Monday, March 25, 2013

Simba: Remember Who You Are


Remember... what?

Simba sure can tell you.

Hakuna matata, he knows all about it. But the one thing he was running from is his past. While he kept remembering the worst things about his past, he forgot one very important thing.

Who he was.

He kept trying to hide from something that he couldn't run from. I can tell by the way he reacted to things.

NALA: "And your mother... what would she think?"
SIMBA: (looks scared at the mention of his mother, as Nala unknowingly quoted Scar) "She doesn't have to know... Nobody has to know."

"I can't go back. Why would it matter, anyway? It won't change anything."

NALA: "Scar told us about the stampede."
SIMBA: "He did? What else did he tell you?"

Anyone else sensing a pattern? Simba is up to his old habits again, running from the past.

Luckily, Rafiki and Nala talked some sense into him.

So, where are we now?

He's going home. Home to what is now, as Broadway Nala stated, a shadowed land.
"The leaves have fallen. This shadowed land, this was our home. The river's dry, the ground has broken." Basically, this place is messed up. That's all I can really say without going all Broadway singer on you (GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZA BUYABO, GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIZA BUYABO). And what is Simba supposed to do?

Busa le lizwe bo! And what does that mean? "Rule this land."

Of course, he can't do it all alone. That's where my favorite Disney girl comes in! She knows it'll be dangerous helping him fight his crazy uncle, and still, she goes on and does it. See? Now that's love. Timon and Pumbaa put their lives at risk so that he could fight his crazy uncle. That's love, too. Maybe not the kind you can feel tonight, but it's love.

The only problem? He still thinks he is responsible for his father's death and Uncle Scar knows how to use that against him (notice... he stops addressing him as his uncle when he sees the shadowland).

SCAR: "I would hate to be responsible for the death of a family member. Wouldn't you agree, Simba?"
SIMBA: "That won't work, Scar. I've put it behind me."
SCAR: "But what about your faithful subjects; have they put it behind them?"
NALA: "Simba, what is he talking about?"
SCAR: "Oh, so you haven't told them your little secret. Well, Simba, now's your chance to tell them. Tell them who is responsible for Mufasa's death."
SIMBA: "I am."
SARABI: "It's not true. Tell me it's not true."
SIMBA: "It's true."
SCAR: "You see? He admits it! MURDERER!"
SIMBA: "No, it was an accident."
SCAR:  "If  it weren't for you, Mufasa would still be alive. It's your fault he's dead. Do you deny it?"
SIMBA: "No."
SCAR: "Then you're guilty!"
SIMBA: "No! I'm NOT a murderer!"
SCAR: "Oh, look, Simba, you're in trouble again. Daddy isn't here to save you, and now EVERYONE. KNOWS. WHY!"

See? I told you he was smart, didn't I?

So, now who looks like the bad guy? Our beloved, beautiful, red-maned, downright gorgeous baby. Er, Simba. And yet still, Nala is concerned for Simba when he's about to fall off Pride Rock. I'd be like, let him fall and let him burn. Their love just gets stronger as the movie goes on. And then suddenly...

"Hmm... where have I seen this before? Oh I remember! You look just like your father did before he died. Oh, and here's my little secret. I killed Mufasa."

He says this because he thinks Simba is about to die, right? Only, he... doesn't. Hearing this gives him the strength to keep fighting.

SIMBA: "Tell them the truth."
SCAR: "Truth is in the eye of the behol----ghsfjdsifjs--- Alright. (Simba chokes him) ALRIGHT! I did it."
SIMBA: "So they can hear you."
SCAR: "I killed Mufasa!"

And there goes that Nala, you can tell as soon as he says that, she's like, "Oh heck no!" and just sprints to attack him. This is where the war begins.

So, then Scar tries to run away from fighting his much stronger, handsomer, bigger-maned nephew. He sure did grow up to be the mane event, like no king was before. When Simba catches up with him, the first thing he says is: "Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie." Which, sadly, is true.

Come to think of it, most of what is recorded that's he's said to his nephew has been a lie or a masked truth. Like, how he convinced him to go to the elephant graveyard. Or, how he convinced Simba that he was responsible for his father's death when he was just a little cub who didn't know better than to believe him. It's like convincing a two-year-old that they're the reason you lost your job. It scars them for life and they aren't mature enough to not take it to heart.

So, the rest I can't really narrate. How about I just let you see it?
So now you've finished the movie for the most part (I only embedded major scenes). And can we watch that mother-son bonding again?
Nothing cuter than Simba and his mommy.
Isn't it so cute?

I hope you know why I love this movie so much now. Especially that one last "Remember." Everything that could possibly go wrong has, but it is fixed. I mean, the trauma he went through can't be undone (he is still haunted in the film's sequel, Simba's Pride), but still. He is now not only "the king I see inside," but now he IS being that king.

And Scar gets what he deserves. When you try to put the blame on others, it falls back on you. He learned that the hard way and his so-called friends ate him. I would have done the same thing, but... so much for friendship!

My favorite scene (competing with all of the Simba and Nala romance) has got to be when Simba returns victoriously from his battle with Scar. The way he goes back to his mother and we see more head-nuzzling and then he goes to Nala and they do a little hug/kiss/whatever-it's-the-equivalent-to and then Rafiki shows up again, binky thing and all. I love the change in their relationship. Remember when Simba first met him? He called him a creepy little monkey and was obviously annoyed by his presence. Here, he gives him a big hug. Makes me smile every time. And then we hear that famous music...

He's walking up Pride Rock. This is where body language is important, you guys. He looks... almost like he's reluctantly taking the place as king. Everyone around him seems to be sensing hope from it. My favorite part of it is when he looks down and sees the skull falling down in the rain. It makes me think of how the past is dying and now a brighter future is coming. And it gets better. "Remember..." Mufasa says. And that is where Simba suddenly gains confidence (remember the "Endless Night" lyric, "one word, just a word will do to end this nightmare?") and...


Busa le lizwe bo!

And then, the revival of the Pride Lands. Is it me or does this movie have the best finale in the Disney Renaissance ever? Tarzan fans might disagree--- that finale was epic as well. The circle of life is back in balance, the hyenas are gone, the leaves have gotten back on the trees, the ground is unbroken, the river has water in it again, and Simba and Nala have a baby (says in a baby-shower-attendee voice mixed with fangirl mixed with church lady mixed with female toddler)! My OTP, plus a cute little lioness! Or, lion if you've read the books. But, let's say we're talking about Kiara. The way they look at their cub and then they look at each other... I'm fangirling again. Which leads me to this Phil Collins lyric...

"Put your faith in what you most believe in. Two worlds, one family. Trust your heart, let fate decide to guide these lives we see."

This brings me back to talking about my favorite couple. They started out as best friends. They had fun together, got in trouble together, wrestled with each other. Then, they grew up to be best friends still, and they fell in love. They fought with and for each other. They support each other through thick and thin.

And look at how Simba has grown throughout the film. He was an adventurous, slightly arrogant ("I am a genius!... I pulled it off!") cub, then grew to be the king we all knew he was, the king we saw inside (as you can tell, that's kind of my favorite line from "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"). He has taken his place in the great circle of life.

Busa, Simba! Busa, Simba!

"It's the circle of life and it moves us all through despair and hope, through faith and love 'til we find our place on the path unwinding in the circle... the circle of life."
-Carmen Twillie & Lebo M.

Adult Simba's best lines
"...It means no worries for the rest of your days!"
"Hey, it's okay."
"So many things to tell her, but how to make her see the truth about my past... Impossible! She'd turn away from me."
"No one needs me."
"Look! You think you can just show up and tell me hot to live my life? You don't even know what I've been through!"
"You said you'd always be there for me! But you're not. And it's because of me. It's my fault."
RAFIKI: "Who are you?" SIMBA: "I thought I knew. Now, I'm not so sure."
"How can I go back? I'm not who I used to be."
"The winds are changing."
"That won't work, Scar. I've put it behind me."
SIMBA: "Tell them the truth." SCAR: "But truth is in the eye of the behoghawjwk--- alright. ALRIGHT! I did it." SIMBA: "So they can hear you." SCAR: "I did it. I killed Mufasa."
"Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie."
"I'm not like you, Scar... run. Run away and NEVER return."

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's Been Four Years... What's Changed?

I had to interrupt my The Lion King series for this post because I have been putting this off for too long. This post was supposed to come to you on February 24th, but... as you can see, that didn't exactly happen...

What's so special about February 24th? "Let Clopin tell you about the tale of a man... and the monster!" Okay, no. The tale of a fifth-grader... and Blogspot.

I was obsessed with writing. I also was into creating my own website. I was ten years old, what was I gonna do with my life? I was reading a blog one day and was like, "What the heck, I'll make one of my own." So I did. And that day was known as 2/24/09. That day was a little more than four years ago. You can just look back at that first post and you will see typical fifth-grader writing. It was terrible! But there was a passion in it that mattered more than the quality. That is what drove me to get better at it.

So where am I now, nearly half a decade later? I am a freshman in high school and fourteen years old. I have made several blogs connected to this one. I have finished writing six novels. I probably won't publish any of them like I had originally dreamed of. But whatever. I've got a music career to focus on now, I guess. That's another thing that's changed. I'm a musician now. I own two guitars now, a violin and autoharp. Others, too, but these are instruments that are exclusively mine, not the whole family's.

These are a few changes I've made. Another fun way to document changes every year? A tradition of mine has been questionaires, asking me about my favorite music, movies, etc. Let the fun begin.

Favorite movie company
1. Walt Disney
2. DreamWorks
3. Pixar
4. Walden Media

Favorite movie
1. The Lion King
2. Prince Caspian (Disney/Walden)
3. What Happens in Vegas
4. Tarzan

Favorite animated boy
1. Simba
2. Kovu
3. Flynn/Eugene (even though "Tangled" is CGI and I have never actually seen it)
4. The Tramp (I know he's a dog, but... woo!)
And I must add a fifth, even though this blog isn't five years old yet... ALADDIN!

Favorite animated female
1. Nala
2. Megara
3. Jane
4. Jasmine

1. Simba and Nala, king and queen of Pride Rock
2. Rory and Amy Williams (or, Pond)
3. Tarzan and Jane Porter
4. Emma and Thayer (The Lying Game)

Favorite soundtrack song
1. "He Lives In You" by Lebo M (I also like the Broadway versions, including "They Live In You")
2. "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Mulan
3. "Go the Distance" by Roger Bart
4. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"

Favorite Broadway-style song
1. "The Madness of King Scar"
2. "Shadowland"
3. "Endless Night"
4. "Strangers Like Me" (Broadway version)

Favorite chorus song
1. "The Bells of Notre Dame"
2. "Grasslands Chant"
3. "One By One"
4. "Busa"

Favorite singer-songwriter
1. Kiersten Holine
2. Sally Dworksy
3. Amy Stroup
4. Andrew Belle

Favorite Disney song overall
1. "Two Worlds" by Phil Collins
2. "A Girl Worth Fighting For" from Mulan
3. "Circle of Life" by Carmen Twillie and Lebo M
4. "Colors of the Wind" by Judy Kuhn

Favorite band
1. Athlete
2. Local Natives
3. Barcelona
4. Measure

Songs that I was pretty much raised by
1. "I Want it That Way" by Backstreet Boys
2. "100 Years" by Five For Fighting
3. "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw
4. "You'll Be In My Heart (Phil Version)" by Phil Collins
And, I must add "Tears In Heaven" by Eric Clapton.

Favorite TV shows
1. The Walking Dead
2. Pretty Little Liars
3. The Lying Game
4. Switched at Birth

Favorite school subjects
1. U.S. History
2. Chinese (I'll be in DEP Mandarin next year)
3. Language Arts
4. Art

Dream colleges/universities/internships
1. Disney College Program
2. North Central University
3. Evangel University
4. University of Louisville

Dream jobs that I have a chance of getting
1. News reporter
2. Published non-fiction author
3. Signed musician
4. High school English teacher

Dream jobs that I am less likely to get (but will still try)
1. Voice actress
2. Broadway actress (I want to play Nala!)
3. News reporter for NBC World News
4. Disney face character (I don't noticeably resemble any Disney women due to my weird complexion, but I very loosely resemble Jasmine, Tiana, Pocahontas, and Esmeralda)

Favorite girls' names
1. Nala, meaning "gift"
2. Kiara
3. Aurora
4. Phoebe

Favorite boys' names
1. Aden
2. Jason
3. Joseph
4. Dwayne

Favorite sports
1. Artistic gymnastics
2. Cheerleading
3. Volleyball
4. Diving

Favorite places
1. Louisville, Kentucky
2. Anywhere in Africa, particularly Kenya or South Africa
3. Anywhere in the Southwest
4. New York City

Favorite sayings
1. Keep moving forward.
2. Just keep swimming.
3. What happened yesterday is done. Today is your chance to make things better, and it's your decision to take it. (I made that one up!)
4. Hakuna matata!

These are a few of my favorite things as of 2013, my freshman year of high school!