the more pissed a get. now, i’m not saying disney needs to make shang canonically bisexual (*cough* disney should definitely make shang canonically bisexual *cough*) but like…this changes some of the core lessons of the animated movie?? like
shows a romantic relationships that is strongly rooted in friendship and mutual respect (unlike many other disney movies)
moral: gender is not your most important characteristic. your gender alone does not define who you are
live action mulan, apparently:
it’s totally healthy to date someone whose personality you actually can’t stand so long as You Want To Bang Them ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
and all of this…just to remove….any slight hint…….of bisexual subtext………
if I watch any Disney movies with you then don’t expect that we’re just gonna “watch it”. no. we’re gonna sing the songs, know the choreography, memorize the lines, and I expect you to understand the references. Because once you agree to watch with me, there is no turning back.
Listen to me. I’ve seen ‘em all, and I’m telling you - and this is the honest-to-Zeus truth - you got somethin’ I’ve never seen before. I feel it right down to these stubby bowlegs of mine. There is nothing you can’t do, kid.
Okay, so here’s a little somthing I noticed in my latest watch-through of Princess and the Frog:
In the song “Friends on the Other Side”, Dr. Facilier reads the tarot fortunes of Naveen and Lawrence. Out of the six cards shown (eight if you count cards changing) five of them have numbers on the top. In the tarot, these numbers indicate the card’s meaning, and if you look closely the cards actually foreshadow what’s about to happen in the movie.
First Card: Naveen’s personality
This card is the fifteenth arcana: The Devil. Meaning: Pettiness, Blindness,
that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil.
The card refers to Naveen’s nature (as we’ve already seen) being carefree and flirtatious. He’s inconsiderate, but not out of cruelty.
Second Card: Naveen being cut off
This card is the sixteenth arcana: The Tower. Meaning: Misery, Calamity, Tragedy.
This one is obvious. It’s the “great tragedy” of Naveen being cut off. Even though he rightfully deserved it, the card is appealing to Naveen’s perspective of the even being a sudden disaster.
Third Card: Naveen marrying Charlotte
This card is the ninth arcana: The Hermit. Meaning: Concealment, Disguise, Prudence.
This one depicts Naveen going through with marrying Charlotte, and the arcana explains what that entails for him. To marry her would mean Naveen must conceal his true nature to attain safety in finance, which is obviously what his character’s beginning conflict is.
Fourth Card: Naveen being given both wealth and freedom
This card is the most interesting because of the arcana used: The Fool. Meaning: Folly, Wavering, Carelessness.
This is the perfect arcana to use for this card, because this card is a lie. The image is a lure for Naveen to accept Dr. Facilier’s help, and it doesn’t show what the resulting spell really entails. The Fool is used because Naveen’s acceptance of the card’s promises is a mistake.
(On a separe, un-tarot-related note, the spotlight on Naveen is in the shape of a lilly pad. Cute, Disney.)
Fifth Card: Lawrence’s Tarot
The card is the tenth arcana: The Wheel of Fortune. Meaning: Elevation, Success, Unexpected Luck.
This is the only number used on any of Lawrence’s cards, but it’s the one that foreshadows the most. The card doesn’t indicate what’s happened to Lawrence, but what’s about to happen. It indicates “elevation” (Lawrence taking Naveen’s place and whooing Charlotte). The card, like Naveen’s, is meant to tempt Lawrence to Facilier’s side.
(All in all, these are just even more little reasons this movie and Disney in general is so genius. I mean, seriously, there’s so much detail!)
No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for… for ten minutes!