so I was watching Pushing Daisies and got to this scene
and it’s a really nice scene and all but hOLY CRAP LOOK AT HOW TALL LEE PACE IS
HIS FEET ARE STICKING OFF THE BED OMG
Has anyone ever considered that Juliet Butler from the Artemis Fowl series is an incredibly wonderful feminist character?
She’s a physically strong individual, baffling everyone’s expectations of her as Butler’s cute little sister: “By the time she was eight, Juliet was a third-dan black belt in seven disciplines. By ten years of age, she was beyond belts.” (The Eternity Code) She’s a superfan of wrestling, too.
But here’s what’s great: she’s not dismissive of femininity like the usual “badass” or “strong” female character. Her stage name as a wrestler is Jade Princess, with a jade ring (jewelry, traditionally feminine) as her signature weapon. She has huge, squealing crushes on the wrestlers she watches in the first couple books. In the series’ words: “By her eighteenth birthday, Juliet could break down and reassemble ninety percent of the world’s production weapons blindfolded, operate any vehicle, do her makeup in under four minutes, and, in spite of her stunning Asian and European gene mix, blend into any crowd like a native.” (The Eternity Code)
She’s so dimensional, known for being impulsive or impatient, but also able to spot things her brother doesn’t. A little gullible, but compassionate, and devastating if you cross her. Juliet Butler is what all female characters should be, what real women are: multitalented, multifaceted, and not perfect.
Easily the most horrifying line of dialogue I’ve ever heard in an animated movie.
NO BUT THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD GODDAMN MOVIE LIKE THE MUSIC IS FUN AND SUPERB THE CHARACTERS WERE REAL PEOPLE EVEN THE ANTAGONISTS THE WOMEN WERE GREAT IT WAS ALL GREAT. IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOURE JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, ATHEIST, WHATEVER ELSE IT DOESNT MATTER ITS SUCH A GOOD MOVIE AND ITS LITERALLY ONLY 90 MINUTES OF YOUR DAY AND EXPERIENCE THIS HERE JUST CLICK IT LITERALLY IT WILL OPEN IN A NEW TAB GO WATCH.
also can we point out that none of the characters were white? like damn accurate depictions of Biblical characters
whispers this is one of my all time favourite movies
I adore this movie. ADORE IT. And the above scene is a perfect example of one of the main distinctions this movie has amongst all movies, but particularly amongst animated movies: the bad guys are not mustachio-twirling villains who do evil shit because they love being evil or generically want power. They actually bothered to develop each of the major characters and explore their motivations and how their actions evolved out of their personalities and their experiences. It would have been super easy to take the narrative from Exodus and make the pharoah Generic Evil Dude, but they went beyond that and explored the relationship between the father and his sons, Ramses and Moses, and how those intersecting family relationships impacted both men’s actions as adults. Pharaoh’s dialogue there is terrifying not just because he did a bad thing; but because it’s clear from his words and his face that he genuinely believes that he was acting out of what he thought was the best interest of his family and his kingdom. That’s how you build a human villain- they have motivations that are complicated but sympathetic, and then they take it to a place where you’re like, “Wow, that is super not okay.”
Plus this scene resonates because it recognizes that it’s not even the infanticide which is the ultimate source of the evil here (although infanticide is pretty bad), but rather the dehumanization of an entire race of people that allowed Pharoah and his soldiers to justify the infanticide to themselves so they could perform it. Like, congratulations Dreamworks, you totally boiled down genocide for the under-twelves.
Then you have Ramses, who is just a hot mess of daddy issues, and they do a great job of showing the way he and Moses are torn up about how they’re being forced into these opposing roles. It’s not that they don’t have agency, because they do, but you get the sense of how circumstances are shaping them into men who are representative of two diametrically opposed cultures and agendas. Ramses is a villain, but more because he feels he is standing in his father’s sandals and has to take up the villainy that his father worked his way into than because he has any particularly villainous motivations.
Then, in addition to the character development and general craft, the animation and music are absolutely stunning. The plagues are given impressive weight not by 5-star special effects (as would have been tried if this was a live action film) but by the way they are set up and reacted to by the characters. The slaying of the firstborn is not graphic at all but it is legitimately terrifying.
Bottom line, everything about this film is amazing and if you haven’t seen it sometime over the past 15 years, you are missing out.
ITA about this movie, its ethnically accurate character design, and its music.
I watched this at 5 in the morning the day I got my exam results because I couldn’t sleep from how nervous I was.
It’s one of the most wonderful films ever made, the characters, the script, the music, hell even the shading on the animation is revolutionary!
When you make a reference and someone actually gets it
Persephone as a dark and off-putting goddess who worries her mother by hanging out with satyrs and making weird stuff like pitcher plants and Venus flytraps. Hades being charmed and intimidated all at once.
(Source: harshcutieszoos, via leftfootfowl)