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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Monica and I are working on a goal of reading/watching all of the Disney princess movies. Our first movie was Cinderella. Monica’s next pick was Snow White.

The Book(called Snowdrop)

My Review– It’s difficult to review Grimm’s fairy tales as they’re completely different in writing style and genre from my usual reading selections. Snowdrop is no exception. The characters were weak(besides, perhaps the queen), the writing quality hard to critique since it’s translated from German, and the setting vague. But, as a fun, simple fairy tale, I found it entertaining.

Rating: 3 stars

Favorite Character: The Wicked Queen

Monica’s Review(in interview form): 

Q. Did you like the book? A. No

Q. Why not? A. It was kind of kiddish.

Q. Is there anything you did like? A. Snow White was my favorite character.

Q. Which was your favorite part? A. Probably when the first dwarf said, “Who stole my bed?”

Q. Would you recommend this book? A. I would, to some of my friends who like fairy tales.

Rating: 2 stars

Favorite Character: Snow White

The Movie

My Thoughts:

Favorite Character: The Queen

Rating: 2.5 stars

Favorite Scene: “High, ho! High, ho! . . .”(whatever that scene is called)

Monica’s Thoughts:

Favorite Character: Grumpy

Favorite Scene: The scene in which the dwarves wash off Grumpy.

Rating: 4 stars

And, some lines we enjoyed:

“High, ho! High, ho! It’s home from work we go!” -The Dwarves

“Mark my words, there’s trouble a’brewing!” -Grumpy

“He says it’s a monster, sleeping in our beds!” -Dock

Snow White: “I said, ‘How do you do?'”   Grumpy: “How do you do what?”

Thanks for reading! What do you think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?


Cinderella: The Cartoon

A few weeks ago, while browsing a Disney section at Fred Meyer, Monica and I resolved to read the original stories for and watch all the Disney princess movies based on Grimm’s/Hans Christian Andersen stories. Hopefully, we’ll also get around to reviewing them all here.

Monica chose to do Cinderella first, so, after some difficulties finding it at the library, we settled on an online version of the original story.

The Book

Monica’s Review of the Book

“The part where the stepsisters cut off half of their foot was funny, and also kind of weird. And the stepmother told them to do that! The birds were kind of funny when the Prince went with the wrong sister. My favorite character was Cinderella.”

My Review

Weird. Chances are, you won’t find me saying this about just any book you pull off the shelf, but when it comes to Cinderella, the movie turned out far better than the book.

I’m glad the Disney makers left out the stepsisters who employed rather violent methods to squeeze the glass slipper on, the birds who viciously attack characters, and the prince who mistook Cinderella for someone else(twice!). I’m glad we tried the original story if only for the sake of comparison, but, honestly, weird is the best word I can find to describe it.

The Cartoon Movie

Monica’s Review of the Cartoon Movie

“It was good, and I think the mice were really funny(the way they talked). Gus was being loud, so the mouse with the red shirt had to calm him down all the time. Gus was, I think, in a mousetrap, but it was weird, because it didn’t have any peanut butter in it. I did not know that Cinderella said goodbye when she left. When the prince and Cinderella were dancing, I was surprised that they were singing. I’m giving Cinderella 4 and a half stars.”

Favorite Character: Cinderella

My Review of the Movie-

I agreed to watching the Cinderella cartoon, but didn’t expect much. “How could it even compare to the movie?” I thought. I even told Monica, “The newer one isn’t one isn’t on DVD yet, so we’ll have to watch this one, but the new one is really more exciting.” And, although I began it feeling skeptical, the cartoon surprised me. I laughed at the mice, thoroughly enjoyed the songs, and didn’t yawn throughout the whole thing. 

One complaint– The prince. I prefer movies like Tangled or Beauty and the Beast where the man is developed throughout the film. All this prince did here was bow a handful of times, yawn, dance a few steps, sing a couple lines, call back the fleeing Cinderella, and marry her right before the story ended. I’m giving Cinderella three out of five stars.

Favorite Character(s): The mice.

Also, for my thoughts on the newer Cinderella film(which I loved!), click here:

10 Favorite Screen Characters

Yes, I’m doing another list(sorry!), one I happened to steal borrow from another blogger. But, in my defense I did ask for permission first. (:

10. Amos and Theodore from The Apple Dumpling Gang

For anyone wanting perfect stars for a clean, cheesy, hilarious western, Amos and Theodore won’t disappoint.

9. Loki from various Marvel movies

Great villain. I honestly didn’t love The Avengers that much, but Loki beats any bad guy I’ve ever encountered in a book or movie, the closest being Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events(not to be confused with everyone’s favorite snowman) or the wicked stepmother from Cinderella.

8. Edmund Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia

The actor, Skander Keynes, transitions nicely between the Edmund nobody liked from the beginning of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to the kind(yet not without a few character flaws)brother from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

7. Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice(2005)

Loved her actor’s(too lazy to look it up) portrayal of the funniest Bennet sister.

6. The Huxtable Family from The Cosby Show

I realize this may be cheating, but my list is too short for all of them. (:

5. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings 

Probably my favorite character from the books, minus Sam, speaking of whom…

4. Samwise Gamgee (a.k.a. Sam) from The Lord of the Rings 

Do I need to explain? (: Apparently, Tolkien considered him the true hero of LotR. And, why not? Sam carried more than his fair share of packs, accompanied Frodo through the thick and thin, wrote his own song, *Spoilers* killed Shelob, rescued Frodo after he’d been kidnapped, and then proceeded to carry him up Mount Doom. Oh, and most people may not think of it this way, but he was also a ring-bearer, if only briefly.*End of spoilers*

3. Cinderella from the 2015 film

Best Disney princess since Belle. Better, actually.

2. Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice(again)


1. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

Love his quirks, his mannerisms, and the way he walks. I’ve tried to imitate his nose-twitch on several occasions, but can’t seem to get the hang of it.  

“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail.”-Mark Twain

Cinderella: Unique in Simplicity

You know the movie you follow on social media months before it comes out? You watch every trailer, and already begin to tuck the lines into your memory? Back in December, that movie was The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies(which as a side note, I do plan to publish a blog post on after it’s released to DVD), a few weeks ago, however, this movie was Cinderella. 

At first, I honestly didn’t feel overly excited about Cinderella. I had only heard of it briefly, and I was imagining yet another fairy tale twist. Whoever first thought up a fairy tale twist was a genius, but you’d think after awhile the idea should get old. Strangely, for me personally, the concept hasn’t worn off, and I have enjoyed most that I read/saw, but never having been a huge Cinderella fan anyways, I didn’t feel too intrigued with this one.

My thoughts changed when I heard about it again early January and a friend informed me that Cate Blanchett played the wicked stepmother. In addition to “liking” the Facebook page to subscribe for more trailers and news, I hunted down a trailer and actually began planning to see it.  Once I start following a movie on Facebook, I’m automatically hooked.

So there I stood, March 14th, in the movie theater line, far more excited than should be rational considering I hadn’t sat down to watch the Cinderella cartoon in a long time. And the result? I loved it! Disney managed to pull off a sweet, touching movie that took me back to the days of my four year-old Disney Princesses love. With the big lovely dresses, adorable mice, and nasty villain’s nasty laugh(simply nasty :D), it displayed a magic like the cartoon’s, but added a new dimension to the story that only “real” people could.

Also, despite my first idea that the movie was a twist on the original story, it really wasn’t. Sure, they added some parts(i.e. scenes from Cinderella’s early childhood, scenes of the prince and his dying father), but Disney didn’t twist the ending and followed the original movie neatly. Cinderella followed two other fairy tale movies released in the last year, called Maleficent, and Into the Woods. Both had changed from the first fairy tale stories, perhaps trying to be more original, but Cinderella stood out with no surprises. It proved original in its familiarness; unique in its simplicity.

Lastly, maybe the best part for me was Cinderella’s motto: “Have courage and be kind,” far better than “Follow your dreams,” as so many other princess movies have taught us. Rating: 4.4 stars

Favorite Character: Cinderella

These Are A Few of my Favorite Things: Favorite Soundtracks and Filmscores

A newly established habit for me is to turn on my Fiddler on the Roof station in the evening while I am doing chores. I have been on a soundtrack kick recently, and since nearly everything that I am passionate about is in a list of favorites, I decided to arrange my soundtracks into a list as well. It’s not quite organized by favorites; I tried my best but I feel that it may be a bit scrambled. Oh, well…

10. The Sound of Music

As with any musical, the songs do start getting on my nerves every once in a while, but they’re fun and the movie has been one of my favorites ever since I was little.

9. He’s a Pirate (from Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) Klaus Badelt

I will admit I’ve never seen the movie, but the film score is a new-found favorite. In fact, the song is playing on our computer as I type this.

8. Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack John Williams

I only saw the movie once, but the soundtrack is dreadfully funny and catchy. And by the way, did you know that the same guy who composed the music for Fiddler on the Roof also did Star Wars and some of the Harry Potter movies? In other words, John Williams knows what he’s doing.

7. Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken

I love all of the songs from this movie, but this particular one is probably my favorite. I have a strange and spontaneous appreciation for Disney musicals. This album was one of the first that I downloaded onto my mp3 player, and I have been listening to it ever since.

6. The Star Wars Film Scores John Williams

These songs bring back good memories of my little five year old self completely obsessed with Star Wars. Maggie and I and whoever I could convince to play with me would reenact the exciting scenes. And, being someone who likes to talk, 75% of the things that came out of my mouth were about Star Wars.

5. Misty Mountains Howard Shore

Really good – it’s exciting, catchy, and it captures the spirit of the book and movies very well. One of my favorite cross-stitch projects was of the first verse. Far over the misty mountains cold,to dungeons deep, and caverns old, we must away, ‘ere break of day, to claim our long forgotten gold. 

IMG_0859Definitely on my (admittedly rather short) list of “pros” for the Hobbit movie series.

4. The Call Regina Spektor

This song is amazing! Definitely one of those songs that has become tangled with the emotions I had while listening to it.

3. Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack Dario Marianelli

I began listening to this before I saw the movie, but I happened to be reading the book at the time so I was still able to appreciate it. Shortly after watching the movie, I bought the piano book, and I play these songs constantly. So far, my favorite is Darcy’s Letter.

2. The Lord of the Rings Howard Shore

Sandwiched between the Let it Go and Love is an Open Door stations, my Lord of the Rings Pandora station seems to stand out. Maybe that’s just because it’s pretty easily my most-loved. Last birthday, I bought this book with my birthday money and I’ve been playing it fairly consistently ever since. When it comes to favorites, that and the Pride and Prejudice piano book are in serious competition. However, having said that, and without any further ado my number one favorite actually is…

1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Soundtrack Harry Gregson-Williams

It’s a long story how, but this album was probably the first of it’s genre that I listened to. That was back when I was about five, so I’ve been listening to this album for over the majority of my life. I love everything about the song, soundtrack, and movie. Everything.

And, as I side note, my favorite composer is still Howard Shore. I strongly recommend trying out his work, LOTR is probably his best.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” -Victor Hugo