Goodbye to Mr. Spock

This past weekend sci-fi fans mourned the loss of actor Lenard Nimoy, known for his role of Mr. Spock

I’m not sure when I first began watching Star Trek. It was probably when Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home first aired on Television. My dad was always kind of interested in space movies and mother was not a Star Trek fan per says, but she had watched it growing up in the 60’s so when it aired on TV we ended up watching it.

Introduction to Star Trek

I was probably eight or nine at the time and had already seen Star Wars, by chance one day on television and thought it was the most amazing story ever! The thought of space travel, inter galactic battles and life beyond our own solar system was amazing. Not to mention I had already been a bit of a science space nerd, reading as much as I could about each planet and how the solar system worked.

Watching Star Trek was very different from Star Wars. The crew of the U.S.S Enterprise had a very defined structure and mission to seek out and explore. It was an amazing thought to me, that perhaps someday our society would put aside their differences and work to together to expand our knowledge and understanding of the universe far beyond our own galaxy.

Mr. Spock

Early on Mr. Spock became my favorite character with Dr. McCoy as my second favorite. What did I like about Mr. Spock, for one he was the science officer, which meant he was intelligent and that was something everyone on the Enterprise seemed to value. Grade school children were not always kind to those of us who seemed to excel academically if you know what I mean. In other words I was a bit of a nerdy outcast.

However, it didn’t seem to mater to me, I loved science maybe just as much as Mr. Spock. I also loved the way he used logic to explain his decisions and the world around him. In fact there is a Vulcan proverb that says “Logic is the cement of our civilization, with which we ascend from chaos, using reason as our guide.”

Lenard Nimoy

While the character of Mr. Spock might have been the idea of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his personality made up by good writing, I think it was the acting of Lenard Nimoy himself that made the character believable.

Mr. Spock was part Human part Vulcan and Nimoy had a quality about him that made the character rigid and logical of a Vulcan, but also at times showing human emotions with his friendship to Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy.

While Nimoy’s acting career has taken him into many renowned roles I think the majority of us will always remember him as Mr. Spock.

Nimoy last tweet on Twitter was bitter-sweet, as it implied that he knew the end was coming.

While we do mourn the loss of this talented actor I recall yet another Vulcan proverb that says “In accepting the inevitable, one finds peace.” I would like to think that Nimoy has had long life and now rests in peace.

Thank you Mr. Nimoy for becoming Mr. Spock and portraying a character that sci-fi fans have fallen in love with and will continue to love for generations.

Ghibli Tees are a Hot Topic

Hot Topic was known as the loudest store in the mall when they first appeared in the early 90’s. The idea was to create a store for teens, both girls and guys and to focus on the music fan.

Loud music would radiate from the store as you walked by, mostly metal and hard rock. The inventory was mostly an array of graphic tees featuring Bauhaus, The Cure, TSOL, and Depeche Mode. They also had a unique collection of emo-style / gothic appeal and accessories. You could get a paddock straight jacket (I still have this) and other odd ball items.

Eventually after the grunge rock, emo-gothic trend began to fade away ( I blame the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for this), the atmosphere and inventory at Hot Topic also changed.

The first noticeable change of the 2000’s was light. The original store was always so dark and dim, but now you could actually see what you were buying. Also the music got a little lower (probably due to mall rules). The clothes would also now focus on more pop culture (yet still underground cult favorites) like  Sponge Bob, Super heros, and yes even Disney tees.

While some of the changes have just made me feel old (gee, I remember when it was cool to be all moody and goth), not all the changes are a bad thing. Because now you can also add Kawaii items to that inventory list, as Hot Topic recently unveiled a line of Ghibli Studio tees and accessories.

If you are an anime fan on any level you most likely have heard of Ghibli Studios, makers of some of the most popular and heart warming anime films. Films like My Neighbor Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service.

As you can see the there have several Totoro tees and hoodies to choose from.

Totoro Tee
Totoro Tee
Totoro Hoodie
Totoro Hoodie

Personally I’m loving the Kiki’s Delivery Service Tees. Especially the “Special Deliver” tee because it pulls from one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

Kiki's Delivery Service - Miss Witch
Kiki’s Delivery Service – Miss Witch
Kiki's Delivery Service - Special Delivery
Kiki’s Delivery Service – Special Delivery

So, in short if you love anime and Ghibli you can now get a dose of it at your local Hot Topic. Enjoy!

Japanese Onis Get Revenge

The Japanese SoyCarat brand makers of soybean crackers and the SoyJoy soybean bars have put together the hilarious video above depicting what if Onis actually got fit and healthy. What would they do?

In Japanese mythology an Oni is an ogre like demon. They are usually depicted as hideous creatures and while humanoid for the most part they occasionally have unnatural features like an odd number of eyes or fingers. 

Oni from Folktales from Japan (Furusato Saisei Nippon no Mukashi Banashi)
Oni from Folktales from Japan (Furusato Saisei Nippon no Mukashi Banashi)

February 3 marks the yearly Japanese Spring Festival and the day before many people celebrate Setsubun, which has been thought of as a sort of New Year’s Eve. During Setsbun many Japanese participate in  a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year, usually represented in the form of an oni. This special ritual is called mamemaki, and literally translated it means “bean scattering”.  So, of course the common practice is for people to toss “scatter” soybeans around and at any and all onis.

lum from Urusei Yatsura
lum from Urusei Yatsura

Oni’s aren’t always portrayed as ugly beast, just take a look at Lum from Urusei Yastrua. However, in the story she’s more of an alien than a demon, but still quite likable.

Overall I think SoyCarat has put together a wonderful marketing campaign that brings ancient Japanese tradition and brings it to the present day.

 

 

The All New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are the iconic names, of not only four of the most famous Renaissance artists, but also some of pop cultures most loved ninjas!

Of course I’m referring to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT), who first debuted in 1984 as a comic. Over the years they have transcended media into an animated series first appearing in 1987, then later as a live action film in 1990. While their popularity seems to go up and down over the years, they have been a long time cult favorite. Even today Nickelodeon continues to show the latest animated version on TMNT, which premiered in 2012.

Now, after 24 years since the original feature film the TMNT are back on the big screen, and they are drawing in long time fans as well as some all-new ones.

If you’ve been in your shell this entire time, and are not familiar with TMNT plot line, let me give you a quick rundown. The TMNT are four turtle brothers who are mutated into humanoids and are raised and trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat father/sensei, Master Splinter. The TMNT basically become the invisible heroes who fight a wide and often weird range of villains; from their home in the sewers of New York City.

WARNING THIS ARTICLE MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS!!

Okay, so now you know who the TMNT are, let’s get back to the most recent film. I’ll admit when I saw the first trailer for the movie I thought they look liked monsters I was slightly disappointed. They looked nothing like the ones from the 90’s films I remember watching in my childhood.

The all new look of the TMNT
The all new look of the TMNT

Despite my hesitations over the new look, after seeing the movie, even though they looked completely different they still were the same TMNT and stayed true to the lovable characters that we know.

The fact that the TMNT were true to their original character personalities is probably the one thing I liked most about the film and feel without their signature characters traits the film wouldn’t have been worth anyone’s time.

Another element like about that the movie is that it did not drag on everything went in a really smooth and quick paste. Good timing and editing.

Actress Megan Fox as April O'Neil
Actress Megan Fox as April O’Neil

Actor Megan Fox played April O’Neil, I have to say when I first saw her I did not see April. I thought she looks nothing like her, but she did do a good job as April. I also like the tribute to the yellow jumpsuit, from the original animated series, by making her wear a yellow jacket.

Will Arnett played Vernon Fenwick her so-called cameraman who has a crush on her. His character was amusing but was he really needed. I really couldn’t say, the movie didn’t do badly with him and I doubt it would do badly without him. More or less he was another human character she could interact with and I suppose we needed another character instead of just having April. Lets not forget every movie has a love interest, and for April she actually had two Vernon and Michelangelo.

Will Arnett plays Vernon, April's love sick cameraman.
Will Arnett plays Vernon, April’s love-sick cameraman.

Speaking of love interests for April, they should have just introduced Jones, another character from the original storyline, and the fact that he wasn’t in the movie was slightly disappointing. However a part two might be in the work and we might see Casey Jones on the big screen once again

The action in the movie was good. The only thing that was slightly cheesy was the dramatic slow motion effects; it feels kind of like the matrix to me and aren’t we all a little tired of that gimmick.

I have nothing against the new storyline; making them April childhood pets didn’t necessarily bug me. Though I feel they didn’t have that same connection to some of the other characters such as Master Splinter and his enemy Shredder.

Speaking of Shredder, while he was in this movie I feel the main bad guy was his so-called adopted son.

Well that’s all I have to say about this movie so in the words of Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo Cowabunga!

Jem and the Holograms

If you haven’t heard Hollywood is planing a Jem and the Holograms movie.
At first this might sound exciting if you, like myself were a fan of the 80’s cartoon. However what I read from the synopsis it doesn’t look good.

If you grew up with the original series you know it’s about Jerrica Benton, a music producer, who takes over Starlight Music after her fathers untimely death.

 

Music producer Jerrica Benton
Music producer Jerrica Benton

The company is in a bit of a snag and Eric Raymond, the half-owner of Starlight Music,  wants to basically run Jarica out of the business. The two decide to have friendly competition with their shares of the business. Whoever can sign the next big star and if records sell so many in a given time, they will be in sole control of company.

Eric of course signs the Misfits, a trash rock band, who are loud, obnoxious, and me orientated, basically your traditional rock band.

The trashy rock band The Misfits
The trashy rock band The Misfits

Jarica wants to sign a band that is a good role model for young girls, but can’t find any. Then unexpectedly one night Jerica, her sister Kimber and the two friends Aja and Shana, Stumble upon Synergy a holographic music machine which Jarica’s father built. The machine uses hologram technology to change Jarica’s appearance into Jem, an “outrageous” rocker. So with the help of Synergy the four friends become Jem and Holograms, who are destined to out sell the Misfits.

The holographic computer, known as Synergy
The holographic computer, known as Synergy

Okay so the original synopsis is a bit lame, why couldn’t Jarerica just start a band, why need Synergy, even if she just wanted to have a stage name all she needed was a wig, isn’t that all Hanna Montana had?

It makes me wonder if Jem even had musical talent, neither Jerica, her sister or friends were in a band before meeting Synergy, so was it all fake?

To make things odder there is the inclusion of the Starlight Girls. A group of orphaned girls that Jaerica’s father was supporting, odd yes. Though like everything else in the series, it was a plot device, the young girls usually cause problems for Jem or get themselves in harm’s way, for Jem to save them.

 

A group of the Starlight Girls talking about Jem
A group of the Starlight Girls talking about Jem

While the series is a bit off, it seems Hollywood is wanting to dumb the whole thing down even further by making Jerica on of the young teenage orphaned girls, who happens to become a record success.

I think that’s a bad move! The producers, one of which is Justin Bibers manager, are aiming for the whole teenage rocker story, but that wasn’t the theme of Jem.

Jem came out in the 80’s when the whole working women became a staple. Many films during the 80’s showed that women could have very high successful jobs and Jem was a cartoon that instilled this to young girls.

Jerica was a strong-willed music producer and later even CEO of Starlight records. Not only could she mange and entire company, she still managed to go on tour as Jem. Speaking of Jem, it showed that Jerica wasn’t all business that she was just as girly as any other girl when she was made up as Jem.

 

The show portrays Jem as a girly rocker and Jerrica as a smart successful business woman
The show portrays Jem as a girly rocker and Jerrica as a smart successful business woman

Going with a younger teenage girl for the movie would lose this message! Yes Jem is silly and sometimes doesn’t quite make sense, but it shows that women can be leaders and make a difference. You can’t make Jem a role model if she herself is a kid. Sure many young girls wanted to be say Miley Cyrus, from Hanna Montana, but they don’t look up to her. They look up to figures like Michelle Obama our first lady, authors like J.K. Rowling , or journalist like Katie Couric or even just a teacher or mentor. Someone who shows signs of experience, not just sex appeal.

So in closing all I have to say to the #JemTheMovie makers is to make the movie that us 80’s kids want to see, and you might just end up with more new fans than, alienating the old fans all together.

 

Tari Tari – Anime Review

Tari Tari is the story of five Shirahamazaka High, seniors who come together to form the Choir and sometimes Badminton Club .

Konatsu Miyamoto
Konatsu Miyamoto organizes the Choir club

The story begins with Konatsu Miyamoto, who is in the Choral club, but because of a case of stage freight last year, which caused her to ruin the groups recital. This leads to the vice principle and choral club sponsor, Naoko Takakura, to refuse to let Konastsu sing in the group.

Sawa, Konatsu  best friend is the first member
Sawa, Konatsu best friend is the first member

Konastsu, frustrated with not getting a second chance turns to her best friend, Sawa Okita, to start a separate choir club. In order to form this new club however, they need at least five members.

Their first choice is Wakana Sakai. Waksman is a former music major, but since her mother’s death. She has put music out of her life. However, she does agree to play the piano for the group.

The true protagonist is Wakana Sakai.
The true protagonist is Wakana Sakai

Still short of two members Kobastu, discovers that Taichi Tanaka, is in the same boat. He is in the Badminton club, but other than himself and his new recruit, transfer student, Atsuhiro “Wien” Maeda; their short three members.

Taichi and Wien
Taichi and Wien of the Badminton club, reluctantly agree to combine clubs

Kobastu convinces Taichi that they should work together in order to keep their clubs, by forming the Choir and sometimes Badminton Club .

From the overall synopsis above you might think that the main protagonist is Konatsu, after all she’s the one who instigated the club and brought this motley crew together.

However, the real protagonist is Wakana. We are introduced to her first and her situation. Throughout the series she begins to open up and rediscover her love for music that she tried to burry after the loss of her mother. 

While Wakana, might be the main protagonist, each of the 5 members of the group have their own back story, and eventually get an episode or two that further shows their problems and resolves. 

The main antagonist of the series is the Vice Principle Naoko Takakura, who is instant on making activities for the choir club difficult. While Ms. Takakura, might seem cold-hearted, it later reveled that she was former best friends with Wakana’s late mother. As opposed to Wakana who put music out of her life after her mother’s death, Ms. Takakura has made music an unachievable goal to any one, and feels that the choir club is just playing around with music. 

Vice Principle Naoko Takakura
Vice Principle Naoko Takakura

If all this wasn’t enough of a story then there is news that Shirahamazaka High, will be closing down. Thus, for the choir club this year will really be their last chance to perform in front of people and show their new-found and rediscovered love for music. 

Over all the series was pretty good. I felt that Konatsu, although was the person who put the choir club together, was still really just a flake, and not really as an interesting character as some of the others. 

Also, some of the other characters own stories were kind of weak and sometimes kind of lame compared to the main story of Wakana, and her resolve over her mother’s death.

I also feel like they could have done more with Vice Principle Takakura. At the end there was some light to her coldness, but she still never really explained why she was so cold, and why her friendship with Wakana’s mother had sort of diminished even before her death. 

The choir club singing
The choir club singing

Still the series wasn’t bad, and despite being the choir club there wasn’t as much singing as I would have liked. Let’s put it this way it wasn’t K-ON. Tari Tari is more of a drama with some humorous bits. While music is more or less the element that helps these individuals overcome some of their problems.

Good Luck Girl – Anime Review

I recently had a chance to review Funimation’s Good Luck Girl Anime.

Originally entitled, Binbō-gami ga! (This God of Poverty), is a comedy about 16-year-old Ichiko Sakura, who happens to have incredibly good luck or as they say in the Anime, too much happiness energy.

Good Luck Girl, Ichiko Sakura
Good Luck Girl, Ichiko Sakura

This good luck has obviously been good to Ichiko, she’s wealth, does good in school, liked and admired by all the boys in her class, very athletic and well-endowed when it comes to her physical appearance.

However, all this good luck has made Ichiko a spoiled brat, not to mention it’s shifting the balance of the normal good luck from others around her. In other words, she tends to absorb others people luck, without even knowing it.

In order to restore balance in the good luck, Momiji, the God of Poverty (misfortune) arrives to Ichiko and is determined to drain her extra happiness energy (good luck) and spread it out among others.

Momiji & Kumagai
Poverty God Momiji and her loyal sidekick who is a demonic stuffed bear, named Kumagai.

Of course draining Ichiko’s energy would subsequently give her bad luck or sadness for a short time. This is something the Ichiko, just can’t stand for, so of course all hilarity ensues as these two battle it out.

The show is pretty over the top with its constant parodies and all out wacky battles between the two girls.

Ichiko battling Momiji
Ichiko battling Momiji

The series has it’s roots in Japanese mythology and a host of other rather non standard gods are called on by Momiji to assist her with taking the luck of Ichiko.

Some of the more humorous gods include Ibuiki the bathroom (poop) god and Momo a masochistic dog god.

Although the show is all comedy, there is some heart behind it. As Momiji tries to balance out Ichiko’s good luck, the bad luck that Ichiko receives often has her meeting up with other characters whose poor luck or situation often has an impact on Ichiko. This impact often leads her to giving away her good luck willingly, as opposed to having it drained.

Good Luck Girl Characters
The show is filled with crazy God and Human characters

Overtime Momiji discovers there’s a reason to Ichiko’s spoiled brat like behavior. While Ichiko realizes that by sharing good luck ( in other words doing good things for others) is often more rewarding than being shellfish.

While the overall theme and humor isn’t bad the one thing I could have had less of was the nudity. The running joke throughout the series is how big Ichiko’s boobs are. As part of fan service it seems, that we often see her semi naked running around battling it out, or getting groped by a host of odd characters. It seems such a shame that a cute story would include this kind of sexist plot line, but you know what they say, sex sells.

Good Luck Girl
Despite some suggestive themes, the show does have a bit of heart to it.

In the end if you can over look the boobie issues, the of the show isn’t that bad, and even kind of has the moral, that if you do “share luck with others, you’ll revive even more back”.

Princess Jellyfish – Anime Review

It’s time again for another Anime review. Okay so I watch a lot of Anime, but it’s so kawaii, and I’m in to all that cute stuff. 

Today’s review is on Princess Jellyfish, an Anime I watched a while ago, and never got a chance to write a review for. 

Princess Jellyfish, is a quirky show, much like the name itself. I centers around the tents of the Amamizukan, apartment complex; who all happen to be otaku women. These women all have a little quirk about them. Most of all they all tend to be shy, insecure, and avoid men. 

The central figure is Tsukimi Kurashita, who is an 18-year-old illustrator living at the complex and is obsessed with jellyfish. The jellyfish obsession was brought on by her a memory of her late mother during a visit to an aquarium when Tsukimi was young. Since then she has always drawn jellyfish and has a great fondness for them. 

Though Tsukimi dreams of being a successful illustrator and moves to Tokyo, she doesn’t really get anywhere due to her obsession and general fear of stylish people, which explains why she choose to reside at Amamizukan, in the first place. 

Once night on the way home, Tsukimi passes a pet shop and resizes that the store clerk has a made a grave error in where they have placed the jellyfish, and it is liable to die. She tries to explain this, but her nervous shyness kicks in and just makes a jumble of things until Kuranosuke Koibuchi  walks in. This beautiful stylish lady figures out what Tsukimi was trying to say and ends up buying the jellyfish for her. 

Tsukimi otaku
Tsukimi is an otaku obsessed with jellyfish

Tsukimi was awed inspired by the prefect feminine qualities, confidence and style of Kuranosuke. However, in a weird turn of circumstances, Kuranosuke, ended up passing out at Tsukimi apartment that night, only for Tsukimi to find out the next morning that Kuranosuke, wasn’t the prefect women after all, but a crossing dressing guy. 

Kuranosuke, obviously has problems of his own. Being the illegitimate child of a politician he resents his father for taking him away from his show girl mother at a young age. In order to feel closer to his mother, which he hasn’t seen in years he crosses dresses in beautiful gowns like the ones she used to wear. 

tenants of the Amamizukan apartments.
Kuranosuke in the middle with the tenants of the Amamizukan apartments.

The rest of the story unfolds as the other apartment tenants become friends with Kuranosuke, who gives them all make overs and helps them to be more confident women. Though, Tsukimi is the only one that knows that Kuranosuke is actually a man. 

If the story of these guys weren’t funny alone, there’s Kuranosuke’s half-brother, who is the stereotype 30-year old virgin, Shū Koibuchi. He was dramatized after seeing his father cheat with Kuranosuke’s mother, and since then has sworn off relationships with women.  That is until he mets Tsukimi after Kuranosuke made her over and thinks she is the ideal lady. Unfortunately for Shū, he’s got more problems than just finding out more about Tsukimi. 

Shu & Kuranosuke
Here Shu is appalled at Kuranosuke behavior in front of their dirty old uncle.

Shū  is in the middle of a big political development project and real estate developer Shōko Inari, tries to manipulate Shū to favoring her requests, by blackmailing him into believing that he spent the night with her. However, because of his psychological issues, he knows that could have never happened. Shōko, who has been more or less sleeping her way up the corporate ladder, is now taken back by the fact that Shū, would be so virtuous and even somewhat concerned about her well-being. 

The Anime itself if only about 11 episodes and just gives you a taste of these characters and their rather odd situation. Apparently the manga continues on expanding more on the rest of the tenants of Amamizukan. 

Although I wish the series had more meat, overall it was cute, despite the crazy obsessions of the characters. It’s not bad watch and has a kind of romantic quality to it. 

 

Disney’s Frozen and how it should have ended

A couple of weeks ago I finally got a chance to see Disney’s Frozen, and I have been meaning to write this review for some time.

The movie was okay but it did have some issues and in order to explain the issues I’m going to have to reveal some of the story. That is why I waited until now to write this review, hoping everyone has had a chance to see the movie. Of course if you haven’t seen the movie, be warned this is a “spoilers alert”.

Before going to see this movie I really didn’t know what to expect. The only trailer I ever saw included the snowman and the moose and no real plot or scenes from the film.

The synopsis indicated that it was about two sisters Anna and Elsa. Elsa being having magical snow powers and Anna who must go to find her. Right away I started feeling like this make me a copy of the Tinkerbell movie “Secret of the Wings”. Thinking Anna would one day discovered that she has a long-lost sister who just happens to live in the frost Mountains and has magical powers.

Periwinkle and Elsa have some similarities in design.
Periwinkle and Elsa have some similarities in design.

Happy to report that was not the case. The opening of the movie showed the bond of two sisters. Elsa being the oldest and having magical snow powers. While the two sisters are very close, Elsa’s magic causes Anna to have an accident, which thereby forces the parents to separate the girls. Elsa feeling guilty for harming Anna, decides to limit all contact with her sister.

Elsa after accidentally hurting Anna with her magic.
Elsa after accidentally hurting Anna with her magic.

I really like the opening and how it shows the progression of time and the bond between the sisters, though frayed, is still there. The real meat of the film begins 10 years later, after the death of the parents and on Elsa’s coordination day.

While this opening sequence is fairly well-done lets move on to the issues I have with this film. Starting with some minor issues and then into my biggest issue.

First this film is a musical and in a musical the songs are meant to help tell the story especially the emotions and inner thoughts of the characters. While the songs, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”, “For the First Time in Forever”, and “Let It Go”, do a good job at adding to the story, the rest of the songs are complete fillers.

The song "Bit of a Fixer Upper" fun, but doesn't move the story forward
The song “Bit of a Fixer Upper” fun, but doesn’t move the story forward

Don’t get me wrong many of the other songs are good, they just don’t help to tell the story. Most are just a little silly and almost forced, like we had to have a song at this point in the film. Kind of the same problem I felt ‘The Frog Prince” had. 

My next issue with the film is the character Prince Hans. I mean who asks a girl they just met to marry them, This obviously meant that he was using her to get the throne, right. But then again he sang that cute song with Anna, bad guys can’t sing cute songs.

And there’s the fact that he was so generous and helping the people of Erindale,  after Anna left him in charge. He seemed genuinely concerned about what happened to Anna, after she went missing and wanting to keep Elsa alive when they went looking for her.

Prince Hans, a bad guy, who you don't want to be bad.
Prince Hans, a bad guy, who you don’t want to be bad.

By midway in the film I felt there was no way he could be bad, or at least I didn’t want him to be, he seems so nice. However my original feelings will confirmed near the end of the film, where it seemed his personality completely changed and he was so willing to let Anna die and kill Elsa.

It didn’t make sense to make a character so likable and still be bad. The bad guy is supposed to be bad from the beginning. Even in Beauty and the Beast, Gaston, while not a typical bad guy, is identified right away in the opening by his vanity and jerkiness. as the bad guy. In Frozen however, Hans sang that cute song, why must he be a bad guy?

Another issue I have with the film is time. While the opening sequence showed a progression of nearly 10 years, the entire rest of the story takes place in about 24 to 48 hours. Somehow I just don’t see an individual who has been sheltered from any other contact and is feeling guilty for almost killing her kid sister so many years ago, and who then freaks out, turning the entire kingdom into a frozen nightmare and then nearly killing her sister a second time, would suddenly be okay within 24-48 hours. This just makes no sense, she needs time. Time to feel free from the pressures of being queen. Times away from having to worry about Anna, time to be to accept her snow powers.

Elsa in her ice palace.
Elsa in her ice palace.

Okay I can accept the extra songs in the movie. I can even except that Hans is a bad guy and that maybe for some reason Elsa overcame all her issues within 48 hours. The one thing I can’t except is the act of true love.

When Anna comes to bring Elsa back, Elsa gets mad and pierces Anna’s heart with ice. Later it revealed that Anna will now turn into a frozen statue unless an act of true love breaks the spell. Immediately the characters assume that she must be kissed by her true love Hans, but of course we know if I know that he’s a bad guy. But wait there’s Kristof and they had little connection, so maybe he’s her true love and should kiss her. However, what really happens is that Anna sacrifices herself to save Elsa, there by breaking the spell.

Wait you can’t break a curse yourself. In what fairytale does this happen? Besides the act of true love it should be done by some who so far hasn’t officially confessed their love. This is why Anna can’t break the spell. From the beginning Anna showed nothing but true love for her sister, wanting to play with her every day for the past 10 years, going after her after she left and cause such mayhem, and ensuring that everything was going to be okay if she just came back. I mean aren’t these all acts of true love, why must she complete another one in order to break the spell. 

If anyone should show an act of true love to break the spell is Elsa herself. After all she’s been so cold to Anna all these years, it would be nice for Anna to finally see that Elsa does care, and ultimately it was Elsa who cursed her, so why not have her break the curse and sacrifice herself in place of Anna.

Now that I’ve told you all the issues with the film let me move on to what I like to call :

Frozen How it Should have ended

Okay so the first half of the movie is pretty much the same. Elsa has coronation, Anna tells her that Han’s and her want to get married. Elsa freaks out and freezes over the kingdom before running away. But Instead Anna doesn’t immediately go after her sister. It turns out the entire gates to the city are frozen shut and no one can get out, besides the royal court insist Anna take charge and help the people of Erindale. 

The diplomats who are now stuck there are getting anxious to leave, especially the Duke of Weselton. Anna is still worried about Elsa, but Hans is by her side though all this. However, Hans starting to get somewhat annoyed by some of Anna’s quirks, lets say by the way she grinds her teeth while she’s thinking or something. 

Here's where Anna and Hans meet in the film
Here’s where Anna and Hans meet in the film

So, now it’s been a week or so since the frozen gates, and the progression of time can be established in dialog, someone saying “Princess Anna it’s been a week since Elsa has left and there is still no sign of her”, then just as this comment is made then enters Kristof, who has returned to Erindale from being on an ice run the week before. He brought to Princess Anna, after making a comment in town that he had a hard time making it back into town after the freak snow storm and an ice castle suddenly popped up in front of him in the mountains. 

Once Anna hears about the ice castle she knows it must be Elsa, so she insists that Kristof guide her to the castle. Hans of course is worried about this decision and suggests he tag along, but instead she leaves him in charge of the Kingdom. 

Along the way Anna and Kristof meet olaf  the snowman.
Along the way Anna and Kristof meet olaf the snowman.

So Kristof and Anna go on their little adventure, which is much like in the film. They have a bit of a love connection while she tries to explain why she’s in love with Hans, but can’t seem to find any real reasons. Then of course they meet up with Elsa and like in the current film Anna gets struck in the heart by Elsa’s ice. 

The difference here is that after this Anna’s personality begins to change a bit. She no longer seems happy-go-lucky, instead kind of bitter and non caring. Almost like she has a frozen heart. 

Meanwhile in Erindale, Hans is completely overwhelmed by being in charged and just can’t stand everyone turning to him for answers. He is also somewhat concerned about Anna, if not just so she can take over. So, anyways, he decides she’s been gone long enough and should go after her. The royal court and diplomats disapprove of him wanting to go, especially the Duke of Weselton, whose constant nagging caused Hans in a moment of stress to leave him in charge while he goes to find Anna. After all he seemed to insist on knowing what’s best for Erindale, right. However, this move was exactly what the Duke was wanting, and instructs his henchmen to assist Hans on his quest, and while everyone’s backs turned make sure none of them return alive.

The Duke of Weselton
The Duke of Weselton

Since Hans doesn’t know where Anna is at this point they make their way to Elsa’s ice palace, where there is a battle, the Duke’s mens try to kill Elsa, Hans stops them only for the castle to crumble and the next thing we see is Elsa and Hans trapped in a snow blocked cave, a mess of what’s left of the castle.

At this point Anna’s heart is as cold as ice and she now has the blond hair like Elsa, and Kristof knows that something isn’t right. Anna insists on him returning her to Erindale where she will be queen since after all, Elsa was no good anyways. After dropping her off in Erindale, the Duke mistakes Anna for Elsa, and declares she must be imprisoned, after all he wants to be in charge. Also at this point Anna’s cold heart is slowly begins to freeze her body. Kristof who now has feelings for Anna, must find Elsa, for only she can reverse Anna’s fate. 

Back in Elsa’s crushed palace where she’s trapped with Hans, they seem to do some bonding of their own. Hans explains that being the youngest of 12 brothers he just wanted to have something they didn’t. Every time they attended a royal ball or the like, one of his brothers walked away with the beautiful princess. He just for once wanted to beat them to it, and that is why he hastily proposed to Anna. He also sympathizes with Elsa and the duties that lay before her, he in no way feels like he’d be ready to take the throne at his age (which happens to be the same as Elsa’s) , and suggests that Elsa would make a fine Queen. 

Elsa and Hans
Elsa and Hans

At the same time Elsa reveals to Hans her insecurities about being queen and a good sister. She also explains how she feels cursed by these powers. While Hans says something to the like “You don’t seem like a bad person, maybe you did put the entire kingdom of Erindale in an internal winter, but that could happen to anyone. After all it’s not the powers that matter, it’s what you do with them that counts.”  It is by this comment that Elsa discovers that it’s not her magic that she should be afraid of, after all it’s what she does with it. So, with that she gathers all of her strength to finally get them out the trapped snow. 

Just then Kristof finds Elsa and Hans and explains what has happened to Anna. In no time they rush back to Erindale. Back in town Olaf the lovable snowman has helped Anna escape the prison which the Duke has put her in. Once the Duke discovers this, he decides to put an end to Anna himself, who he still is convinced is Elsa. When Elsa arrives with the guys they find the Duke chasing Anna, who can no longer get away because her body is becoming more frozen. Hans rushes to go to Anna, so he can kiss her and break the spell, but slips and falls on the ice. It is instead Elsa who makes her way just as the Duke is about to strike Anna with a sword that Elsa swoops in in front and and blocks the blade with a frozen shield and their by freezing the Duke.

Anna, whose body is nearly all incased in ice, looks at Elsa, and says” You saved me”. Elsa looks back at Anna and replies “That’s what big sisters are for”. But it is too late Anna is now fully incased in ice. Both Hans and Kristof run to meet the girls only to find Elsa crying at Anna’s side. Then Elsa wraps her arms around Anna’s body in a warm hug and whispers to her “Do you want to build a snowman”. Just then the ice incasing Anna melts away and Anna replays “Yes”.

Elsa and Anna
Elsa and Anna

The movie wraps up with Elsa returning to Erindale and bringing back summer. The diplomats are able to leave Erindale and one agrees to return the Duke of Weselton to the proper authorities for his actions. Anna thanks Kristof for his help by getting him a new sleigh, and there is obviously a love connection between the two. Then Hans lets Elsa know that he and Anna have decided to called off their marriage, but he doesn’t intend to return home right away. Elsa gives a smile to Hans, yes you guessed it they seem to have a love connection of their own going on. Then the film ends with Hans saying something by the like of ” Well I guess the evil Queen wasn’t really evil at all, in fact you could say she was the hero of the day”.  “You could say that” Elsa responds and smiles again to Hans. 

And that my good people is how the movie should have been! Both girls finding love, and the bond for each other being the true love that saves the day! 

Okay now it’s your turn what did you think of the movie? And what do you think of my alternate storyline?