Frozen, part two

I continue watching Frozen, and:

1. OK, I might be not right saying that isolation is not the best way of learning :). But Elsa is so powerful and she can do so precious things that I really doubt she couldn’t control herself. And if gloves had made her “accident-free” — why she didn’t just wear them every time she have to come out? No need of locking in a room 🙂

2. Olaf the Snowman is super, SUPER! 🙂 I strongly believe it is the best Disney’s comic character for ever — better than the Donkey in Shrek, and the Horse in Tangled, and Sid in Ice Age. The big Snow Mech is also very nice, finally a bit of ginger in the sweet story :).

3. It’s all their parents fault. I believe. It’s a classical psychological story, when a pushed away child desperately tries to be accepted.

4. If Anna already knows about the magic, why not to tell her about the accident in the past?

Nevertheless, I have found the moral conclusion of the movie quite good: speak with others and be able to regret. Everything would have been nicer if producers had paid more attention to logic and had created more original faces.

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Frozen sense

Yesterday I tried to watch Frozen (I hoped to have a nice evening), but I could get through only about 40 minuts — and then I gave up. I don’t know if I am too old for such movies, but this first fragment is a complete nonsense. Let’s have a closer look.

1. The first scene, when workers cut ice. The picture is nice, the song is nice, but what they are doing for?

2. I suppose the parents of Elsa and Anna to be a king and a queen. They are rich, they live in a big castle, but they have no slaves, no friends, nobody. They have no sense of safety, too. Elsa has some potentially dangerous magical abilities. What’s more, the sisters are about 5-6 years old — and the parents allow them to play completely alone. Would you leave your children without any supervising, if you know one of them carries a bomb with itself, metaphorically speaking? The accident is just a matter of time.

3. The gnome king cures Anna, but why she have to forget about magic?

4. The gnome king also bewares the parents about growing up Elsa’s power, and now the parents are double, triple-thoughtless. “Och, let’s reduce staff and lock Elsa in a room for ever end ever end ever, it’ll teach her to control herself” (the quotation is not exact, but the sense is the same). How a little girl is supposed to be able to understand what to do? The parents don’t think about real teaching Elsa, which would be doubtlessly more effective. Let’s imagine Elsa can not freeze, but fire… They just breed a domesticated tiger who one day bites off their heads.

5. The parents don’t explain the situation to Anna letting her suffer and burdening Elsa with the sister’s suffer. Anna is still allowed to stay without any supervising — it’s a miracle she hasn’t killed herself with a bike!

6. Elsa is running away after the incident in a dance hall. Let’s remember — she is running on two her feet, so she couldn’t get to far. Anna immediately wants to find her and ride on a horse — and as far as I know, she searches Elsa for 1/3 of the whole movie time. WTF?? She could just run after her and so it would be done.

And faces… I have a very strong feeling that guys who make 3D models in Disney have just created a set of such models and use them in every movie (changing just hair/eyes/clothes). Characters look like in Tangled and move in exactly the same way.

Anna and Elsa
Rapunzel

Nevertheless, I liked songs (especially the first song and then Anna’s song about a snowman) and all these frozen effects, so the movie isn’t such bad 🙂

Dear children, please, don’t read this!

It’s very suggestive idea — to quote the following poem on the Literature test tomorrow 🙂

ATTENTION! It’s vulgar!

PERCY SHELLEY
John Peale Bishop

The question, lords and ladies, is
With what did Percy Shelley piss?
Was light dissolved in star showers thrown
When Percy Shelley had a bone?

Transcendental love we know
Is packed, but has no place to go,
And Percy’s love, as he has said,
Resembled roses when they’re dead.

And rose leaves when the rose is dead
Are out of place, like crumbs in bed.
No letter yet has come to light
To say if Percy rose at night.

No lady for whom Percy pined
Has left a diary behind,
And so there still remains a doubt
What Percy’s love was all about.

Though scholars search, no letters come
Written in a flurry home;
We ask and ask, till silence palls,
Did Percy Bysshe have any balls?

Asylum for the Verbally Insane

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?

If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?
Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

A bit about sounds

It happens that there is ash in Russian: /pʲætʲ/ (five).
And schwa is too: /ˈobləkə/ (clouds).
/ɪ/ also exists: /jɪˈzɨk/ (language). The same sound is widely used in Ukrainian, and I have been always talking that Russian /ɨ/ and Ukrainian /ɪ/ are different, even when I was a child!
But I cannot hear the difference between Russian /o̞/ and English (Ukrainian and Polish) /ɔ/ 😦 .

And there is a very nice video which was more helpful for me than Ship or sheep 🙂

Sounds always were a big problem for me. When I was little, I could perfectly bark, mew, cackle and scream as a dolphin, but I couldn’t catch the difference between sounds in my mother tongue and foreign language. Now I am badly trying to learn to speak English, but it’s a total failure. I would like to cut off my tongue and throw it out, because it is so disobedient. I am sure I cannot speak properly ever Ukrainian and Russian, but I don’t care. My friends also understand my Polish and Czech — and some of them suppose my accent to be sweet 🙂 .

So I dream to graduate as soon as possible and then never use my oral English not to discredit myself. Writing is much more interesting and I even know what is reciprocals 😀