Disney Characters get into the Holiday Spirt in your favorite Christmas Movies!
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Beast tries on the pink nightmare from A Christmas Story. Alice is skeptical about meet a very suspicious Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Ariel excitedly explores a new world as Elf. The Inside Out emotions have a Charlie Brown Christmas. Joy is thrilled with the tree, disgust is less than thrilled and Sadness won a participation award for her decorations! Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in White Christmas. The Monsters Inc. duo are stealing Christmas when confronted by “Cindy Loo-Boo” in The Grinch. Tiana and Naveen recreate Love Actually. Except something tells me things will work out better for these two. Toy Story characters, Woody and Buzz, emulate A Christmas Carol as glow-in-the-dark Buzz greets Woods in Barrel Of Monkeys chains, Rapunzel is the ultimate Home Alone Disney character as the thugs try to break in. Luckily she has plenty of paint cans for protection. Peter Pan welcome Wendy John and Michael aboard The Polar Express. The Frozen gang are giving Sven a magical Rudolph nose! The Big Hero 6 team recreate Frosty the Snowman with Baymax.
“I want kids, a family of my own. I’d like to give them the first eight years of their lives in the country. Then I’d want them educated, which I wasn’t formally, although I had a tutor once when I was twelve. At times I miss a formal education, but at others I thank god for everything else I have now. What I have got from my childhood aren’t toys, but memories. And happy memories are better than any toy.”
- River Phoenix
most of the time Emily and Corvo having the same lines is a bit annoying, but in this particular case the offended “WOAH” while hugging this poor miserable doll to their chest is the only appropriate reaction i can imagine
The importance of giving people what they need even if at first it may not seem what they want.
What I really liked Girl Meets A Christmas Maya is the importance of giving gifts that have meaning, and that these gifts are more special because they give us what we need even if they don’t seem especially cool at first on the surface.
It starts with telling us about what Katy gave to Maya long ago. Though Katy couldn’t afford to give Maya really cool toys, she managed to give Maya something even better. She made it so Maya could go to school with and strengthen her friendships with Riley & Farkle and where she would eventually meet Lucas, Zay, and Smackle. That gift allowed for Maya to have the friends she has today. Something far better than any toy she may have liked for a limited time in the past. And though Katy couldn’t have known it at the time – because all she wanted at the time was for Maya to be happy – it eventually led to Katy’s better friendship with the Matthews and meeting Shawn. Thereby making Katy, Maya, and Shawn’s lives better in the process.
Smackle’s gift to Maya of a broken clock shows her that she doesn’t need to stay broken to have a life. She can improve herself like she has, and move on to other things. She can be a person who fixes things, and doesn’t break them. It really improves Maya’s confidence to say that she’s not the broken one anymore. She doesn’t have to be the bad influence to maintain her identity. Advice Maya could have really used back in the Triangle arc. Too bad Smackle wasn’t around for most of that before it became too late.
Zay’s gift of an etiquette book to Smackle saying that he likes who she is, and she doesn’t need to change things about herself to make others feel better. Be who you are and want to be. Not who others want you to be. Or what others thing you need to be because society dictates that. Since Smackle is often scolded for her frank behavior, it’s nice that Zay is telling her she doesn’t need to feel guilty about it. It is who she is, and if she likes it, then so be it. As she said earlier in the episode “This is who I am!” It reiterates similar things Riley has said to Farkle, Farkle has said to Riley, and what Lucas has said he liked about Maya that have to do with her personality.
Farkle’s gift to Zay (with the help of Smackle) to let Zay know that he is a part of this group of friends without needing the Lucas to tie him to the group. Feeling like an outsider might have been the reason that Zay uses comedy to hide his inner turmoil that Riley spoke about in the beginning of the season. It’s great that Farkle & Smackle are using the best way they know how to let Zay know he is a valuable member of the group, and would remain friends with him even without Lucas.
Riley’s gift of a menorah to Farkle lets him know that she will always love Farkle no matter who he is. She encourages him to learn more about himself and to grow.
Finally, Riley & the Matthews gift to Maya (& Katy) is the play which lets her know how valuable spending Christmas with Shawn would be not just to Maya & Katy, but to Shawn as well. It’s not giving Maya what she wants which is to spend time with the Matthews & avoid the chance of ruining Christmas for Shawn & possibly their family; but it is giving Maya exactly what she needs: the reason to have Christmas with her own family so it can work and make them all happy.
In contrast, Farkle talks about what he would give Smackle as a gift. A theremin sounds really cool. To me anyway because I’m a movie/television buff who actually knew what it did before this episode. But the point is: it is cool to Smackle; she clearly wants one; and it shows that Farkle does know Smackle enough to know she wants one. But is it the kind of gift that would help Smackle? It would entertain her. It would make her happy to know Farkle is thoughtful enough to know what she likes. But does it give any real insight into giving someone what they need like each of the gifts mentioned above do? Nope. Not a bad gift by any means, just not a gift on the scale of what the writers are trying to showcase in this episode.
And let’s think about Riley’s gift to Farkle. She talks about wanting him to understand all parts of himself. To know who he is and who he will be, and that she loves all of that. That is how you truly care about someone. And it definitely calls into question of whether she has liked the parts of Lucas & Maya that are different than what she wants them to be. She doesn’t like that overly protective side of Lucas. Of course, Lucas does need to balance himself out without going too far, but Riley seems to prefer he would ignore that side all together. She can’t consider that he had any bad side to him which is just not possible for any person to be. In Maya’s case, Riley needed to bring Maya back to where she was because a Maya who didn’t act out and cause trouble wasn’t who Maya should be. In both cases, Riley isn’t encouraging enough of Lucas & Maya’s need to grow and be different from who they were in seventh grade. Entirely different from her behavior with Farkle, and as ACM clearly shows the way Riley treats Farkle is the best way to behave with people you love and care about.
What I believe the show is saying overall is that giving people what they want –cool as it may be and as happy as it may make them for a while – is not as good as giving people what they need. I think the choices the writers made via Ski Lodge was in a way giving people what they thought they wanted though not what they needed, and giving people what they need by at first depriving them of what they should want. To explain: Fans of Riley & Lucas think they are getting what they want because Riley & Lucas are together. Riley & Lucas are getting what they think they want by being a relationship. What we’ve been shown, however, is that it is basically a relationship in name only. Nothing has been shown to really improve or showcase the quality of the relationship. Thus Riley & Lucas (and the audience) are being shown that just because they are getting what they want in theory; they are not necessarily getting what they need in execution. Thus the writers are showing us relationships that in all likelihood might not work out, but will be a stepping stone to get them to the relationships that will be better for them in the long run: Riarkle, Lucaya & Zayadora. That might be what it comes down to n the tweet about the writers having these characters not making the right decisions because they love them. The characters have to learn through experience what they need in the long run is better than what they think they might want at the time. And the only way to do that is by trying the other relationships first. Basically, if you are a Riley & Lucas, Josh & Maya, or Farkle & Smackle fan: you’re are going to get what you want more or less, but you’re going to see how you need something different. If you’re a Riarkle, Lucaya, and Zayadora fan, you’re going to get what you want eventually but you have to get through what you need first. The gift that doesn’t seem cool on the surface but is exactly what the audience needs: the lessons of why some relationships don’t work just because you might want them to; why some relationships do work even though you might not have considered it before; and why every relationship is important for learning & growing even if it doesn’t work out.