, he still hangs around with Aladdin, and he’s still granting wishes unofficially.  So, even though he gains freedom and could go do other things, he’s still trapped by being alone in this world.  10,000 years in the lamp doesn’t offer a lot of surviving friends to go visit.
And Jasmine – does anything even change for her?  She still has to get married, and even though it’s three days until her next birthday, and her father only changed the stipulation of WHO she could marry, not WHEN (which ended up being a lengthy TV series and two films later until their wedding occurs – wowzers, that was a long three days!).  But, Jasmine is still confined by her obligations as a princess.  The only difference is that she found someone she’d like to marry (or so she thinks, they really know each other about as well as Anna and Hans), but her situation overall is the same.

Clearly, the crew of this film were fans of Swiss Cheese – because they left plot holes all over this story!

Where’s the Fire Review

Recommended:  YES!

I know so many people who will skip over a lot of EPCOT because they think their kids are too young to be amused, but you can really find cool stuff everywhere!  Case in point:  Where’s the Fire in the Innoventions building.

It’s hard to miss this game/exhibit, because it’s shaped like a huge house.  You enter, stand on your circle with your team members, take a flashlight/game remote, and GO!  You’ll move room to room working with your partner to deal with potential fire hazards before a fire breaks out.  Okay, that sounds like of lame, but it’s actually a lot of fun!

When the winning team is announced, you’re all done!  But, when you leave, you’ll be dumped out into a children’s interactive exhibit where they can practice a fire drill in a kid-sized home.  It shows the kids what a real fire truck looks like (since that’s where they meet up at – and it’s parked right there inside!) and it teaches them to go after the quickest, safest path out of their home in the event on a fire.

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Really, if you’re skipping this, you’re missing out!

Watch Out for that Neverbeast!

I feel like I need to offer a PSA for other, unsuspecting parents out there.  Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast came out this past Tuesday.  In the aftermath I have learned that this was a planned series finale – and the story line may leave your kid balled up and in a puddle on the floor.

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When I watched Neverbeast with my daughter, I really had done no prior research and had no clue what to expect.  My daughter, who is seven, was a wreck after seeing Toy Story 3 and Big Hero 6, but, having seen five other Disney Fairies movies, I did NOT expect Neverbeast to be an emotional film.  While Disney is getting more and more into the habit of ripping out children’s souls and stomping them into the ground with the heavy, emotional experiences happening in their films, most straight-to-video Disney movies are geared towards a younger audience.  Because of that, they are usually very kid friendly and have plots that wrap up in a nice little bow.  This was NOT the case with the Neverbeast film.

To put this in a nutshell, Fairies find Neverbeast, Fairies fear Neverbeast, Neverbeast saves the day, then Fairies love Neverbeast.  Yay, end of the film, right?  Wrong!

When the movie should have ended (if it had taken in any consideration for the general age of the audience at all), it decides to continue.  Instead of our stereotypical Happily Ever After, it turns out that the Neverbeast, now a treasured part of Pixie Hallow, is about to go back into hibernation for 972 years.  Now, out of the dozens of ways the filmmakers could have handled this issue, they chose the gut wrenching route.  Just as I complained about in Big Hero 6, it is a frivolous and cruel ending.  After all, the Neverbeast was just invented in a writers room, which means his hibernation schedule was also just invented on a whim.

So, the last portion of the film is dedicated to the Fairies essentially tucking the Neverbeast in for a huge hibernation period.  Is it a joyful or happy event?  Of course not!  It’s a somber, tear-jerking nightmare where the Fairies make sure to stress to the Neverbeast that they’ll never see him again.  The Neverbeast goes to sleep, and the series is over.  Good golly, you’d think we just watched the end of The Sopranos for all the closure that finale gives us!  What ever happened to ending on a high note?

Clearly, this was the creative team’s way of saying their personal goodbyes to their work in the Peter Pan universe, but I am so tired of writers using a genre that was previously deemed “safe” for kids and turning it into an emotional roller coaster.  Could these people possibly consider the fact that sometimes we want our kids to watch a film to escape the harsher realities of life, such a loss and death?  And we can’t even see the Fairies moving on and being happy again in the ending?  I admit, some of these emotions are justifiable for the plot line (such as the first ten minutes of Up showing you why Carl was such a sad, lonely old man now), but, in cases like Neverbeast, it is completely unnecessary and manufactured for no real benefit, other than to make sure that you have lots of feels.

Long story short, this is one of those Toy Story 3 type of endings, and if you don’t want your child thrown headfirst into a tough, emotional journey, I would completely skip the Legend of the Neverbeast.

For the Minecraft-Obsessed Disney Fans

If you, or someone in your household, is a complete Minecraft and Disney fan, I just came across the most awesome server (please forgive me if I misuse the terminology, I am not very Minecraft savvy personally).

Someone posted a link for a Minecraft server, and so I called out to my 10-year-old to head over there and check it out.  I didn’t tell him what it was, but I soon heard “oh my gawd!” coming out of his room.  Apparently, there is a very awesome, and dedicated, team called MCMagic who put Disney World into the Minecraft world – and the place does not disappoint!

I’m piecing together bits and pieces of the background, but the creative team has been working on this project since at least 2011, the rides really work, and they have “cast members” who volunteer to be admins for the server.  Now, I openly admit that I know nothing about Minecraft servers, but I don’t think that I could have seen a more impressive one.

You can go see some of it for yourself online at:  http://mcmagic.us/
or by using the server mcmagic.us in your Minecraft game
(I’m being told by my son that only the computer version of the game will allow you to visit the park).

I don’t have enough positive words to describe this server, but I absolutely cannot get over the details they have put into this massive project!

The Sweetest Girl Ever (and a Great Idea to Copy!)

We were on our way out of Hollywood Studios when my husband called out for me to wait a second.  I looked back and saw that a teenaged young lady had stopped my daughter, who was dressed as Anna, and had handed her an autograph book.  I was stumped for a minute, then I realized that the young lady was asking “Princess Anna” to sign her book!
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I know there comes an age when many of our younglings don’t want to pose for pictures or get autographs with their once favorite characters, but this is something that the entire family can take part in, and it brings a little bit of Disney magic to all of the other little ones around you!  With so many stressed out and negative people roaming around Disney World, anything we can do to make each other smile is a great thing.  And, if the girl in this photo happens to come across this blog, I hope you’ll say hello, because your sweetness stayed with us the entire trip. 🙂

The Biggest Gingerbread House EVER!

Inside of Disney’s Grand Floridian, that huge, white, luxury hotel that you can ride the monorail through on the way to the Magic Kingdom, there is a really cool holiday sight.  I guess a picture is worth a thousand words, so, without further delay, here is a biggest gingerbread house that I’ve ever seen:

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It has amazing craftsmanship and details, with Disney characters adorning the area above most of the windows.
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I found myself marveling at the insane amount of ingredients used to create this edible masterpiece.  I dare say that this house uses more sweats than most small nations even see in a year.
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And parts of it are for sale!  You can purchase gingerbread shingles to munch on as a special treat (although I imagine these are shingles baked daily and not the actual shingles from the house, for health/quality/supply reasons).  The best part?  You purchase your shingles from employees who are working INSIDE the gingerbread house!  You are able to pop into the Grand Floridian and purchase a shingle, even if you are not a guest of the resort.  So, if you are in Disney World for this holiday season, you shouldn’t miss checking this house out!  Even if you don’t like gingerbread, it is worth a stop just to see this creation!

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The Ending of Big Hero 6 *SPOILERS*

I am going to say this one more time, this post contains spoilers for the ending of Big Hero 6.  Please DO NOT continue if you do not want to have the ending ruined for you.

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Alright, so I went last weekend to see Big Hero 6 with my kids, completely psyched up about this film.  Disney kind of dropped the ball on the market for boys too old to care about Toy Story or Planes, and this seemed to be filling in the gap nicely.  Plus, it’s based on a concept by Man of Action, a group of people I adore for their work on Ben 10 and Generator Rex.

Well, the movie ends, and I was told to stay for the bonus scenes in the credits, so, as names start scrolling up the screen and I look over to tell me daughter to stay seated, I notice that she is blood red with tears streaking down her face.  I asked what was wrong, but I didn’t really need to.  I already knew that the ending of this movie had put a lifelong scar across my daughter’s heart, and I knew that because I was in tears myself towards the end.

Baymax and Hiro enter into a teleportation portal to save a girl who had been trapped in there for a long time, I believe it was decades.  And, just as our protagonists are about to leave the portal before it closes down forever, with the girl in hand, BAM, debris hits Baymax and renders his flight capabilities impossible.  In, perhaps, the saddest moment in Disney history, Baymax tells Hiro that he can use his rocket fist armor piece to get Hiro and the girl to safety, but Baymax cannot fly any longer, so he will stay behind.  Then, the killer moment, Baymax asked Hiro to tell him that he is satisfied with his service so that he can power down.

Cue waterfalls under the eye of every movie patron.

Now, Hiro rebuilds a NEW Baymax, but the old one is lost forever.  In a particularly odd move, Baymax sneaks his personality chip into the rocket fist, essentially giving Hiro permission to create a new Baymax.  It was a rough ending, to say the least.

But, as I’ve sat and thought about that ending, with a heavy heart each time, I’m kind of annoyed.  Sure, you could say that there was a time crunch, so split second judgement calls came into play, but Disney made this film intentional depressing when it did not need to be.  Everyone loves Baymax, and there was no real merit to having him hit by the debris in the first place.

In fact, even if Disney wanted a punchier ending, where the heroes didn’t go in and out of the portal unscathed, Baymax still didn’t need to be left behind.  Baymax could have used one hand to grip onto the ship (that the girl was inside of, trapped in hyper sleep mode), or even Hiro’s hand, while the other of Baymax’s hands deployed the rocket fist.  Presto!  Instant salvation for everyone!

This beg the question, for me, why would Disney kill off Baymax so recklessly?  I haven’t read the comics to see if that’s an authentic event, but Disney often makes changes to story lines while creating a film, and I don’t feel like resurrecting Baymax, via building a new Baymax, takes any of the sting out of that heart wrenching loss of a character.  This is, quite arguably, the saddest moment in a Disney animated feature, and I would like to know why it needed to happen at all.

Certainly, other Disney films have had rough, emotional moments (Pixar films in particular).  We have the heartbreaker Toy Story 3, which has made everyone cry.  However, when Andy gives up Woody, there is pain to it.  We see him pause and have that moment of realization/regret, followed by Andy and Bonnie playing together.  While it’s a tear jerking moment, for sure, we get a sense that Andy is doing the right thing – it’s what Woody wanted, after all, and Bonnie is a fantastic little lady.  We also see Ellie’s death in Up, but that was at the beginning of the film (so we had some time to get over it!) and a crucial plot point as to why Carl was so grumpy and all alone – why he refused to give up his house and thereby ran away with it.  But, the ending of Big Hero 6 only serves to hurt people.  It shows that Baymax is heroic, it shows loss for Hiro, and they make it clear that Baymax will power down and not be suffering, but there’s not a lot of morning after that.  It’s a “death” that is frivolous to the story arch, and Hiro rebuilds Baymax moments later.  So, again, I have to wonder WHY did this need to happen?

Can Adults Wear Costumes in the Parks?

I’ve heard the question come up a lot:  are adults allowed to wear costumes, or is this something only children under 12 can do?

Well, it’s actually an answer that varies a little bit.

At Disneyland, I have been told many times that no adult may dress up like any Disney character and enter the park.  If you are over the age of 12, you may not wear any costumes, unless you are attending a special event, like the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

At Walt Disney World, they take a different stance.  According to a Cast Member (management level, but I’m not clear on his exact title) who was working on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, adults ARE ALLOWED to wear costumes any time, even if the costumes and person wearing them are perfect ringers for the character.  However, there are two rules that apply:

1)  Adults may not pose for photographs with any guests.

2)  Adults may not sign autograph books for any guests.

According to this manager, these are the only stipulations placed upon costumed, cosplaying adults at Disney World!