Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Arrrrr! Beware the Cynical Pirate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUFyw86c9JM


And, the Pirate Possum #3, in all of his piratey, cynicism says: "Four CORNERS of the globe?"
It's the first time I've ever wanted to look at any of my possums and say, "Hey! You're ruining it with reality."

14 comments:

Aerik said...

Has Possum#3 noticed that every protagonist in Disney stories is an orphan and asked you to die so Possum#3 can go on an adventure yet? Ah, the joys of parenting.

I think the idea of pirate warlords is probably really going to be cheapened in this movie.

A hot anime right now is on called "One Piece," which is about a young pirate named Monkey D. Luffy who wants to claim the famed treasure of the legendary pirate Gol D. Roger (Gold Roger, get it?). In One Piece, the world's land is governed by a confederation of like 132 countries (something like that) under the bland name "World Government." However, the seas are relatively untamed, as it is the "golden age of the pirates." The WG navy is big enough to put up a big bluff about rounding up all the pirates on the planet at once, but they are offput by the overwhelming power of the "7 Warlords of the Sea," whose power and hold of loyalty of their crew is so great, they are an even greater threat to the world than the WG Navy is. They hold a treaty with WG for domain over the sea.

See where Pirates of the Caribbean starts getting unoriginal?

Only Disney does it's thing where of course one league of pirates is all Africans, and one is all Asians, and one is almost all white guys. Disney is racist. All the blue animals are only happy with blue animals, the yellow characters with yellow characters, and so on, and so on. Only recently have they had the balls to introduce a black princess, or should I say any princess that isn't blond haired and blue eyed.

Disney sucks.

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Only recently have they had the balls to introduce a black princess, or should I say any princess that isn't blond haired and blue eyed.

Not true.
Esmerelda (Hunchback)
Pocahontas (<---)
Snow White (Black hair, brown eyes)
Ariel (Red hair, green eyes)
Jazmine (Alladin)
Belle (brown hair, brown eyes)
Mulan (Mulan)

:)
I have two girls...I know my princesses.

aimee said...

"All the blue animals are only happy with blue animals, the yellow characters with yellow characters, and so on, and so on".

Not true here either, look at Winnie the Pooh, he is orange/yellowish, he has a best friend who happens to be a piglet, they have a yellow friend named Rabbit, and then there is the owl of different shades of brown, purple Eeyore, and tan/brown colored Kanga and Roo and of course orange Tigger.

In the Little Mermaid, she is a human who hangs out with a yellow fish and a dumb white bird and is helped out of scary situations by a red crab.

There are just too many others to prove you wrong.

Disney does not suck, sorry.

aimee said...

p.s. The Pirates movies by Disney have kicked ass!

That's all : )

Robert said...

I may agree that Disney isn't inherently racist, but I do think that they have become derivative and dry recently. Its like they ran out of fairy tales and went "crap, we have to make stuff up now???"

Granted they are trying, but I think they are getting left in the dust by Pixar, which manages to make kids films that I as an adult without children want to see. Now theres the golden ticket.

Carlie said...

Ah, the Little Mermaid. The girl with an 18 inch waist and D-cup breasts barely contained by a couple of shells. Jessica Rabbit with a piscine fetish, basically. She's the one who bothers me the most out of all of them. Lila is the only Disney heroine made yet who wasn't of proportions even Barbie aspires to.

Toni said...

I don't care how bad the Pirates movies might be getting, as long as Orlando Bloom takes off his shirt at least once... I still have my fingers crossed on this one.

aimee said...

LOL, I agree Toni. Orlando is *HOT*

Atheist in a mini van. said...

Granted they are trying, but I think they are getting left in the dust by Pixar, which manages to make kids films that I as an adult without children want to see. Now theres the golden ticket.

Let me a paint a little picture of how life has changed in my house since the debut of Pixar.
Pre-Pixar: "If I have to watch the stupid, puple ass-munch dinosaur one more moment, I'm going to need a prescription of prozac. Must. Get. Out. of. the. House!" Even the Disney moviee became tired. Pocohontas made me want to throw things at the television and shriek: "That's historically inaccurate!"

Live after Pixar: "HEY! Does anyone want to watch CARS with Mommy?"
Not to mention the hours of entertainment I get from listening to my kids do their "tractor tipping" impressions and/or the endless quote mining from the Toy Story films.
Pixar = love.

Hmmmm...now I'm being reminded, by P#1 (she's reading over my shoulder), that P#3 really liked Mulan. But, I think that speaks more to the fact that P#3 just likes to be the alpha-female. Huuu-aaaaaah.
...I'm also being reminded, by P#1 that the only reason I watch Mulan is so that I can mock Donny Osmond.
I can't help it. I want to see Shen bust out with "Puppy Love", just so Mulan can kick his ass.

Aerik said...

The princess thing I meant about disneyland/disneyworld.

And as for the blue animal - yellow animal thing, I'm talking about romantic interests among the animals.

darrell said...

Okay, I don't want to be a jerk and bust up the (for the most part) Disney love-fest, but while Disney is might not be expressly racist, it is certainly fascist and conformist, with a little bit of creative piracy thrown in there for good measure.

All Disney characters/stories come from the fairy tales/mythology/folktales of other cultures. They are public domain items for the most part (excluding Pooh and Peter Pan and some others) that Disney appropriates and then capitalizes on, all the while constantly using the US legal system and it's draconian copyright laws to prevent their precious mouse from ever coming under the public domain itself (not to mention fervently prosecuting anyone who dares to infringe on their round-eared copyright). They've made money for years by stealing our stories, items of public ownership, and selling them back to us "Disneyfied." I personally think this is a form of fascism and consequently is "some bullshit."

As for the conformist claim I made, have you ever been to a Disney[insert geographical term here]? They're stepfordian outposts of homogeny and "safety"...since the stories that Disney steals they also tend to purify so that they don't retain any of the complexity or moral ambiguity of the originals. You could say that this is because the stories are geared at children, but I'd counter that it's because Disney is pushing a particular puritanical, Christian, "American" agenda. No matter if their stories are set in some far-off Arabian city or in a world "under the sea" or in darkest Africa...they still retain that same commitment to their "pure" agenda. I mean have you ever heard of Celebration, FL?

This thing with the plot of the 3rd PotC movie resembling the plot of One Piece doesn't surprise me at all, just as it didn't surprise me when The Incredibles was ripped off from Watchmen.

Now I know that in art and culture "stealing" isn't always a crime, in fact here's a link to an excellent article by Jonathan Lethem on just that subject, but I think the heavy-handed nature of Disney's legal department lends them a smack of hypocrisy and definitely puts them in a black hat in my book.

Kathryn said...

Oh I don't know about Disney pushing "a particular puritanical, Christian, "American" agenda"...

Wasn't Walt Jewish?

And they have had "gay days" there which has torqued a lot of Christians.

But the rest of it, I can't argue. I do know that they aggressively protect their copyrights.

darrell said...

Yeah, I should have wrote "pseudo-Christian" probably. I wasn't using any of those terms (puritan, Christian, or American) for their literal meaning, more for their descriptive connotations.

aimee said...

The only complaint I have against Disney is that for some reason they now think they need to add sequels to their "Classics". Leave them alone! Talk about milking it for all its worth.