In Which Jenn Marvels At PR Movie Theaters

I’m not gonna lie to you guys – I’m not a Marvel person. I respect the franchise – my nerdy little Star Trek-loving, Disney-obsessing heart could hardly do otherwise – but it doesn’t do a ton for me. I don’t mind if someone puts a Marvel movie on, but I only see them in theaters when Pat asks me to go with him.

Which is how I wound up at a showing of Avengers: Endgame last weekend. First of all, can we talk about Puerto Rican movie theater prices? They are shockingly cheap. Admittedly our 12:35pm showing probably qualified for matinee prices, but still. We got two tickets, two sodas, and a candy bar for LESS THAN TWENTY DOLLARS. There are theaters in DC where $20 will barely get you a single ticket.

Anyway. So. There I was in the movie theater, eating my half of a Bueno bar and watching Endgame, a movie which elicited in me great feelings of neutrality and which is, by my conservative estimate, 87,000 years long. To keep myself entertained and continue to practice my Spanish, I took to reading the subtitles. Oh, right, I should mentioned – in Puerto Rico, Hollywood movies are run in English with Spanish subtitles.

So I was reading the subtitles, and I noticed that they didn’t always fully match up with the English dialogue. There were little things, word choices, but bigger things too. For example, at once point someone references visiting the Garden State. How the hell should Spanish-speaking audiences know what that is? The subtitles simply read “Nueva Jersey” instead.

But by far my favorite part of the movie came from just such a miss-match. I can’t remember who said it – Tony Stark, maybe? – but someone referred to the Hulk as Jolly Green. Evidently Green Giant doesn’t have a ton of cache in the Caribbean, because the subtitles instead said – wait for it – Wazowski. WAZOWSKI! Which is of course a reference to everyone’s favorite green star of Monsters Inc.

In conclusion, I made a meme about it for the people of the Caribbean. You’re welcome!

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Happy Friday: BADLADLADLAL!

I’m not gonna lie – I was kinda disappointed in Big Hero Six. I loooooooved Baymax, but he took a surprising back seat to the kids’ drama. If there’s a sequel, I’d probably see it, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to make it to a theater or anything.

Unless I was promised 90 minutes of this:

And that’s how I’ll be reciprocating all my fist bumps FOREVER.

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Happy Friday: The Average Piece Of Junk

I recently showed Pat Ratatouille for the first time after he expressed an interest in seeing it. I remembered liking it at the time but it did not rank among my favorite Pixar films. I still wouldn’t rate it higher than Wall-E or Up, but upon my recent re-watch I think it may be just the sleeper to challenge Finding Nemo. The laughs aren’t as big, no. Yet to my mind, no single moment in Nemo can match Anton Ego’s final speech.

A great artist can come from anywhere, indeed.

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Happy Friday: All Right, Time To Show ‘Em Your Man Walk

You must be swift as a coursing river
With all the force of a great typhoon
With all the strength of a raging fire
Mysterious as the dark side of *breath* THE MOOOOOOOOON

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Happy Friday: We’ll Have A Dalmatian Plantation…

Where our congregation can roam
In this demarcation
Our whole aggregation
Will love our plantation home!

P.S. Fifteen spotted puddles stolen? Oh, balderdash.

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Happy Friday: Vocal Romantic Stimulation

Because Scuttle attempting to add his voice to the chorus is the best part of “Kiss the Girl.”

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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In Which Jenn Sees Julie Andrews In Person

I have been working for a performing arts center for over three years. Never in those three years have I been as excited as I was when this very special booking came through:

JULIE. ANDREWS.

THAT’S RIGHT – last weekend I saw Julie Andrews speak. Like, actual, legit Julie Andrews. Like, Mary Poppins Maria Von Trapp Cinderella Victor Victoria ONE MAN’S DREAM REMEMBER DREAMS COMES TRUE JULIE ANDREWS.

Are you listening to me??? JULIE! ANDREWS!!!!

Tragically, restrictions on the number of people backstage made it impossible to meet her personally. But I did take a seat in the orchestra tier – a mere few hundred feet away from JULIE ANDREWS IN THE FLESH – and listened to her real voice for realsies.

She told lots of great stories about her life, but of course it’s the Mary Poppins stuff I want to talk about here.

  • When Disney was first wooing Julie for the part of Mary Poppins, he wined and dined her and her then-husband Tony Walton sumptuously. One of their activities was hitting the local race course and betting on the ponies. Walt was excited to see a horse in the lineup named Little Walt, and although he was a longshot he put a bunch of money on him for the win. Julie felt like they needed to do the same, so they too put everything they had on Little Walt – and he won!
  • Walt also gave them a personal tour of Disneyland, much like Travers got in Saving Mr. Banks. And while she didn’t mention it during the event, we all know she has her own official carousel horse!
  • P.L. Travers personally called Julie… in the hospital… the day after she gave birth… to give her opinion on whether the actress was right for the role. “Well, you’re much too pretty,” said Travers, “but you have the nose for it.”
  • A theater tech in charge of rigging nearly dropped her on her head while filming one of the float-y scenes. The story suggests his name is Joe. Let’s find him and destroy him!
  • When asked to pick between leading men Christopher Plummer and Dick Van Dyke, Julie channeled her reputation for sweetness and declared she simply couldn’t choose.

Obviously, if you EVER have the chance to see Julie Andrews speak in person, JUMP ON IT. She doesn’t tour a lot and it’s 100% worth the cost. She remains one of my personal heroes – and maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get to meet her properly next time!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

An Ode to Winnie the Pooh

A couple weeks ago I chose Piglet & Pooh as my Marry for Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Partners. Naturally I had to go plumb the depths of YouTube for the perfect video to illustrate why. Shockingly, I did NOT get sucked into the YouTube vortex at that time – but my brain was ready to pick up the slack itself. But the time I went to bed that night, I was singing a rotating medley of both the movie Pooh theme:

And the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh theme:

And that made me remember the weird live-action Pooh show I have only very vague memories of beyond the fact that I LOOOOVED it as a little kid:

And also the books, with the Spotted or Herbacious Backson and the Expotition and Bisy Backson and Please Ring Bell If Answer is Required and don’t you know what THER means and did anyone else read those Benjamin Hoff books about Taoism?

And it’s the narrator!

And THAT’S trouncing.

Can’t you see the presents? The cake? The candles? Neither can I. After all, we can’t all, and some of us don’t.

Incidentally, THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT TIGGERS IS TIGGERS ARE WONDERFUL THINGS. Did I say Tigger? I meant Tee-Eye-Double-Guh-Er.

Magnificent magic, most mysterious, make meek me make the monsters into mozzarella marmalade!

And oh my God, PIGLET WAS SECRETLY IN THE EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE!

Is there any more? No, there isn’t. I thought not.

Or at any rate, I don’t think so. It isn’t meant to be. (Although in all seriousness, every time I watched a clip I would think of ANOTHER good one; I’m leaving out A LOT. DON’T. FEED. THE. BEAR.)

Basically what I’m trying to say here is that Winnie the Pooh in all its forms, at once clever, gentle, and philosophical, shaped my childhood and continues to be one of my favorite things. Ever. You might even say that Pooh, not Roo’s medicine, is what Jenns like best.

TTFN! Ta-ta for now! <– Paul Winchell ad-libbed that


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