Hey Mods what are your thoughts on Coco?
Em: I thought it was really well done. The music was good, the plot was good, and I cried too much during the ‘Remember Me’ lullaby part. I didn’t feel that there was a lot of depth to some characters though. Despite that, I think it deserves the love and recognition it has been receiving.
Jen: I loved it, was very moved by it. Especially the “Remember Me” scene between Hector and baby Coco. My only criticisms are that it was a bit predictable (**spoiler*** I think we all saw, at least I did, from a mile away that Hector was really his grandfather and not Ernesto) and the ending when suddenly everyone hates Ernesto– I think it’s a bit of a stretch that all of Mexico would hate Ernesto so fast and readily believe Miguel. But like I said a very very minor complaint and it’s definitely in my top 5 favorite Pixar films.
MJ: I completely loved it. I may have let my excitement for getting representation bias my opinion a little bit ,cause let me tell you what, the second I found out we were getting a movie my whole family and I were ecstatic since growing up there wasn’t a whole lot of representation for me. The movie made me cry of course and like Jen said, **spoiler** we all knew Héctor was his great great grandpa. As well as unfortunately for me I figured it out way before the movie even came out since at work we started selling merch before the movie comes out (as the disney store always does) and the Héctor doll sang remember me so I put the two together. ** I thought the animation was gorgeous, especially the first time you see the city with all those lights.
what did you think of moana?
Jen: i liked the soundtrack more than i liked the movie. that’s generally how i best express it.
Em: I saw that movie at a really critical time in my life where I specifically needed something like that to encourage me to move forward, so I have more of a bias towards it because I related to the main character a lot. I usually rate movies on whether I’d watch it again or not, and Moana is one I definitely would. I can see why people don’t care much for it though.
MJ: The first time I watched it was kind of a sad day for me and it cheered me up so I mostly enjoyed it for that reason. I agree with Jen that I liked the soundtrack more, but I do love the movie.
Do any of the mods ever post their own confessions?
Jen: I have in the past but not within the last few years for sure
Em: I did many years ago. I have it saved somewhere on my old Tumblr.
MJ: I did up until a few years ago. I think I used to reblog which ones were mine on my personal Tumblr.
what did you think of black panther?
This is the first time a black superhero has been shown in cinemas who is family appropriate, strong-moralled, and stands for cultural pride. Black Panther is a big fucking deal, and it’s going to hopefully show studios that black audiences and black kids want to see positive representations of themselves in toys and movies. Also, I think it will pave the way to show studios that YES, representation makes $$$ so start having inclusion!! That being said- unfortunately I am not a fan of modern superhero films so I thought it was okay.
Mods: Which animated movie has the best soundtrack in your opinion? For me it’s either Coco or the Princess and the Frog!
Em: When I was growing up, I loved the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack because it was one of the few we actually owned on CD. It always sounded so magical to me. In college, I listened to a lot of the Princess and the Frog because I felt a lot like Tiana. Now, the Moana soundtrack is the one I listen to the most. I pulled my own Moana and moved to the other side of the world last year, away from everything that was comfortable for me. The soundtrack gave me that bit of comfort I needed whenever I was in doubt about my decisions.
jen, do you not work at disney anymore?
jen: no, the dark lord mickey deemed me unworthy of employment. i work the front desk of a hotel instead, where today a guest called down and asked me to watch his children while he and his wife went out and when i politely declined, he said “what am I supposed to do?” I said “take your sons with you” and he snarled into the phone and hung up. but then the other day a guest gave me a bottle of wine and 20$ for delivering shampoo so the good outweighs the bad
have you ever cosplayed as a disney character?
jen: um well yes, for one of my earliest cosplays, i did a horrible horrible ariel with a terrible plastic looking wig and in the photo my face looks like i sprayed a can of canola oil directly on my forehead. which is like, how i look every time i look at my reflection in the mirror anyway. like you could use my forehead to pre-grease a cooking pan.
I also, much more recently, did a steampunk jim hawkins (and I built the actual map for it). it looked really cool. my best friend did milo thatch and we roamed the con together which excited lots of people. we plan to star in Disney’s combined atlantis/treasure planet sequel entitled “Treasure Planet: The Lost Empire” (alternative titles were ‘Atlantis Planet’ and ‘Two Big Dumb Nerds Roam a Con Dressed As Two Of Disney’s Most Underrated Movies’)
Mod, who is your favorite, Anna or Elsa?
Jen: Neither is my favorite, but since I first saw the movie and every viewing since I’ved like Anna more than Elsa. However, last time I watched it, I liked Elsa more. I think sometimes it depends on my mood or how my views have shifted:)
Question for the mods: so it seems for the past few years, Disney releases a big movie that ends up being a big box office flop (examples: John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Tomorrowland, The BFG). What do you think this year's big box office dud will be: A Wrinkle In Time or The Nutcracker & the Four Realms? Do you want to place bets on it?
MJ: I think it might be A Wrinkle In Time. At work I get the same vibe from guests I got when Tomorrowland was coming out; not a lot of excitement about the movie.
Not really a question, but let me just say I'm really amazed of what you do. It must feel great so much people is trusting your dedication to your blog by confessing their greatest secrets, such as their parents' deaths, their traumas, between others. Lemme' just say it's really good what you do because you help people take everything out of their chests throught this flawless thing that Disney is. Keep going, sweeties!xx
Jen: Thank you <3