March 17th, 2013


Darby O'Gill and the Little People

For St. Patrick's Day, we watched Darby O'Gill and the Little People again. We like that movie. The big climax was especially interesting this time, because we've seen and read Durarara!! (Actually, the Drrr!! translation of the title is probably a really good one, because according to the afterword in the first novel, the title came about when Narita-sensei's editor asked him what he wanted the title to be, and he said, "Dura...ra...ra...?" (I may have added a few ellipses). On the other hand, then you don't get the dullahan nuance...which you don't really get with Durarara!! anyway, so.)

So when the Death Coach came up and they said its Irish name, we were like, "Hey! We know what that is!" Only we knew what it was already from watching Darby O'Gill and the Little People. But because they kept using the Irish name and we don't know Irish, we didn't really make the connection when we read Durarara!!. (Athena says she did. I'm going to say the mention of the bucket of blood in Durarara!! is what threw me off, because there isn't one in Darby O'Gill and the Little People. (We think it's fun to say the whole title every time.)) But we saw the horses and we were like, "Hey, they're not headless!" It's just as well, though, because creepy. I thought about it, and I realized that, while it's probably really easy to make a person look headless on film, it wouldn't be that easy to pull it off with horses. And with the effect they were doing on the coach, if the horses were headless, it would probably have been really hard to figure out that they were supposed to be horses. And it's possible they're not headless in all versions of the folktale, just like how the banshee doesn't always have a comb (she does in Darby O'Gill and the Little People).

But anyway, then they focused on the coachman, and we were like, "Dullahan!!" And it was a little extra exciting.

Also, I think that Sean Connery does a very excellent job in that movie demonstrating the term "sawayaka (refreshing)" as used in Ouran High School Host Club.

Today I'm thankful for getting to watch Darby O'Gill and the Little People, having white chocolate popcorn to look forward to, having pretty Irish hair clips to wear today, the amusing story behind the title of Durarara!!, and the thought of waking up to a Koe no Ouji-sama in the morning.