S : Scar “Oh, no, Mufasa. Perhaps *you* shouldn’t turn your back on *me*.”

Day 22

Scar

We all pretty much have our favorite Disney characters, including villains. It’s so hard for me to choose, since there are so many fabulous ones to choose from.  An easier but similarly hard choice is picking the most evil.

Judge Claude Frollo is one evil dude, but my money has always been on Scar.
The guy killed his own brother and attempted to kill his nephew, several times.

Pretty much everyone is aware that The Lion King was seen as Bambi meets Hamlet.
Remember back when I stated that I have two all time favorite Disney films?
One being Beauty and the Beast, for its outstanding storytelling and inner beauty.
The other would be Lion King. When I think back on a film that I identify the most with from my childhood it would be Lion King. I was too young to fully grasp Beauty and the Beast when it first came out. Belle immediately became my favorite Princess but it was The Lion King that I talked to my friends about on the playground.

So allow me to divulge a few backstory facts, about the most evil guy at Pride Rock.

Scar is Mufasa‘s younger brother. Scar is a nickname he gave himself, his real name is Taka, the Swahili word for “want”. (Clever that he wants to be King.)

The scar on his face was pretty much self inflicted. After it is announced that Mufasa would be the next king, Scar devises a plan to make his brother look foolish and unfit to be King. He tells Mufasa about a Cape buffalo named Boma who is hording the water at the waterhole. He then antagonizes Boma, lying that Mufasa is there on official King duties which means he has one of two choices, flee the area or fight. Boma chooses to fight but misses Mufasa and attacks Scar. Mufasa rescues Scar but not before Boma leaves his mark, the scar over his right eye.
Taka renames himself Scar as a reminder of his mistake.
This was all revealed in the first book in The Lion King: Six New AdventuresA Tale of Two Brothers

After his death, Scar is given more backstory in the Disney Junior show, The Lion Guard. The show follows Simba’s second born, his son, Kion. In the series, The Lion Guard made up of a team of lions who protect the Pride Lands and the Circle of Life. The leader would have the mystic power known as Roar of the Elders. The team is led by the second born child of the King. Which means, Scar once led The Lion Guard. Of course he let the power get to his head and used the Roar of the Elders for evil, killing the other members of the Lion Guard. As a result, he loses the power completely and drops into a depression. 

Some Fun Facts from the Film

Scar was originally going to be a rouge lion instead of related to Mufasa. However, creators felt it was much more interesting to have Scar in the family. The reason for Mufasa and Scar looking so dissimilar is that he was never drawn to be related to Mufasa or Simba.

Actors, James Caan, Robert DuvallRay Liotta Tim Curry, and Malcolm McDowell were all considered for the role of Scar. The role eventually went to Jeremy Irons, who was hesitant to accept doing a comedic role right after winning an Oscar for Reversal of Fortune. His performance inspired writers to blend his character from the film, Claus von Bülow into Scar and animator, Andreas Deja into fusing Irons’s facial traits with Scars.

Jeremy Irons threw his voice out while performing, “Be Prepared.” It was during the part when he sings, YOU WON’T GET A SNIFF WITHOUT ME! Voice actor, Jim Cummings (Voice of Ed) had to finish the rest of the song.

Scar is the first and so far only Animated Disney Villain to commit murder onscreen. All other villains have done so through back story or off screen.

So it’s fitting that Scar also has the most violent death scene of any Disney Character.

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R : Rita Repulsa “How am I supposed to rule the Machine Empire, AND conquer the universe, when my Cogs can’t even handle the likes of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd?”

DAY 21

Rita Repulsa

I was little when Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came out.
My friend had an Aunt who lived in Japan and she would send him all of the Japanese Power Ranger toys. He was the one who introduced me to Power Rangers.
But it was Amy Jo Johnson who kept me coming back.
PINK RANGER 4 LYFE!

But this isn’t a post about Heroes, this is a Post about Villains.

So sit back and relax, while we take a peak at Angel Grove’s favorite Female Villain…

Rita Repulsa

Rita comes from a family of villains. Her father is Master Vile and her brother is Rito Revolto, a foot solider who works for her. Rita also tricks Lord Zedd into marrying her. Despite this fact, the two remain married and actually have a son together, Thrax.

Spoiler Alert: Rita and Lord Zedd end up being purified, they change into humans once Zordon sacrifices himself in order to cleanse/destroy many villains. After she is purified, Rita becomes the hero known as, Mystic Mother, returning for a brief appearance in the two-part episode, Power Rangers Mystic Force.

Trivia Facts

Rita Repulsa made her first appearance in the very first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, “Day of the Dumpster“. Throughout her 143 episode run, Rita was played by five actresses. Three performing her physical acting and two dubbing over her voice. The first was the original Japanese actress, Machiko Soga and instead of Rita Repulsa she was going to be called, Witch Bandora.

She was first portrayed by voice actress Barbara Goodson, who almost lost the part during her first audition. Directors told her to make her voice sound wickedly similar to the Wicked Witch of the West. She did and was turned away. Then directors decided that they wanted Rita to sound more angry than cackily so they pretty much forced Goodson to reaudition. She made a high pitch screech and did Rita’s voice, winning her the part. However, the voice that won her the part was extremely straining and she was unaware that her part would last for 7 years.
Goodson has later stated, “I went through a lot of water and cough drops.”

Spoilers for Power Rangers

For the Power Rangers Movie, the role of Rita Repulsa went to Elizabeth Banks (who received some backlash since she is not an Asian actress). For her depiction of Rita, creators combined elements from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where she’s a Space Witch and the Rangers are formed to stop her. As well as, a combination of the character, Scorpina and the Green Ranger.
(Also note her costume, Scorpina wears tighter clothing than Rita and the color scheme in the film is green and gold, much like the Green Ranger.)

At the end of the film, Rita Repulsa is seen shooting off into space towards the moon.
In Mighty Morphin Power Rangers her lair was on the moon…

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See you tomorrow!
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Go Go Power Rangers!

 

Q : Queen of Hearts “I warn you, child… if I lose my temper, you lose your head! Understand?”

Day 20

 Queen of Hearts

You’ve got to be pretty insane to be the craziest person in Wonderland.

Adding another Queen to our roster of Villains.

The Queen of Hearts is that Crazy.

Alice in Wonderland is based on the book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by English writer and mathematician, Lewis Carroll in 1865. Although Carroll has stated that the Queen of Hearts is not based on any real person. Many people have considered it a caricature of Queen Victoria who reigned from 1837-1901.

Carroll’s sequel, Through the Looking Glass features a character similar to the Queen of Hearts but still different. She’s known as the Red Queen and Carroll has tried to make the distinction between the two, however, many adaptions combine the two Queens. Such as Tim Burton’s Red Queen played by Helena Bonham Carter.

In the book, while the Queen of Hearts wants to behead everyone who crosses her, her Husband the King of Hearts often pardons her victims while the Queen is not looking.

Even though the Queen of Hearts is obsessed with beheading people, Carroll does not depict her as a villain in the original novel. It’s throughout the many adaptations that she is turned into the Villain of the story.

Some report that Walt Disney felt a lot of pressure to adapt Alice in Wonderland. Many people thought the classic tale would be a perfect Disney film. He found it a challenge to do so and his hesitation stemmed from the lack of a typical story line.

Whether or not this was the case, Disney did mull around the idea of making Alice in Wonderland a combination of a Live Action Alice going into an Animated Wonderland. Actress Mary Pickford did some color screen tests in preparation.

According to IMdb, “In an interview with gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper, Walt explained that the Queen of Hearts was somewhat based on rival gossip-columnist Louella Parsons, who was similarly ill-tempered and wore her dark hair in a bun.”

I hope you enjoyed spending this time with the Queen of Hearts.
❤ ❤ ❤

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P : Phantom of the Opera “Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in to the power of the music of the night.”

Day 19

The Phantom

What is the measure of a true villain?
or to quote another Musical,
Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”
Is the Phantom a true villain?
I won’t go into depth on that subject now, it’s just something to mull over.


The Phantom of the Opera was originally a French novel entitled, Le Fantôme de l’Opéra written by Gaston Leroux. The story was originally published in the Le Gaulois (a French newspaper founded in 1868 by Edmond Tarbé and Henri de Pène). Le Fantôme de l’Opéra was first printed from 23 September 1909 to 08 January 1910.

Leroux was inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera (The Palais Garnier) which occurred during the 19th century. In the real Palais Garnier there is indeed a mysterious lake underneath the Opera House, however, it’s not nearly romantic and has since become a training ground for firemen practicing underwater maneuvers. The infamous chandelier also has some history to it. A counterweight fell from it at one point killing a construction worker.

As well as a mythical tale revolving around a former ballet student’s skeleton in Carl Maria von Weber‘s 1841 production of the German Opera Der Freischütz. (Though there has been no truth found behind the existence of a real skeleton being used during productions of the play.)

The two most famous adaptions are the 1925 silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring, Lon Chaney as The Phantom and of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s 1986 Broadway Musical. (Fun Fact: the 1925 was not the first film version, a German film was made in 1916 entitled, Das Phantom der Oper starring Nils Olaf Chrisander as Erik the Phantom. Unfortunately, This is considered a lost film, since there are no known copies of the film still in existence today.)

Coincidentally, a “talkie” version of the 1925 film was released in 1930, which too has become a lost film.

Universal kept Lon Chaney’s Phantom makeup extremely under wraps so as to keep his big reveal a complete surprise. It worked, most people found Chaney’s makeup quite grotesque. Actor Gregory Peck claimed that this was his earliest movie memory, the makeup frightened him so much that his Grandmother allowed him to sleep in bed with her that night (he was 9). We can thank Chaney for his look, he crafted the make-up himself.

CATS was the longest running Broadway Musical in history, until The Phantom of the Opera took the title. Both Musicals were composed and produced by Andrew Llyod Webber.

Webber considers the scene in which the Chandelier crashes to the stage to be the most theatrical moment he’s ever conceived.

For more facts on Webber’s Phantom check out an earlier post from October: DRAWLLOWEEN 21 : “NOT QUITE PERISHED, MY LADY LOVE, ALTHOUGH SOME DAYS I WISH I HAD.”

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O : Oogie Boogie “Leave that no-account Oogie-Boogie out of this!!”

Day 18

Oogie Boogie

Oogie Boogie is the main antagonist of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

He’s the main “villain” in many video games, such as the Kingdom Hearts series.
He’s also featured in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular as part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. With that being said, Tim Burton has stated that he does not think of Oogie Boogie as the villain.

Oogie Boogie has a penchant for gambling as one can clearly see in the film. Funny enough, it’s also obvious that he doesn’t have quite the knack for it, since he rolls several snake eyes.

According to the 2005 game for Gameboy Advance, “The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King”. Oogie Boogie used to be the King of a holiday known as “Bug Day.” Once this day fell out of favor he was forced to move to Halloweentown. In the Game, he wants to take over changing the name of Halloweentown to Bug Town and Halloween to Crawloween.

Apparently, there’s been debate over whether or not Oogie Boogie is the “Shadow in the Moon at Night” which is featured in the opening song, “This is Halloween“. Personally, I don’t understand the debate. I have always and will always (unless Tim Burton has some hard evidence disproving it) think that that is Oogie Boogie in the moonlight.

The Nightmare Before Christmas was created by Tim Burton. He claims ownership of the property since he wrote and illustrated the original poem/short story. He also created the characters, wrote most of the script as well as produced the film. Due to his busy schedule directing, Batman Returns and getting ready to direct Ed Wood he had to hand over directing duties to Henry Selick.

During production, an idea for the ending was that it would be revealed Oogie Boogie was actually Dr. Finklestein in disguise. A thought Tim Burton vetoed immediately as well as a sequel. Burton’s defense, “”I was always very protective of [Nightmare] not to do sequels or things of that kind. You know, ‘Jack visits Thanksgiving world’ or other kinds of things just because I felt the movie had a purity to it and the people that like it.”

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N : Norman Bates “Well, a boy’s best friend is his mother.”

Day 17

Norman Bates

Number 2 on AFI’s 100 Greatest Heroes & Villains list.

I’ve been a Hitchcock fan my whole life. Thanks in large part to my parents who have a great respect for the classics. But our favorite has always been The Birds, then Rear Window then Vertigo. It wasn’t until much later that I actually watched Psycho for the first time. My only guess would be my parents were wary of the infamous Shower Scene… It’s still not my favorite Hitchcock film but I do appreciate it a great deal.

Psycho was the last film Alfred Hitchcock filmed in Black & White
as well as his first Horror Film.

As the film opens on Marion (played by Janet Leigh), the book written by Robert Bloch opens on Norman Bates having an argument with his mother. Bates is painted as a much less sympathetic character in the book. He’s a middle-aged, unattractive, overweight, balding middle-aged man. He’s an alcoholic having frequent blackouts and intense misogyny towards all women especially his mother. It was Alfred Hitchcock who thought to make him younger and more sympathetic. Instead of drinking, Bates is seen munching on Candy Corn. Hitchcock portrays his Bates as a perpetual boy, someone lost in childhood, stuck under his Mother’s thumb.

Alfred Hitchcock casted Anthony Perkins in the part of Norman Bates partly because the two characters have so much in common. Both Perkins and Bates were only children whose fathers passed away when they five years old and then raised by their single mothers.

Once on set, Hitchcock started to refer to Anthony Perkins as “Master Bates.”

Although actor Anthony Perkins refused to speak about his role as Norman Bates, he has later stated that he would do the role again in a minute even though he was typecast.

According to IMdb, “When Norman discovers the body of Marion Crane, he shouts, “Mother! Oh God! God! Blood! Blood!” Alfred Hitchcock had the bass frequencies removed from Anthony Perkins‘ voice to make him sound more like a frightened teenager.”

Actress Brooke Smith who played Catherine Martin in Silence of the Lambs plays Sheriff Jane Greene on Bates Motel. (Coincidentally, the murderer Buffalo Bill and Norman Bates are both based on the real life serial killer Ed Gein.
Throughout the film there were many references to Birds,
Marion’s last name is Crane,
Norman’s hobby is stuffing birds,
Norman makes a comment that Marion eats like a bird.
3 years later, Hitchcock’s next film was The Birds.
Coincidence? I think not.
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Happy Easter 2017

This time last year, we were in a different state, different time zone and a completely different mindset.

Technically, this time last year we were at our residential community fair day about to go see The Jungle Book. But this time last EASTER (March 27th) it was just the three of us.
Stan, Annie and myself.

Now, here we are Stan has a different career path, Annie has a big backyard and I have a Baby in my tummy, just waiting to escape into the world.

So, for Lent I gave up sweets ❤
It was a spur of the moment decision on Ash Wednesday.
We had just gotten back from Disney where I had been indulging in all their goodness.
Ice Cream, Cakes, Cookies…
Stan gave up alcohol.
Today, we gave one another little Easter gifts.
I gave him a Pint of Samuel Adams.
He gave me a vanilla donut with fruit loops on top for breakfast.

While I was buying Stan his gift, I started thinking about everything I wanted to get,
Sushi, Lunch Meat, Alcohol…then it hit me,
What the heck am I doing? I didn’t give these things up.
I’m pregnant!
So still more time to wait on Sushi.
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With that being said, my bags are packed and ready to go.
The Nursery is pretty set.
Crib is up,
Changing table is ready, full of diapers, wipes and clothes.
Books in the Bookshelf.
Bassinet is ready to go into our room at a moment’s notice.

I can hardly believe that here we are.

Happy Easter to all
and to all a Goodnight!

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M : Mystique “Securing our future. Forgive me, Mystique. As long as you’re out there, we’ll never be safe.”

Day 15

Mystique

When I used to watch X-Men: Evolution as a kid, Rouge was my favorite character.
When the films debuted that quickly changed to Wolverine and Mystique.

I like that Mystique has a bigger role in the new trilogy but as my Husband gets annoyed with–She’s not a Villain. Since Jennifer Lawrence is playing her, she’s become a hero. I don’t agree with this entirely, since I think she was trying to be a Villain in X-Men: Days of Future Past but since her past was changed her future changed. And although I feel like the only one who likes Apocalypse, I think she was confused in that film about her status in life. She’s seen as a Hero by other mutants even though that’s not a role she wants to play.

Just as a side note: I can’t stand Scott or Jean in the original films. I never understood why Wolverine was so in love with Jean. But Sophie Turner and Tye Sheridan have really redeemed them in my eyes. And in my defense, I can see the flaws in Apocalypse but I think it’s a fun film. I love the 80s, I love seeing the gang back together and I just love Storm’s hair!

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Mystique was born Raven Darkhölme.

In the comics, Mystique had an intimate relationship with Azazel which resulted in the birth of Nightcrawler. This is hinted at in the new trilogy where, Mystique tears up at the autopsy photo of Azazel. She is also quick to rescue Nightcrawler from the cage fight, leaving the other mutants behind. (Personally, this example doesn’t hold much water for me.)

At the end of Days of Future Past, it was considered having Mystique side with Charles. Then in the Future, Rebecca Romijn would have reprised her role as older Mystique. She would have been seen teaching a Biology class with Hank.

At the time of release of Apocalypse, Jennifer Lawrence is 2 years younger than Rebecca Romijn when she started as Mystique.

In X-Men evolution, artist Steve Gordon felt Mystique’s look was dated and if he had more time he would have changed her look. Stating that if he could have gotten away with it, he would have went the nude route like the films had. Not surprising at all, the films went with the nude route in order to attract as many male fans as possible. Though it has been stated that clothing restrict Mystique’s shape shifting abilities…riiight.

Wolverine star, Hugh Jackman said that if he could have a mutant abilities, he would choose Mystique’s shape shifting gift.

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L : Lex Luthor “Lex Luthor! The greatest criminal mind of our time!”

Day 14

Lex Luthor

Superman’s arch nemesis.
While Superman is known as the man of steel and an all around Boy Scout.
Lex Luthor relies on his brains over brawn and is pretty much the farthest thing from a Boy Scout you can get.

One of my favorite things about comics are the villains.
Especially Villains like, the Joker and Lex Luthor.
Two villains that couldn’t be more opposite than their arch-enemies.

Luthor made his comic book debut in the April 1940 issue of Action Comics #23.
(Two years after Superman’s debut.)
In this issue he was only known as Luthor and it was implied that he died in the end. Which was common in the early issues where he appeared.
He reappears in Superman #4. In these appearances he has a full head of red hair.
Making him blad was a mistake credited to studio artist Leo Nowak, a reason for the mistake has been discussed but never answered.

In 1944, he was the first Comic Book character to use an Atomic Bomb. This story was delayed publication until 1946 after the United States Department of War (now known as the United States Department of Defense) got involved.

Luthor wasn’t seen in comics until the September 1957 issue of Superboy #59. He was mostly seen as a Mad-Scientist or Rouge Scientist. For example, in a 1960s Origin issue, Luthor lived in Smallville and befriended Superboy. Luthor saved him from Kryptonite and in return Superboy built him a laboratory. And as a thank you, Luthor decides to create a Kryptonite antidote but a fire erupts. Superboy uses his freezing breath which blows over chemicals, ruining some experiments and leaving Luthor bald.
They’ve been enemies ever since.

It wasn’t until 1986, that we got the Lex Luthor we know today.
John Byrne redesigned Luthor as a Villain people could recognize for the ’80s. He became an evil corporate executive. First overweight but he became thinner and sleeker. Instead of losing his hair in an accident, he’s seen naturally losing it overtime in the comics.

Marv Wolfman originally suggested the idea to John Byrne.
According to Wolfman, “I never believed the original Luthor. Every story would begin with him breaking out of prison, finding some giant robot in an old lab he hid somewhere, and then he’d be defeated. My view was if he could afford all those labs and giant robots he wouldn’t need to rob banks. I also thought later that Luthor should not have super powers. Every other villain had super powers. Luthor’s power was his mind. He needed to be smarter than Superman. Superman’s powers had to be useless against him because they couldn’t physically fight each other and Superman was simply not as smart as Luthor.”

Some Fun Facts:

Luthor doesn’t consider himself evil. He does things for the greater good of the world, even if many people don’t think his idea of good is actually “Good” for the world. Hence his personal mantra, “the ends always justify the means.” There was no better example of this than when in 2000 he ran and successfully became President of the United States.

Luthor’s company LexCorp, is one of Wayne Enterprises biggest competitors. And due to Bruce Wayne refusing to accept military contracts, LexCorp is worth much more. Though some dispute this, claiming that Bruce Wayne is personally worth more than Luthor.

Movie Trivia

Actor Gene Hackman, sounded like quite the handful while filming the 1978, Superman.
He first refused to shave off his mustache, which was cleverly solved when Director, Richard Donner promised to shave off his as well. (He didn’t have a mustache, he wore a fake one to fool Hackman.) Then Hackman refused to shave his head and wear a bald cap. Hair and Makeup fixed this by styling Hackman’s hair in different styles in order to give the illusion that he was wearing different hairpieces. There is only one scene in the film where he wears a skull-cap.

Dustin Hoffman and Paul Newman both turned the role down, while Hackman was reluctant to accept considering it might hurt his image as a serious actor.

According to IMdb, in Superman II, “The scene when Lex Luthor escapes from the prison yard is inspired by true events. 3 IRA Prisoners escaped from Mountjoy prison when a helicopter lifted them out of the yard.”

At the end of Superman IV, Superman drops Lex Luthor off in Prison, when leaving he states, “See you in 20”. Coincidentally, the next time Superman and Lex Luthor appear in a Movie together was 19 years later in the 2006 film Superman Returns. (Which picks up where Superman II left off.)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Is the 5th theatrical portrayal of Lex Luthor.
(4th time as Main Protagonist) This is the most of any Supervillain in any Superhero Franchise.
Second is William Stryker from X-Men with 5 appearances, twice as the main villain.
Third is the Joker, with 3 appearances, 2 as the main villain.

TV Trivia

Lex Luthor never made an appearance on the original 1952 series, Adventures of Superman. Makes sense since he wasn’t as distinct back then.

Actor Clancy Brown auditioned for the role of Superman/Clark Kent for Superman (the Animated Series). But after hearing his audition, Bruce Timm offered him the part of Lex Luthor instead.

Much like Harley Quinn being invented for Batman: the Animated Series. A character was invented for Superman. She’s not nearly as popular nor as spectacular as Harley but she is in the same vein. Lex Luthor needed a henchwoman and thus Mercy Graves was born.

In the animated series Justice League, the voice of the Flash, Michael Rosenbaum, played Lex Luthor in the 2001 show, Smallville.

I think I’ve kept you here long enough.
Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about Lex Luthor!

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See you tomorrow!
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