|Posted by Ratin8tor on August 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM|
Hello and welcome to In Too Deep, where I over-analyse a certain section of pop culture.
So, Maleficent. The 2014 movie starring Angelina Jolie. Apparently that's a thing. I personally think the children's book version they wrote based around this idea (basically you read the story of Sleeping Beauty, then you flip it round and read the story of Maleficent) was the better version, but apparently people want this movie. But why limit it to just Maleficent. What other Disney Villains need their own movies?
6)The Coachman: From perhaps the scariest kids movie ever made comes one of the most horrible villains to ever grace the Disney animated canon. Lets review what he does: He kidnaps young boys, brings them to an island of pleasure, then turns them into donkeys so he can make them work in the mines for the rest of their lives. He also wears red.
… This guy is more like that devil then, you know, the Devil! (Chernaborg, for those that don't get the reference). And worst of all he never gets any retribution. Pinocchio just leaves the kids to their fate. We don't know if he's ever stopped or punished. He's a horrible monster.
So why the number 6 spot? Well mostly because while you could make an interesting movie out of the concept, there is no way to make this guy sympathetic or relateable. Hell the devil himself gets a better reception in the Bible, and that book's just out to get him. So while you could make a movie about a young man that grows nihilistic and evil, it'll never make enough money to justify it.
That and it'll give people nightmares for weeks. Lets not repeat that again.
5)Professor Ratigan: Yes he's clearly a somewhat inferior version of the infamous Moriarty character from Sherlock Holmes canon, but damn it I'd love to see the world from his point of view. How does a character this horrible get into a position where he can be seen as being so posh? How does he come from nothing and amass a criminal empire? How the hell does he befriend a cat? All these questions could be answered in the story showing how Moriarty became the monster we see him in the film, showing just how he managed to amass such trinkets like an axe and a gun (seriously, where did he find those?). So I think he deserves another film, as well as more recognition.
4)Ursula: Again, so many unanswered questions. Who were her parents, for example (besides the old tale of a mermaid and a squid loved each other very much and happened to be swimming in Japanese waters...). I've heard elsewhere that she use to be a lover of Trition's that got jealous of the other woman he eventually chose, trying to kill him and being banished for it. Course how much I just made up is irrelevant. Perhaps she was a beautiful mermaid that turned herself, accidentally or otherwise, into this horrible sea-witch. Sure it'd be hard to shoot in live-action, but I think it'd be pretty interesting to learn more about good old Ursula.
3)Gaston: You're gonna notice a reoccurring trend in this blog. Namely how the hell did Gaston get in a position where everyone in the town loved him? What did he do, kill some horrible monster trying to attack the town? Wrestling it down with his bare hands and living off the fame from then on. But when you think about it, it could be a great cautionary tale of not letting fame go to one's head. If we accept the idea that he always wanted to prove himself as a kid, before finally getting a chance, it could show the downside of it. Show what happens when someone's ego gets ahead of them. If nothing else then it'd be a good morality tale.
2)Dr Faciler: Not only does this man have one of the best villain songs of all time, he's also one of the best villains of all time. He's exactly what you want in a Disney movie: He can't physically fight the protagonist, so instead he has to use a smooth tongue and clever trickery. Now I for one would love to see more of this guy. He should be starring in a musical at the very least. But I want to know is how he made said friends on the other side. Did he grow up in a bad neighbourhood, did he have a loved one that goaded him into going down the wrong path? Should we see him as a tragic villain, or someone beyond redemption? Does he do what he does to avoid being sent to Hell after making a deal that went wrong, or because he loves being evil? So much opportunity here that I'd love to see explored.
1)Frollo: Now I've said several times that Frollo is the most evil of all the Disney Villains since he honestly believes that he is a good guy. He believes he's doing the Good Lord's work, which makes him fascinating to watch as a character. But I want to know is when. When did he stray from the path of good and onto the one of evil? When did he get so misguided? This of course will never be made, since it paints Christianity in a bad light. And I've never read the original text, so perhaps it explains it better. But I want to know why Frollo feels the need to be evil. Or what his justifications are. Someone make me this film damnit.
So there you have it. Six other Disney villains that totally need their own films. If you disagree with anything, or have anything to add, feel free to leave a comment. Till next time.
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