The Little Mermaid vs Sleeping Beauty

The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and it was the first film to begin the modern classic era of Disney (which I believe stopped with Mulan). I rented this movie from the local video store and at the end I felt as though my heart was being wrenched in my chest. At that time I had never seen such a romantic film. The fact that she had to try and get Prince Eric to fall in love with her when she was unable to speak looked like a lot of effort that it couldn’t be anything but true love!

For ten years I placed The Little Mermaid at the top of the Disney ladder as the greatest Disney animation of all time. I was (am) a sucker for romantic story-lines.

Ten years has passed and I find the story is ridiculous. Prince Eric had to fall for Little Mermaid solely on her superficial looks. In THREE DAYS. He really fell head over hills with the mysterious singing voice. The film seemed to rush ahead more than I remembered.

I guess I have a thing about princesses with beautiful singing voices because the other Disney movie that I fell in love with was Sleeping Beauty. Prince Philip, like Prince Eric was attracted to the mysterious singing voice in the forest. I like how they did not declare their love for one another during the dancing and singing scene as another film may have suggested. Nevertheless, they were very attracted to one another and there was definite chemistry between the two, at least as much chemistry as two drawn humans could be without it being too cheesy.

That is why I am comparing the two. I treasured both films as a child but as a adult I believe Sleeping Beauty wins for its music, artistic detail, innovative sound production, and characters.

Princesses:

Ariel is naive, immature and impulsive while Princess Aurora at the same age is elegant, classy, and graceful.

Villains:

Let’s face it. When compared to Maleficent, Ursala is like Santa Claus. She’s evil but she isn’t as scary as wicked Maleficent who still chills me to the bone.

Prince:

They’re both amazing. It’s a tie.

But I prefer Prince Phillip. Shhh.

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters

Before there was Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc. , there was Nickelodean’s Aaahh!!! Real Monsters from 1994. No matter how many times I type it, I don’t think I will ever remember how to spell Nickelodean off by heart. Actually I’ve never been a very good speller so thankfully I wasn’t forced to participate in spelling bees and– hold on. I’m getting off track.

So yeah . . . Can you believe that this is the actual title of the show? I can’t settle on whether it’s the most simplest or creative title ever for a cartoon. The opening and ending credits of the show is just like the Rugrats but the animation style is more Wild Thornberrys; also created in the 90s. What’s the difference between Rugrats-The Wild Thorberrys and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (ARM)? The other two got a movie. TWT did not deserve a movie! It wasn’t such a great television program to begin with. At least ARM got their own video game, which I have played. It’s not easy.

The show centers around three best friends; Oblina, Ickis (got that from Icky, I guess), and Krumm. Oblina looks like a candy cane, Ickis looks like a rabit, and Krumm looks like a tubby man without a head and other . . . missing . . . parts . . . The kids go to Monster School where their life’s mission is to scare the living crap out of human beings. The school is lead by The Gromble. This green monster is flamboyant, strict, crazy, wears red heels on each of his feet, and is so entertaining to watch.

Take notes guys. The Gromble is crazy but wise.

The standout episode of the show has to be when Krumble gets a giant pimple on top where his neck should be. The students are mezmerized by its ugliness which is fantastic in monster mind. This is no ordinary pimple, it grows a face and disgusting personality. I couldn’t stand it. As a child it was such a creepy episode to watch to have a ugly living lump on your face! Instead of shrinking back into the skin, the pimple pulls its legs out of Krumble and runs off. Shivers! That thing deserved to be popped!

Now that's a pimple!

I must say that ARM is probably Nickelodean’s most underated and forgotten series. I’m older now, but after rewatching the episodes, it can still be enjoyed by older people. I’ve been trying to watch the Might Morphin’ Power Rangers and may I stress on the work ‘trying’. It shocks me sometimes at how much I loved it as a kid.

So Nickelodean . . . where’s my DVD?

Remember these cool cartoons?

I still enjoy watching cartoons but there’s nothing worthy! All the cartoons on tv are really bad and their animations are terrible. Back then people took a lot of time to produce their cartoons. Now it’s like, let’s just make a cartoon where they don’t move naturally for humans on the computer. That should save time. Here are some really good ones that I forgot for a long time.

The Busy World of Richard Scarry. This was awesome. So many characters from all over the world having cool adventures. You get to learn something to. Learning can be really boring, but whenever I watch this, I love watching them learn how to do things. One of my favourites as a kid. I repeatedly borrowed video tapes from the library just to watch this over and over again.

Katie and Orbie. Unfortunately, this only showed on the school holidays and it never cam back on. I was in the fifth grade and was embarassed to still be watching cartoons, but back at school, the program came on the class TV, and half the class were shouting “Katie and Orbie! Aww!” The characters barely talk, it’s mainly the narrator that talks. Orbie is the cutust alien I have ever seen.

Rupert!!!!!! He’s a weird looking bear, but you have to love his adventures. There are actually episodes of Rupert (1991) on youtube.

Little Bear isn’t as exciting as the rest but it’s still good. This show has great imagination. The characters are adorable. Especially the Owl.

Oh what treasures. I hoped I jogged people’s memories. I have to thank abckids for their list of children’s shows.

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