Let me start this by saying that I too, am not very fond of Disney, but for many other reasons besides their straight-to-video sequels that yes, suck, and yes, shouldn't have been made in the first place. However, I am a fan of the story of cinderella (not necessarily the Disney version)and just had to say some stuff to defend it....because, well, it holds happy childhood memories of watching it with my mom and the more-common- than-not girlish wish to be a princess...so, here goes "my rant that follows Leo's rant and that isnt in opposition to her rant, just a rant to accompany it"
That cartoon was done way back in the day when certain social mores were in fashion which I am sure most people do not follow anymore (you can find a wife in 3 days, just pick the prettiest one....the only way the girls will be provided for is to find a husband, so try for the richest one you can...stupid stuff like that...)
Secondly, I always saw it that their evilness and jealousy MADE them ugly, instead of the other way around, and that Cinderella's goodness MADE her that much prettier. So that if they were nicer, they wouldn't be/seem ugly--remember the faces they always made? Nobody looks pretty making those! Try it....a scrunched nose is only cute for so long...hehe..
Also, in this second movie, kitty lovers, Lucifer finds love in the cute white cat (which I think lives at the palace) and he's not so bad after all, just influenced by the evil stepmother and stuff....which shows that people can change and that not all kitties are bad. (i only saw parts of it, so hey, even i could be off on this one--friend's kid was watching it and i only paid it a little attention)
Yes, America is a more Dog-favoring country, because of our settling fore-fathers the puritans, who were highly superstitious and regarded cats as mediums and familiars for witches...that and they had a weird work ethic and they viewed the dog that helped in the field more valuable than the cat that kept mice from the barn...eh, what did they know?....I like cats too-unfortunately I am allergic so I can only be around them for a short time...no kitties for me
Disney's sequels are always stupid.....heck, Disney's films are too....but remember, we're seeing this from the view point of worldly, cynical peole who are at least in their teens--everything is either stupid or cool--but to children who find Barney entertaining, cartoons about princesses and clothed mice are nice fairy tales and they like em...and its just that- A FAIRY TALE...gah, those are usually stupid anyway...i mean, she has a fairy godmother for goodness sakes!! (sometimes i wish i had one who had winning lottery numbers... hehe)
Oh, and Disney is getting a little wiser--they bought the rights to "spirited away", the latest anime from the oh-so-talented Miyazaki.....so they can't be ALL evil
spurning OTAKU since Astro Boy....