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A Lilo and Stitch Headcanon

 

afafaLilo and Stitch Headcanon:

When Lilo graduated from High School, Grand Councilwoman immediately calls her and tells her that she is really interested for her to become a future Captain of the Galactic Armada, but for her to do that, she will first have to attend G.A.C.C. (Galactic Community College). Lilo is happy for the offer, but she says that she will only accept, if Stitch could go with her.

With the Councilwomans approval, both friends waste no time to pack their bags, excited of what their future brings.

I would watch the shit out of that show.


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Disney Confession #20

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I happen to have my own YouTube Channel called Sweet Serenade, and my most recent video was my cover of Disneys “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. It is my first Disney cover, and I hope to be making more soon. And n the meantime, I have made a few other cover videos, covering anything from, “Come Together”, “Use Somebody”, or “Cups”. Please enjoy this video, and I hope you take a look at my channel and give a like, and subscribe!

 


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Fan Art Tuesday

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Why Disney Should Cast a Total Unknown as Young Han Solo

In a scene from George Lucas' epic space opera Star Wars, the American actor Harrison Ford as rebel smuggler Han Solo draws a gun against enemies; behind him can be seen a fantastic space shuttle. USA, 1977.

Mondadori Portfolio—Getty ImagesHarrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars, 1977.

Disney has auditioned 2,500 actors for the Star Wars spinoff

Disney’s rumored shortlist for the role of young Han Solo in the upcoming Solo-centric Star Wars spinoff is making its way around the Internet, and fans are none too happy with the candidates. Miles Teller? He thrives playing utterly spineless and unlikable dudes (see: Whiplash, Spectacular Now, Divergent), not charming rebels. Dave Franco? He’s already 30, and is at his best when his frat boy charm is mocked, not embraced (21 Jump Street, Neighbors). And then there’s Ansel Elgort, who is probably better left playing second fiddle to way more badass Shailene Woodley.

Hey, Disney: It’s a trap! You should not cast any of these guys.

The clear solution at this point is to cast a complete unknown. At this point every actor in the galaxy between the ages of 18 and 30 has auditioned for the iconic role. (Seriously, they’ve auditioned 2,500 actors.) And while there are some intriguing prospects—Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek would be mesmerizing, and Michael B. Jordan proved he has the chops in Creed—a newbie is the safest bet. Casting someone with baggage is a risk that’s simply not worth taking. Remember when pre-bag-wearing Shia LeBeouf was tapped to star alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? We do.

For the best case for casting fresh faces, look no further than Star Wars:The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley was a total unknown, and John Boyega’s only starring part had been in an excellent but little-seen British alien flick called Attack the Block that you should go stream right now. They could completely inhabit their roles without seeming like known quantities. And for kids seeing their first Star Wars film (or at least their first one on a big screen), Boyega and Ridley acted as their eyes and ears. As young adults just entering Hollywood, they represented a whole new generation discovering the Star Wars world—its physics, its dirty ships, its secrets. The Force Awakens can thank those two actors for its box office records and much of the critical praise

(Of course, give due credit to Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac, both of whom were better known actors entering the franchise, though by no means household names. Driver brought his intense brand of angst to villain Kylo Ren, and Oscar Isaac—the Internet’s boyfriend—played the perfect snarky but charming hero. But I don’t think either of them would have worked as the two main heroes because those distinct personalities may have isolated some moviegoers.)

A new generation is inheriting this franchise, so a new spin on Han Solo would be appropriate. Perhaps he’s a little bit uncomfortable with his blaster, still trying to figure out his trademark smirk. A blank slate would be easiest to mold into this new take on an iconic character.

And besides, this is Harrison Ford we’re talking about. The man is now the highest-grossing actor in U.S. movie history and the star of some of the most beloved films of our time. Do we really want the third lead from Neighbors taking on his most iconic character?

That said, Chris Pratt does a damn good Harrison Ford impression. Something to consider.


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Disney Confession #19

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Fan Art Tuesday

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Star Wars: J.J. Abrams Says He Knows Who Rey’s Parents Are

Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Lucasfilm Ltd. Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Warning: This entire post is filled with Star Wars spoilers

We finally know where Rey is, but that leaves another question for Star Wars fans to wrestle with for the next two years: Just who is Rey?

As we learned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey (Daisy Ridley) — if that is her real name — was abandoned as a child on the desert planet Jakku, and is quite powerful in the ways of the Force. All that skill raises the question of whether she could be related to another familiar face from the original trilogy.

Some fans suspect that Rey is actually a Skywalker, pointing to the fact that Luke (Mark Hamill) may have recognized her – or at least wasn’t surprised by her presence – in the final moments of Force Awakens. (More fuel for this theory: Rey was drawn to the lightsaber that belonged to Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker before winding up in her possession.) But another theory, posited by EW’s Anthony Breznican last summer and recently catching further fire online, speculates Rey could be a relative of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

So, how much does Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams actually know about Rey’s real identity? “I know quite a bit,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Tuesday. But the notoriously spoiler-phobic producer wasn’t about to spill it ahead of Episode VIII, which will be directed by Rian Johnson.

“Obviously it’s not for me to talk about in this moment because this is Rian’s story to continue now. The last thing I’m going to do is reveal something that he would be upset about. I want to make sure that Rian gets the courtesy that he showed me.”

One would think keeping a secret this monumental would be difficult for just about anyone in the world, but “not for me,” Abrams said with a laugh. Let’s not forget, this is the director who refused to reveal the antagonist in Cloverfield or Super 8 or Star Trek Into Darkness or… you get the point.

With that said, Abrams is just as excited about the next installment as the fans are. “My enthusiasm for Episode VIII is enormous,” he said. “I’m very much excited for and very jealous of anyone, especially Rian, who gets to work so closely with this extraordinary cast and crew, truly an amazing group. In that regard for sure, but I’m also relieved to have gotten a chance to do a Star Wars movie.”

And for those still mourning the loss of our favorite scruffy looking nerf herder, Abrams explained his reasoning behind that shocking moment with Han Solo (Harrison Ford). “We knew we needed to do something that was bold and maybe unexpected,” he said.

During TCA, Abrams also discussed his feelings about the lack of Rey merchandise, teased whether The Force Awakens will have deleted scenes or an extended cut, hinted that Harrison Ford should get an Oscar, said we shouldn’t expect a Felicity reboot, debuted the first trailer for his time-travel miniseries 11.22.63 and revealed his CBS drama Person of Interest was likely canceled after this season.


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Disney Confession #18

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Fan Art Tuesday

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Subliminal Images in Disney Movies? Really?

So did Jessica Rabbit really flash her lady parts?

The very idea of subliminal messaging in movies and television shows has always been a controversial topic, and the conversation heats up when the discussion turns to possible sexual content hidden within the cutesy images of Disney cartoons. No one likes the idea of someone trying to influence our thinking with subconscious trickery, but a lot of people believe that many commercials on T.V. hide some kind of secret message that makes us want to eat something, wear something, and, most of all, buy something we don’t really want or need.

Is it subliminal messaging when a beautiful model wearing a skimpy bikini takes a huge bite out of a massive cheeseburger bulging with bacon and cheese? That’s a little devious, but how about if the catchy jingle about the world’s tastiest cheeseburger has a barely audible voice chanting over and over, “you want a cheeseburger, you want a cheeseburger…” That’s kind of scary.

There are lots of popular urban legends about sexual subliminal messages in Disney movies. Plenty of them are about movies I’ve watched with my kids over and over, and I never for a second suspected these sexual innuendoes and images. Even after researching this topic and looking at all kinds of video, I’m not sure if it’s the cartoonists with the dirty minds, or the people who say they see the “subliminal messages.” Either way, here are some of the most talked about Disney “subliminal messages.”

“NOT-SO-OBVIOUS” SEXUAL IMAGES IN DISNEY MOVIES

You’ll have to decide for yourselves if you can see or hear the subconscious picture or sound that the “message hunters” say are there. If you have an original VHS (some of these are old school,) or the DVD, look for yourself and see if you can see it on a copy you know hasn’t been touched-up, edited or altered in some way by someone who wants to convince you that what you don’t see is really there.

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If the conspiracy theorists are correct and Disney is on a mission to make children think the word, “sex,” then they went over the top in the making of the Lion King. According to a certain YouTube theorist, the letters S-E-X are spelled out over and over throughout the film, in the grass, in the water, in the flames, in the landscape, in the rocks in the trees, in the animals’ hair. Even drawing over it with red lines just shows me that someone wrote “sex” in red over a movie scene, but maybe you can see it yourself.

The most famous Lion King subliminal message is said to be the scene where Simba as a cub is on a clifftop, communing with his father’s spirit, when he steps on a bed of flowers that all float up into the sky, then turn into stars that align themselves to skywrite the word “sex.”

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Okay, there’s nothing subliminal or even subtle about the Jessica Rabbit character in this not-for-kids Disney flick. She walks, talks, and acts like a porn queen, and her voluptuous assets are barely covered up at all. The hot button for this movie comes at the end of the car crash scene, when after Jessica is thrown from the vehicle her slit-to-the-hip dress rides up and you can see quite obviously why there’s no panty-line in that skin-tight gown.

The Three Little Pigs

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One of the first Disney films, this classic children’s tale gets a different twist (or gets twisted) in a scene where all three pigs are celebrating in the brick house, with the smart brother playing music on his brick piano while sitting on his brick piano stool. The picture hanging on the wall and labeled “Father” is an image of a string of sausages. How is that subliminal? Is it that pigs become sausage, or are they supposed to be phallic sausages?

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Okay, if you take away everything else in the picture, I can see where Minnie’s blue dress kind of looks like a man-part, but come on! You really have to be looking for it. Mickey’s arm is around Minnie’s waist, she’s got her arm up around his neck in a hug. Her shoulder is not intended to look like the head of a phallic symbol…or is it?

The Rescuers

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3.4 million copies of this video were recalled by Disney officials, who stated that the original home video version had been tampered with and an “objectionable image” could be seen in the background. Anyway, in the version you can see online, there’s a scene where Bernard and Bianca are sitting in a sardine can passenger seat on the back of transporter bird, Orville, and as they fly past a brick building you can see a naked woman standing in front of an open window.

The Little Mermaid

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Some of the most well-known and possibly most obvious subliminal sexual messages are said to be found in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. There are two scenes that stand out, so to speak.

One of the potential sex scenes occurs when Ursula is trying to trick Eric into marriage using Ariel’s voice. Apparently the minister performing the wedding ceremony is quite excited, if the suspicious protrusion in the front of his trousers is any indication. However, he does have really knobby knees and unless someone told you to look for an erection, you probably would never think anything untoward.

However, the Phallic Castle is really obvious even to someone not out to put forth a Disney conspiracy theory. It’s actually on the DVD box cover, a scene that shows King Neptune and wicked Ursula larger than life on either side of the spectacular, underwater castle, with a smiling Ariel and Eric in the foreground. The castle is a fairy-tale concoction of tall, soaring towers and spires, one of which bears a striking resemblance to…you guessed it…a man-part.

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Disney Confession #17

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Fan Art Tuesday

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Disney’s Dark Side: The Ten Most Horrific Films the House of Mouse Ever Made

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If you think Disney is just a bunch of enchanted roses, glass slippers and princesses rescued from towers, think again.

Behind the fairytale facade, Disney has put out some truly dark films riddled with miscarriages, bloody ends and animal cruelty.

Even your childhood favorites contain scenes that include deaths belittled in upbeat songs, animal shootings off-screen and, occasionally, a mass slaughter.

In one movie, the entire cast is killed.

Here are the 10 films that pushed the boundaries of kids’ entertainment the furthest. You may never see them the same way again.

10. “Up” (2009)
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A childless widower, 78-year-old grump Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) literally ups and leaves—he attaches balloons to his home—to get away from the big city expansion that has plagued his neighborhood and to fulfill the wishes of his late wife.

The film’s opening sequence is one of the most moving, albeit depressing, pieces of cinematic footage in an animated film. Through four minutes, Disney and Pixar tell an entire love story—complete with marriage, dreams of children and traveling, and broken spirits from a miscarriage—before the wife falls ill and passes.

9. “The Fox and the Hound” (1981)

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At the beginning of the film, the protagonist, Tod, a fox cub, is abandoned at a farm by his mother. She runs off and shortly after shots are heard. Tod is comforted by an owl named Big Mama and a clueless woodpecker before an elderly widow comes to his rescue.

Tod quickly befriends the neighbor’s dog Copper. While they frolic in the woods, we later discover Copper’s owner Amos is the man who killed Tod’s mom.

Tod never has a clue. The film then pits the two friends against each other as Copper becomes a hunting dog and Tod, the game.

8. “Bambi” (1941)

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Happy woodland creatures rolling in flowers and playing on ice? Sure. But what about the raging forest fire?

Before that, you have to make it through the scene where the title character’s mother is killed by hunters in the dead of winter.

We’re then forced to watch Bambi scramble around through the snow, calling for his mom until he runs into his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, who says, “Your mother can’t be with you anymore.”

One of the film’s first trailers even ends with the movie title hovering over the rampant forest flames.

7. “The Lion King” (1994)

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In this one, the King, Mufasa, is thrown off a cliff by his brother, Scar, who then blames his nephew Simba, and sends hyenas to kill the young cub.

Although “The Lion King” is a re-telling of the Shakespeare play “Hamlet,” in which Claudius kills his brother, Hamlet, it was still shocking to see a main character brutally killed in a kid’s movie.

Earlier, during the number, “Be Prepared,” Scar sings about plotting the king’s murder. While standing over his hyena flock, their assembly march looks suspiciously like Nazi goosestep.

Near the film’s end, Simba returns to send his uncle into the depths of a fiery pit.

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6. “Old Yeller” (1957)

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No surprises here: Disney’s retelling of Fred Gipson‘s classic tale of a stray dog brought home by Travis Coates. After the family—and audiences—fall in love with the pooch, Old Yeller gets rabies and the family kills him.

The film spares us the visuals; however, we can hear the gunshot as Travis shoots his beloved dog.

5. “The Littlest Horse Thieves” (1976)

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Even the artwork for the box art looks rather dark.

Forget off-screen shootings, in this 1976 collaboration between Disney and British filmmakers, children are subjected to ponder the mass killing of horses.

The film revolves around pony labor in the coal mines. When the workers are done with them it’s off to the slaughterhouse. The title of the film was changed from the gloomy “Escape From the Dark” to the sunshiny “The Littlest Horse Thieves.”

Here’s how Disney’s Movies Guide describes the flick:

“Filmed very darkly, which is understandable since a coal mine is the primary setting, this film epitomizes the classic British sense of ‘impending doom and gloom’ of foggy marshlands and overcast skies. The storyline involves a Yorkshire coal mine which employs ponies as labor, but the owner has decided to mechanize the operation, apparently dooming the ponies to the slaughterhouse.”

4. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996)
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If you get caught up in the farce of fancy fun the film offers—a colorful feast, the naive, but lovable hunchback, Quasimodo, and the whimsical gypsies—you’ll be quick to miss blood spilled early on in the movie. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” includes a song showing Judge Claude Frollo killing Quasimodo’s mother onscreen.

After leaving her in a puddle of blood on the steps of Notre Dame, he attempts to dump baby Quasimodo in a well, but is stopped by a member of the church. When asked what he’s doing he says: “This is an unholy demon. I’m sending it back to Hell where it belongs.”

3. “Dragonslayer” (1981)

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Nothing like some virgin sacrifices for breakfast.

Disney’s Oscar winning “Dragonslayer” touts the bravery of a young apprentice sent to kill a dragon that’s been eating young girls. Awesome. What the box cover doesn’t tell you is that this dragon is being offered virgin human sacrifices from a King, many of which a burned at the stake in gory detail. There is also a cross-dressing subplot!

Other than this, the wizard from the beginning of the film turns out to be a sham. His untimely death results in the dragon’s demise.

 2. “The Black Cauldron” (1985)
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The villainous “Horned King” would be enough to give us nightmares.

By far one of Disney’s darkest films, “The Black Cauldron” was the studio’s first film to receive a PG rating.

It follows the adventure of Eilonwy, Taran and their gang as they attempt to prevent a villain from raising an army of the undead. The film is riddled with skeletons, black magic and a Skeletor-like villain dubbed the “Horned King.”

According to Slate, the movie was re-edited with 10 minutes of footage cut from the original to attain a PG rating. One of the controversial scenes involved one of the main villain’s minions slicing a person’s neck and torso, killing him in the process. There was another deleted scene where a magic mist dissolved a person’s flesh. Pretty dark stuff (Tim Burton did concept art).

1. The Black Hole (1979)

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The Black Hole assembled a sterling cast—Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens—for a relentlessly depressing tale of mass-murder in space. It was Disney’s biggest-budget movie at the time it was made.

At the beginning of the movie, Perkins and his crew discover a long-lost spaceship, the Cygnus, mysteriously circling the rim of a black hole in an apparently stable orbit. Upon investigation, it turns out that the Cygnus’s captain (Schell) has killed his entire crew and turned them into zombie slaves. Worse, he intends to fly directly into the Black Hole to see what’s on the other side.

None of the cast escape their impending doom and they all end up in Hell. Literally, not figuratively.


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Disney Confession #16

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