Thursday, November 24

My Top Ten Animated Horses

The majority are from Disney, it can't be helped as they have the majority of horses. I'm not counting unicorns (even though I love The Last Unicorn), Pegasus (sorry Disney's Hercules), ponies (sorry My Little Pony) or robotic horses (yes they exist).

10. Spirit/Swiftwind
She-Ra's horse was suppose to be female but they cast the male voice that did Battlecat in He-Man and he became male. Spirit became the Allicorn Swiftwind.

9. Angus
Disney/Pixar's Brave had Merida and her horse loyal steed Angus. He is a Clydesdale.

8. Bullseye
He doesn't speak, doesn't do much or contribute to the plot but he is a sweetheart and loyal. He debuted in Toy Story 2 and continued on to Toy Story 3 and the shorts and TV specials. He is the only toy horse on the list.

7. Headless Horseman's horse
In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Sleepy Hollow was adapted and the Headless Horseman had his equally scary black horse with the red eyes. The horse's name was Daredevil in some stories.

6. Samson
Prince Philip's horse in Sleeping Beauty (the 50's) was considered his personality by the animators. The Disney animators before the 80's hated animating the Princes. They thought them boring and stiff but the animators enjoyed animating Samson as an extension of Philip. He is the only grey horse on the list.

5. Phillipe
Belle's dad's horse in Beauty and the Beast (1991). He was smart but a coward, he abandoned his owner to go get Belle. But when Belle stayed at the Beast's castle, he did too. He is the second brown horse on this list.
4. Skydancer
Starlite was cool but Skydancer was the bad boy horse in Rainbow Brite, belonging to Stormy. Stormy was in charge of lightning, storms and winter. Skydancer jumped on clouds and sneeze out icicles. Onyx the robotic horse was cool too but I didn't want this post to be all about Rainbow Brite. He is the only purple horse on the list.

3. Kahn
The loyal horse of Mulan (1998), he always stood by her and protected her but did not help Mushu nor the lucky cricket.  He is the third black horse on the list.

2. Maximus
The horse of the guards of a kingdom in Disney's Tangled (2010), he was relentless to find Finn. Maximus didn't speak but conveyed a lot in his face and actions. He was a bit anthropomorphic as he did things horse aren't even capable of doing. He is one of three computer animated horses on this list.

1. Starlite
Number one has to be the most magnificent horse in the whole universe, Starlite (Starlight) of Rainbow Brite. Rainbow Brite was a 1983 franchise from Hallmark Cards that included TV specials, a movie ("Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer"), toys, cards and other merchandise. He 'flew' by running on a Rainbow. What made him so magnificent other than he can speak. He entered a large castle on his own to retrieve a stolen belt and save Rainbow Brite. Also, he always managed to outsmart Murky Dismal, which wasn't a big feat unto itself but still.  Plus he is the third white horse in this list.

Monday, November 14

Dream Casting: Doom Patrol

There is no news that Doom Patrol will be adapted into a film, but I think the comics has potential. Doom Patrol is a DC comics in 1963 that has a lot of resemblance to X-Men. So much that the creators have noted this. A group of mutants or freaks lead by a man in a wheelchair that goes against the Brotherhood of Evil. Even similarities to Fantastic Four. The current Doom Patrol has changed since and included Teen Titans staple Beast Boy. Since the X-Men franchise is imploding, Warner Bros and DC Comics could grow on Doom Patrol. A potential adaption can focus on how disenfranchised the group is and given a purpose after being rejected. 

The Chief
Dr. Niles Caulder is a paraplegic gifted with a genius-level intellect. Caulder uses his scientific knowledge to develop numerous inventions and innovations that have made him wealthy. To make it different, I would change the Chief to a female, maybe Gina Tores, best known for Angel, Firefly and Westworld and also being wife to Laurence Fishburne. She has a wonderful charisma, humor and mother-like grandiose. In the comics, he is generally powerless but at one point gains Kryptonian powers but in the end, I would leave the Chief just a super genius. I guess I would call her Nancy Caulder.

Cliff Steele became Robotman, initially dubbed Automaton, after a race car accident destroyed his body. Caulder subsequently placed Cliff's intact brain into a robotic body. After the operation, Cliff suffered from frequent depression. In my version, he would be called Automaton because Robotman is too clunky of a name. Caulder would be responsible of the accident but not race car but of a prototype rocket.  Teddy Sears did a great job as Zoom in The Flash but I think he could call sympathy as a man disconnected and not feeling like a man. Also I would love to see him as a robot, malfunctioning and perfectly built. 

Negative Man
 Larry Trainor sees himself as a victim as much as a hero, and his superpower as an infection rather than a blessing.  He is accidentally exposed to a radioactive field in the atmosphere while piloting a test plane. This experience leaves him radioactive himself, but also gives him the ability to release a negatively charged energy being from his body; the being, also referred to as Negative Man. In later comics, he can surround himself with it so I would have both abilities. Since he is mostly in bandages, he can be any actor. Who he has such a great voice is Luke Hemsworth.

Rita Farr is exposed to unusual volcanic gases and discovers that she can expand or shrink her body at will—from hundreds of feet tall to mere inches in height. When she gains greater control of her powers, she discovers that she can enlarge one limb at a time. In the comics, she was an actress but I would change it to a work-a-day job. She would be the audience surrogate, more like a regular person. Since the Incredibles had an Elasti-Girl, here she could be called Elasti-Woman, Elasti-Lady or Miss Elastic. Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men would be a good fit as she is plucky, funny and can 'bring the feels.'

Element Woman
Emily Sung  could transform her body into any of the elements naturally found in the human body and shape them at her will. She can change her hair color using metals, and she can create silicate faces that fall off after a while. She uses the faces for ashtrays. She is not an original member but I think she would be useful. She has had different origins in the comics but in this version she can a snarker and strong character. Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor) is a defiant snarker. 

Dream Casting: New Mutants

Rumors are 20th Century Fox wants to adapt the Marvel comics "New Mutants." "New Mutants" is an extension of X-Men, Like its parent title, It featured a large ensemble cast, including the introduction of Deadpool. With the end of the first series, the characters were relaunched as X-Force in a new series. Sunspot was one of the main characters, he was played by Adan Canto in X-Men: Future Days of Past. 

A female werewolf. Pretty much can be played by any actress but I think someone like Shailene Woodley like Willow Shields of Hunger Games can handle it. Rahne was a shy emotionally repressed girl. She's 16 but I guess she will be of age once the movie is made.

Doug Ramsey is a mutant with the ability to easily understand any language, whether verbal or written. He later forms a relationship with Wolfsbane. Even one form of Legion had a crush on him. I was thinking of Ross Lynch from Austin & Ally.

Sam Guthrie is a mutant who uses the ability to fly at jet speeds while encased in an impenetrable force field. Austin Butler who has been in Switched At Birth and The Shannara Chronicles

Karma is a mutant endowed with the ability to seize control of another's mind, though she has sometimes been depicted with other more extensive psionic abilities. Maybe Ardan Cho from Teen Wolf. She can make an audience feel. 

Danielle Moonstar originally possessed the psionic/psychic ability to telepathically create illusions of her opponents' fears or wishes. She later developed a wide range of psionic and energy manipulation powers. Since she is Native-American and there aren't many popular actrsses that fit that discription, I imagine this would be a newcomer. 

Was part of Generation X and New Warriors but I like this character so much I would squeeze him into New Mutants to replace Sunspot. Jonothon Starsmore possessed the ability to cast energy blasts from his chest. He had limited control of his power and destroyed much of his chest and lower face when his powers emerged. They did a Generation X TV Movie in the 90's and he was not in it because the special effets were not up to par back then. The special effects could definitely be done now. Thomas Barbusca od Preacher and Middle School is young but he again will be of age by the time the movie is made. 

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.

Mary Poppins
This has been mentioned before, a movie was even made about how the original author of the story was convinced by Walt Disney to make a movie. Since they covered Cruella De Vil, I'm sure they can do Poppins.

Davy Crockett
Real life legend had a Disney series.

 Don Quixote
The Man of the Mancha can for sure appear from the land of untold stories. I don't know why they haven't done him yet.

Zorro had a Disney series, he also come from a book series like 20,000 leagues under the sea, Mary Poppins, and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Tom Sawyer
I just mentioned Mark Twain, we can't forget this American classic of a southern boy.

Secret Garden
I loved this book as a kid about a girl and a handicap boy and a garden. The story was written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

And I'm sure there's more!

Once Upon A Time - Part One - Stories Told

UPDATED 11/14/16
"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. 

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Now in recent episode "Dark Waters," Captain Nemo appears. It was a book and even a Disney movie was made.