May the 4th Be with You – 2017

May the 4th Be with You

In case you’re not into pop culture and haven’t been on the internet, today is May the 4th, as in May the Fourth Force Be With You a.k.a. Star Wars Day. My husband astutely believes that May the 4th is a hokey day for everyone to just boast about being such a huge Star Wars fan. I for one, just like the excuse to watch Star Wars all day…though in all honesty I don’t need an excuse. After the movies, I found one of the Ewok adventures on youtube. But I think that’s a post best left for another day…

Last year I managed to watch all of 7 Star Wars films, plus the Ewok Adventure.
This year I just watched two.
Rogue One and A New Hope.

Since the beginning most scenes for all of the Star Wars films have been filmed in the UK. Yet, location is not the only British  tie to Star Wars and no, I’m not referring to Alec Guinness. The first known use of the phrase, “May the Fourth be with You” occurred two years after the release of A New Hope. When on May 4th, 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The Conservative party took out an advertisement in the London Evening News which states “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations”.

Isn’t that wild? I will leave you with that bit of trivia.

I did a little Disney Bounding.
I dressed as Padme from Revenge of the Sith.

Click here to see the result! 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful 4th!

Thank you for Reading!

 

Thank you, Max…for that marvelous introduction.

Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blogging challenge this past month.

We’ve gone through quite the roster of villains, from TV to Movies, Comics and beyond.

We explored both Women and Men, maybe not the worst of the worst but definitely a few nasty baddies in there.

Once again, I just really enjoyed sharing trivia as well as my thoughts with you.

I know I didn’t get to finish all of my drawings but hopefully I can catch up on them at some point this month.

Thank you again for keeping up with my A to Z Challenge.

I hope you all have a wonderful May!

Z : Zira “Scar is gone… but Zira’s still around To love this little lad Till he learns to be a killer With a lust for being bad!”

DAY 30

ZIRA

The Villainess from the 1998 straight to video sequel of The Lion King.

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

I know this movie did not get the best reviews and obviously this was nowhere near as great as the original but on a personal level, this film means a lot to me.

My cousin Derby and I used to watch this film over, and over, and over again. We were obsessed with the animals and the songs. We knew it was goofy but to be honest we all know it’s not the worst Disney sequel…I’m looking at you Atlantis.

And I’ve always compared these two films to Jurassic Park.

Next time you have the opportunity. Watch the beginning of Jurassic Park, then the beginning of The Lost World. Then watch the beginning of The Lion King and then Simba’s Pride. Watch both openings until the Title credit appears.
Jurassic Park and The Lion King both have such epic openings.
The music is powerful and the title credit intensely appears.
While both sequels seem like they’re not even trying to compete.
They know what they have to offer.

But I digress.

Lets dig a little deeper into Zira.

Zira is a devoted follower of Scar. She even names her second son Kovu which is Swahili for Scar. Zira was originally going to be named “Bianca” but there were two issues. One, filmmakers did not want people to get her confused with Miss Bianca. Two, Bianca was not Swahillian enough. Zira is Swahili for hate.

Speaking of mothers, actresses Bette Midler and Helen Mirren were both considered for the role of Zira, as well as the role of Sarabi (Simba’s mother).

One of the original ideas for the film was to have Simba killed by the Outlander lionesses…I personally am glad they did not do this.

Zira’s death was going to be very similar to Gaston. Remember how he was going to “commit suicide” after stabbing the Beast? Originally, Zira was to reject Kiara’s help and push herself off the cliff into the rushing waters below. They even animated Zira smiling as she falls to her death, even though she’s screaming.

Do you consider Scar and Zira mates? This was the original plan until Disney realized if Kovu and Kiara got together they would be second cousins and thus incest. So, Zira was written as a dedicated follower. Though some fans still consider them to be mates…

Scar is an official member of Disney’s Sinister Cats, while Zira is just an occasional member.

Thank you for Reading!

And we did it!
I can’t believe I actually made it through.
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Y : Yzma “To the Secret Lab!”

Day 29

Yzma

Let’s end this years challenge with some good ol’ Disney, shall we?
Plus, a little Girl Power is always welcomed!

Believe it or not, I recently just watched The Emperor’s New Groove fully for the first time. Overall, I think it was released at the wrong time for me. I was getting to the age where I didn’t automatically watch every single Disney film. Plus the male centric plot and the overall humor didn’t really speak to me back then.
I guess, I had to grow into it…

The Emperor’s New Groove was originally going to be a more dramatic Disney musical entitled Kingdom of the Sun. It was to be based off of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. With David Spade as the (Emperor) Prince and Owen Wilson as the (Pacha) Pauper. Eartha Kitt was Yzma, an aged royal sorceress. The film was about 50% complete but tested extremely poorly with test audiences. The entire project was reworked and Owen Wilson was replaced with John Goodman.

After it was reworked, most people thought the film is based off of Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Emperor’s New Clothes but in fact the film shares a lot more similarities with Kalif Storch (Caliph Stork) written by Wilhelm Hauff.

The role of Yzma was originally offered to Barbra Streisand who turned it down. That’s when original Catwoman, Eartha Kitt was cast instead. And speaking of Catwoman, at the end of the film, Yzma is turned into a cat. A respectful nod to her Catwoman days on Batman.

Yzma’s signature color is Purple, associated with madness and royalty.
In Japan, Purple is also known as the color of death.

Yzma’s physical appearance was based on Cruella De Vil and 1950s singer, Yma Sumac, the “Inca princess of Hollywood”. Cruella is very skinny and angular in appearance while both her and Yma Sumac are both extremely stylish.

Thank you for Reading!

One Day to Gooo!!!
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X : Xenomorph “They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

DAY 28

Xenomorph

I’m a pretty big Alien fan.
I used to be quite scared of Xenomorphs when I was younger.
Between the Great Movie Ride and this life-size statute I encountered once in a restaurant.
When I went through my Horror movie phase as a teenager, I  was a bit fearful to watch but I was more intrigued than scared, so I jumped in.

And Boy am I glad I did.
I quickly became obsessed with Ripley and her Alien journey.

There are many theories that have yet to be confirmed as to the existence of Xenomorphs. According to IMdb, director, Ridley Scott claims, “We’re getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts – how and why they were created – and the first ‘Alien’ film that I made over thirty years ago.”

Alien has a run time of 1 hour and 57 minutes, the Xenomorph does not appear until an hour into the film and out of the last 57 minutes, it only has four minutes of screen time.

The Xenomorph in Alien is different from the ones that appear in the rest of the franchise. In Aliens, the Xenomorphs seem to only kill while hunting for food, in self-defense or gathering hosts for facehuggers. The Xenomorph in the Alien seems to kill for sport. It seems to be much more sadistic in nature and enjoys killing.

At the film’s premiere religious zealots set fire to the model of the Xenomorph believing it to be the work of the devil.

Alien 3 is the first film in which a Xenomorph can be seen eating its victim.

Thank you for Reading!

-Post Script-

For another Post on an X Villain, Check out  last year’s Post on
X : XEHANORT “XEHANORT. FOOLISH APPRENTICE OF A FOOLISH MAN.”

-Post-Post Script-

At the end of the credits for Aliens, the sound of an Alien egg cracking open can be heard.
See you tomorrow!!
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W : Walter White “You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.”

Day 27

Walter White

Walter Hartwell White Sr

I didn’t have access to AMC when Breaking Bad started and once I did I thought it would just be easier to binge from beginning to end.

Believe it or not, even through its popularity and five seasons of hype
there was only one spoiler that I came across.

My Husband always teases me because since diving in, I’ve binged Breaking Bad three times.

I feel a little sheepish for taking on Walter White today since I feel most fans will probably already know these but here I go…

It’s pretty hard to think of anyone better fitted for Walter than Bryan Cranston but due to his comedic background, Sony and AMC wanted bigger names like, John Cusack and Matthew Broderick. Cranston was always creator Vince Gilligan first choice, ever since he cast him as Patrick Crump in the 1998 episode of the X-filesDrive.

Bryan Cranston was primarily known for his comedic role as Hal in the broad comedy Malcolm in the Middle. Hal wore tighty-whities, just like Walter White. When Bryan Cranston read that detail in the script, he was hesitant to jump into tighty-whities once again. He questioned Gilligan about the clothing option and was answered with, “Tighty-whities are funnier than boxer shorts.” Cranston did some deep thinking, he had worn tighty-whities for Hal because Hal was just like his boys, he was just an overgrown boy. According to Cranston, “A grown man in tighty-whities can be funny; it can also be pathetic.” Gilligan wanted Walter to transform from a nerdy Mr. Chips type character into Scarface.

Cranston makes sure his characters have a strong foundation. Hal’s base was fear. Walter’s base was his fear of failure and had closed himself off from that risk, thus sinking himself into a deep depression.

Walter White’s Meth Alias, Heisenberg, is a nod to Werner Heisenberg, a German theoretical physicist and one of the key innovator of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg died of cancer in 1976.

Walter White was diagnosed with stage-three terminal lung cancer the day after his 50th Birthday. Best case scenario, he was given 2 years to live. Walter dies on his 52nd Birthday, one day shy of two years.

Thank you for Reading!

see you tomorrow!!

V : Van Pelt “A hunter from the darkest wild Makes you feel just like a child.”

Day 26

Van Pelt

The first time I watched Jumanji was with my Mom, Aunt and cousin. I don’t remember much about that moment in the theater except the spider scene…
but I digress…
It immediately became a family favorite.

It’s one of those films that really brings me back to childhood.
I loved pretending that the game was real with my cousin.
I even bought the board game.
And what can you say about Robin Williams? He was perfectly cast once again, having been in so many of our classics throughout the ’90s.

Funny enough, according to IMdb, “Roger Ebert criticized the film for being marketed as a family film, yet being far too scary for children. Even Robin Williams wouldn’t let his children watch it.”

Now, speaking of scary… lets discuss, Van Pelt.
Simply known as The Hunter in the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg.

In the film, actor Jonathan Hyde portrays both Van Pelt as well as Alan’s father, Sam Parrish. A nod to how many productions of Peter Pan cast Mr. Darling and Captain Hook. (Coincidentally, Williams played adult Peter Pan in Hook. Where this casting did not occur…but then again there was no Mr. Darling)

A year after the film’s release, a television series was produced.
Actor Tim Curry auditioned for the voice of Van Pelt before being cast as Slick.

In the film, Van Pelt is more honorable, simply a hunter hunting his prey. Nothing personal. Meanwhile, in the TV series he’s portrayed as cold-blooded and maniacal.

Another short one for today.

Happy Wednesday
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Thank you for Reading!
❤ 

See you tomorrow
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U : Unity “‘World Peace Achieved.’ Nice. Little weird to publish a paper about it for yourself, but hey. So, what’s next?”

Day 25

Unity

I’m not sure whether Summer is on the right side of this coin toss or Morty
but for the purposes of today’s Villain Post
lets focus on the negative aspects of Unity.

Unity appears in the 3rd Episode of Season 2, Auto Erotic Assimilation. The episode premiered on August 9, 2015.

The episode opens with Rick bumping into his ex… a hive mind called, Unity.

Unity explains to Rick, Summer and Morty that she took over this particular planet’s entire population. By controlling them she was able to stop a race war between the flat concentric nipple rings and cone nipple people, and it improved the quality of life for the occupants.
However, all of this was achieved at the cost of the inhabitants’ free will and individuality.
Something that Summer objects to as being wrong.

So, in this matter, what is villainous?

This episode reveals a lot about Rick. We find out that he is pansexual. We also find out that Rick has a rather complicated relationship with his father. (Since he asks Unity to fill a stadium of men that look remotely like him while he performs an orgy.)

There’s also a reference to creator Dan Harmon‘s nbc show, Community. (When Rick has Unity create a TV show for him)

Thank you for Reading!

For a glimpse at a more traditional “Villain
Last year I wrote my A to Z challenge on Ursula from The Little Mermaid.
Click here to read: U : URSULA “WELL, IT’S TIME URSULA TOOK MATTERS INTO HER OWN TENTACLES.”

See you tomorrow
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T : Talia al Ghul “Father has only truly respected one other man. The detective. The one known as the Batman.”

Day 24

Talia al Ghul

Daughter of supervillain Ra’s al Ghul
(His most famous of offspring).
Talia has been featured as both,
anti-hero and supervillain
in her own right.

Talia made her comic book debut in Detective Comics #411 (“Into the Den of the Death-Dealers!”) in May 1971. She was created by Denny O’Neil, Bob Brown and Dick Giordano. Funny enough, her father made his comic book debut in the June 1971 issue of Batman #232.

In the 1992 Graphic Novel, Birth of the Demon, Talia’s mother was revealed. Ra’s met a part-Chinese, part-Arab woman at Woodstock. The two fell in love and had Talia. Unfortunately, she later died from a drug overdose and Ra’s felt she was unworthy of revival in the Lazarus Pits. (This origin isn’t always followed since Talia has never really been portrayed as having Arab or Chinese descent.

Talia has occasionally been Batman’s love interest, which resulted in their child, Damian Wayne. (though personally, Catwoman is Batman’s true romantic interest!)

Like Batman, Talia has no superpowers, but she is a skilled assassin, successful businesswoman due to her high intellect and is excellent in hand to hand combat. And like her father she has the ability to extend her lifespan through the use of the Lazarus Pits.

Talia appeared in four episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. She makes a tragic reappearance in the third season of Batman Beyond, episode five, Out of the Past. A surprisingly young Talia visits the elderly Bruce Wayne offering him a dip in the Lazarus Pits. Later, it’s revealed that Talia had sacrificed her life for her father. It was Ra’s who has been occupying Talia’s body and he wanted to trick Bruce into giving up his body.

 The Dark Knight Rises

Thanks to Christopher Nolan creating characters for his Batman trilogy, like Rachel Dawes and John Blake–the big reveal of Marion Cotillard’s character being Talia al Ghul was a success. At least for me, I remember being angry while watching the film and Bane was revealed to be Ra’s al Ghul’s son. I was so frustrated, thinking to myself, “What are they doing!? Ra’s had a daughter not a son!” I was too wrapped up in the movie to see the twist right in front of my face!

Though there was a hint at her true identity during the charity ball scene. Miranda Tate says, “you must invest if you wish to restore balance to the world.”
In Batman Begins, Ra’s al Ghul says, “Only a cynical man would call what these people have ‘lives,’ Wayne. Crime, despair… this is not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.”

Another clue is that both Miranda and Bane have the same triangle scar. Bane has it on the side of his head and Miranda has it on her back. Hinting at her membership in the League of Shadows.

Thank you for Reading!

See you tomorrow!
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