Sunday, October 16

Once Upon A Time - Part Two - Stories Not Told... Yet

"Once Upon A Time" has been running for 5 years on ABC. Season 6 is about 'Untold stories' and many stories have been told, which ones are left? You would be surprised, there are many Disney stories and other literature yet to be told.

Princess and the Frog
I'm surprised the Princess kissing a frog hasn't happened yet. The original story a Princess loses her golden ball and a frog helps her get it and she kisses him, revealing a prince. For Disney, it was set in 1912 New Orleans with a want to be entrepreneur turning into a frog when she kissed a frog prince. 

Native American historic person turned into a Disney Romeo & Juliet would be hard to tackle, do they go with the true story or the Disney version? The real version is a little girl stops a old man from being killed. The Disney version? Both were the same age and fell in love.

As they turned Little Bo Peep into a villain, I don't see how a basic robber and squatter can't be adapted. The story of a girl who breaks into a house and is mauled to death.

Hunchback of Norte Dame
Probably because of prosthetic and believably they haven't done this. Sounds like a deformed man living in a bell tower in love with a gypsy.

As they have done Hercules and Count of Monte Cristo, I am not surprised they haven't done this. The story of a boy raised by gorillas in the jungle. Sounds familiar?

Jungle Book
Given that it was adapted into a live-action version shouldn't deter OUAT as Cinderella became live-action and they still tackled it again after the fact in Season 6. But given Tarzan and Jungle Book are similar, maybe not in the same season. The story of a boy raised in the jungle...

She was animated by the legendary Don Bluth. The story is about a tiny person who falls in with a bad crowd, almost marries a toad but ends up with a fairy prince. I guess with the iff-y special effects with Jack and the Beanstalk, the OUAT crew have skirted tackling this one.

Man in the Iron Mask
If Leo Di Caprio can do it, why not OUAT? Apparently it was a true story but made itself into literature.

Prince and the Pauper
If Mickey Mouse can do it, why not OUAT? Originally written by Mark Twain, it was about dopplegangers who switched places.

And I'm sure there's more!

Once Upon A Time - Part One - Stories Told

"Once Upon A Time" has been running for 5 years on ABC. Season 6 is about 'Untold stories' and many stories have been told, which ones are left? You would be surprised, there are many Disney stories and other literature yet to be told. Many of the characters were tied to either Snow, the evil Queen or Rumpelstiltskin. I'll try to not spoil. About 28 stories have been adapted...

Characters done: 
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Character: Snow White, Prince Charming, Eight Dwarves, Evil Queen, Huntsman
Actors: Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin and Lana Parrilla
Seasons: All
Arcs: All
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Disney Character: No
Snow White is much braver and a hero on her own write. Prince Charming has his own backstory and the dwarves as well. Regina has a huge big backstory different from the Disney movie. 

Characters: Pinocchio, Gepetto, Jiminy, Blue Fairy
Actors: Eion Bailey, Tony Amendola, Raphael Sbarge
Seasons: 1, 2, 4B (Pinocchio); 1-4, 6 (Jiminy)
Arcs: 1, 2 and Villains
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Disney Character: No
Jiminy becomes Archie Hopper, therapist that is a character from Seasons 1-4 in Storybrooke, he didn't appear in S5 and reappears in S6. Their backstories are different as Jiminy is friends with Snow and influenced Gepetto as a kid. Blue Fairy appeared in Seasons 1-2 and occasionally here and there.

Actor: Robert Carlyle
Seasons: All
Arcs: All
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Story: No
He is a villain and anti-hero. He is Hook's "Crocodile" and Beauty's "Beast." He is even Peter Pan's son!

Little Red Riding Hood
Characters: Red, Granny
Actress: Meghan Opry
Seasons: 1-2, 3B, 5B (Red), All (Granny)
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Story: No
Anything I say about her is spoilery but she was part of the cast in season 1 and 2 as Snow's best friend but slowly got phased out. 

Beauty and the Beast
Characters: Belle and Gaston
Actress: Emilie de Ravin
Seasons: All (Belle), Gaston (1 and 5B)
Arcs: All (Belle), Gaston (First and Underworld)
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Disney Character: Yes
Belle is a major character, her father has appeared on Storybrooke and Enchanted Forest. Gaston appeared in S1 flashback and later S4B in Underworld played by another actor. The 'Beast' is Rumpelstiltskin, he even dons the Beast outfit. She has the book love as in the Disney character. Lumiere appears as an ally of the Wicked Witch in Season 3B. 

Characters: Cinderella, Prince, Godmother, Gus
Actress: Jessy Schram
Seasons: 1, 4 and 6A 
Arcs: 1 and Untold Stories
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Disney Character: Sort of
Cinderella appears in Season 1, Rumple kills her godmother and serves the role. We get more backstory in Season 6 as the original actors for Cinderella and Prince appear along with new actors for stepmother and stepsisters. Gus was a mouse that becomes human in Storybrooke and is later killed. Jessy Schram has only appeared in three episodes!

Hansel and Gretel
Seasons: 1 and 5B (Witch)
Arcs: 1 and Underworld (Witch)
Tied to: Evil Queen
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Story: Yes
Hansel and Gretel are one-off characters and even the witch in season one but the witch returns in the Underworld as a minor character. 

Kind Midas
Seasons: 1 and 3B time travel
Tied to: Prince Charming
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Close to Story: No
His daughter Abigail is more important to this story as in the first curse she is David/Prince Charming's wife. The myth is more or less the same, with turning things to gold. King Midas turned Abigal's real love into gold. 

Actor: David Anders
Seasons: All (on and off)
Part of Original Curse: Yes
Tied to: Evil Queen, Mad Hatter
Close to story: No
Dr. Whale appears prominently in Season 1 and 2 and then sparingly guest spots, even season 6. Fans were not fond of Frankenstein being used instead of a fairy tale so maybe why he wasn't used more. 

Jack and the Beanstalk
Character: Giant, Jack
Season: 2
Part of Original Curse: No
Tied to: Emma and the Dwarves
Close to story: No
The giant, named here Anton. He only appears in Season 2. Jack was actually female, say in a flashback.

 Sleeping Beauty
Characters: Aurora (2, 3, 4), Philip (2), Maleficent (1 and 4B)
Actors: Sarah Bolger, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Julian Morris
Arcs: Season 2 and Villains
Part of Original Curse: No
Close to Disney Character: yes
Aurora has appeared here and there. She and Philip were introduced in Season 2, tied with Cora. Maleficent appeared in flashbacks in Season 1, a dragon at end of Season 1 and reincarnated in Season 4B Villains arc. 

Seasons: 2, 3, 5
Actress: Jamie Chung
Part of Original Curse: No
Tied to: Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, Ruby, Merida
Arcs: Season 2, Peter Pan, Camelot and Underworld
Close to Disney Character: Sort of
We don't really see her Mulan film story but told about it, she kind of plays second fiddle. She even has a crush on Aurora. 

Robin Hood
Characters: Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Merrymen, Maid Marian, Sheriff
Seasons: 2, 3-5
Actors: Tom Ellis (Season 2), Sean Maguire (Season 3B to 5B)
Part of Original Curse: No
Tied to: Evil Queen
Close to Disney Character: Sort of, human
Robin Hood appeared in Season 2 and later recast to be Regina's love interest. Maid Marian was his wife and she also appeared.

 Alice in Wonderland
Characters in OUAT: Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts
Characters in OUAT:W: Alice, Red Queen, Knave of Hearts (Will), White Rabbit, Caterpillar 
Seasons 1, 2, 4, Once Upon A Time: Wonderland
Part of Original Curse: No
Tied to: Evil Queen, Robin Hood
Close of Disney Character: Sort of
Mad Hatter was introduced in Season 1. Cora was revealed to be the Queen of Hearts in Season 2, Alice and other characters appeared in Once Upon A Time: Wonderland. Will, the Knave of Hearts appeared in Season 4 of OUAT and was part of Robin Hood's merrymen.

Peter Pan
Characters: Peter Pan, Hook, Tinker Bell, Blackbeard
Seasons: 2-on (Hook), 3A & 5B (Pan), 3A (Tinker), 3A and 4A (Blackbeard)
Actors: Colin O' Donoghue (Hook) and Robbie Kay (Pan) and Rose McIver
Made own curse: Tried to
Tied to: Rumple, Evil Queen
Close to Disney: No
It is actual role reversal as Peter Pan is the villain and Hook is the hero. Hook has a bigger backstory with Rumple. Tinkerbell is tied to Evil Queen. Silver mist from the Tinkerbell movies appeared in Once Upon A Time: Wonderland.

Little Mermaid
Characters: Ariel, Eric and Ursula (later appears in Season 4)
Seasons: 3A and 4B
Actress: JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Part of original Curse: No
Tied to: Snow and evil Queen
Arcs: Peter Pan and Villains
She appeared in flashbacks and later in Storybrooke. She later returned to her love Prince Eric. She is very close to the Disney version with the name and outfit. Ursula was not close to her disney version. 

Season: 3B
Actress:  Alexandra Metz
Part of original Curse: No
Tied to: Prince Charming
Arc: Wicked Witch
Close to Disney Character: No
She only appears in the Enchanted Forest, no romantic interest. 

Wizard of Oz
Characters: Wicked Witch, Dorothy, Wizard of Oz, Good Witch of North
Season: 3B, 4B - on
Actress: Rebecca Mader (Wicked Witch)
Part of Original Curse: No
Made own Curse: Yes
Tied to: Evil Queen
Arc: Wicked Witch, Camelot, Underworld, Untold Stories
Close to Original Book Character: No
Zelena, the Wicked Witch of the East is the most prominent character as Regina's sister. Dorothy was briefly seen as a child in 3B flashback and then in 5B. Zelena was introduced in Season 3B and then returned at the end of 4B villains arc and stayed on. 

Elsa and Anna
Season: 4A
Actresses: Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail
Part of original Curse: No
Tied to: Emma Swan, Belle and Prince Charming 
Arc: Snow Queen
Close to Disney Character: Yes
They were part of Arandelle and temporarily came to Storybrooke. They were VERY close to their Disney versions. 

Snow Queen
Season: 4A
Actress: Elizabeth Mitchell
Part of Original Curse: No
Made own curse: Yes
Close to Original Story: No
She was the villainess for Season 4A. Her background was tied to Frozen as a backstory. 

Little Bo Peep
Season: 4A
Actress: Robin Weigert
Part of Curse: Kinda? Or Maybe the Second?
Close to Original Poem: No
She is more of a lackey here. In the poem, she is a sweet girl, here she is a tyrant. 

Cruella De Vil
Season: 4B, 5B
Actress: Victoria Smurfit
Part of Original Curse: Yes?
Close to Disney: No
She was from a fictional world and then ended up in the Enchanted Forest with powers so not like her original counterpart. Pongo of 101 Dalmatians fall under her spell but has been Hopper's dog since Season 1. 

Season: 5
Actress: Amy Manson
Part of Original Curse: No
Tied to: Emma Swan, Mulan
Arcs: Camelot and Underworld
Close to Pixar Character: Yes
She is an original Pixar character and her storyline is like a continuation as Elsa and Anna's are. Her brothers, the witch and McGuffin appear. 

Legend of King Arthur
Characters: Lancelot, Merlin, King Arthur, Queen Gwenoviere
Actors: Sinqua Walls, Elliott Knight, Liam Garrigan
Seasons: 2, 5A (Lancelot), Arthur (5), Merlin (5A)
Arcs: 2 and Camelot
Part of Original Curse: No
Close to Disney Character: No
Lancelot appears in Season 2 in Enchanted Forest. In Season 5A arc, we meet Merlin, Arthur and re-introduced to Lancelot, played by the same actor.

Characters: Hercules, Hades, Megara, Zeus
Actors: Greg, Jonathan Whitesell
Season: 5B
Arc: Underworld
Tied to: Snow White and Zelena
Part of Original Curse: No
Close to Disney Character: Sort of
Hades is more of the major character, having backstory with Zelena. Hercules and Meg appear in one episode. Zeus appears in another. Megara and Hercules meet the afterlife here, unlike the movie nor the original myth.

Dr. Jeckyl and Mr Hyde
Actors: Hank Harris, Sam Witwer
Season: 6A
Arc: Untold Stories
Tied to: Rumple
Close to Original Story: Sort of
Like Frankenstein, the story originally didn't have much magic but Rumple of course was involved in this version.

Count of Monte Cristo
Actor: Craig Horner
Season: 6A
Arc: Untold Stories
Tied to: Snow White
Close to Original Story: I have no idea

Characters: Jafar, Aladdin, Jasmine
Actors: Naveen Andrews (Jafar, OUATW), Oded Fehr (Jafar, S6), Deniz Akdeniz (Aladdin), Karin David (Jasmine)
Season: OUAT: W and 6A
Arc: Wonderland and Untold Stories
Close to Original Story: Sort of
In Once Upon A Time: Wonderland, Jafar was the villain and one of the protagonists was a genie. Now in season 6, Jafar has been recast. 

Tuesday, June 21

Different Human Sounds in Different Languages (Onomatopoeia)

I did the onomatopoeias of animal sounds but here are human sounds. Some done by James Chapman, an illustrator who just completed a PHD at the University of Manchester. Some are missing like clap.

BiteChomp├▒amMushaGnamMiamNam-Nam Wajak-wajak
SnoreZzz ----Gu-GuRonfRon PchiSnarkDeureureong
SneezeAchoo  Achu HakushonEtciu  Atchoum AtjooEchwi 
ClapClap --- Pachi  --- --- --- ---
Hush ShhChiton ShhShh  ChutSchh  Swit 
Heart Beat Thump ThumpBum Bum Bum Doki DokiTu Tump Boum BoumBum Bum Bum Dugeun Dugeun 
Laughter Ha Ha Ha Ja Ja Ja Ahaha (fu fu)Ah ah eh eh hahaha ---- Kekeke
KissMwah, Smooch  MuaChuSmackMouah, Smack SmackJjok
Scream Ah Au, Ay Gya AhiAie, Ouille Aj, OjA, Aya
FartFart. Poot, Toot Pun, Peo BuProt Prout, Pete  PruttPpung

Animal sounds in different languages (Onomatopoeias)

Lots of people don't believe me but different countries and languages don't agree on how to spell the onomatopoeia of  the sound animals make. It is spelled differently depending on the language, also by the interpenetration of languages. Most animals make the same sound but it depends on the person listening to it. It could also be that the pets adapt to the language around them. 

Animals  EnglishSpanishJapaneseItalianFrenchDutchKorean
HorsesNeighJi JiHihinHiiHiiNiiiiHi-Ing
TurkeyGoobleGluglu ------Glou-------
SheepBaaBeMe MeBeeBeenBehMae-Eh

Monday, April 11

Different versions of X-Men in the X-films

There is a sore spot in fans (including me) but depending on the producer, director or casting director, different mutants have showed up in the various X-Men films played by different actors. My problem isn't that they are played by different actors but the portrayal of them conflict and there's no continuity. Now, even one character has appeared in three films played by different actresses and time periods. I'm not counting Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart/James Mcavoy), Magento (Ian Mckellen/Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Rebecca Romajin/Jennifer Lawrence), Cyclops (James Marsden/Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Framke Jensen/Sansa Stark), Storm (Halle Berry/Alexandra Shipp) and Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming/Kodi Smit-Mcphee)  as actors are playing them at different ages. Tim Pocock also played a young Cyclops in X-Men Origins: Wolverine but thankfully Days of Future Past canceled that out. 

In X-Men (2000), she has a non-speaking role by Katrina Floerce and is a teenager. In X-2, she is played by Kea Wong. She is mistankingly put on IMDB as appearing in X-Men: Last Stand but it as actually Psylocke. She was a teenager in the 2000's. But then because of the time-travel change, Jubilee's parents might have her earlier because she magically appears as a teenager in the 80's. Unless she was a twenty-something in the 2000's. In the new X-Men: Apocalypse film, Lana Condor plays her. The excuse with other characters like Psylocke, Angel and Sabertooth was that other directors directed those movies they were in but Bryan Singer directed all the movies she is in. I guess she didn't have a major role in the first 2 movies, it is excusable. 

Kitty Pryde
In X-Men, she had a quick cameo played by Sumela Kay and went through a door, startling Wolverine. In X-2, she was played Katie Stuart and tried escaping from Stiker's forces. In X-Men: Last Stand and Days of Future Past, Ellen Page played her in bigger roles than in the first two movies. 

Psylocke had a minor role by Mei Melancon in X-Men: The Last Stand and was a villain and destroyed. Now she is portrayed by Olivia Munn in X-Men: Apocalypse. She is slightly older than her first incarnation and since she wasn't mentioned by name in the movies, it is excusable. It could've been a different mutant completely. 

Warren Worthington was portrayed by Ben Foster in X-Men: The Last Stand who appeared in the beginning and sparingly throughout the movie. He is now slightly younger in X-Men: Apocalypse played by Ben Hardy. The Worthingtons probably also got busy before they originally did because of the time schism. 

Ryan Reynolds played him in Wolverine: Origins (2009) and then in Deadpool (2016). No one liked his portrayal in the first movie and he fought for the role again and now everyone love the new movie he plays the character like in the comics.

 Taylor Kitsch played Remy LeBeau in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he will now be portrayed by Channing Tatum in a new movie.

Liev Schreiber played Sabertooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Logan's brother. While Tyler Mane played him in the first X-Men movie. Ugh, let's just ignore both. 

Moira MacTaggert
Played by in a small role in X-Men: Last Stand, she was a doctor how she was in the comics. But played by Rose Byrne in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Apocalypse as a spy and ally. She is not a mutant but a vital character. Little confusing as she is the same age in the 70's as in 2006, probably not the same character. 

Monday, March 28

Who is Who in Each Team: Captain America Civil War

UPDATED 4/11/16

I wrote this up for my nephew who was confused about the alliances.
Captain America
Real Identity: Steve Rogers
Actor: Chris Evans
Powers: superhuman abilities 
Motivations: Championing civil liberties, he forms a rogue team after registration looming and his buddy Bucky is in danger
Previous Movies: Captain America, Captain America 2, Avengers, Avengers 2

Real Identity: Clinton Barton
Actor: Jeremy Renner
Powers: Really good at shooting arrows
Motivations: There could be a fallout between him and Black Widow, he named his daughter after her. Drawn out of retirement to stand beside Captain America, Hawkeye is military man through and through and doesn't have any use for politics. He is there for Cap at any cost — against anyone, even his closest friends.
Previous Movies: Thor (Cameo), Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ant Man
Real Identity:  Scott Lang
Actor: Paul Rudd
Powers: Shrinking
Motivations: He went to prison as a social justice warrior so he probably is anti-government. Plus, probably wants to keep his secret identity to protect his family. Sam Wilson recruits the unwitting Ant-Man for Cap’s team. He is some what star-struck in Captain America’s presence.
Previous Movies: Antman

Former Winter Solider 
Real Identity: Bucky Barnes
Actor: Sebastian Stan
Powers: Bionic Arm, Enhanced reflexes/speed/etc
Motivations: He was brainwashed to be evil, now recovering and still have his 'shakes.'  He might have to pay for his crimes. 
Previous Movies: Captain America & Captain America: Winter Solider, Antman (Cameo)

Real Identity:  Sam Wilson
Actor: Anthony Mackie
Powers: He can fly with his suit
Motivations: Sam Wilson’s Falcon is now a full-fledged Avenger and he is fiercely loyal to Captain America and the team. Opposing the government and Tony Stark at the same time poses no problem for the winged Avenger, who sets out to recruit Ant-Man as an added bonus for Team Cap.
Previous Movies: Captain America: Winter Solider and Antman (Cameo)

Sharon Carter
Actor: Emily VanCamp
Motivations: She was Captain America's body guard in his last movie, she is Peggy's daughter and she still supports Steve. 
Previous Movie: Captain America: Winter Solider

Overall they are for super-powered individuals being registered with the government and controlling those who are more destructive than helpful. 

Iron Man
Real Identity: Tony Starks
Actor: Robert Downey Jr.
Powers: Suit, Mind
Motivations: Let's start with the big guy, he wants to protect the world from super-powered people who have proven in the past to be more destructive than helpful.
Previous Movies: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Avengers 2

War Machine
Real Identity: James Rhodes
Actor: Don Cheadle
Powers: Power suit
Motivations: Iron Man's main man
Previous Movies: Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3

Black Widow
Real Identity: Natasha
Actor: Scarlett Johnansen
Powers: Spy, different weapons
Motivations: Despite her loyalty and friendship with Steve Rogers since the early days of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha disagrees with his position and in a surprise move joins Tony Stark’s team, in support of governmental oversight. Always strategic in her thinking and heroic in her actions, Black Widow is an asset that Tony needs — but one that he cannot control.
Previous Movies: Iron Man 2, Avengers, Avengers 2, Captain America: Winter Solider

Black Panther
Real Identity: T'Challa
Actor: Chadwick Boseman
Powers: Absorbs attacks, enhanced strength, endurance, reflexes
Motivations: T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, the King of Wakanda, joins the ranks of those who support government regulation after innocent citizens are collateral damage from an Avengers’ mission. But when events turn ugly, T’Challa must reveal himself as Black Panther and follow his own path. With his own agenda driving him, Black Panther aligns with Iron Man to achieve his own deeply personal goal.
Previous Movies: None, will be his first appearance in MCU

 The Vision
Actor: Paul Bettany
Powers: Synthetic body, superhuman durability, density manipulation, energy blasts
Motivations: He is an idealist, he believes registering superheroes with the government can serve with that goal. 
Previous Movies: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Scarlet Witch
Real Identity: Wanda Maximoff 
Actor: Elizabeth Olsen
Powers: Psionics, telepathy, mental control
Motivations: She might be the wild card she is confused and conflicted even though her character poster is blue. With her powers of mental manipulation and telekinesis, Wanda brings a new dimension to the newly formed Avengers team. Just as Wanda begins to feel like she is no longer an outsider, she is unwillingly at the center of the controversy over government regulation of the Avengers. Following Hawkeye, the one Avenger that she knows will always have her back, Wanda joins Cap’s team.
Previous Movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Real Identity: Peter Parkr
Actor: Tom Holland
Powers: Agility, throwing spider webs
Motivations: According to the profile, he was recruited personally by Tony Stark, teenager Peter Parker aka Spider-Man brings his youthful energy and exceptional — though not totally mastered — skills to Iron Man’s team.

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