Vulcan’s Peak

Weekend at home

July 30, 2006 12:27 am

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean 2 this evening. Admirably pirate-y, but could have been more tightly edited. A fun, fantastical romp, but I didn’t love it the way I do the first one. Actually, I really want a crack at re-editing it…

The Magic Castle Disney icon that comes up before the movie troubled me this evening. I remember when Disney was all about magic and goodness and the only movies worth watching were made by Disney (except for The Land Before Time; surely a fluke). Somewhere in growing up – roughly around Pocahontas or The Hunchback of Notre Dame – “Disni-fied” became a pejorative. I think Hunchback showed me more about formula and structure than I realized at the time. I couldn’t find the pacing that I associated with Disney, based largely on Beauty and the Beast, Aladin, and maybe The Lion King. You have the introductory number, the big song and dance, the villian’s big number, the love song, etc., etc., and they’re all very singable. I don’t remember a single song from Hunchback. I also remember crowing afterwards that I had known all along that Esmerelda couldn’t really die – not in a Disney movie! I think that was the last animated Disney I saw in the theatre.

Dad and I had been reading about the founding of Jamestown the summer that Pocahontas came out. I didn’t see it until much later, on video, but I remember comparing things I heard and read about the movie to what we had just read in National Geographic, and saw Disney grasping at straws. And while I find the presentation of noble Indians and money-grubbing, exploitative white settlers preferrable to older stereotypes of savages and civilizing Europeans, the characters are still very flat. At least the Seven Dwarves had personalities!…though I would argue Snow White does not. Nostalgia, it seems, has become so weighted.

Speaking of old things trumping new ones, I’m a bit frustrated that no one seems to make combination mixer/blenders anymore. I know people who adore their KitchenAid stand mixers, but it just seems such a waste to have to store that monster of a mixer AND a stand-alone blender. And really – how often would you use both at once? Seems more efficient to use the same motor to operate both. What was so disasterous about my mother’s mixer that it has completely disappeared from the market? No fair! I want one!…at least, eventually. For now, I have a hand mixer of my grandma’s that must be from the sixties or seventies, to guess from the color scheme.

edit: well, maybe someone does: the Bosch Universal Mixer-Blender.

5 Responses to “Weekend at home”

Pug wrote a comment on July 30, 2006

Re: mixers… they’re…. huge.

They’re so big they’ll get in the way of my giant cutting board in the limited kitchen space. 😛

Odette wrote a comment on July 30, 2006

Well, it could live in a cupboard. See also the part about “eventually.” 😉

Pug wrote a comment on July 30, 2006

I’m just being silly 🙂

Poke wrote a comment on July 30, 2006

You can buyer blender attachments for Kitchen Aid mixers, as well as a lot of other attachments. And the attachment and a bowl are generally easier to clean than a standard blender – and they’re dishwasher safe. But maybe that’s just me wanting to save time AND space…

Odette wrote a comment on July 31, 2006

Well, the rant is probably just me wanting to duplicate my mother’s kitchen and not liking that whole change thing…. 😉 Your mixer does look amazingly versitile.

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