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Sneak Peek | Disney Mural

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So if I have been awol recently it is because I have been a busy bee (ha get it?!). I have finally started a project that I have been planning for a

very long time now and that is a DISNEY MURAL!!

As you may or may not know I am a huge Disney fan (as in animated classics) so I thought I would put together two of my favourite things; Disney and art, and create a mural in my bedroom.

While I am very far off actually being finished I thought I would show you a sneak peek of the progress so far.

I’ve worked in this for about 5 days now (over the past two weeks not consecutively)IMG_0797

So this is half the mural. PLEASE note that it is nowhere near finished so it will get much better, but do let me know what you think of it so far and let me know if there are any characters I HAVE to include!

Until next time,

Bee ūüôā

 

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Mad as a Hatter

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Just a very quick post today, but I wanted to share with you my newest painting.

Mad Hatter

It had been a very long time since I took the time to sit down and do a painting so yesterday I spent my day painting this and drinking tea. Something about the mad hatter always makes me want tea.

The Mad Hatter is probably my favourite character from Alice in Wonderland, there’s just something about him. Now I have a giant canvas painting of him on top of my bookshelf, haha!

Let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions as to what I should paint/draw next

– Bee

Handmade Jewellery

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Thought I would dabble in a bit of jewellery making, and here are the results;

 

Alice Cameo

Alice Cameo

 

Alice in Wonderland Necklace

Alice in Wonderland Necklace

Ariel Cameo

Ariel Cameo

Cheshire Cat Cameo

Cheshire Cat Cameo

Flounder Cameo

Flounder Cameo

Mad Hatter Cameo

Mad Hatter Cameo

Magic Mirror Cameo

Magic Mirror Cameo

Maleficent Cameo

Maleficent Cameo

Queen of Hearts Cameo

Queen of Hearts Cameo

Ursula Cameo

Ursula Cameo

White Rabbit Cameo

White Rabbit Cameo

Feather Drop Earrings

Feather Earrings

Button Earrings

Button Earrings

Please let me know what you think/which one’s are your favourites, or if there are any you’d like to see me try. (I’m working on a Wolverine one next, very excited!)

– Bee

13 Songs That Didn’t Make The Cut (Disney Animated Classics)

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There are several songs that didn’t make the cut across all 52 of Disney’s Animated Classics. If you look them up I am sure you will come across many you like and some you may dislike. Here is a list of 13 songs thats didn’t make the cut;

1. As Long As There’s A Moon – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

As explained in the clip above, the reason this song got cut from the final film is because it draws too much attention away from Quasimodo (after all, the film is called The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not Esmerelda and Phoebus’ love story!).

This song revolves around the marriage of Esmerelda and Phoebus. It is a good song, but in my opinion, does not match up to the quality of the rest of the songs in this film.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is probably my favourite soundtrack of all the Disney Animated Classics and I just don’t think this song would fit in. Also, as mentioned in the video above, there just really isn’t a need for it in the film. It doesn’t add much to the overall story.

2. Be Prepared (Reprise) – The Lion King (1994)

This is an interesting song. One in which I am very disappointed got cut from the final film.

As shown in the clip above, this reprise to ‘Be Prepared’ shows Scar’s reign over the pride lands. Scar decides he needs a Queen to help him rule, and in true villain fashion, he chooses the first lioness he lays his eyes on, Nala. Nala thankfully rejects him, and Scar banishes her and reveals that the hyenas will keep the other lionesses in line.

This essentially explains their hostility for the remainder of the film, which I feel is important seeing as they do not yet know that Scar is the one who killed Mufasa (although one of the hyenas almost blows his cover in this song also!).

This is a great song, I really wish it was in the final film.

3. Dancing To The Wedding Drum – Pocahontas (1995)

This is an interesting one also. The song is okay, but what I found interesting is the early portrayal of the character of Kocoum (whom Pocahontas is set to marry).

Before the song starts, Pocahontas is going to speak to her father about her doubts as to whether she can marry Kocoum. On her way to see her father, the cast breaks into song about the upcoming wedding, and Pocahontas meets Kocoum, who is portrayed as a very happy, friendly character.

I am happy they changed Kocoum’s personality from this to a very serious and sombre man.¬†It gives Pocahontas more validation into her doubts about marrying Kocoum, and also makes us as an audience root for her relationship with John Smith that much more.

4. Humiliate The Boy – Aladdin (1992)

I’m so sad that this didn’t make the final cut. Jafar really should have had his own villain song. Not only that but this song is actually really good.

Jafar is determined to belittle and humiliate Aladdin in front of Jasmine, the Sultan, and his mother. Yes, in the early production of Aladdin many more characters were in this film, including his mother. (Unfortunately she later got cut from the film).

Perhaps the reason this song could not be used in the final film is because initially the Genie could grant an unlimited amount of wishes, however in the final film, he could only grant three.

This song clearly demonstrates Jafar asking for several wishes so he can destroy Aladdin. Regardless, I love this song and wish it was in the film.

5. I Can’t Believe My Heart – Hercules (1997)

This song is a solo song for the character of Megara. If you listen to the song you will more than likely hold the same opinion as everyone else who listens; the song not only sounds similar, but basically has the exact same meaning as Megara’s solo song (that can be heard in the final cut of the film) ‘I Won’t Say I’m In Love’.

In this song she is explaining how she hasn’t had luck with men in the past, and then in comes Hercules who she is afraid to admit, is falling in love with.

Although it’s a good song, there really is no need for it in the film.

6. I’m Odd – Alice In Wonderland (1951)

I only have one question…WHY DISNEY WHY?! Why was this song cut from the movie?

I love this song, I think it’s fantastic. The Cheshire Cat is one of the most iconic characters to have been portrayed in this film and why he did not get his own song is beyond me.

One thing I will say though is, if you close your eyes and just listen to this song, doesn’t it sound like Winnie The Pooh is singing to you? This is because the voice actor who portrayed the Cheshire Cat, Sterling Holloway, was the original voice of Winnie The Pooh before Hal Smith and Jim Cummings took over.

This song gets right down to the point, the Cheshire Cat is odd, Wonderland is odd, heck even this film is odd. It would have been a fantastic addition to the film but alas it got cut.

7. Keep ‘Em Guessing – Mulan (1998)

This song, as stated by the director, was supposed to be an introduction to the character of Mushu.

The production team however felt that Eddie Murphy had enough charisma to pull of introducing Mushu in a couple of lines, as oppose to a 1-2 minute song in the final cut of the film.

While I agree that this song may be unneccessary for introducing the character of Mushu, when listening to it you also get a feel of Mulan’s doubt as to whether she can pull of being a man, which I feel is an important aspect of Mulan’s character.

Regardless, the song was cut, but at least we get to hear what could have been.

8. One Dance – The Little Mermaid (1989)

Many say this song is too similar to ‘Part Of Your World’, however¬†I think (depending on where in the film this song would have been used) could have worked.

I really liked this song and it was interesting to listen to. It has the same principle as ‘Part Of Your World’ in that Ariel wants to dance with Prince Eric and essentially be part of his world, but the song itself is quite different.

9. Proud Of Your Boy – Aladdin (1992)

Not only am I a huge Disney fanatic, I am also a big fan of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, etc.

As some of you may or may not know, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman were working on the score for Aladdin (having previously¬†worked on¬†Beauty and the Beast together). Howard Ashman wrote this song, ‘Proud¬†Of Your Boy’ and was very proud of his song (why wouldn’t you be?!).

Unfortunately though, with¬†changes to the story, the character of Aladdin’s mother got cut. At the same time Howard Ashman passed away after¬†succumbing to his illness.

Alan Menken fought hard to adjust the song so they could keep it in the film and honour Howard Ashman however it unfortunately didn’t work and had to be cut.

I love this song and am sad that it didn’t make the movie but at least we get to listen to it now.

10. Snuff Out The Light – The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Disney cut an Eartha Kitt song? Yes. Yes they did.

With the changes made to the storyline regarding Eartha Kitt’s character, the song no longer made sense and was therefore cut.

11. The Middle Of The River – Pocahontas (1995)

This song was intended as a duet between Pocahontas and John Smith. However the song very closely resembles ‘If I Never Knew You’ and therefore was cut.

12. To Be King – The Lion King (1994)

Oh dear. I’m sorry to say that I am actually glad this song did not make the film.

Nothing against the song, it’s not bad really but I think it would have completely taken away from the character of Mufasa. This is one song best left on the cutting room floor. Still interesting to watch though.

13. Why Me – Aladdin (1992)

Again, why didn’t Jafar get a villain song?!

I love this, not only is the song really catchy, but it’s full of self-pity and lust for power.

I really wish this song made the movie. Jafar needs his villain song!

This song was replaced with ‘Prince Ali (Reprise)’.

– Bee

Disney Villains vs the 7 Deadly Sins

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Originally I was going to write a blog about the various villains of Disney’s animated classics, however after reading an article about the 7 Deadly Sins, this inspired me into thinking about what Disney villains are guilty of said sins. Thus resulting in a new idea for this blog.

The seven deadly sins is a classification of the following vices;

  • Envy
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Lust
  • Pride
  • Sloth
  • Wrath

The villains in question are taken from Disney’s animated classics. So which of these villains are guilty of these sins?

Envy

The dictionary describes envy as “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.”

This trait can be seen in many villains in Disney’s animated classic.

The Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937)

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The Evil Queen is the main antagonist of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and the first Disney animated canon villain. There is no denying the Evil Queen is guilty of envy. When she discovers Snow White has overtaken her to becoming ‘the fairest of them all’ the Queen¬†becomes completely envious of Snow White, and wastes no time in hatching an evil plan¬†to kill Snow White so she can once again reclaim her title.

Lady Tremaine (Cinderella, 1950)

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It comes as no surprise that Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked step-mother also holds a place¬†under the ‘envy’ category. Jealous of Cinderella’s beauty, she treats her as a slave her in our home¬†after her father’s death.

Ursula (The Little Mermaid, 1989)

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Once again, no surprise to see Ursula’s name here. Jealous of Ariel’s beautiful voice, she uses Ariel’s longing to be part of the human world to her advantage by striking a deal (which she also goes on to sabotage). She is also jealous of King Triton’s position of power and also manipulates the naive Ariel in order for her to usurp the throne.

Scar (The Lion King, 1994)

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Another Disney villain jealous of the King’s position of power, Scar is so envious of his brother, Mufasa’s, role as King, that he hatches a plan to kill Mufasa¬†and, in a classic villainous move, leads Simba¬†to believe he is responsible for his own father’s death. Poor Simba.

Hades (Hercules, 1997)

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Last on my list of envious Disney Villains (although you could argue there is many more) is Hades. Now I’m sensing a pattern here, because just like Ursula and Scar, Hades is envious of Zeus’ position of power as King of Gods, and plans to usurp his brother and kill his nephew Hercules.

Gluttony

It was surprisingly difficult to think of a villain who portrayed gluttony, and then I remember, Kaa.

Kaa (The Jungle Book, 1967)

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Kaa is a sly snake from Disney’s The Jungle Book, who is almost constantly hungry. He is seen on many occasions trying to devour Mowgli (however obviously failing).

Greed

Stromboli (Pinocchio, 1940)

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Stromboli’s only concern is making money. Therefore he falls under the greedy category after using Pinocchio in his puppet show to earn even more money.

Cruella De Vil (101 Dalmatians, 1961)

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One of the most iconic Disney Villains of all time, Cruella De Vil’s greed involves her stealing puppies and skinning them to make herself a fur coat.

Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas, 1995)

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Governor¬†Ratcliffe is perhaps one of the most (if not the most) greediest Disney villains there is. The entire film see’s his longing for gold, gold, and more gold, in order to become obscenely wealthy.

Mother Gothel (Tangled, 2010)

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In the opening scenes of Tangled, Mother Gothel’s greed is immediately highlighted. She is determined to keep the magical healing flower hidden (even though¬†it can save the life of those who are ill) in order to keep herself looking youthful. Once the flower is taken by the King and Queen, she then steals their child and hides her in a castle, again just to maintain her youth.

Lust

Jafar (Aladdin, 1992)

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Although Jafar is pretty much guilty of all the 7 Deadly Sins (apart from gluttony perhaps), lust is probably his most predominant characteristic. Not only does Jafar lust after Jasmine, he also lusts after the title of Sultan which sees him desperately try to kill Aladdin (so that Aladdin will not marry Jasmine thus resulting in Aladdin becoming Sultan).

Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996)

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Throughout the entire film, (even though he spends most of it insulting her also), Claude Frollo¬†lusts after the gypsy girl Esmerelda. In fact, he even sings a song about it! In ‘Hellfire’ he sings “be mine or you will burn”. Also once she is captured Frollo¬†gives her two options, Frollo, or death. She wisely chose death, which infuriates Frollo.

Pride

Maleficient (Sleeping Beauty, 1959)

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Maleficent¬†is the ultimate face of pride. In an attempt to get revenge on the King and Queen, Maleficent¬†curses Princess Aurora. She is very malicious, spiteful and ruthless. She is determined to¬†kill Princess Aurora, but why?¬†Oh yeah, because she wasn’t invited to the christening…yikes! Definitely¬†a proud villain not to be messed with.

Gaston (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)

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When Belle, the most beautiful girl in all the¬†village, rejects the highly narcissistic Gaston, his pride (and ego) are hurt. Therefore he seeks revenge by plotting to kill the Beast who has stolen Belle’s affections.

Sloth

Bill Sykes (Oliver & Company, 1988)

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Skyes is the ultimate villain to represent sloth. Not only is he a brutal murderer, he doesn’t do any of the work himself. Instead he gets people to do his dirty work for him. Evidently highlighting the reason he is categorised under sloth.

 

Wrath

Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland, 1951)

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If anyone has a problem with rage, it’s this lady. The Queen of Hearts is notoriously known for wanting to cut of people’s heads. Although she is one of the more comical Disney villains, there is no doubt that she conveys wrath to perfection.

Captain Hook (Peter Pan, 1953)

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If there was ever a reason to be full of rage, Captain Hook has the best excuse. Although he portrays a character full of wrath, he does have a very good reason, after all Peter Pan fed his hand to a crocodile (wouldn’t you be angry?)

 

That concludes my list of Disney Villains that represent the 7 Deadly Sins.

I hope this was an interesting read!

– Bee