Concept drawings by Mel Shaw for Disney’s THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE (1986).
I was 10. Across the street from us lived two beautiful twins. Dark hair, eyes as blue as robin’s eggs, long legs. They were older and usually hung out with my brother, but maybe he was sick that day or something, because it was just the twins and me in the theatre—two ravishing girls and in between them a kid with the biggest grin in the history of mankind on his stupid face. I was glowing radioactively. Jackie Wilson’s “I Get the Sweetest Feeling” was a hit I remember. Everything aligned, the universe sang.
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Tiny rant about the new encanto movie:
I'm Hispanic and I'm very very mixed. Theres are loads of ethnicities in my DNA. However I related more to encanto because of the family.
My grandpa reminds me a lot of Abuela Alma. Like... kind of grumpy. Believes what he believes and loves me even though he can be harsh.
And the relationship Mirabel has with Isabela reminds me a lot of my relationship with my older sister. Even the time frames are somewhat alike. My sister and I are 13 years apart, and Isabela and Mirabel are about 7 years apart. Not exact. But still. Quite a big difference. And I guarantee that both me and my sister feel like Luisa at times. (We don't have a middle sibling. Just me and her)
And then I have an aunt that no one talks about. (Lots of family drama that I dont want to mention) the only difference is that I actually like Bruno.
And then I also loved the movie because of the characters.
Mirabel is the only FEMALE Disney heroine who has glasses. And if you haven't noticed, in my picrew profile picture I also have glasses. So yes I felt represented by that.
And then Luisa came onto screen. And.. I saw my body type. Which is incredibly rare because I'm Slightly plus sized. Clearly I don't have muscles or anything, but her torso and strong legs remind me of my body type.
And their eyebrows! I have naturally thick eyebrows, and I've had them my whole life and I LOVE seeing new characters with equally as thick eyebrows.
Oh and the hair! All curls! Like mine has been! Thick and curly since I was little and there are finally characters who have that quality (yes I acknowledge that moana does too but I'm taking about encanto)
And yall! A Hispanic person with light skin! When I saw Pepa I FREAKED. It's always been stuck in my head that I'm not truly Hispanic because I dont have darker skin, but Pepa DESTROYED that cliché.
And the interracial couples! I can't tell you how happy I was! I've never seen a Disney cartoon with interracial couples!
And the amount of cousins! I have so many cousins on both my parents sides! It's was really nice to see them all as a family like that!
And I absolutely loves the representation of OCD, anxiety, and emotion hiding. Because I do all of that. The stuff that Bruno does is equivalent to some of the stuff I do! And When Isabela, Mirabel, and Luisa all revealed their true emotions during their songs, I felt it so bad!
All in all I enjoyed the movie! The animation, music, characters, story line. It was beautiful!
P.s.: Dolores and Camilo were beautiful and I love them very much.
P.P.S.: Antonio is precious and must be protected at all costs.
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