Okay, so we watched The Princess and the Frog again last night (it's related, I promise), and I started remembering why it was that the first time we saw it, I was having thoughts about how maybe Ron Clements and John Musker, brilliant though they are, are not the best at creating shoujo manga. I had distinct memories of thinking that, but it didn't make a whole lot of sense, because I don't automatically think that any Disney movie is going to be a shoujo manga type of story.
But last night I remembered. Back when the movie was getting set to come out in theaters, and we were watching the promotional special on ABC, we noticed some interesting similarities between The Princess and the Frog and the Fruits Basket version of Cinderella. First, both princesses are black (though of course in different aspects). Second, neither princess has the least bit of interest in looking for a prince, and would rather open a restaurant. Third, and the biggest stretch (but interesting nonetheless), both fairy godmother characters get important help from snakes.
Coincidence? Difficult to say... Hmmm...
Anyway, since we went into the movie thinking strongly about Fruits Basket, and (after the prologue) it opens with Tiana working at a part time job, I started thinking that maybe the movie was shoujo manga inspired. And that's why I had that thought mentioned above.
Incidentally, we've also managed to find some intriguing similarities between a certain episode of Castle and a certain case in Ace Attorney. But all of those are more spoilery, so we won't go into them.
Changing the subject, we finally made plans to go to Disneyland! Man, we've been trying to get away for how long now? Actually not that long, because our "trying" mainly consisted of saying to each other, "Man, we need to go to Disneyland." (That doesn't really count as trying.) We did actually try a couple of times, though! We called Leia a couple weeks ago and said we needed to go down south, and she called Han and made sure everyone wanted to go, and then said it would have to wait until after tax season. With tax season coming to a close, we figured it was time we better get cracking, especially since Han and Leia's passes expire on our birthday! Oh no!
So we figured if we wanted to make use of those passes, we'd better actually make an effort, so I called Leia. She called back and, without my really saying anything, she explained the whole plan of how we're going to go to Disneyland on Monday! Yay!
Of course, we're planning to go again less than two weeks later for our birthday (and maybe again with Mom between that), but that's okay!
On the other hand, it's been so long since we've made plans to do things with anyone, that it kind of freaked us out. It was like Naka in Nosatsu Junkie--This must be a trap! But now that we've had time to calm down, we're excited! Except then we realize that we've never left Oreo and Page alone for that long before. But then we remember all the crazy Sundays we've spent away from home and figure they'll probably be fine (if a little grumpy).
Today I'm thankful for having plans to go to Disneyland!, having a giant bag of Smartfood white cheddar popcorn, getting to look forward to catching up on Yumeiro Patissiere, amusing similarities between manga and Disney movies, and getting one of our late checks today! Yay!