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posted by ApplesauceDoctr
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Hello everyone! I'm Veronica (a.k.a. ApplesauceDoctr :D), and hey, it's been a little while since I've written an article. It feels good to get back into the spirit of writing. :D
So, what have I today? As anda can see, I'll be analyzing the song "Reflection" from Disney's Mulan. I made a lyric video for it about a week lalu and realized just how deep the song is! However, in this analysis, I'll also be taking a look at the extended version of the song. It shows a different side of Mulan that...well, you'll see soon enough.

Alright then! Let's take a listen to Reflection!

Movie Version

Look at me
I will never pass for a perfect bride
atau a perfect daughter
Can it be
I'm not meant to play this part?



From this, we can see that Mulan knows that she can't be what society expects her to be - that perfect porselin doll. It's just not going to happen, and as a result, she soalan herself. If she's not that perfect bride atau daughter, then what is she? Who is she supposed to be?


Now I see
That if I were truly to be myself
I would break my family's heart




This excerpt here makes me think of Elsa. And Hercules. All of these characters want to just be themselves and fit in, but it's not that easy. For Mulan, she wants to be herself, but not if it means disappointing her family. She truly loves and respects them and is willing to try to be what society expects of her in order to maintain a good family image. As we've discussed, though, she can't do this, thus bringing us to the chorus:


Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection
Someone I don't know?



For some reason, I never really understood what Mulan meant sejak this, and here I am right now feeling like a complete dunce. xD
Whenever Mulan sees her reflection, she sees what she's trying to be - the "perfect porselin doll". anda know this sejak now. But she knows that's not who she is. She wants to be her true self while at the same time making her family proud. Of course, she feels that she can't be herself without giving the Fa family a bad name.

Somehow I cannot hide
Who I am, though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



(That last line is repeated, sejak the way. ;D)
This basically re-establishes what she's already been saying. She hides her true self to try and fit society's expectations, yada yada. She awaits the day, if indeed there is a day, when she can be herself and not worry about dishonoring the family.

I'll bet (not really) you're thinking, "Wow, that's it? Short song." Indeed. It's a gorgeous song, but rather short. We'll now take a look at the extended version of the song. Why was the song trimmed? Let's find out!

Extended Version

Who is that perfect bride?
It's not me, though I've tried
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



The looking-into-the-mirrors bit should look familiar, as does this excerpt entirely. The only real way this contrasts with the sebelumnya excerpt I showed is that instead of her admitting to hiding herself, here, it's lebih directly related to what just happened in the movie *cough cough Matchmaker cough*.
The seterusnya excerpt is where the contrast comes in.


How I pray
That a time will come, I can free myself
From their expectations




anda know how the movie version mainly focuses on her wanting to please her family? I mean, yeah, she does want to be accepted as herself, but only if she can do so in an "honorable" way.
That gets thrown off a bit here. This suggests that she wants to be devoid from society's expectations altogether in order to live the life she wants. Let's continue on to see where I'm going with this.


On that day
I'll discover someway to be myself
And to make my family proud




Wait, haven't we gone over this already? Yep, we sure have! No need to talk this over again. It's the next stanza we want to take a look at.


They want a docile lamb
No one knows who I am
Must there be a secret me
I'm forced to hide?



Alright, let's see. She's saying that society is basically like this: We don't know who anda are, and frankly, we don't care. But we expect anda to be perfect. Got that? For someone they hardly know, society's putting a huge weight on Mulan's shoulders, and she's not happy about this. From that last line, she doesn't seem too satisfied with being "forced to hide" herself.
This is the part that makes this extended version of the song seem questionable in respect to what we actually saw in the movie. It makes Mulan seem a bit lebih selfish. Sure, she brings up wanting to make her family proud, but the extended song primarily focuses on how she feels with these expectations. She's had it. She just wants to come right out and be herself without the tension of fitting into the role of the "docile lamb".

Must I pretend that I'm
Someone else for all time?
When will my reflection show
Who I am
Inside?



This excerpt makes my point much lebih clear. What makes the extended version and movie version similar is the fact that Mulan obviously wants to be herself. However, in the movie version, she seems mostly disappointed that her efforts to fit in don't work, and she hopes that she'll be able to make her family proud someday. Here, though, Mulan seems pahit about the fact that society has set these expectations on her. She's sick and tired of pretending to be someone she's not.

So, let's quickly compare and contrast the two. :D

Both Versions:
- Mulan wants to be herself
- Mulan wants to make her family proud

Extended Version:
- Emphasis on wanting personal freedom from society's wishes
- pahit about these aforementioned wishes
- pahit about hiding herself

Final Cut:
- Mostly just emphasis on her desire to be herself; no detectable bitterness

And there anda have it! I hope anda enjoyed Membaca this, as I had a ton of fun Penulisan it. :) anda may want to check out my link song analysis of "If anda Can Dream" from a while back.
I'll bet that anda either a) are going to listen to the extended song right now atau b) already have, haha. :D
Well, that about wraps things up! Thanks so much for reading! Adios!
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 Eleven beautiful princesses...
Eleven beautiful princesses...
I've done hair and face lists for the princesses so far, but that's only physical qualities from the neck up. So this time I'll tackle the princesses bodies, everything from the neck down. After all, isn't that where all the good stuff is? sejak 'good stuff' I mean the heart, of course.


11. Snow White
Sorry, Snow, I know you're at the bottom of all my lists, but Walt himself berkata they were still learning when they made Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, anyway. One good thing about Snow White's body is that she looks her age. Snow is supposed to be fourteen, and she looks fourteen. That's a good...
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posted by dimitri_
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 I Cinta them <3
I love them <3
I saw KataraLover and sweetie-94 doing these kinds of artikel-artikel so I decided to do this too but with Mulan and Pocahontas.


Similarities:
They are both confused and cari for spiritual guidance. Neither are very... optimistic. They have lebih in common than that but I will explain it all reviewing the aspects.

Differences:
Since Pocahontas follows her intuition and wanted to choose her own path, Mulan is much lebih obedient than Pocahontas. Pocahontas isn't into serious guys and Mulan, well... just look at Shang. Mulan is literally a fighter and Pocahontas is against. Mulan moped, basikal berenjin around a lot in the...
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 The receiver
The receiver
I know this is kinda a weird countdown, but here ya go.

10. The Prince
I don't see him giving any wedgies at all. If anything, I think he'd be the one receiving them from everyone else.

9. Prince Charming
Just like with the Prince, I don't see Charming giving any wedgies. He might give the occasional wedgie, but only to the Prince.

8. Prince Phillip
This guy would give so many wedgies to the other two classic princes that it's not funny.

7. Shang
He doesn't always give wedgies, but when he does, anda better believe that it'll being excruciatingly painful.

6. Adam/Beast
Beginning-of-the-movie Beast...
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posted by bluethunder25
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Most of anda who have just read the tajuk of this artikel are probably thinking in your heads, "Yes," atau "oh hell yeah!" atau something like that. Well before anda jump to that answer, hear me out. Last night, I had a dream that was related to the scene in Tangled where Rapunzel confronts Gothel and while I was sleeping in, it got me thinking. Yes, what Gothel did to Rapunzel was wrong, but I'm not sure if she completely qualifies as a villain.....per say. Let me explain.
First of all, unlike the other Disney Villains (with the exception of Frollo) Gothel isn't really interested in world domination...
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I've seen many of these artikel-artikel on here, not many of them are that baru-baru ini though. Hardly any include the CGI princesses atau Tiana in extreme cases. Not offence intended
So I decided to do a slightly lebih up to tarikh countdown. Hope anda enjoy it! :)
IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an opinion article. if anda do not agree with any of my choices that's fine but there's no need to make harsh comments.

Due to the baru-baru ini 'Merida Princess Makeover Scandal' I am only judging the girls on how they look in the movie, not in the merchandise.


20. Merida

 Super brave, not super beautiful...
Super brave, not super beautiful...


She may be brave,...
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Snow White: Color: red; Symbol: epal, apple ; Song: Someday my Prince will come; Prince: the Prince

Cinderella: Color: blue; Symbol: glass slipper; Song: So this is Love; Prince: Prince Charming

Sleeping Beauty/Aurora: Color: pink; Symbol: spinning wheel; Song: Once Upon a Dream; Prince: Prince Phillip

Ariel: Color: purple /aqua; Symbol: sea shell; Song: Part of Your World; Prince: Prince Eric

Belle: Color: yellow/gold; Symbol: rose; Song: Tale as Old as Time; Prince: Beast/Prince Adam

Jasmine: Color: aquamarine/lavender; Symbol: magic lamp; Song: A Whole New World; Prince: Aladdin

Pocahontas: Color: tan/orange;...
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