Thursday, December 8, 2016

- Drinking the Kool-Aid

Patch #343 Moana's stone


Okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for (some) Disney movies. Especially the ones I took my kids to ... Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King come to mind.

So with a windy, cold day in the forecast, we decided to take G to see ...



It dotted every "i" (it will make you cry), and crossed every "t" (eminently  marketable characters) and I didn't care a whit. Disney will make their money, but I will enjoy the memory of hearing a Disney heroine saying, "I'm not a princess!" and seeing a grandmother cast as a positive motivational character (who revels in her eccentricity). Were they shamelessly playing to the Boomer demographic? For sure. They could do worse.

Not that we saw the ending. G ran out of steam about 3/4 of the way in, so we headed home. Note to self: don't go to nap-time matinees.

Of course, by the time we got home, G was past the point of napping. So he played quietly while I stitched my memory of the green stone that was a major plot device in the movie. If I didn't quite get the design right it's no matter. I stitched my memory of it.

And in looking up the spiral design after the fact, I found this image ...


which had a wonderful link to related images ...


The sails made me think of Pojagi cloth and Hazel's boats. And that alone was well worth the price of admission.

13 comments:

handstories said...

So glad to hear there's a strong girl in the new movie, & very happy to see these images! The spiral is such a strong, open & going symbol.

Liz Ackert said...

Hazel - I'm having fun with spirals right now ... three and counting this week!

deemallon said...

we need uplifting films like this right now -- and perhaps the more formulaic the better. I watched a December favorite this week -- "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah. Love it. This new comment method is working JUST FINE FOR ME. I'm so excited.

Liz Ackert said...

Dee - So glad the new format is working for you ... I love your comments.

And yes, in these unpredictable times, a little predictability can be a good thing.

Mo Crow said...

I love Disney films, especially those old cartoons that helped my Dad dream his way out of being a motherless child in Brooklyn

Nancy said...

Liz~ So cool that you liked the movie so much. I was just thinking on the way home tonight about the stuffed version Maui I recently saw at Disneyland. It was such a cool, quality item...I thought hard about who I needed to gift it to!! The body fabric was soooo soft!!

Liz Ackert said...

I have very fond memories of going to Disneyland for the first time in my early thirties ... don was at a teaching conference and I was on my own. I spent one whole day there by myself ... it was the middle of the week in a non-peak time of year and if there were any lines I don't recall them. Truly magical!

Liz Ackert said...

Mo ... Your dad grew up in Brooklyn? So too did mine. Born in 1929, he was the son of a graveyard superintendent and used to tell stories of digging graves, hitchhiking to school, hot wiring cars, doing civil patrols to ensure blackout shades were used at night (during World War II). My dad loved music and sang in the glee club ... after he retired he joined the church choir and a community chorus that used to sing show tune medleys.

Goodness, what a flood of memories you've unleashed!!

Mo Crow said...

my Dad was born in 1929 too! his mother died when he was 4, his father remarried but the stepmother was not kind, to escape his older brother would take him to the movies every weekend, those old films from the 30's and 40's fed his dreams, he died in 1994.

Liz Ackert said...

Mo - How sad, almost as if your dad was living one of those old movie story lines. My folks loved to watch old movies on tv ... especially the musicals. They don't make them the way they used to.



Liz Ackert said...

P.S. I'm glad your dad grew into a happy ending ...

Susan McQuade said...

So funny, as I just noticed a "Moana" sticker on the milk jug this am. Not surprised that you gleaned that swirl!

Liz Ackert said...

Don said while we were at the movie he figured I'd be all over it ... right as usual.