It’s that time again! Every week, we here at [Insert Pop Culture Reference] each like to share something that we loved this week. Because being a fan is all about spreading the love, and we’re all big fans of well, pretty much everything under the sun. Comment and tell us what you’ve been loving this week!
Angel: My love for the week has actually been building for a long time. When Disney first announced (after the appointment of Pixar’s John Lasseter to Principal Creative Adviser for Disney Animation) that they’d be going back to a 2-D format and producing an animated feature that would not only showcase the first black Disney princess but also bring back the directors of Aladdin, I was already salivating. I’d been eagerly watching every teaser trailer for The Princess and the Frog since before the name was changed from The Frog Princess, and I’m still counting down until when it hits theaters this winter.
This week, the first five minutes of the film leaked online.
I feel like I’m five years old again. I’m certainly not expecting the film to live up to the Disney films of my childhood (we’re talking Aladdin, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid era), but it definitely looks like it has the potential to come close.
Lina: My love of this week came up and took me by surprise. As a lover of the original movie and strong advocate of the fact that this show probably never should have been made in the first place, having seen it I can’t say that I hate it. While not high art in the slightest, 10 Things I Hate About You is cute and a frothy, but still has the pop-culture and real world news ribboning that makes it fun and I kind of can’t help but wonder why I didn’t watch it sooner. Part of this is the fact that I don’t actually watch the ABC Family channel (neither does my fourteen year old sister, which says a lot about that channel as a whole) but given the fact that when I watched the first season of their original series Greek and found it to be light and cute and just what I needed to get me through finals I figured it couldn’t be all bad. Sure it is missing some of the charm of the original (mostly in the form of the edginess) but the literal, straight-from-Shakepeare that was the 1999 film has found new life in this series and a new audience in people who will want to watch the movie (or who loved the movie and will watch the series). I don’t see them as being the same thing, but I like them both separately. Ethan Peck (who plays the TV series’ resident bad boy Patrick Verona) will never be Heath Ledger but he doesn’t try to be which is important and frankly, he’s cute enough all by himself. The charm and the enthusiasm these actors bring to their roles more than make up for the sometimes cringe-worthy elements of the script. Which says a little can go a long way.
Leshia: X-Men vs. Agents of Atlas #1 dropped this week, the first part in a two-part miniseries continuing the adventures of everyone’s favourite ’50s-era supergroup.
It was essentially a glorified issue #12 that happened to also star the X-Men, but that’s certainly not a bad thing if it manages to raise the team’s profile some. The subplot with Venus, for example, is going to make little to no sense to anyone not already following the team’s adventures, or at least keeping track of things over in Incredible Hercules (another of the very few must-read titles Marvel’s currently putting out). Still, the story hits all the right beats, and Jeff Parker does a great job of handling the giant dogpile of mutants currently bumming around Utopia island, even putting his own spin on Uncanny X-Men‘s ubiquitious “Fraptions”. The storyline’s very clearly one meant to be wrapped up in all of one more issue while setting the stage for the Agents backup stories in Hercules, but it’s good news for anyone still mourning the ongoing series’ cancellation. It’s also interesting seeing the X-Men going up against the team that’s currently occupying the “weird” niche in the Marvel universe that they pretty much created back in the day. There’s even a fun little backup story of dubious canonicity featuring the First Class X-Men team, a nice callback to some of Parker’s earlier work (as well as awesome oldschool costumes for the Agents). Fingers crossed that all this exposure in other titles can one day pave the way for a volume 3 with Marvel’s quirkiest, weirdest, most downright fun team.