Not so happily-ever-after?
March 14, 2013 6:58 PM   Subscribe

 
Stoinking with the prince?
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:04 PM on March 14, 2013


4chan is what happened.
posted by turgid dahlia 2 at 7:07 PM on March 14, 2013 [5 favorites]


I can't be the only one who sang along with the subtitles.
posted by DoubleLune at 7:07 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was prepared not to like this much,* because "yeah well Disney type fairy tales are all LIES" has become its own trope, and we don't need it hammered home anymore. But this guy? Funny.

"I can murder if I please,
Because I'm dying of disease . . ."

I only wish he'd found room to sing more -- about, say, Tiana's struggle raising her racially-mixed children in the Jim Crow South.

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* Although not to threadshit, but to pass in on silence!
posted by Countess Elena at 7:13 PM on March 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


Prince Ali / where could he be / drowning in wawa
posted by DoubleLune at 7:16 PM on March 14, 2013


(Parenthetical observation: the perkiness of "Prince Ali" reminded me that I tried watching Aladdin again recently, and, whoo, the Genie did not age well. The songs are still great, but Robin Williams doing his coked-up impression cascade is a thing I could comfortably never watch again.)
posted by Countess Elena at 7:18 PM on March 14, 2013 [9 favorites]


I could have comfortably never seen that the first time.

Pixar's animation is wonderful but, imo, it wasn't Pixar's computers that killed traditional animation, it was lack of vision on the part of the other writers and studios.
posted by Justinian at 7:21 PM on March 14, 2013 [3 favorites]


I agree with Elena, though, I was all set to hate on this but it wasn't terrible. Kind of catchy.
posted by Justinian at 7:21 PM on March 14, 2013


More: Mulan has to put up with her husband's mother who treats her like a servant and threatens to break her daughter's feet. Nala has to do all the hunting for her lazy husband Simba. Megara's jealous mother-in-law makes Hercules kill her and their kids. I GOT A MILLION OF 'EM. Sorry, I'm supposed to be writing actual stories now. I'm gonna get off the interbutt and go do that thing.
posted by Countess Elena at 7:29 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


This guy seems to hit the internet-ready sweet-spot mix of narcissism and sheer talent.
posted by cacofonie at 7:30 PM on March 14, 2013 [11 favorites]


Sigh. The "youtube videos made by quirky young guy with not much of an instrument mugging while singing a cappella pieces he made by multitracking his own voice" thing is really starting to get old.
posted by slkinsey at 7:34 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


He lost me at "Chinamen."
posted by Sys Rq at 7:36 PM on March 14, 2013 [10 favorites]


I was expecting something more along the lines of Disney Princesses with and, after the curtain drops, without their makeup.
posted by whatgorilla at 7:57 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jane and Michael Banks are the weird kids in school who carry umbrellas and feed birds.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:58 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


If dwarf fortress is any guide, the real danger for Ariel will be captive breeding programs built to supply their operators with valuable mermaid bones.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 9:07 PM on March 14, 2013 [4 favorites]


Maybe it's old to you, slkinsey, but to me this caused delight. I can't fathom how he did this.
posted by thesocietyfor at 10:04 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was really well done technically and he has a good voice but while watching it I had that same feeling I get when confronted with certain types of musical theatre; it's sort of a shifting-in-my-seat discomfort, almost an embarrassment for the performer. Not sure if there's a word for that. Like the opposite of shadenfreude. Sondheimfreude?
posted by chococat at 10:06 PM on March 14, 2013 [11 favorites]


Straight YouTube link...

My DSL doesn't stream so good, so I pretty much have to download everything (Yay XVST!) and having to dance through other site's hoops is kind of annoying, so here's the pure and simple link.

(Plus if you are not a big HuffPo fan, no traffic for them!)
posted by Samizdata at 10:28 PM on March 14, 2013 [2 favorites]


Man, this was a delight. I don't know if the Disney satire thing is a trope (probably) or the multitracking your voice thing is overdone (I haven't seen it much if at all) but this was really something. Just the sheer amount of editing and planning it must have taken to pull this off is enough to make me tip the cap I'm not currently wearing.
posted by HostBryan at 10:31 PM on March 14, 2013 [1 favorite]


Chococat, perhaps fremdscham, often translated as vicarious embarrassment, would fit the bill?
posted by delegeferenda at 10:39 PM on March 14, 2013 [6 favorites]


Yes. Fremdscham. It has a name!
posted by chococat at 11:12 PM on March 14, 2013


Fremdschämen, to be exact. Fremdscham is not in use.
posted by ts;dr at 12:21 AM on March 15, 2013 [2 favorites]


Also from the green, an untranslatable-word-for-embarrasment-for-someone-else
posted by pantsrobot at 1:32 AM on March 15, 2013


This is pretty nifty, but the original tales have enough gloom in them without having to work too hard.

Ariel become sea mist and is condemned to a day of work for every tear shed by a human child.
Pocahantas was 12 and died in England, never to see her homeland again.
posted by Jilder at 1:55 AM on March 15, 2013 [3 favorites]


Also from the green, an untranslatable-word-for-embarrasment-for-someone-else

My dad calls this Richie Cunningham syndrome, but I think that's only in relation to television/movies.
posted by NoraReed at 2:11 AM on March 15, 2013


Mockery is easy. Comedy's hard. This ain't comedy, but it is incredibly tired.
posted by windykites at 2:34 AM on March 15, 2013


That said, he is talented and it was well-put together.
posted by windykites at 2:38 AM on March 15, 2013


I normally love this kind of thing (both the young photogenic guy being his own backup singer, and the affectionate riffing on Disney movies) but something about it rubs me the wrong way and I haven't been able to put my finger on it yet.
posted by Gordafarin at 4:55 AM on March 15, 2013


Pocahantas was 12 and died in England, never to see her homeland again.

Actually, she was more like 21-ish. Still never saw her homeland again, but making her 12 puts a whole new spin on "child bride."
posted by cooker girl at 4:57 AM on March 15, 2013


Pocahantas was 12 and died in England, never to see her homeland again.

Actually, she was more like 21-ish. Still never saw her homeland again, but making her 12 puts a whole new spin on "child bride."


She was 21-ish when she died. Her entire interaction with John Smith (her love interest in the movie), however, took place between 1607 and 1609, at which time she was 12-ish to 14-ish.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:58 AM on March 15, 2013 [1 favorite]


HuffPost Live video interview with Jon Cozart.
posted by ericb at 11:49 AM on March 15, 2013


His choreography & transitioning between each "singer's" solo performance were pretty impressive.

Granted, the "four track acapella" thing has been pretty much done to death, but this was the first time I had seen so much interaction/choreography between them all, as opposed to the usual static head-shots.
posted by ShutterBun at 7:20 PM on March 15, 2013


Les Paul would be proud....

...anyhow, the content is clever and the execution if flawless. As for the trope, ah crap, I can't wait for them goddam talkies to fade away.
posted by mule98J at 10:40 AM on March 16, 2013


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