Blog Update 1/20

Happy New Year to my readers old and new.

The school semester resumes for me next week so the blog will be on hiatus as usual until summer break.

Recently, I have posted my spoiler-free thoughts for the films: the Last Duel (2020) and Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish. Feel free to check out those blog posts!

My last announcement is the 5th anniversary celebration of PersonalMusings2017blog on April 7th.

Thanks to all my readers old and new for all their feedback and continuous support!

I couldn’t have grown this blog without you.

Thoughts on josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2020)

Synopsis: Tsuneo is a university student who dreams of diving abroad. Josee is a handicap wheel chair user who spends her time painting and reading books. Their lives begin to change after Tsuneo becomes Josee’s caretaker. Through their time together, Tsuneo introduces Josee to the wider world beyond her home.

*Compelling beginning up until the midpoint

*Rushed pacing towards the end-Movie should have been a full two horurs long to flesh out the story more.

*Cliched ending

*Don’t skip short post-credits scene

*Tsuneo didn’t need to end up in a relationship.

Love interests:

Mai Ninomiya is an underdeveloped character. I wish there were more scenes that displayed her personality and character.

Josee is a well-developed character however I don’t buy the romance between her and Tusneo. Her personality is rude and belitting at times. She rarely calls Tusneo by his name only calling him “My Servant”.

The film’s animation was beautiful.

My favorite scene was Josee reading her book aloud-The Mermaid and the Silver Wings.

My favorite characters were Tusneo, Kanna, and Josee’s Grandma.

I’m not surprised that little kids would have no interest listening to the original Little Mermaid story. It’s different in tone and message from the Disney version.

Thoughts on the Last Duel (2020) directed by Ridley Scott

Synopsis: Jean de Carrouges and Jacques de Gris start out as comrades but become enemies over time. After Jean returns from battle, his wife Marguerite informs him that Jacques took her against her will. Jean calls for a duel between him and de Gris to prove Marguerite’s innocence and save his reputation. Who will be the victor?

Available to stream on HBO Max.

Trigger Warning: Graphic violence and explicit scene of “sexual assult” shown twice.

The Last Duel is based on a nonfiction book by Eric Jager called The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jodie Comer deliver good performances throughout the movie.

The movie is structured similar to a book: The Truth According to Jean de Carrouges, Jacques de Gris, and Marguerite.

The movie’s pacing drags at times since the events of the story are told from three different perspectives.

I did enjoy the frequent use of Latin chants and a reference to the art of love by Ovid.

It would’ve been nice for Marguerite to be the main focus and see more of her character development.

The combat scene took a while to end probably to build up suspense for the final blow.

This ambitious historical epic drama won’t be a film for everyone; it may gain cult classic status in the distant future after a few years.

It doesn’t romanticise chivalry as previous films set in the medieval period have.

Preschool shows by Network that I watched and grew up with

Join me on this walk down memory lane as I reminsce about the preschool shows of my youth along with some new ones.

PBS

  • Sesame Street
  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • Between the Lions
  • Reading Rainbow
  • Zoboomafoo
  • Big Comfy Couch
  • Curious George
  • Super Why?
  • WordGirl
  • Martha Speaks
  • Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman
  • Dragon Tales
  • The Magic School Bus
  • Arthur
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000-2003)
  • Clifford’s Puppy Days
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues
  • Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series
  • Barney& Friends
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • George Shrinks
  • Wunderkind Little Amadeus
  • Maya and Miguel
  • Teletubbies
  • Sagawa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
  • Berenstain Bears
  • Postcards from Buster
  • Wishbone

Nick Jr

  • Dora the Explorer
  • Yo Gabba Gabba
  • Wonder Pets
  • The Backyardigans
  • Lazytown
  • Olivia
  • Blues Clues
  • Max& Ruby
  • Wow! Wow! Wubzy!
  • Oswald
  • Ni Hao Kai-Lan
  • Franklin
  • Little Bear
  • Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends
  • Maggie and the Ferocious Beast
  • Kipper
  • Maisy

Cartoon Network

Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs

Peppa Pig

Gerald Mc Boing-Boing

Baby Looney Tunes

Playhouse Disney

Out of the Box

Book of Pooh

My Friends Tigger & Pooh

Johnny and the Sprites

The Wiggles

Higglytown Heroes

Handy Manny

Little Einsteins

Imagination Movers

Doodlebops

Madeline

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Special Agent Oso

Charlie & Lola

Bear in the Big Blue House

PB& J Otter

Stanley

Jo Jo’s Circus

Rolie Polie Ollie

The Koala Brothers

Ranking of Spiderman Films

In celebration of the latest Spider-Man: No Way Home, Here’s my ranking of all the Spiderman films.

9. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

8. Spider-Man:Homecoming

7. The Amazing Spider-Man

6. Spider-Man 3

5. Spider-Man: Far From Home

4. Spider-Man: No Way Home

3. Spider-Man

2. Spider-Man 2

1.Into the Spiderverse

Top 5 Least Favorite Christmas Songs

Not all Christmas are songs are meant to be classics. Here are my least favorite Christmas songs.

5. “Do you hear what I hear”

4. “Santa Baby”

3. “Christmas Shoes”

2. tie between” I want a hippo for Christmas” and “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth”

1. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

Holiday greetings, everyone! Here’s a list of my favorite Christmas Songs with honorable mentions at the end.

10. “Grandma Got Run Over by A Reindeer”

9. “Christmas Don’t be Late” by Alvin and the Chipmunks

8. “Santa Claus Lane”

7. “Wonderful Christmas Time”

6. “Snow Miser/ Heat Miser Song”

5. “Greatest Time of Year”

4. “Where Are You Christmas”

3. “Believe”

2.” Last Christmas”

1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Instrumental)

Honorable Mentions: “Feliz Navidad”, “Let it Snow”, “Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree”, “The First Noel”, “Christmas time is here”, “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”,

“Blue Christmas”, “Joy to the World”, “Silent Night”, “Winter Wonderland”,

“As Long as there’s Christmas”, “Carol of the Bells”

Blog Update 12/20

My apologoies for the late blog update. I’m on holiday break now however, I’ll be busy celebrating with the holidays with my family. After New Years, I plan to do some personal writing unrelated to this blog until the school semester returns mid January. This blog will remain on hiatus for a while. If I have time next semester, I may write some short posts in between. Thanks to my readers old and new!

My last post of 2021 will be a List of my favorite and least favorite Christmas songs.

I hope you enjoy them!

International Myths found in Movies and Tv shows.

  • *Not a comprehensive list of every country and their myths-just the ones I am familiar with and found through research.

Chinese myths

Princess Iron Fan (1941)

White Snake Enchantress (1958)

The Monkey King

Mulan (1998)

Mulan (2009)

Big FIsh & Begonia (2016)

White Snake (2019)

White Snake II: The Trials and Tribulations of Green Snake (2021)

Ne Zha (2019)

New Gods: Ne Zha Reborn (2021)

Jiang Ziya (2020)

Over the Moon (2020)

Japanese myths

Pom Poko (1994)

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Spirited Away (2001)

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)

Filipino myths

Ibong Adarna (1941)

Adarna: The Mythical Bird (1997)

Urduja (2008)

Dayo: Wanderer in the Land of Elementales (2008)

Trese (2020)

Marina (2004)

Darna (2009-2010)

Encantadia (2005, 2016-2017)

Mesoamerican myths

Book of Life (2014)

Maya and the Three (2021)

Coco (2017)

Pacha Mama (2018)

La Llorona (1935)

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Onynx Equinox (2020)

Greek/Roman Myths

Jason & the Argonauts (1963)

Cleopatra (1963)

Medea (1969)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Hercules (1997)

Blood of Zeus (2020)

The Odyssey (1997)

Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)

Troy (2004)

Spartacus (2004)

Alexander (2004)

300 (2006)

Immortals (2011)

Goddess of Spring short (1934)

Jim HensonThe Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990-1991)

English myths

Gunievere & Lancelot (1963)

Camelot (1967)

Sword in the Stone (1963)

Quest for Camelot (1998)

Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Avalon High (2010)

Merlin miniseries (2008)

Beowulf

Irish myths

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Song of the Sea (2014)

Wolfwalkers (2020)

Thoughts on Maya and the Three

Synopsis: Maya is a 15-year old girl who would rather be a warrior than a diplomat like her mother. On the day of her quincequera, an emissary from the Underworld arrives and informs the kingdom that Maya must be sacrificed to Lord Mictlan (god of war) in exchange for power. If she refuses, Lord Mictlan will attack and destroy her kingdom (Polygon). To protect her family and the kingdom, Maya attempts to fulfill an ancient prophecy by gathering a band of warriors from the allied kingdoms outside of Teca. During her journey, she runs into various deities whose aim is to capture her for the god of war.

  • The plot is similar to Raya and the Dragon but done better with tight writing, solid execution, and organic character development.
  • Both the main cast and side characters are memorable.
  • The whole series is fleshed out with amazing worldbuilding and well-paced for the most part.
  • The eastereggs are fun to look out for.
  • The introduction of the characters’ tragic backstories is heartwrenching to watch because you feel such empathy for them.
  • The various character designs for the mythical deities are creative and distinct.
  • The friendship between the main cast is precious.
  • The miniseries has a good balance of fun goofy moments with serious moments.
  • It makes the viewer want to research and read about the various myths used in this series.
  • As far as I know, this is the only series that was able to wrap up their story in 9 episodes.
  • The combat scenes are a delight to watch.
  • It would be a missed opportunity if there wasn’t a licensed videogame for Maya and the Three. The game would have two modes: story mode which allows players to play through the story from the miniseries and a combat mode where players can battle all the characters from the miniseries one on one or a group battle against a final boss. I could see this game selling out immediately and becoming a success.
  • I can’t wait to purchase the art book and look through all the character sketches.
  • The romance subplot between Maya and Zatz is weaved well into the story. None of it ever feels forced. The overall feeling is genuine since the two have wonderful chemistry with each other.
  • I appreciate that the miniseries doesn’t shy away from tough topics such as death, grief, and infidelity.
  • The ending is bittersweet yet hopeful.
  • I wish Jorge Gutierrez much success and can’t wait for his future projects.

The Castle of LLYR Book Review

The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Castle of Llyr is the third book in the Chronicles of Pyrdain.
Synopsis: Princess Eilowny must leave her friends in Caer Dalben to visit the Isle of Mona for “princess training”. However, danger awaits her in Mona as Achren desires to control Eilowny for her magical powers. When Eilowny goes missing, It’s up to Taran and company to find and rescue her from Achren’s clutches.
This book has Eilowny as the focus character as readers learn more about her backstory. The story itself has a strong beginning characters such as Queen Teleria, Prince Rhun, and King Rhudlum however, it begins to drag near the middle from chapters 10-13. From Chapter 14 onwards, the story regains its momentum and steady pace making for a climatic final confrontation with the sorceress Achren. Despite the middle portion being slow and dragging down the plot, the Castle of LLYR is a fun engaging story that continues building up the vast world of Pyrdain.

Highlights:
The reappearance of Gydion, Son of Don.
Taran acknowledging his growing love for Eilowny
More information on Eilowny’s backstory
Prince Rhun’s character development from bumbling fool to brave and heroic prince- worthy of being Dynas Rhydant’s future king.



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Favorite Fairytales

Here’s a list of my favorite fairytale stories.

10. Rumplestiltskin by the Brothers Grimm

9. The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

8. Snow White by the Brothers Grimm

7. The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson

6. Hansel & Gretel by the Brothers Grimm

5. The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson

4. Cinderella either by Charles Perrault or the Brothers Grimm

3. The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson

2. Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm

1. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson

Honorable Mentions: Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, Beauty & the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villenueve, The 12 Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White & Red Rose by the Brothers Grimm,

The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm, Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson, The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson, Pinochio by Carlos Collodi,

Ruslan & Ludmila by Alexander Pushkin, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg by the Brothers Grimm, Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Robert Southey, Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm.

Cinderella 2021 (Review)

Cinderella is a beloved fairytale. It’s the original “rags to riches story”. Within this simple story, there’s plenty of room for reinterpretation. You have good adaptations such as “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” with Brandy and Whitney Houston (RIP), Ella Enchanted, and Ever After. Unfortunately with all these Cinderella adaptations out there in the world, some miss the mark. Cinderella 2021 is one such film. This film has little entertainment value.

Pros

  1. The Cast-

The film’s cast has big names such Minnie Driver, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Porter, and James Corden. Also this film is the acting debut of Camilla Cabelo. This is a good cast but some of these people feel wasted or underutilized in their roles.

2. Pierce Brosnan’s off key singing as “King Rowan” is hilarious. His scene was the only one in the film to get a laugh out of me.

3. I did like the songs “A Million to One” sung by Camilla Cabelo and ” Dream Girl” by Indina Menzel.

4. I enjoyed the dance scene with “Perfect” in the background.

5. The dresses in this film not made by Cinderella were beautiful and unique.

6. Queen Tatiana is my favorite side character.

This is where the compliments end.

Cons

  1. Minnie Driver and Billy Porter are underutilized in their roles as “Queen Beatrice” and “Fabulous Godmother”. They should’ve gotten more screentime and character development.
  2. Princess Gwen wasn’t a fleshed out character. She had minimal screentime and contributed nothing of importance to the plot. Her ideas of restructuring the kingdom are good suggestions that would make for a good side plot.
  3. Camilla Cabelo and Nicholas Galitzine lack chemistry. The audience watching this film doesn’t believe that their characters, Cinderella and Prince Robert are in love with each other. It’s more of a passing infautation between them. There needed to be more character interactions between them.
  4. The soundtrack to this film is all over the place lacking a distinct identity. I know it’s supposed to be a jukebox musical but the music selections are questionable: “Material Girl”, “Am I Wrong”, “Let’s Get Loud”, “Somebody to Love”.
  5. On the note about “Somebody to Love”, The renedition in this film was a bad arrangement. It pales in comparison to the performances in Ella Enchanted by Anne Hathaway and Happy Feet by Brittany Murphy(RIP).
  6. Cinderella wasn’t in any danger during the climax making the film lack any stakes.
  7. The step daughters lack personality.

Here’s a list of other Cinderella adaptations to check out instead of this film. https://personalmusings2017.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/top-5-cinderella-adaptations/

The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Black Cauldron is the second book in the Chronicles of Prydain series.

This time, Taran and his companions are tasked with locating the mysterious/powerful “Black Cauldron” and destroying it to prevent Arawn from creating more undead warriors. Destroying the Black Caludron comes with a price though:one living human must willingly jump into the cauldron and sacrifice themself.

There’s no coming back alive!


The Black Cauldron has better pacing, plot progression, and great character development. A big improvement over the Book of Three. In this book, the events in the story are more connected to the plot instead of scattered around like in the first book. This book held my attention from start to finish. Memorable new stand out characters were Adaon and the three witches: Ordu, Orgoch,&Orwen.
I can’t wait to read Eilowny’s story in The Castle of Llyr!
I only wish Disney adapted the book in full instead of combining both The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron together. If the film was to be successful, the Black Cauldron book should’ve been the main source to draw from.
A better alternative would be for the books to have their own individual films like the Lord of the Rings series or a limited mini series: “The Book of Three” and “The Black Cauldron” would be the beginning, “The Castle of Llyr” and “Taran the Wanderer”, the middle, and “The High King” would be the end.



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Chronicles of Prydain #1: “The Book of Three” Book Review

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*SPOILER ALERT!*


As the first book in the Chronicles of Prydain collection, The Book of Three has slow pacing since it introduces the main cast of characters: Taran, Eilowny, Gurgi, and Flewdur Flam and sets up the world of Prydain. The main plot involves defeating the Horned King and rescuing Hen Wen, the oracular pig.

There are a few major differences between this book and Disney’s The Black Cauldron.
1. The plot of the Black Cauldron movie is taken from the Book of Three and The Black Cauldron.
2. The land is called Prydain with Taran’s home being Caer Dalben.
3. Eilowny has reddish gold hair instead of blond hair.
4. Gurgi starts off as an annoying companion but proves his worth by defending Taran and his friends. He’s a loyal companion.
5. Flewdur Flam is the son of Godo. King of a small kingdom called Cantrev.
6. Taran and Eilowny have a better relationship dynamic in the books.
7. The Cauldron Born are warriors whose bodies are stolen by Arawn and revived in a cauldron withno memories of their life as human men. They’re cold, silent, and deadly!

8. Taran and company are helped by Doli, the dwarf and Medwyn, a hermit who takes care of animals in his valley.
9. The Horned King is defeated at the end.



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Halloween Favorites

This blog is still on hiatus however to celebrate Halloween, Here’s a list of my favorite Halloween movies.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Corpse Bride

Coraline

Frankenweenie

Halloweentown series

Twitches 1&2

Don’t Look Under the Bed

Scary Godmother 1&2

The Addams Family 1&2

Hocus Pocus

Casper

Casper Meets Wendy

Beetlejuice

Edward Scissiorhands

The Witches (1990)

The Little Vampire (2000

Scooby Doo movies (live action & animated)

Wallace & Gromit:Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Alvin & the Chipmunks meet Frankenstein

Alvin & the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman

Favorite Scooby Doo Crossovers

I’ve been watching the new Scooby Doo show: Scooby Doo Guess who. Here are my favorite Scooby Doo Crossovers.

5. Johnny Bravo “Brave Dobby Doo”

4. Courage the Cowardly Dog “Straight Outta Nowhere”

3. Adams Family ” Wednesday is Missing”

2. Batman “What a Night for A Dark Night”

1. Alex Trebek “Total Jeopardy!”

Blog Update: 8/21

Greetings! My fellow readers. School resumes for me next week starting Monday. This summer has been my most productive season for writing blog posts.

Thank you all for your continuous support and enthusiasm for my posts.

Welcome to my new readers! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my blog so far.

This summer has been my most productive season for writing blog posts.

The blog will remain on hiatus starting from next week until December during winter vacation.

Feel free to check my backlog of articles from 2017 to 2021.

Until then, Keep following PersonalMusings2017!

Favorite Wishbone Episodes

Wishbone was a tv series that ran from 1995-1998. The show’s star was a Jack Russel terrier called Wishbone who daydreams of being the main character in stories from classic literature.

I enjoyed this series because of the costumes and scene reananctments from different stories.

Hopefully the live-action film in development turns out decent.

I’ll share my favorite episodes in this list. I haven’t watched Wishbone in a long while so I’m going off of memory. In no particular order.

“Fleabitten Bargain” S1. Episode 12 Story: Faust by Goethe

“Rosie, Oh! Rosie, Oh!” S1. Episode 4 Story: Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

“Homer Sweet Homer” S1 Episode 5 Story: The Odyssey by Homer

“Cyranose” S1 episode 7 Story: Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostad

“Digging up the Past” S 1 episode 9 Story: Rip by Van WInkle by Washington Irving

“Bone of Arc” S 1 episode 10 Story: Personal Recollections by Mark Twain

“A Tail of Two Sitters” S1 episode 16 Story: A Tale of Two Cities by Mark Twain

“Furst Impressions” S 1 episode 25 Story: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

“The Count’s Account” S1 episode 27 Story: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

“Shakespaw” S1 episode 32 Story: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

“Panting at the Opera” S1 episode 37 Story: Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

“The Roamin’ Nose” S2 episode 10 Story: The Aeneid by Virgil

Thoughts on Mysterious Benedict Society (Tv Series) 2021

Here are my thoughts on the Mysterious Benedict Society Tv series. A proper review will be posted in the future ince I’ve finished reading the first book.

  • Each episode was engaging with plot threads spread throughout.
  • The writing was tight and no scene in the tv series was wasted.
  • Most scenes helped with world-building or character development.
  • The soundtrack for the tv series was good. My favorite piece of music would be the theme song. It’s catchy, memorable, and a perfect fit for the series.
  • The tv series was semi-educational. It made learning fun and might inspire kids to learn Morse code or Braille.
  • Kids could definitely see themselves in Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance,
  • The cast was amazing. Both the adults and the children.
  • The sets for Mr. Benedict’s House and the Institute are my favorite.
  • I’m glad that the ending was left open-ended rather than neatly tied up.
  • I can’t wait to watch Season 2! I’m glad the show got renewed for a second season.

Vivo (2021)Movie review

Synopsis: A music-loving kinkajous (honey bear) heads to Miami to deliver a love song for an old friend. -Netflix

Upon watching the trailer for Vivo, I was excited to watch the movie. I like the plotline of Vivo delivering a song to Marta from Andres. I had high hopes for this movie. The movie turned out to be average. Let me start with the positives before diving into the movie’s flaws. Spoilers ahead!

Pros:

#1. The movie does a tremendous job of establishing the close relationship between Andres and Vivo. I wish he had more screen time in the movie.

#2. The 2-D animation sequences are quite colorful and vibrant. They’re a beauty to behold.

#3. I find the character design of Vivo to be adorable. He’s definitely a marketable character for this movie. I could see a toy company make a toy plush out of him or a singing toy. I admire his devotion to Andres even after his death.

#4. The scene of Marta’s farewell concert was beautiful and heart warming. I’m glad that she played Andres’ song for her.

Cons:

#1. It was unnecessary for Lin Manuel Miranda to be the speaking voice of Vivo. They could have gotten an actual voice actor for the role such as Dee Bradley, Frank Welker, or Carlos Alazraaqui. He should’ve stayed as the singing voice. Lin doesn’t create a character with Vivo. When I hear Vivo speak, all I hear is Lin himself. I found it to be distracting. It reminded of the Madagascar films where Ben Stiller and Chris Rock did the voices for Alex the Lion and Marty the Zebra respectively. All I could hear from those characters were their voices.

It was a good effort on Lin to attempt voice acting but he should stick to being a playwright and an actor.

#2. The soundtrack for Vivo has 17 tracks. I believe that a few songs like “My Own Drum”, “Love’s Gonna Pick You Up”, “Tough Crowd”, and the remix for “My Own Drum” could’ve been removed from the list and nothing of value would’ve been lost. The soundtrack list should’ve been shorter.

#3. The middle section where Gabi and Vivo are stranded in the Everglades should’ve been shortened. This is the part where the film lacks momentum and drags from scene to scene. The scene with Vivo helping a couple spponbill birds get together contributed nothing to the plot. They would’ve been useful if they flew Gabi and Vivo to Miami.

#4. The development of Gabi and Vivo’s relationship feels rushed. There should’ve been more scenes with Gabi and Vivo bonding over music. It was a missed opportunity that the film didn’t delve deeper into Gabi’s feelings about her father’s death. This could’ve been used to strenghten the relationship between Gabi and Vivo.

#5. I don’t like Gabi’s introduction song, ” My Own Drum”. I found the song to be out of place in the movie. As a character, Gabi is underdeveloped. The audience doesn’t know much about her besides her being a “non-conformist” who marches to the beat of her own drum. More insight should’ve been given into her relationship with her parents and her upbringing.

This film has disappointed me. Vivo is an average movie with a good soundtrack except for a few songs. Kids will definitely enjoy this film. Adults will appreciate the movie’s soundtrack and the heartwarming moments but could find the film predictable and mediocre.

Now streaming on Netflix!

Suggestions for Little House Reboot

There is a Little House on the Prarire Reboot in development for Paramount +. The original series had a good 9 year-run from 1974-1983 with an awesome cast. I have no idea why Paramount is making a reboot for this show besides money and nostalgia from the older crowd and maybe their children. I am not even sure if this show would still work in modern times. If Anne with an E can have a successful tv show distinct from the original movies and books. Maybe the Little House Reboot can have similiar results.

With that said, I have suggestions to make the new show tolerable and decent. I hope the new show is decent and not terrible.

  1. Keep the dialogue in normal English. No modern slang which will outdate the show in 5 years.
  2. Keep the costumes in the time period late 1800’s to 1900’s. No modern clothes.
  3. There shall be no use of cellphones during the filming of the tv show scenes only for behind the scenes.
  4. Keep the original intro or update it.
  5. Cameos from the surving original cast members would be nice.
  6. Take inspiration from the original Little House on the Prairie Set or make a replica of it.
  7. Make sure the new cast is familiar with the Little House books and tv series.
  8. Pay respect to the books and original tv series.
  9. Cast actor/actresses best suited for the role. Big name celebs could audition.
  10. Take criticism and constructive feedback into consideration.
  11. Don’t alienate fans of the original tv series.
  12. No modern pop culture references.
  13. Retain themes about faith, family, community, disability,
  14. Create new storylines so the new series can have a distinct ID set apart from the books and the original tv show.
  15. Have memorable side characters.

Top 10 Saddest Anime Films

Time to grab a box of tissues! It’s time to count down the Top 10 Sadddest Anime Films.

I came up with the idea for this list late one night while I was thinking of all the sad anime drama films I have watched in the past. I don’t recommend watching a marathon of these films because of the heavy emotional nature. Instead, you should pace yourself and watch these films one by one with tissues in hand. The tears will start flowing faster than you can wipe them away!

10. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

9. Wolf Children (2012)

8. The Wind Rises (2013)

7. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)

6. A Silent Voice (2016)

5. Violet Evergarden Movie (2021)

4. Maquia:When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018)

3. Okko’s Inn (2018)

2. In this Corner of the World (2016)

  1. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Honorable Mentions: When Marnie Was There (2014), To the Forest of the Fireflies’ Light, (2011) Ride Your Wave(2019), Hans Christen Anderson’s The Little Mermaid (1975), Barefoot Gen (1983)

Underrated Disney Channel Artists

.Here’s my list of underrated Disney Channel Artists that you may have forgotten. Disney barely promoted them outside of their channel and radio station. You shoud check out their music and support them.

Bridgit Mendler

Meghan Jette Martin

Skye Swetnam

Emily Osment

Jordan Pruit

Anna Margaret

Everlife (disbanded in 2013)

Aly & Aj

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle

Mitchel Musso

Vanessa Hudgens

Ashley Tisdale

China Anne McClain

Corbin Bleu

Raven Symone

Jump5 (disbanded in 2007)

A*Teens (disbanded in 2004)

Anneliese Van der Pol

Christy Carlson Romano

Keke Palmer

Pandemic Playlist

Here’s a playlist of songs you can listen to during these hard times.

  1. “Somewhere Out there” by Linda Ronstandt and James Ingram
  2. “If We Hold on Together” by Diana Ross
  3. “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables
  4. “Think of Me” by Andrew Lloyd Webber from Phantom of the Opera
  5. “Someone’s Waiting for You”by Shelby Flint
  6. “It Changes” from Snoopy Come Home
  7. “Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
  8. “Will the Sun Ever Shine Again” by Alan Menken from Home on the Range
  9. “Once Upon A Time in New York City” by Huey Lewis from Oliver and Company
  10. “Out There”from the Hunchback of Notre Dame
  11. “God Help the Outcasts” from the Hunchback of Notre Dame
  12. “You’ll be in my heart” by Phil Collins
  13. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella
  14. “Your Heart Will Lead You Home”by Kenny Loggins
  15. “The Call” by Regina Spektor
  16. “Keep Holding On” by Aveil Lavigne
  17. “When You’re Gone” by Avril Lavigne
  18. “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne
  19. “No One” by Aly and Aj
  20. “Go Figure” by Everlife
  21. “Protecting Me” by Aly and Aj
  22. “I’m Just a Kid” by Simple Plan
  23. “Before the Parade Passes by” by Barbara Streisand
  24. “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music.
  25. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Greenday
  26. “Welcome to the Black Parade”by Chemical Romance
  27. “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane
  28. “In My Own Little Corner” from Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

My book review of The Answer is…Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

The Answer Is… by Alex Trebek

The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Starting in high school, I began to watch Jeopardy! on and off throughout the years. It’s only the gameshow I watch semi-regularly. Seeing Trebek’s face on the screen was a delight. He was a true “class act”. I put him on the same caliber as Mr. Rogers. Both distingushed and well respected gentleman in their own right.


The memoir itself is fun to read throught since Trebek gives a “highlights reel” of his life before Jeopardy! and in between hosting Jeopardy! It’s well-written, engaging, and at inspiring at some points. Readers gain a deeper understanding of Alex Trebek.
The introduction section and the middle section on “Toughness” made me cry while reading it. Trebek wrote this book last year in 2020 during the start of the pandemic however, he didn’t live to see the “near end” of it in 2021 due to his death from cancer.

Alex Trebek’s enthusiasm for knowledge and dedication to Jeopardy! won’t be forgotten!

He’ll live on through Jeopardy!and his family.

R.I.P Alex Trebek (1940-2020).
“Dedicated to Alex Trebek
Forever in our Hearts
Always our Inspiration”



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Ranking of Disney Princesses

In this list, I’ll rank the 13 Disney Princesses. Anna and Elsa won’t be included since Elsa became a spirit and Anna became Queen of Arandelle. I’m adding in Raya since I consider her to be a “Disney Princess”. Honorable mentions will be at the bottom.

Image credit goes to Quizmondo.

13. Raya

12. Snow White

11. Pocahontas

10. Aurora

9. Moana

8. Jasmine

7. Merida

6. Mulan

5. Tiana

4. Cinderella

3. Rapunzel

2. Ariel

  1. Belle

Honorable Mentions: Esmeralda, Kida, Giselle, Meg, Jane,

Top 10 Childhood Anime

10. Naruto

9. Inuyasha

8. Beyblade

7. Kirby Right Back at Ya!

6. Hamtaro

5. Bakugan

4. Yugioh

3. Pokemon

2. Digimon

  1. Cardcaptors

Honorable Mentions: Dragon Ball Z, Ruroni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, One Piece (4kids dub), Zatch Bell, Bobobo, Code Lyoko, Sonic X, Onegai My Melody, Little Women, Shaman King, Prince of Tennis, Akage no Anne, & Fushigi No Kuni Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Top Tv Dramas

I enjoy watching tv dramas wherever they may come from. If the tv drama has memorable characters and an engaging storyline. I’m sold. Here are my top tv dramas.

10. Encantadia (2016-2017)

9. Darna (2009-2010)

8. The Good Doctor (2017-present)

7. Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983)

6. Wanda Vision (January 15-March 5 2021)

5. Smallville (2001-2011)

4.’Switched At Birth (2011-2017)

3. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (2020-2021)

2. It’s Okay Not To Be Okay (June 20, 2020-August 9, 2020)

  1. This is Us (2016-present)

Honorable Mention: H20 Just Add Water (2006-2010)

Top 5 Sword Art Online Themes

Here’s my ranking of SAO themes. I didn’tinclude music from the movie Ordinal Scale only the anime series. SAO has awesome music despite some lackluster storylines.

5. “Anima” by Reona

4. “Adamas” by LiSA

3. “Courage” by Haruka Tomatsu

2. “Ignite” by Eir Aoi

  1. “Crossing Field” by LiSA

Honorable Mention: “Resolution” by Haruka Tomatsu

Podcast Recommendations

I don’t listen much to podcasts however some of them are pretty good. Here are a couple recommendations.

For Animation fanatics:

Animation Addicts: A podcast that reviews animated films from past and present including Disney, Pixar, and everything in between. Along with interviews from industry professionals .

Anime Nostalgia: A podcast that reviews retro anime titles and series from the 70-90’s. Other topics iclude manga history and talking about aspects of anime fandom.

Talkin’ Toons: Voice actor Rob Paulsen interviews your favorite voice actors. Slogan: “Laughter is the best medicine. The coolest thing is You can’t OD and the refills are free.” -Rob Paulsen

Old School Lane: A podcast hosted by Patricia Miranda that focuses on animation, movies, and videogames.

For Mental Health:

Empty Inside- A podcast hosted by Jenette McCurdy where she talks with guests and does a deep dive conversation into a specific topic.

Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown: Actress and Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik helps breakdown myths about mental health and emotional well being.

Inside of You: Actor Michael Rosenbaum {“Lex Luthor” on Smallville & “The Flash”] talks to guests about specific topics.

Bob Saget’s Here for You: Bob Saget “Danny Tanner” from Full House sits down with guests for casual conversations about life. (R.I.P Bob Saget 1956-2022)

Top 10 Manga

Here’s a top 10 list of My favorite manga. Honorable mentions are at the bottom.

10. The Girl from the Other Side by Siuil A Run

9. Emma: A Victorian Romance by Kaoru Mori

8. Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro

7. Chobits by CLAMP

6. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

5. Crescent Moon by Haruko Iida & Takamura Matsuda

4. Bakuman by Tsugumi Obha &Takeshi Obata

3. Soul Eater by Atushi Okubo

2. Sword Art Online Progressive by Reki Kawahara

  1. The Magius of the Library by Mitsu Izumi

Honorable Mentions: Madoka Magica, Case Study of Vanitas, Flying Witch, A Silent Voice,

Yona of the Dawn, Kakegurui, Tokyo Mew Mew, I want to eat your pancreas, Ancient Magius Bride

Top 10 Graphic Novels

This is my ranking of my top 10 graphic novels. Honorable mentions will be listed at the bottom.

10. Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

9. Bandette by Paul Tobin

8. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge

7. Cybersix by Carlos Trillo & Carlos Meglia

6. Emily the Strange by Rob Reger

5. Maus by Art Spiegelman

4. Fables by Bill Willingham

3. Trese by Budgete Tan & Kajo Baldisimo

2. Valerian and Laureline by Jean- Claude Mezieres & Pierre Christin

  1. SpiderGwen by Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez

Honorable Mentions: WITCH, Sandman, Persepolis, Nimona, Bone, The Kingsman Secret Service,

V for Vendetta, Fight Club, Saga, Monstress, Captain Underpants, The Witcher

Favorite Bands

Here’s a list of my favorite bands. Honorable mentions are at the bottom.

10. Avril Lavigne

9. Bridgit Mendler

8. Ashley Tisdale

7. Simple Plan

6. Carly Rae Jepsen

5. JoJo

4. Plain White T’s

3. Hilary Duff

2. ALy&Aj

  1. Bowling for Soup

Honorable Mentions: Megan & Liz, Jump5, A*Teens, Skye Sweetnam, Kelly Clarkson,

All American Rejects, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Carrie Underwood,

Kellie Pickler, Miranda Cosgrove, Jeanette McCurdy, LISA, Utada Hikaru, Evanescence,

Michelle Branch, Cascada, Rascal Flatts, Phil Collins

First Impressions: Mysterious Benedict Society (2021) Series

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a 2007 book series written by Trenton Lee Stewart. It centers around a group of children (Kate, Reynard, Sticky, and Constance) who have unique talents and gifts. They’re recruited by the mysterious Theodore Benedict to sneak into a school run by his twin brother. -(The Guardian).

I remember hearing about this book series in middle school. It was intriguing to me since it gave me the vibe of a secret hidden society. I had no idea the book was even part of a series. I can’t vouch for story accuracy since I haven’t read the book yet; I plan to do so in the near future.

Here’s the tv series synopsis,

Four kids are recruited by Mr. Benedict to save the world from a worldwide problem called “the Emergency”.

With the exception of Andi Mack (2017-2019), Few live-action shows from Disney have caught my interest in recent years. The Mysterious Benedict Society is another exception.

The show’s set draws on vintage style possibly from the 1960’s or 1970’s with its rotary phones, style of cars, and tv followed by radio as the biggest forms of media. It’s a throwback back to simpler times.

The first two episodes do a fantasic job at world building. For a show being made today, It has a timeless feel to it. The show captures the excitement, fun, and whimsy, of movies like Spy Kids, Agent Cody Banks, Shark Boy and Lava Girl, and Sky High.

I’m glad that Kirsten Schall is working on another “Disney” show. Her prescence is a delight as usual. Aside from a voice over role on Toy Story 4, I’m not familiar with Tony Hale’s work. So far, he’s doing a good job as Mr. Benedict. From a couple interviews I’ve watched, Hale seems to be enthusiastic about his role and the show itself.

This show can be enjoyed by kids and the “young at heart” adults. Kids will enjoy the puzzles and latch onto a favorite character while the adults will be amazed by the creativity and world building. It also doesn’t hurt that the adult characters are just as interesting as the kids.

This kind of adaptation is what Artemis Fowl should’ve been. A mini series that immerses you into the story, introduces the characters, and properly sets up the world. This is most helpful and beneficial for casual viewers and people unfamiliar with the source material.

I can’t wait to find out how the story unfolds! I highly recommend that people should check this series out on Disney+.

Kid-Appropriate Anime Recommendations (ages 6-12)

After reading an article from Karadi about “Kid Anime Recommendations”, I decided to make my own list of “kid-appropriate” anime titles. Here’s the link to Karandi’s article https://100wordanime.blog/recommend-kids-anime/.

This is my list. I tried making it extensive as possible. However, I might have forgotten a few titles.

A bunch of these anime will be based off of books and “toy-brand” related anime.

Pokemon

Digimon

Yugioh

Bakugan

Beyblade

Yokai Watch

Doraemon

Hamtaro

Dinosaur King

Samurai Pizza Cats

Sonic X

Kirby RIght Back At Ya!

Winx Club

W.I.T.C.H.

Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!

Code Lyoko

Oban Star Racers

Miraculous Ladybug

Rilakuma& Kaoru

Onegai My Melody series

Unico the Unicorn

Princess Knight

Kimba the White Lion

Astro Boy

Shaman King

Monster Rancher

Bobobo

Animal Crossing

Delightful Moomin Family

Snow White with the Red Hair

Princess Tutu

Show by Rock!

Sgt. Frog

Speed Racer

Prince of Tennis

Magi

Anime based off of books

Akage No Anne (Anne of Green Gables)

Fushigi No Kuni Alice (Alice in Wonderland)

Little Women

Deltora Quest

Robin Hood

Diary of Anne Frank

Laura the Prairie Girl (Little House)

Himitsu no Hanazoo (The Secret Garden)

Princess Sarah (A Little Princess)

Peter Pan:The Animated Series

Shoujo Cosette (Les Miserables)

Zorro

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Swan Lake (film)

Nutcracker Fantasy(film) (The Nutcracker)

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Huckleberry Finn

Favorite Movie Musicals

In celebration of In the Heights’ release, Here’s my list of movie musicals with honorable mentions at the end.

10. The Sound of Music (1965)

9. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

8. Hello Dolly! (1969)

7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

6. In the Heights (2021)

5. Annie (1982)

4. Hairspray (2005)

3. Once Upon A Mattress (2005)

2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

  1. Cinderella (1998)

Honorable Mentions: Mary Poppins (1964), My Fair Lady (1964), Grease (1978)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum(1967), The Greatest Showman (2017),

Into the Woods (2014), La La Land (2016),

West Side Story (1961), Chicago (2002)

Blog Update: 5/31/

Hello my fellow readers, I’ll begin summer classes the second day of June until August 12th.

I may post a few articles here and there if I have any free time in between classes. This blog will remain on hiatus until then. Feel free to check my long backlog of posts from 2017 up to 2021.

I made a few new posts for everybody to read including my top 5 favorite Disney Villian songs and a movie review on “Cruella”(2021).

Thanks again for your continuous encouragement and enthusiasm for this blog.

Stay tuned and keep following PersonalMusings2017!

“Cruella” Movie Review

“Cruella” is a reimaging of Cruella Deville from 101 Dalmatians. The movie serves as a prequel to 101 Dalmatians with Glen Close, an executive producer on the film.

Spoilers ahead!

Positives:

#1. The Cast

The cast has a few notable standouts.

Emma Stone is having a “blast” as Estella/Cruella. She hasn’t played many villianous roles so it’s refreshing to see her play a “villian role”. Her performance as Cruella is energetic and full of enthusiasm. She leans into the character’s devilish side.

Emma Thompson plays a “Miranda Priestly” like character in Baroness Hellman. She’s ruthless and career-focused. Her presence is quite intimidating. With a single note from her whistle, her Dalmatians were menacing and scary.

Joel Fry as Jasper was definitely the “heart’ of the movie. He has a good dynamic with Emma Stone and Paul Water Hauser (Horace). Their friendship is believable and genuine. They support each other and aren’t afraid to call each other when necessary.

John Mcrea as Artie was a fun character. Artie and Cruella are “kindred spirits”. Both have an interest in fashion and similar taste for bold & unique designs. He has a fun personality.

I’d buy a dress from his shop.

#2 The Soundtrack

The soundtrack is full of songs hits from 70’s or earlier. A few songs I recognized were: “One Way or Another”(1978) by Blondie “These Boots Are Made For Walking” (1966) by Nancy Sinatra, “Should I Stay or Go” (1982) by the Clash and “Smile”(1963) Judy Garland Version

#3 The Costumes

The fashion in this movie was top notch. So many beautiful costumes to choose from. My favorite pieces were the period costumes from Baroness Hellman’s Black and White Ball in 1963, Cruella’s red dress, the green dress design by Estella, the gold bead dress, and the long dumpster truck dress made of trash.

#4 Easter Eggs:

There were a few nods to the original 101 Dalmatians animated film.

Anita and Cruella met each other as classmates in school.

Roger is a piano player and composes the song “Cruella Deville” during an end credit scene.

Ponga& Perdita have cameos however in this different continuity, they’re siblings.

Jasper comments how some dogs resemble their owners. This line was lifted straight from the animated film.

Similar to the live action 101 Dalmatian movies, actual animals such as dogs were used in the film instead of CGI animals.

#5 Cruella

Throughout the film, Cruella flip flops between “the sweet and kind Estella” and the bad troublemaking Cruella”. After a moment of clarity, Cruella realizes that “Estella” isn’t who she really is, It’s a made-up persona to fit into society and please her “adoptive mom”. Cruella is her true self.

She embraces her villanous troublemaking nature.

Cons:

#1 The twist reveals

-1. “Baroness Hellman is Cruella’s mother not the sweet maid Catherine.”

I kind of saw this twist reveal coming. I figured Catherine had a previous connection to the Baroness that’s why she came to her begging for money. In addition, I’ve seen this plotline before in a different movie (for example Mother’s Day). The mother becomes pregnant with a child. She views the child as a hindrance to her career so she abandons it. The baby grows up with no knowledge of her birth parents until later on. She’s raised by adoptive parents.

Despite being an adoptive mom, Catherine was more of a mother to Cruella than the Baroness ever was.

” Cruella’s plan to reveal herself as the Baroness’s daughter was a bit convoluted. However, it makes for a great heist scene. It showcases that the Baroness is ruthless and self-focused. She’ll dispose of anyone including her own daughter who stand in her way to reach “the top” and keep her place there.

#2. Pacing

The film has a run time over 2 hours. A few scenes could’ve been shortened or cut altogether to keep the movie under 2 hours. This runtime made the movie feel sluggish toward the end.

#3 “Dalmatian Fur Coat”

In the movie, Cruella steals Baroness Hellman’s dalmatians to retrieve a necklace.

In a later scene, she’s seen wearing a “Dalmatian fur coat” at her fashion show, Baroness assumes that she killed her dalmatians for that fur. Cruella doesn’t deny the rumor, instead she supports it. She steps into the “villian role”.

The dalmatian fur coat was probably made out of faux fur since PETA wouldn’t approve of “animal cruelty” onscreen. Also the dalmatians are unharmed by the second to last scene.

Unlike the previous bunch of Live-action Adaptations, Cruella feels fresh, energetic, and has a ton of enthusiasm& passion put behind it. I recommend, you give Cruella a watch either in theaters (if they’re open in your area) or on Disney + once it’s free to stream. You’ll have a fun time laughing and being in awe of the various fashion pieces.

Top 5 Disney Villain songs

Disney is best known for its music. They have created countless memorable songs for both their heroes and villians. Here’s my list of the top 5 Disney Villian songs. Honorable mentions will be at the end.

5. “Cruella Deville” from 101 Dalmatians

4. ” Be Prepared” from the Lion King

3. ” Friends on the Other Side” from The Princess and the Frog

2. “Hellfire” from Hunchback of NotreDame

  1. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid

Honorable Mentions: “Snuff out the Light” from Emperor’s New Groove, “In or Out” from Aladdin and the 40 thieves, “Siamese Cat Song from Lady & the Tramp”, “My Lullaby” from the Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled, “Mad Madame Mim” from the Sword in the Stone, ” “Heffalumps & Wozzles “from The Many Adventures of WInnie the Pooh, “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast

“This Is Us” character ranking

Spoilers ahead!

Main cast

14. Tess

13. Annie

12. Miguel

11. Deja

10. Malik

9. Kevin

8. Madison

7. Zoe

6. William (Randall’s birth father)

5. Uncle Nicky

4. Randall

3.Kate

2. Rebecca

  1. Jack

Supporting characters

5. Dr. K

4. Cassidy (Kevin’s ex)

3. Carol Clark (Beth’s mother)

2. Laurel Dubois (Randall’s birth mother)

  1. Hai Lang (Laurel’s lover)

Thoughts on Fate: the Winx Saga

Fate: The Winx Saga could’ve worked as its own show.

When I first heard the announcement for this adaptation, I was intrigued since a live-action Winx Club could work if the series leaned into the fantasy aspect. Netflix could’ve even marketed this as a fantasy drama. But alas, I began to feel skeptical after the official trailer came out. Instead of the series being lighthearted and focusing on the girls’ friendship, The show is gloomy and too melodramatic. The drama and conflict come across as unnecessary and forced (i.e. the love triangle between Bloom, Sky, and Stella).

The girls’ friendship is non-existent until the end. The world of the show seems generic and bland unlike the cartoon where the world was colorful and fantastical. The show lacks personality and doesn’t stand out from all the other Netflix drama shows.

A couple missed opportunities are the fashion and the cast.

The fashion could’ve been a throwback to either early or late 00’s. Pop culture references from the 2000’s could still be used since a handful survive through memes. Just pick and choose.

The WInx Club has been praised for its “natural” diversity.

It’s a huge shame that Asian and Latina actresses weren’t picked for Musa and Flora. The studio should’ve stuck to their guns and hired POC actresses.

If Flora wasn’t going to appear in the show, her character should’ve been replaced with a new character unrelated to her.

Do I think this show has the potential to be successful?

Maybe. With show renewed for a second season, I’d want to see an engaging plot, expanded world-building, and more emphasis on the growth/ development on the individual girls and their friendship. I’ll stop watching after 3 episodes if I get bored.

Alternative Graduations songs besides “Pomp &Circumstance

It’s graduation season. Congrats to the class of 2021 wherever you are !”

Pomp & Circumstance” will probably be overplayed 20 or 30 times.

Here’s a list of alternative graduation songs to replace “Pomp and Circumstance. ”

  1. “Don’t You forget about me” by Simple Minds
  2. Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C.
  3. “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
  4. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  5. “We’ve only just begun” by the Carpenters
  6. “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
  7. “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
  8. “My Shot” from Hamiliton
  9. “Long Live” by Taylor Swift
  10. “For Good” from “Wicked”
  11. “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson
  12. “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper
  13. “We are the Champions” by Queen
  14. “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
  15. “On my way” by Phil Collins from Brother Bear
  16. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  17. “Fly”- Hilary Duff
  18. “All Star” by Smash Mouth
  19. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel
  20. “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha
  21. “Go the Distance” by Michael Bolton from Hercules
  22. “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera

First Impressions: Digimon Last Evolution Kizuna

Here are my inital thoughs on the film Digimon Last Evolution Kizuna. The last film starting the original digi-destined from Digimon Adventure. Minor Spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Must watch film for fellow Digimon fans!

Intial Thoughts:

  • Better as one whole movie rather split up into individual parts unlike Digimon Tri.
  • Digimon 02 crew present & supporting role in the film. (Most members in college, Cody in high school)
  • Fun nostalgic callbacks to the series
  • Actual ending with stakes
  • Bittersweet but hopeful ending
  • Most focus on Matt & Tai in their senior year of college -Other cast memebrs mentioned and shown
  • Watch the clip, To Sora on Youtube for more context on Sora’s character
  • Sora-no reunion with the others
  • Same plotline with antagonist but delves deeper into character psychology
  • Digital universe called “Never world”
  • Same voice cast as Digimon Tri with a couple new voices and old ones
  • Cried tears of nostalgia and sadness
  • Cameo of Meicomon and Meiko in the “Neverworld” dimension of the Digital World.

Book Bucket-List

Here are books that I haven’t read but plan to read in the future.

  1. Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
  2. Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
  3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wyn Jones
  4. 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  5. Chronicles of Pyrdain by Lloyd Alexander
  6. Mary Poppins book series by P.L. Travers
  7. Nanny McPhee book series by Christianna Brand
  8. John Carter Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  9. Earth Sea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
  10. Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
  11. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  12. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  13. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  14. Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  15. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  16. Avalon High by Meg Cabot
  17. Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi

Top 10 Romance Films

Surprise! Fellow readers! I have some time in between finals to post new blog posts.

I hope you enjoy them.

This is a top 10 list I’ve wanted to make for a while. This is my list.

Feel free to share any polite comments including constructive criticism.

  1. A Walk to Remember (2002)
  2. Starting Over Again (2014) Filipino film available in English
  3. She’s Dating the Gangster * Despite the gimmicky title and a few cringeworthy scenes, the movie is heartwrenching. (Filipino film available in English )
  4. Never Been Kissed (1999)
  5. Penelope (2007)
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2001)
  7. Because I Said So (2007)
  8. Becoming Jane (2007)
  9. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
  10. Bride for Rent (2014) (Filipino film available in English)

Honorable Mentions: 13 Going on 30, (2004), Bridget Jones Diary (2001), Letters to Juliet (2010), Definitely Maybe (2008), Ever After (1998), Roman Holiday (1953), Leap Year (2010),

Romeo & Juliet (1968)

An Animated Dissection: Connecting ‘The Cat Returns,’ to ‘Whisper of the Heart’

The Entertainment Nut

As I’ve stated in several previous reviews/dissections, I am quite fond of the Studio Ghibli film, Whisper of the Heart.

The film proved to be an intriguing story about creativity, music, and writing…traits that one doesn’t necessarily find in animated films, let alone those involving high schoolers.

One of the selling points of the film, was the fictional story-world that the lead character, Shizuku Tsukishima, creates. After coming across an antique store with a statue of a dapper, humanized cat-figure in its window, she is compelled to write a story revolving around the statue.

Even so, Whisper’s overall story was moreso one of high school drama, which made it tie very closely to the manga it was based off of, which was written and illustrated by Aoi Hiiragi. Ms Hiiragi noted in several interviews, that she was surprised that her manga was chosen by Hayao Miyazaki to be used…

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Blog Update:4/30

Hello my fellow readers. I’m writing this blog update a month early in April. May will be busy time for me especially because of school. Starting in June, I’ll take a couple of summer classes. This blog will remain on extended hiatus until I have more free time to write. In the meantime, I have a couple of posts already prepared to share with all of you. Once I have posted them, I can’t wait to see your reactions.

Keep following PersonalMusings2017! and Stay tuned for Initial Thoughts on Fate:The Winx Saga season 1 eps. 1-6 & Digimon Last Evolution Kizuna.

Thanks again to all my readers new and old for their patience, interest, and enthusiasm for my blog!