Monthly Archives: January 2016

Why is the Princess Favoured Over the Queen?

I recently watched a Doug Walker (Nostalgia-Critic) video about the Disney princesses.  He said that he couldn’t put his finger on why princesses make one feel so uneasy until he saw Bridge to Terabithia, a dreadful film that ends with the brother being the king while his sister is a princess (all in their deranged fantasy, of course).  This made Walker realize that it’s not the role of a princess that causes unease, but the title itself: that boys are cast as kings but the girl is always a princess.  Why not a queen?

Indeed, queens in Disney movies are most often portrayed as malevolent.  Walker attributes this to an image of innocence and youth, power and responsibility but not too much power or responsibility.  I think there’s a better explanation for why children don’t seem to jump so readily at the mention of a queen, and it has a lot more to do with British history, and a lot less to do with an image of subservience. Continue reading Why is the Princess Favoured Over the Queen?

King Thorin Oakenshield of Erebor dies.

The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition

My birthday, being on the fifth of January, falls upon this day.  By coincidence, Tolkien’s birthday is on the third of the same month, and therefore several days ago I celebrated the birthday of my favourite author by watching the “special extended edition” of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for the first time, which I had been saving for just that occasion.  In all honesty, the “extended edition” is a bit of a misnomer, for it really isn’t that it is extended, but that the theatrical is somewhat abridged for the theatres.  Unfortunately, few theatres would be willing to show a film as long as these are in their entirety, and so it becomes necessary to cut down the finished film for this purpose.  The full movie is, in fact, the extended edition, which should more appropriately be dubbed the “unabridged edition.” Continue reading The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition