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And for once, not about the trip!

I've been listening to a bunch of old Disney music over the past few days. I forgot how catchy and earwormy most of it is! Some time ago, there was a "top ten Disney songs" meme going around on LJ, but I doubt I could fill something like that out, because my favorites would sort of read like "all of Aladdin Beauty & the Beast The Lion King The Little Mermaid Mary Poppins and some from Hercules The Hunchback of Notre Dame along with a few others" and that's about it. In other words, lots of Alan Menken.

Anyway, is it just me, or does that one line in Be Our Guest ("life is so unnerving for a servant who's not serving, he's not whole without a soul to wait upon") sound uncomfortably classist? I think that Beauty & the Beast is one of Disney's best, most sweeping overall soundtracks, but even if they play off that verse as part of a theme, it sticks out like a sore thumb. You could argue that it's used to evoke class conditions of the actual time period back then, but even that idea doesn't have much credit, since Belle is one huge walking anachronism anyway. Despite the fact that she's always been my favorite Disney heroine.

It is possible that I am giving this line undue scrutiny!

Besides that, someone needs to make a campy Hikago vid set to Mulan's I'll Make a Man Out of You. If I had the raw episodes and my laptop in decent shape, I'd do it myself. That's right -- every single other Shounen Jump fan can take their ninja, pirates, shinigami, and psychopathic killers. Go players are more hardcore than them all.

Another vid I've been thinking of is an SKU one set to Coin-Operated Boy by the Dresden Dolls, for the Black Rose arc. This is one where I, uh, pretty much have the whole thing conceptualized out in my head. I don't think it's an idea that anyone else has thought of before, and the lyrics match the clips and concept I have for this video uncannily well. I really, really want to find the time to pull this one off.

In yet another tangent, I heard that Ikuhara was storyboarding the opening credits to the anime Aoi Hana, so I decided to check it out. And -- um, wow, repetition of motifs much? Falling flower petals? Check. Clasped hands that are gradually pulled apart from one another? Check. Entwined fingers as the last shot at the very end? Check, check, and check. Even the dancing looks incredibly reminiscent of the movie. Since SKU is his baby, I get the feeling that Ikuhara's never going to truly be involved with another anime in the future. I don't mind that too much, because the series is near and dear to my heart, but it would be nice to see something original from him again.

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