But on the bright side, Negima is a fun series, and Negi himself was being very very cute, so there's good with the bad.
Anyway, last night we watched the Tinker Bell movie and discovered that John Lasseter was the executive producer. It was a cute movie, but there were definite inconsistencies, which makes us wonder if Lasseter has less patience for girl movies. We were kind of like, "Hey! We watched Cars at least four times! You could make this movie a little more consistent!" Actually, I liked it quite a bit, but that's probably not going to stop me from going on for a while about the things that don't quite make sense. First and foremost, and also not surprisingly, Tinker Bell's personality was way less bratty than when she's hanging out with Peter Pan.
So, like I said yesterday, I decided to think of it as Tinker Bell playing the title character in the Tinker Bell movie. That reminded me of the play they did in Gakuen Alice and how Sumire played Sleeping Beauty, and I realized that Sumire and Tinker Bell are actually very similar. I also thought it would be pretty funny to make a gag comic about Tink's behavior behind the scenes. In my version, the guy who plays Terrence (or Bishounen Fairy, as we like to call him) would be terrified of the real Tinker Bell.
Our biggest problem with it is the whole world-building thing. Of course, it's different than the idea we had from Athena's reading of the book Peter Pan. We kind of always assumed it was like a human world, only littler and with flying around. So there would be tinkers, like Tinker Bell, and potters and bakers and blacksmiths and haberdashers and stuff. But that's okay--just because it's not our idea doesn't mean it's bad.
What is bad is that in some places it doesn't make sense. If they have to paint the ladybugs and the flowers, where do the berries that they use to make the paint get their color? Athena says they should extract the colors from the rainbows made by the light fairies, but nobody ever thought to ask us. And why do they only paint ladybugs? Why not birds and cats and zebras and giraffes and tigers and fish... or at least butterflies.
The whole idea of the pixie dust... spring? I don't know what it was, but they went there to get their pixie dust, even though they were shedding pixie dust all the time, and based on how much they were shedding, they would have had to get more than one scoop a day. If you think about it, dust comes from dead skin cells and stuff, so pixie dust would be like the excess magic that they shed because they're not using that magical energy all the time. And Peter used Tinker Bell like a salt shaker, so there would be no way that just one or two scoops a day would be enough. But we like Bishounen Fairy (the keeper of the pixie dust), so they're forgiven.
Then there's the name thing. All the main girl fairies have exactly the names you'd expect from fantasy novels directed at young girls... except for Tinker Bell. She's just Bell the Tinker. Well, that's okay, we really don't know how the naming process works in Pixie Hollow (even after watching the movie where she gets her name... hm). But! They call her Tinker Bell because she's a tinker, right? That sounds logical anyway. But when she's with all the other tinker fairies, wouldn't they just call her Bell? They're all tinkers, too!
Actually, the two tinkers she hangs out with call her Miss Bell, which we find adorable, and Phineas is so cute with his shiny orangey hair. But there was one scene where Phineas asked the other one (I'm sorry, I can't remember your name! (Athena says it's Clank; no wonder I can't remember it--I refuse out of sympathy)) if he'd seen Tink. There was an amusing exchange because Clank had earplugs in and it was all quite amusing until you realize, hey, that's quite a jump from the formal "Miss Bell." And not only that, but you're tinkers too! You're all tinks!!! And then later they called her Miss Bell again. Oy.
Still, it was really cute. We were really surprised to see the cast at the end. Well, except for Tinker Bell (Mae Whitman, also that girl in Avatar whose name I don't care to check the spelling on, but I think it's Katara) and Irridessa (or however her name is spelled) (Raven-Symone). Oh and Phineas, because he's obviously Rob Paulsen. But we didn't bother trying to recognize anyone else. Except for the one fairy who called out the warning about the hawk--he was played by Scott Menville♥ (Robin in Teen Titans). We were mostly surprised to see Kristin Chenoweth and Lucy Liu. And of course Jesse McCartney played Bishounen Fairy. We were highly amused. We're also highly amused that he's been cast as Prince Zuko for the Avatar movie. Even moreso now that he's played Tinker Bell's not-boyfriend. And she's played by Katara! Bwahahahahahaha!!
Whoa. Spinelli is Vidia. (She's using a different name now; we didn't know until we looked her up just now.)
Speaking of Tinker Bell and her potential love for Terrence. Actually, it's possible that she really doesn't care about him at all, but he does have a kind of Peter-like aura about him, which would make it make sense if she did like him, but then again, she's head over heels for Peter, so... We're just not sure what to make of it. Oh well.
Today I'm thankful for fun ideas for comics, getting up a little early, Negi being adorable, the Tinker Bell movie being cute, and random phonecalls from blackhope.