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Peter Pan (Mostly)

In icon news, quite a few of you guessed correctly that my icon was the multi-cultural "One World". As Shannon points out, it pretty much screams my politics. Apparently either my politics or my aesthetics (or both) were not appreciated by the community's voting public, however, and my icon didn't come anywhere near making it to the finals. I'm not actually all that surprised, given the fact that I don't plan to use the icon myself. If anyone wants it, feel free to take.

In movie news, wild_irises and I went to see Peter Pan tonight, and I loved it. It had plenty of flaws (including Peter's tendency to occasionally make faces that seemed forced), but I don't plan to discuss them or explore them or think about them. I don't have any interest in picking the movie apart, because I have loved Peter Pan since before I was able to read, and I still love him today. I just want to bask in the things I liked, which were numerous. Everything is visually gorgeous. The mermaids look like they swam right out of a drawing by Brian Froud. The mid-air flying fight scene between Peter and Hook near the end is amazing. The entire film is just wonderfully wonderfully storyish, filled with awe and wonder and absolutely no effort to be realistic, because it is very self-consciously a story. I love it. Love love love.

Jason Isaacs is great as Hook, Tinkerbell is absolutely perfect, the kids are all wonderful (including John, who has always been one of my favorite characters because he's so very proper and British), and now I find myself with a bit of a crush on the young fellow nearly 20 years my junior who played Peter. Mostly because of his eyes and his smile and his hair. He had excellent hair in the film. Excellent Peter Pan hair. I care about these things.

But I probably just have a crush because Peter Pan -- the character -- was my first love. Seriously. When I was 3/4/5 years old, my mom -- wanting to convince me not to save wilting helium balloons in my bedroom -- told me that when you let a balloon go and it flies up into the sky, when you can't see it anymore, when the teeniest tiniest speck of balloon vanishes, that means that Peter Pan has it. From then on, whenever I got a helium balloon, I let it go immediately, then watched the sky very very carefully until I was sure that Peter Pan had caught it. Little helium-filled love tokens.

I loved Peter Pan with a pre-school passion. My second love, Speed Racer, never even came close to measuring up.

And, really, my youthful love of Peter Pan isn't surprising, looking back. I'm a complete sucker for stories about stories, and that's exactly what Peter Pan is. I'm only surprised my tastes emerged so early.

I'll almost certainly buy the movie on DVD. I'm just a sucker for Peter Pan.

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melwil
Jan. 7th, 2004 02:47 am (UTC)
Despite my love for Peter Pan (I mean, I played him in a dance concert once) that's the first review that's really made me want to run out and see the movie. Thank you!
kimberly_a
Jan. 7th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll write about it if you do see it, because I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
xiphias
Jan. 7th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
I love that movie, because it's the first version I've seen in which I can really see the subtext that, according to J.M. Barrie, the villian of the piece was. . . Peter Pan.
kimberly_a
Jan. 7th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it was the first version I've seen in which I had real, heartfelt sympathy for Hook.
daev
Jan. 7th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
In icon news, quite a few of you guessed correctly that my icon was the multi-cultural "One World".

Yours was one of the few that didn't have kind of child-porn-ish overtones.... I guess I find those images of small children dressed up like adults and kissing each other more than a little creepy. What do you think?

I loved Peter Pan with a pre-school passion. My second love, Speed Racer, never even came close to measuring up.

Yeah, but nobody's done a techno remix of Peter Pan. "Oh, Speed!"
kimberly_a
Jan. 7th, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
I guess I find those images of small children dressed up like adults and kissing each other more than a little creepy. What do you think?

I've never found them creepy, exactly ... just absurd. I've never understood why anyone would consider that cute or attractive. I mean, would they also think it was cute to take photos of adults dressed in rompers, playing with dollies? I don't see too many Hallmark cards like that, but it isn't really all that different.

I've never understood why the media doesn't just let kids be kids. Not try to make them little adults, not try to make them little angels, not try to make them anything they aren't. Makes no sense to me.

Yeah, but nobody's done a techno remix of Peter Pan. "Oh, Speed!"

"Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer ..." (Were you around when this song was mentioned in my journal, or is this purely coincidence?)

But then very little about the media makes sense to me.
daev
Jan. 7th, 2004 07:25 pm (UTC)
I've never found them creepy, exactly ... just absurd. I've never understood why anyone would consider that cute or attractive. I mean, would they also think it was cute to take photos of adults dressed in rompers, playing with dollies?

Now that I think of it, it also seems strange to associate romance with childhood innocence. Like it's truer when it doesn't have s-e-x involved.


"Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer ..." (Were you around when this song was mentioned in my journal, or is this purely coincidence?)

I was around you when it came out (so to speak), and once we went to the Speed Racer show at the UC Theater, where they replaced the usual theme song with the porn mix...
angelovernh
Jan. 7th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
In some ways J-bear is Peter Pan.. and I think I need to wait and see it with him and see if it is a catalyst whatsoever. I can't wait to see it myself.
wolflady26
Jan. 8th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
Your icon was great! I was hoping that you still weren't doing animation, because that narrowed down the choices, so I only considered the still ones.

Sorry you didn't win... but maybe next time? :)
kimberly_a
Jan. 8th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC)
I've already submitted an icon for the next contest, but it's no great shakes. I like it, though, enough that I'll probably use it after the contest is over. :)

And you were actually quite right, in that my brief romance with animation seems to be mostly finished. Most of the icons I've been making in the past few days are not animated. No comment about the one in the next contest, though. :)
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