Okay, so as you all know, I have a great love for any and all redemptive story arcs for sympathetic villains. One of these villains, who I don’t talk about nearly enough, is Cedric the Sorcerer from the children’s show Sofia the First. While I realize it’s designed for young children, I have come to love the show for its sweet protagonist, fun songs, good messages, and most of all, it’s surprisingly complex villain, Cedric.
*SPOILERS for “Day of the Sorcerers”
So I just finished watching “Day of the Sorcerers” for the second time today, and I noticed something that I didn’t see the first time around. At the very end of the episode, after Cedric has apologized for his misdeeds and been reinstated as Royal Sorcerer, we get a brief shot of him and Sofia standing in front of the royal family portrait stained glass window in the throne room. Maybe I’m reading WAY too much into this, but I don’t think this was accidental.
The last time we saw any real emphasis put on that window with Cedric around was back in the fifth episode of Season One, “A Royal Mess”–the episode immediately following what is perhaps the very first inklings of true friendship between Cedric and Sofia in “Cedric’s Apprentice.” Now, of course, at this point, Cedric still cared much more for the amulet and the potential power it could give him than for Sofia herself, and we see this in “A Royal Mess” when he decides to help the children “fix” the window after James has accidentally made a hole in it by playing around in the castle. While Cedric’s mishaps are often the result of a botched spell, in this episode, he manages to get himself sucked into the window portrait not because his spell failed but because he was never trying to fix the window in the first place. Cedric never cared about the window; rather, his spell was intended to bring Sofia’s amulet (a small object) to him and when she ducks out of the way, it instead draws him into the family portrait (a large object), symbolically mimicking how his attempts to steal the amulet have have already begun to draw him (unwillingly) into a friendship with a member of the royal family–Sofia. However, after James and Sofia manage to extricate their friend from the portrait, the window shatters almost immediately. Before, James’s mistakes had cracked the window, but it is not until Cedric’s selfishness and thirst for power create a problem that the window finally falls to pieces, making an already bad situation worse. When the king and queen arrive shortly afterwards, Cedric quickly makes his escape and blames the children for what is at least partially his fault.
Now, flash forward to “Day of the Sorcerers.” It is in this episode that Cedric’s evil intentions are finally made known to the royal family, shattering their trust in him and shattering his relationship with Sofia. BUT by now he has begun to genuinely care more about Sofia than power, and after realizing that he can’t quite bring himself to freeze her, he (more or less) willingly goes with the guards who escort him to the dungeon. Later, after apologizing to Sofia, he has the opportunity once again to “shatter” the royal family–to use his selfishness to make an already bad situation worse by siding with the power-hungry Grimtrix and striking the final blow that will bring the family’s rule to an end. But this time he doesn’t. This time, he knows better and chooses his friendship with Sofia, unfreezing everyone and restoring the damage that Grimtrix has done. He also apologizes profusely to the royal family, clearly recognizing that he did wrong and taking responsibility for his actions. It is shortly after this that we see Cedric and Sofia standing together in front of the stained glass portrait, now whole. Now, his relationship with the royal family (and especially Sofia) is one based on honesty and forgiveness rather than selfishness and deceit.
It took him three seasons, but he finally did it. He finally (metaphorically) fixed the window.
ok so i was rewatching treasure planet last night and i realized something
throughout the entire movie, jim hawkins has this little braid of hair at the back of his head
but as a very young child, when he is happy and both his parents are still around, he does not
jim has changed to this hairstyle by the time his father leaves
he might have been 6 or 7 here, and when he found the map at the beginning of the movie, his mother mentions he’s in school, so he’s probably 16 or 17. that’s ten years of keeping this braid.
ever since his father left, jim hasn’t cut off this braid. it’s a child’s haircut, and just like in many cultures around on earth (including in america), haircuts play a very symbolic role in an individual’s progress towards adulthood. he hasn’t changed his hair because he hasn’t changed as a person. without his father, he has not been able to grow up or properly develop emotionally, and as a result he’s a miscreant, constantly disobeying authority and refusing to take responsibility and independence in his own life.
then he meets john silver, who becomes his adopted father-figure. silver gives him the paternal love and support that he never received as a child. more importantly, he emphasized that jim is capable of achieving greatness for himself, that there will always be obstacles, and that he does not need validation from anyone else to be happy and successful in life.
up until that point, jim was ignored by his father, and thus felt that he was not a worthy part of society, because he didn’t understand that he didn’t need validation from his father—a man who was essentially a stranger to him—in order to have worth.
it is only after that, after he silver adopts him and shows him how to “follow his own path” and believe in himself that jim realizes that he doesn’t although silver supports him, silver is not necessary to his emotional stability (as shown by jim’s newfound ability to take charge and save the group from pirates after crash-landing). so, even when silver flies away near the end of the film, jim can continue to be confident in his own self-worth.
it is only after his relationship with john silver that jim sets himself straight, joins the academy, gains respect from his peers and superiors, and cuts his damn hair.
After Hans reveals his true, dark nature to Anna and his plans to take over Arendelle, he locks her in the library to die and goes to meet with the dignitaries. Before he does, there is a brief glimpse of four candles on the chandelier above the dignitaries. All but one of them are lit.
If you think about it, these candles might very well represent the four main characters of the film.
Frozen features Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans as the main (human) characters. Out of these four, we have followed three of them so well that we really know and understand them. However, the last one, Hans, has just shattered our expectations. He is not at all who and what we thought he was. He is cruel, sadistic, and will do whatever it takes for him to become king.
So by the start of this scene, we know who all of the main characters really are. We have three good characters, who are represented by the three candles that are full of light, while the last one is the one with the true frozen heart.
Therefore, Hans is represented by the candle that doesn’t shine.
I owe a thanks to foreverfrozensolid for pointing out the candles in the first place and for zenithfrozen who thought the same things I did about the meanings of these candles. Thanks, guys!
I really love Rapunzel’s hair styled short. With a new life ahead of her I felt like she needed a change, and the loss of the blonde hair was the last connection she had to Gothel and the tower. It was nice of Disney to add that little touch. It’s one of my favorite endings.