Friday, August 28, 2009

Another "hilarious" blind cartoon character ?!?!?

[Visual description: animation still; the human character is an African-American woman wearing a white headscarf, shawl, and dress, sunglasses, bracelet, ring, and large gold earrings; she's holding the head of a large snake in her hands, and smiling at it.]

Hoo-boy. Get ready for Mama Odie, the fairy godmother in Disney's new feature, "The Princess and the Frog." She's a 200-year-old swamp-dwelling seer and she's blind (get it? get it?). She has a "seeing-eye" snake. Yeah, that won't confuse any children about the work of service animals...

8 comments:

Ahistoricality said...

This one just gets better and better: it's like they tossed all their minority issues into one really bad movie....

Sloane said...

I'm willing to bet she'll be the smartest person in the movie. She'll undoubtedly be similar to "Teresias," the blind seer who appeared in many ancient Greco-Roman literary works. Teresias was the one who would warn the foolish protagonists and antagonists, like in Oedipus Rex, against the mistakes they were about to make.
I don't see anything wrong with that type of postrayal.
Also, I think we don't give children enough credit. Children know what cartoons are for - experimenting with absurd ideas. I don't understand how drawing a cartoon seeing-eye-snake could hurt anyone.
I think Disney has a good idea here. I laugh at Timmy and Jimmy (like whom I look alot) from South Park, too. I like to laugh at myself, and I feel bad when people think I'm too pathetic to laugh at. I'm not alone in these views, either.

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Danielle said...

Oh, great. I'm not looking forward to Disney's A Christmas Carol, either. Featuring one of the biggest pity characters of all time, Tiny Tim!

Sloane said...

Tim is a symbol of strength. He stands up well to things that seem to break others down. Tim is not what's pitiful here; what's pitiful is a society too selfish to take care of its own by providing health care and enforcing fair labor laws.

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