Analyzing Disney Love: Roger and Anita (101 Dalmatians)

"We'll buy a big place in the country. We'll have a plantation...a Dalmatian plantation!"
"Oh, Roger, that's truly an inspiration."
"It'll be a sensation!"
"We'll have a Dalmatian plantation. A Dalmatian plantation, I say."
From Walt Disney's animated feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians


I'm sure that for a majority of you would not have known who I was speaking of if I didn't include the "101 Dalmatians" bit. Now, back when I first INTRODUCED this series a couple months ago, I promised myself that I would include all human, Disney, adult couples who we see meet on-screen. Little did I know at the time that it meant these two, until I watched the movie a few months ago. This will be a short-but-sweet update, but on with the show!

When the movie begins, we hear the voice of Pongo speaking to us, explaining that him and Roger, his "pet," live a "dull" bachelor's life. It is from this moment that Pongo decides that they both need a mate. Soon after searching from the window, he finds one - a pretty dalmatian and an equally pretty owner.

Since he'd "never find a pair like that, not in a hundred years," Pongo decides to ask (in a dog's way) to go on a walk, rushing to the park to find the excellent pair.

Upon spotting them, he struts past them and gets settled in the grass. Determined to do something to catch their attention, Pongo steals Roger's hat, taking it by the females bench. But suddenly, Anita and Perdita leave.

Despite this, Pongo is still determined. He rushes over and manages to wrap the two together with his leash. And they soon fall into the pond together.

By this point, Anita isn't pleased, for her new spring suit, and her hat, is soaking wet. Roger apologizes over and over to her, but she just continues to find her hankerchief, only to see it was also drenched. Roger offers his - but his is, too. After a few seconds, they both begin to laugh.

Then, they cut to the wedding scene, and all we see their is Roger and Anita at the altar with Pongo and Perdita acting equally in love outside. We don't know how much time has lapsed before they were married, but we can only assume that since they're normal, it has been a little bit.

Six months passes and they (Roger and Anita, as well as the dalmatians) are happy as can be. And, they're expecting - the dalmatians, that is. And, from what we can assume, they'll live happily ever after.


Analyzing Disney Love: Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora "Briar Rose"

"But you know something? I've fooled them. I have met someone!"
"Who? Who? Who?"
"Oh, a prince. Well, he's tall and handsome. And - and so romantic. Oh, we walk together, and talk together, and just before we say goodbye, he takes me in his arms, and then, I wake up. Yes, it's only in my dreams. But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true. And I've seen him so many times..."
from Walt Disney's animated feature Sleeping Beauty


Princess Aurora - most likely the princess with the most monikers. More commonly referred to as Sleeping Beauty, and known as Briar Rose in her peasant form. Her tale is the first that we've seen that includes a prince that actually does something, and has a name, too! Though this is a nice change of pace, her happily ever after will be hard for us to come by.

When Aurora is first born, she is immediatly betrothed to a young Prince Phillip, of another kingdom, for King Stephen, Aurora's father, always wanted their kingdoms to be united.

For the first sixteen years after that point, Aurora goes by Briar Rose, and lives with Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather (in human form) so that Maleficent wouldn't be able to get her hands on the young princess, whom she wants dead. On her sixteenth birthday, the three "aunts" send Rose out to pick some berries so they have the opportunity to make her a cake and a dress made for a princess.

In the Disney way, Aurora begins to sing with her animal friends the tune of "I Wonder," in which she wonders aloud (obviously) about why each little bird has that special someone. Her marvelous singing lures Prince Phillip to her, slowly but surely. By the time she has started singing "Once Upon a Dream," Prince Phillip has arrived without her knowledge.

As she's dancing with her animal friends, Prince Phillip cuts in and harmonizes with her unexpectedly. Which is when you get this hilarious expression that actually shows she is surprised and somewhat frightened:

Aurora cuts off her singing suddenly because of her surprise. Though she's not supposed to talk to strangers, they've "met before" so she soon gets over her shock and begins waltzing with the young prince. Soon after their dance, she tells him that she'll meet him again tonight at her house.

Upon arriving home, she is greeted by a magnificent cake and dress as her sixteenth birthday surprise - but trouble is nearing, for Flora, Fauna and Merryweather used magic to make her gifts, attracting the eye of the evil Maleficent's pet.

Then Aurora gets the shocker of the fourteenth century - she is, in fact, a princess, due to arrive home later that evening. Little does she know that she is actually betrothed to the mysterious stranger.

While the fathers of Aurora and Phillip are celebrating, Phillip decides to burst their bubble, saying he met a "peasant girl," saying he wants to marry her, infuriating his father. After some word games, he tricks his father and runs off "to marry the girl [he loves]."

After arriving at the castle, Princess Aurora is left alone by Flora, Fauna and Merryweather after bursting into tears about not being able to see her mysterious stranger again. In a matter of minutes, she is hypnotized, pricking her finger on the spinning wheel, sending her into the deep sleep, only to be broken by love's first kiss. In order to prevent the kings from realizing that the princess is asleep, the three fairies decide to make everyone in and around the castle fall asleep, too.

Apparently Phillip's father sleep-talks, for after Flora hears him explain that Prince Phillip met the girl he loves "once upon a dream," she is able to put two-and-two together to realize the "peasant girl" is, in fact, Aurora.

Phillip arrives at the cottage, only to be captured by Maleficent. Later, she gives Phillip the 4-1-1, telling what has happened to what she plans to do. But after Maleficent is gone, the three fairies come to his rescue, arming him with weapons to fight for his true love. After an intense escape sequence, Maleficent puts thorns all around King Stephen's castle.

Now, here is where we truly see Phillip's determination for saving Aurora and winning his love, so to speak. No matter what Maleficent has for him, including "all the powers of Hell," he manages to fight his way through successfully.

Finally, Aurora gets her first love's kiss, breaking the spell and awaking the castle. Then, Phillip and Aurora come down the steps together, and dance into their happily ever after. Literally, they dance into the clouds.

To conclude, Aurora is the first princess whose prince: a.) has a name, and; b.) actually does something. Though this is a case of love at first sight, their is a little more background to her story than the previous princesses.

Now, here's what I just realized. At the beginning of the movie, Aurora is just born. When we see Phillip, he is at least five years old, if not six or seven. Aurora is sixteen later in the movie, putting Phillip at an age at least 21, if not older. Though age is just a number, that's still a little off to me. But hey, it's the fourteenth century.


The search is on.

For what, you might ask? Well, my dear, the perfect dress. Some of you may recall my most recent Halloween costume as the Queen of Hearts. If you don't, here's a picture to jog your memory.

But after an amazing costume like that, (that I was even recognized as at a later date) I need something bigger and better to top it. Now, in all of Disney history, what dress is the biggest and best? I've got one word for you: Charlotte.

Image from MAGICAL SCREENCAPS. From Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

Charlotte La Bouff, a.k.a. Lottie, Tiana's best friend in The Princess and the Frog. Yup, that will be me.

Now, last year, my wonderful grandmother had an old bridesmaid dress from my mother's wedding that we simply altered a bit and painted to make the perfect under-layer of the Queen's wonderful gown. Looking back, I feel I should have saved that for this year, because it would've been beyond perfect (it had the poofy sleeves and everything)!

So, for the past couple months I've been checking Craigslist every once in a while. I mean, I'm not that specific, just want a white or pink ballgown that's about my size. You think that would be easy, right? WRONG.

Here's the thing. I'm a thin person. Not to sound conceited, but I just am. And I'd say a majority of the Inland Empire popular who's getting married or having their Quincenera, well...isn't.

It's a good thing I get an incredibly early start on these.


Dear world.

There are three things that I am currently collecting. Those three things would be teapots, teacups and teasets; versions of Alice in Wonderland books (whether it be popup, newly illustrated, et cetera); and Vinylmation. Are you sensing a pattern?