A few weeks ago, the boy and I say down to watch Snow White and the Huntsman. I was really excited about this movie because I am a huge Kristen Stewart fan. Despite all of the negative reviews this movie got, I was really happy with it. The movie was action packed and followed pretty true to the Snow White tale I grew up with.
While watching the movie I was happy to see the seven dwarves make an appearance. What shocked me was I actually recognized one of the actors- and he was not a dwarf! One of my favorite British actors, Nick Frost, played one of the seven dwarfs. Don’t get me wrong he is a hilarious man and an outstanding actor but he is not a dwarf! Initially this post was going to be asking my fellow bloggers how exactly this was done.
However, with some research I found that digital imaging shrunk these well known actors into their dwarf size roles. The industry credits “recognizability” for the reason behind the casting. However, “little people” have protested saying that dwarfs should have been used for these roles. I have to say despite how excited I was to see Nick Frost in this movie, I have to side with the little people.
The actors that were cast in these roles were not A- list actors. Sure, movie goers like myself may recognize a face or two, but that fact would not make or break the movie. This was an opportunity for dwarves to be cast and I do think it was an opportunity the producers should have taken.
What do you think bloggers? Should dwarves been cast for the 7 dwarves role or do you think the producers made the right casting choice?
As I have told you in previous posts I enjoy kids movies. One of the most recent kids movies I watched was Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Now I do intend on reading the book (more than likely a blog post for another time) however at this time I have only seen the movie. I realize that the versions differ VERY much so this post is ONLY focused on the movie. Further, I should note that the rest of this post will force you to follow me into the crazy paths my mind takes and more often than not you will have no clue how I got to my conclusion but here is my feeble attempt to explain.
After watching Mr. Poppers Penguins I could not help but think that this movie reminded me of Snow White. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why so I really had to take some time to think about this. The most obvious connection would have to be the Seven Dwarfs and the Seven Penguins. Ok film goers before you start counting I do realize that only 6 penguins are present in the film, however one penguin laid an egg at the end of the film and this final penguin will bring seven.
The next connection that really jumped out at me was the naming of the penguins/ dwarfs. Both characters were named by one word descriptions of them. The Dwarfs were: Dopey, Grumpy, Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy and Sleepy. The Penguins were Captain, Nimrod, Stinky, Lovey, Loudy, Bitey and the new baby.
Also, both of these tales have to do with the loss of a father. In the case of Popper’s Penguins his father dies and he inherits the penguins as a gift from his father’s will. In Snow White she looses her dad to a new jealous wife and the dwarfs are what ultimately save her from the new wife.
Finally, I think the most metaphorical but relevant connection is that these characters are what ultimately save these characters from the life they are living and give them new life. For Mr. Popper the penguins teach him how to be a family man and how to break away from his demanding job and go back to the family and wife that he left behind. For Snow White the dwarfs give her a place to stay and help her find her prince which will save her at the end of the movie. Both stories end with love conquering all that has troubled them throughout the film.
The connections are a stretch even I admit it but for some reason my mind refuses to separate the two so I decided to share my crazy thoughts with my bloggers. What do you think? Do these movies connect to you in any way?