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.

The Lion King vs Bambi

I had a dream. A dream where I was a little girl again and my father was taking me to watch the Lion King. The cinemas’s entrance was amazing. We walked down the outdoor hallway entrance that extended to 200 metres. It had 10 metre high concrete walls that were from the mall’s building I guess. The walls had a bunch of movie posters, with all three lion king posters. It was so cool… I woke up and realized the last time I watched the Lion King was when I was 5. At school. I didn’t remember a thing about it.

I downloaded the movie, watched it and thought, “well this was anti-climatic. It’s okay.” I never watched it again.

I DID go to see the Lion King in 3D a week ago. I didn’t give a crap about the 3D to be honest. It didn’t make a difference. I really wanted to go because I never got the chance to see the movie in theatre as a little girl, like I should have.

It was amazing. I could not believe this is the same movie that I watched on the computer. I however, could believe this was the same film that I watched at school because I was equally terrified of the stampede at the time. The surround sound and the music got to me because I got teary throughout it. The nostalgia factor of feeling like a 5 year old again didn’t help either. I don’t cry in real life. I just cry at movies with amazing scores. The only bad thing I can say about the new release is the modernized Disney logo. Leave the original alone, please!

I just watched Bambi and realized how similar these two films are. The difference is that Bambi is a classic Disney film which means Walt Disney himself was part of the creative process.

  1. Both films start off with the new born (Fawn for Bambi. Cub for Simba)
  2. All the animals gather for the prince.
  3. One of their parents die. (Mother for Bambi. Father for Simba)
  4. They both grow up and fall in love with the female friend. Both show a montage of this too.
  5. Bambi fights a pack of fierce dogs near the end of the film. Simba fights off a cackle of wild hyenas near the end of the film.
  6. A fire starts and burns majority of the forest. Simba’s jungle becomes deserted and gloomy.
  7. Both film ends with the newborn of the newborn, as if the story would start all over again.

So which film do you prefer? The Lion King or Bambi. Don’t just vote The Lion King because you just saw it and think it’s all kinds of wonderful and haven’t seen Bambi in a long time.

I only choose The Lion King because even though both films have amazing songs, The Lion King’s songs say 90s to me. It was part of my generation. I have a personal connection towards it, which I can’t say the same for Bambi.

Utahraptor spielbergi?

Hahahahaha…

That can not be the scientific name for the six-metre tall Velociraptor. Is it?

Here’s the low down:

Steven Spielberg wanted the scariest dinosaurs in his movie Jurassic Park. Velociraptors were only discovered to be only 1.8metres tall, but they would look too wimpy onscreen so he made his Velociraptors 6 metres tall. Not long after in Utah, USA 1992, scientist found a 6 metre tall ‘raptor’ just like the ones in the movie! They decided to call it Utahraptor because it was found in Utah. These raptors were super deadly, maybe even more so than T-Rex.

They didn’t live during the same period, but they were the most feared. What happens when these two monsters meet?

Utahraptor

The Utahraptor vs. Tyrannosaurus Rex

Size –
Utahraptor: Six metres long.
T-Rex: 5.4 metres tall.

Weight –
Utahraptor: Nearly a tonne.
T-Rex: Six tonnes

Best Features –
Utahraptor: Huge (38 centimetres) curved hind claws.
T-Rex: Huge, strong jaw and massive neck. Bite-and-shake action twice as strong as any other predator.

Speed/Agility –
Utahraptor: Runs on two feet. Top sprint speed: 64 kilometres per hour. Tail can do quick flips for easy turning and jumping. Climbs trees. Can’t dig.
T-Rex: Runs on two feet. Top sprint speed: 64 kilometres per hour. Stiff tail, good for flipping and turning quickly. Can’t climb, but large feet great for digging prayer out of borrows. Good swimmer, but kind of slow.

Senses –
Utahraptor: Excellent vision. Long snout means good sense of smell.
T-Rex: Great at smelling out a meal. Fantastic vision and hearing.

Smarts –
Utahraptor: Huge brain: much smarter than most other dinos.
T-Rex: So-so-sized brain; smart but no rocket scientist.

Strengths –
Utahraptor: Sharp teeth and long jaw good for quick, snapping bites. Mascular neck can jerk head and up for fast tearing action. Long claws on all toes good for grabbing, tearing.
T-Rex: Huge teeth look like elephants tusks and can cash through ribs, shoulder blades and skulls.

Weaknesses –
Utahraptor: Can’t move fash in forest. Lack of swimming skills makes it vulnerable in swampy areas. Small hind feet make walking in mud hard.
T-Rex: Can’t move quickly in dense forest. Slow on attack. Tiny arms.

Yes it’s been over a week since my first Dino post. But I swear this is the last dinosaur post. Dinosaurs are just so cool right now (90s).

This is what I think will happen. Utahraptor quickly climbs up a tree and jumps on top of T-Rex. He claws his eyes out and his back. T-Rex in pain, swings his head from side to side. He runs into a lake. Utahraptor has trouble moving but manages to claw into T-Rex’s body. T-Rex bites his tiny head off. Utahraptor Dies.

Sounds about right? Anybody think T-Rex is no match for clever Utahraptor?

Source: Disney Adventures Oct/Nov 1993