17 | artist | aspiring yogi | loves teen wolf | loves anime |
Sometimes I just get super bummed, yknow?
I stepped away from yoga for a while for a lot of reasons, but I think one that keeps pushing me further and further away is that recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people saying things like “that isn’t real yoga.” What was once super fun and relaxing and challenging for me has become (or maybe it always has been) very elitist.
Bit of backstory. I started doing yoga around December 2012, but I really got into it around February 2013. The first yoga video I ever did was Yoga X from the P90X series. Insane for a first try, right? It was intense but I loved it. I have always admired the subtle strength involved in yoga and I wanted that strength for myself. For me, yoga has always been about becoming stronger and better and more flexible. When I couldn’t build my strength to do crane pose (my dream pose) on yoga alone, I decided to take a little break to build my strength in the gym in October. When I built up enough strength to do the pose, I decided to try to get back into yoga. But something kept holding me back.
A yoga blogger that I really look up to made a comment a couple months back that essentially said if you weren’t using yoga for meditation and were doing it for strength you should just do pilates. She was very sweet about it, I’m sure she didn’t mean to sound the way that she did, but that has stuck with me for a while now. Should I not even bother doing yoga? Am I really a terrible yogi because I don’t meditate? Dare I call myself one in the first place? I am not touched by yoga in the same way other people are. I have never used, nor do I ever plan to use, yoga for meditative purposes.
I understand I don’t have to prove myself or defend myself to anyone. But it just makes me disheartened seeing comments like “this isn’t yoga” when I try to find videos on Youtube for yoga because they feel like they’re directed at me. It makes me want to not even bother picking up my mat again.
Started drawing and it turned into a Merida.
old scribbles of a ‘reverse mulan’ kind of thing. the conflict i had in mind is kind of like the second mulan movie except not really
I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A SPIRIT GIFSET MY ENTIRE LIFE
I DONT THINK YOU UNDERSTAND
This is one of the most underrated animated films of all time. After it came out and the hype died down, people just seem to have forgotten about it. I watched it again recently and was shocked at how good it really was.
It’s SO good. I bawl so hard every time I watch this.
I ADORE SPIRIT
I ADORE 2D DREAMWORKS MOVIES IN GENERAL
DREAMWORKS, MAKE MORE 2D PLEASE, I LOVED THEM
Watch the entire “Let It Go” scene from Frozen featuring Idina Menzel performing as Elsa.
If you don’t wanna go see Frozen, this is the best 3:39 of the movie (except the short that plays beforehand). What a jam.
goosebumps every time!
Oh god Sarah you are so right
This character is basically Elphaba and Let it Go = No Good Deed
Biggest difference? Idina’s voice does not match this character or it’s expressions.
A voice so strong was not meant for a character so cotton candy soft. ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY DIDN’T MAKE HER EMOTIONAL RANGE LARGE ENOUGH TO MATCH THE INTENSITY OF THE MUSIC??? The song is good, yeah. But the energy in the scene from this character design makes me cringe. It’s fucking Rapunzel trying to sing a song from Wicked fucking fuck what.
This was really lazy, Disney.
Elsa is an Elphaba copy
i think the big problem with the emotional range is the fact that they literally went out of their way to not make her face contort with the emotional waves of the song, because they wanted to make her stay “pretty”. if you watch Idina Menzel sing, well, pretty much anything, but especially her songs from Wicked, she is EMOTING. she is earnestly performing ev-ry sing-le syll-a-ble. she’s not “attractive” when she does it, but that doesn’t matter, because you’re not looking at her for her face, you’re looking for the feeling.
if you watch the video, the song kills, but the disconnect comes from the fact that elsa isn’t emoting. and this goes right along with all the problems of the production. it’s quite obvious the animators don’t care enough, because you have this intense song being sung by this powerhouse of a performer, and they aren’t trying to make the match; it’s all halfhearted.
and elsa, if you ask me, is a poor-man’s elphaba, because she’s not emoting. when i listen to wicked, i respond, because i hear the emotions and i remember seeing how it was performed; i cried during defying gravity because of the performance. when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.
toni is always better at saying what I want to say so reblogging again
and you know what? It’s sad when the most emotional part of the song happens when you can’t see the character’s face:
THAT STOMP WAS THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE WHOLE SCENE WHEN THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN:
SHE IS LIFTING A GODDAMN SHOW PALACE
THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FUCKING COOL
LOOK AT HER. AND LISTEN TO THE MUSIC. AND CRINGE AT THE UNCOMFORTABLE DISPLACEMENT OF IT ALL WITH ME
“when i watch elsa, i can see menzel in my mind’s eye performing it in the recording booth, and the difference between the two is jarring.”
Y E S
((also this was the only song scene in the movie that actually made me feel anything….and now that I see it out of context it’s really mediocre, but compared to everything else, it was amazing and I called it “phenomenal” in my liveblog @_@))
The last shot is particularly guilty. Her weird bedroom eyed sexy face seemed kinda outta place.
I see that disconnect too, but I think that is a downfall of the MEDIUM, not the animators trying to make her pretty. Humans look pretty when they sing. All Disney characters in the past have looked pretty when they sang, and they still captured the raw emotion and accurate facial expressions needed. Disney trying to keep her “pretty” isn’t the problem here.
Hand drawn animation is ideal for singing sequences, because the animator has complete freedom and control over the character’s movements. There are no rigs, no strings, no space or gravity or physics. They aren’t dealing in 3 dimensions, and that is their advantage. In CG animation, they are dealing with a puppet with a finite number of ways to pull the rig. That’s why often CG animation isn’t as fluid or stretchy as hand drawn, though it does allow for more detail.
The problem here may be that Frozen took too many RISKS. I noticed the lip syncing problem in Tangled, but it isn’t pointed out as much by critics because the songs were not as emotionally saturated as this one. That said, though I think the emotion would have been done better in 2D for “Let it Go,” they treated this much more like a musical, like the Renaissance films did. And I saw way more passion in the acting: they tried to put as much of Menzel’s performance in the scene as they could, which makes sense. She is a stage actor, so knows how to give a visually pleasing delivery.
Some of the facial expressions do seem out of place, because I don’t believe they explored the “bad girl” side of Elsa they imply. But they show so much change in the character, and the sequence would be more one note without them.
So please, don’t jump to conclusions, thinking everything is a conspiracy by white supremacists. This is a beautiful scene, with great vocals, great acting, and great visuals, especially with the creation of the ice palace. If you want lip syncing that looks less like a sock puppet, pull for more hand drawn films.
Never forget that you are the protagonist of your own story
and the antagonist of someone else’s!
And a possible love interest in some other peoples! 0u0
This might just be the single most inspiration thing I have ever seen on the internet.
You are also a supporting character to a lots of people’s stories. You might even be the kind stranger who unintentionally turns someone’s life around for the better.