Has Disney Finally Cracked the Live-Action Formula? Aladdin Gives Us a Taste of What We’ve Been Missing

By Jen P

Guuuuurl, let me tell you, I have hated me some Disney remakes this past couple of years. Cinderella was boring and forgettable. And Disney gave us what they thought we wanted with Beauty and the Beast, yet missed the mark (See my review of BATB here). But there’ve been a few diamonds in the rough. Most notably, Maleficent, with its spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. I LOOOOOVE the mother-daughter connection in that film. I’ve also heard the Dumbo movie was alright; though, you’ll have to tell me, because I’m not brave enough to find out. (I cry ugly tears for that baby elephant.)

But then came Aladdin. And, y’all.

Y’ALLLL…

This movie finally comes close to the quality of remake we DESERVE! Continue reading

A Disappointing New World: Why a Disney Classic Should Have Been Left the Hell Alone

Book Review:

A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, by Liz Braswell

By Jen P

You all know I love a good book. You also know I love me some Disney. So, when I noticed a sudden influx of Disney retellings in the YA section of my local bookstore, my interest was piqued, to say the least.

Would my favorite characters face new, exciting challenges? Would I get a closer look at the romantic relationships? Would stories cross, and distant characters meet each other somehow, like in Once Upon a Time?! Would all my childhood fantasies come to fruition in my favorite medium?!?! I hyperventilated with the anticipation!

But on the other hand, I was hesitant to try the new Disney offerings. With good reason, too: they had a lot to live up to. Continue reading