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Friday, March 31, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 3/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs.

 I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon, I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (or lack thereof).

So, who are the smartest Disney females of all?

Here are my results:

Part 1/3 Link Here

Part 2/3 Link Here

10. Jane

Jane is one of the more obviously educated and intelligent Disney female characters. Even though she makes a couple of foolish, impulsive decisions in the jungle that put her life in danger, for the most part she is pretty rational. Her adaptability to Tarzan and ability to teach him is a great sign of her intelligence. She is also very observant and logical, as shown in her initial analysis of Tarzan as given to her father, which turns out to be very accurate after such a brief encounter. She also proved herself to be a quick learner when it came to learning how to speak "ape", even though she wasn't taught too much.

9. Belle

Belle is incredibly curious about the world beyond her small town - a definite sign of intelligence. She is also mature, pretty witty and has an excellent judge of character - all more signs of intelligence. As educated and knowledgeable as she was, she wasn't too presumptuous nor did she take things for granted.  Though she did make some impulsive decisions without thinking, they were often out of curiosity or deep concern for someone she cared about. 

8. Anna

Some people may perceive Anna's character as being "ditzy" but if you pay attention to her actions, you will see that Anna is not ditzy at all and is actually quite sharp and clever. Even though her intelligence is often overshadowed by her spunkiness and quirky nature, there are many times when Anna thinks of something incredibly smart and under intense pressure that is very impressive - such as when she saves Kristoff from falling off of the cliff or when she uses the 'hidden' tree to attack the Snow Monster chasing them. For someone who is mostly isolated from other people, she adapts to different people pretty quickly. She may not be the best judge of character but this seems more due to lack of experience rather than lack of intelligence. Though Anna has some problems with impulsiveness, they mostly come more from her abundance of energy and/or lack of experience rather than lack of intelligence. 

7. Tiana

The fact that Tiana showed so much ambition at such a young age was a definite sign of intelligence. She already had plans for her future and she already wanted to be a part of something bigger: "Bringing folks together from all walks of life." While Tiana is obviously very resilient, she's also very impressive at quick-thinking on her feet under pressure, as shown when dealing with the Frog Hunters and Dr. Facilier - a definite sign of intelligence. She also shows some great improvisation as a frog - particularly when building the raft and cooking the gumbo. Even though Tiana lost sight of what was "really important" for a while, she was able to "dig deeper" and keep her priorities straight.

6. Pocahontas

Pocahontas is known for her wisdom and intelligence but she also has an underrated emotional and impulsive side that sometimes causes her to make foolish decisions. For the most part however, Pocahontas seems to be very rational - which is why Grandmother Willow teaches her how to listen with her heart, as she usually listens with her head. She appreciates the input of others and is relatively very open-minded compared to her peers - definite signs of intelligence. Pocahontas has an intellectual curiosity that stands out, particularly shown in her initial exchanges with John Smith. While it was very smart of Pocahontas to realize (and point out) that there were things John Smith and his group could learn from her group, she was quite foolish in not realizing that her group of people could learn some things from John Smith and his group as well. Aside from that, Pocahontas was usually very humble and accountable, particularly shown when she does not lash out at Nakoma for her actions but instead focuses on the 'results' of her own choices.

5. Cinderella

Cinderella's intelligence is often overlooked but that doesn't mean it's not clearly there for anyone paying attention. Even though Cinderella is most notably remembered for her courage, grace, adversity, humility and unconditional compassion for others, she is also clearly a clever and creative young woman. A great example of this, is the fact that she is not only able to create clothes for the mice, but also that she's able to adjust the sizes accordingly. Cinderella clearly understood the power of linguistics and law, as she showed when she stood up to Lady Tremaine by pointing out that the "royal command" said "every eligible maiden" was to attend the ball. This was a definite sign of her intelligence. Even though Cinderella had some naivety as far as trying to give all others the benefit of the doubt as much as possible, she wasn't a fool and often was coming from a position of humility, as well as trying to look at the bigger picture at hand. Contrary to some Feminist rumors out there, Cinderella does stand up for herself whenever she can, playing a huge role in getting her own happy ending. In addition, when Cinderella was locked in the tower and in a highly emotional and stressful situation, she still had the cleverness of thinking of Bruno to help save her - yet another sign of her intelligence.

4. Kida

Kida isn't just intelligent, she is also very wise and open-minded. While she is usually obedient and not a trouble-maker, the first time we see her she is actually breaking the rules of her society. The reason she is doing this, however, comes from a very conscientious position. She knows that Atlantis' "way of life is dying" and she realizes that this severe situation requires a new approach. Not only does Kida want to learn more so that she can save her kingdom, but she also seems to just have a general curiosity and thirst for knowledge as well. These are definite signs of her intelligence. Kida also has a great balance and judgment. She acknowledges patterns and rules but she can also think outside of the box when an exception occurs. Furthermore, she seems to pick up on the English language and it's nuances very quickly, especially considering she isn't fluent in English and presumably had no one to practice it with before Milo. (This is shown when she sums up and recites the new information about Milo's companions to him.) Perhaps partly responsible for this, she also seems to have quite a good memory. All of these point to a very intelligent young woman.

3. Mulan

Mulan has an excellent and impressive, rare set of improvisational skills and is able to adapt to a variety of situations (particularly stressful ones). This is shown over and over again - from her move on the Checkers board on the way to the Match Maker, to the entire scene in the mountains with the Huns, to the entire scene at the end leading to the very demise of Shan Yu himself - and they are all impressive. It was Mulan's brilliance that saved China. That being said, Mulan is not flawless and did have some foolish and impulsive moments here and there - though they all came from a good place. When Mulan wasn't pretending to be a man [Ping], she was usually pretty articulate as well, choosing her words wisely and concisely. Lastly, the fact that Mulan was able to reflect on her choice to join the army and recognize that it wasn't entirely for her father but also somewhat for herself; The fact that she was able to to accurately and objectively assess herself and her own decisions, was yet another impressive sign of her incredible intelligence.

2. Moana

Even though Moana feels certain pulls towards her own desires (i.e. the ocean) starting as a child, she is able to put her responsibilities first as she starts to become more of age. Not only is this a sign of maturity but such maturity itself can be a sign of intelligence. When the roof of one of the huts has a constant leak, she smartly figures out the source, and is able to fix it properly. Moana seems to be an excellent judge of character as well as very clever when it comes to adapting to different people and understanding their different body signals etc. Even though Moana has never sailed before, she adapts to it quickly for a first-timer and her eagerness to learn from Maui shows some of her wisdom and maturity. For the most part, Moana doesn't have very many emotional and impulsive moments and usually tends to be more logical and rational. When Moana turned the little “You’re welcome” phrase back around on Maui, this was a definite sign of sense of humor but also her intelligence. Additionally, Moana seems to be very good at improvisation and coming up with clever plans and solutions on the fly, as shown when dealing with the "Kakamora" pirates, Tamatoa and Te Fiti/Te Kā - all impressive moments of intelligence on her part.

1. Rapunzel

Even though Rapunzel is often noted as being one of the smarter princesses, it's possible that her intelligence is still underrated and overshadowed by her bubbly and sometimes naive personality. Firstly, it is clear that she is intellectually curious and an adept learner, as shown when she exhibits quite a variety of intelligent skills in the opening as well as throughout the film. Secondly, her natural abilities when it comes to the abstract concept of astronomy, are as impressive as they are intelligent (even if she lives in a tower). Her eclectic nature is also a good sign of her intelligence. When Rapunzel realizes that Mother Gothel isn't ever going to let her out of the home, she quickly improvises a plan to sneak out. While this is a risky move, it does show her intelligence as to how she pulled it off. The only inconsistency here is that it took her so long to connect the dots once she had all of the facts surrounding the lanterns on her birthday and the connection to the missing princess etc. That being said, it seems that was clearly only for the script that she didn't question more about this, as it would've changed the plot of the film(?). It's also a bit inconsistent that she never realized her "mother" was using her to stay young. But again, that would change the entire story. As unbelievable as every scene in which Rapunzel relies on her hair is, it does show her ingenuity to use it the way she does. Her survival skills seem pretty good for someone locked in a small tower her whole life as well - another likely sign of her intelligence.

So what did you think about the ranking? Any surprises? Feel free to share your reaction and comments below! ❤

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 2/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs.

 I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon, I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (or lack thereof).

So, who are the smartest Disney females of all?

Here are my results:

Part 1/3 Starts Here

22. Ariel

Ariel can be quite clever and logical when she wants to, but unfortunately, she more often chooses to be emotional and self-absorbed which sometimes leads to recklessness - not very smart. Ariel was equally intellectually curious and naive when it came to the world and culture of humans and land. While Ariel's curiosity and ambition to satisfy this curiosity are signs of her intelligence, her impulsive and often careless actions are not very intelligent.

21. Nakoma

Nakoma is very mature and wise, just like her best friend Pocahontas and it's easy to see why they get along so well. Nakoma values wisdom and encourages Pocahontas to seek advice for interpretation of her dream. When Nakoma is with Pocahontas in the cornfield, she smartly realizes that something is going on with Pocahontas that she isn't talking about, despite her objections. While it's smart of Nakoma to be worried about Pocahontas and not want her sneaking out to meet the new strangers, it was not smart of her to be so narrow-minded and see the situation in such a racially divided manner. While Nakoma had good intentions when she told Kocoum about Pocahontas running off, it was also very foolish and not smart of her to send Kocoum after Pocahontas, as shown when it resulted in his death. When Nakoma had realized that she made a mistake however, she did apologize to Pocahontas and immediately told her the truth as well as tried to make it up to her with a clever way to let Pocahontas talk to John Smith. This act of personal accountability really shows Nakoma's intelligence and her great character.

Honorary Mention: Anastasia Romanov

Although Anya can be impulsive and snarky at times, she can also be quite clever and witty. Since she grew up in an orphanage without her parents, it's also somewhat understandable that she's prone to being a bit standoff-ish. After learning that Dimitri had lied and been a con man, it was smart of Anya not to trust him anymore. However, when he spoke of being the young boy from the kitchen who helped them escape, it was not as smart of her to shut him out without listening - even though she was reasonably upset. The way Anya was able to save herself from falling off of the cliff was pretty smart, as well as when she realized that Rasputin's power came from the talisman when she stepped on it, and that smashing it would defeat him.

20. Shanti

We don't get to see too much of Shanti in her original film, aside from luring Mowgli into the village. However, in the sequel, we get to see a little more of her character. In the sequel, we find out that Shanti is logical, cautious and nurturing. She is quite mature for her age, a sign of intelligence. Even when it wasn't the popular decision, Shanti tried to make the right decision - such as when she didn't let the kids leave the village during their song and dance. This was another definite sign of intelligence as she could see the bigger, long-term picture at hand. Unfortunately, she did have a moment of huge weakness when she decided to pursue Mowgli into the jungle alone without telling anyone, not a smart idea at all. For the most part though, Shanti seemed to make pretty smart decisions.

19. Andrina

The first thing we hear out of Andrina's mouth is a sarcastic joke. This sense of humor and act of joking is a small sign of intelligence. She is also observant and perceptive which are also signs of intelligence. Andrina is pretty good with timing, it's what makes her as humorous as she is. She knows exactly when she has enough time to make a silly face, or when it's appropriate for her to joke and tease. These are also signs of her intelligence.

18. Alice

The first time we see Alice, she is ignoring her history lesson. She asks her older sister, "How can I possibly pay attention to a book with no pictures in it?" While creativity can sometimes be a sign of intelligence, creating fantasy to not have to deal with reality is not a sign of intelligence. The constant need for amusement in order to learn is not a strong sign of intelligence. That being said, when it comes to the things that interest Alice, she is very curious and inquisitive, which is a strong sign of intelligence. While it's good to be curious about things, Alice was completely led by her curiosity and many times even defied logic to satiate this curiosity. Interestingly enough, when it came to the nonsensical world of Wonderland, Alice did seem somewhat of a quick learner when it came to the linguistic adaptations of this "world" (i.e. "rocking horsefly"). In the Queen's court, Alice displayed her knowledge of the court process which was definitely a sign of her intelligence. It was definitely not smart of Alice to insult the Queen as she was in the middle of shrinking though. Even before she started shrinking, she should have just left when she had the chance to. This decision showed that she continued to neglect logical advice in favor of following her own whims instead.

17. Aurora

The first time we see Aurora, she is just finishing cleaning up and sees that her "aunts" are planning something. Even though they tell her it's nothing and send her out to "pick berries", Aurora smartly realized they were up to something, likely having to do with her birthday though she decided to play along for their sake. Aurora is not the only Disney princess to long for love and a soul mate. What sets Aurora apart however, is the fact that she "wonders" about the philosophy behind soul mates and how that works itself out, looking to the birds for an example - a definite sign of intelligence. Although Aurora originally said she'd "never" see Phillip again, it was very smart of her to immediately change her mind and set up a meeting with him. This was her one shot at love and she was smart not to let it pass her by, especially considering her "aunts" had kept her away from other people for so long. It was not smart that she never exchanged names with this man though, as it would have saved her a lot of heartbreak later. 

16. Snow White

What some may perceive in Snow White as a "lack of intelligence" is more attributed to naivety, innocence, inexperience and unconditional compassion for others. Snow White may have been naive to the Queen's true nature at first, but she also seemed incapable of malice towards others - so perhaps her giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, was because she just didn't ever think that way to see things from that perspective - and until the scene with the Huntsman, had never experienced anything to suggest she not give others the benefit of the doubt.  When Snow White was led to the cottage by her new animal friends, she used reasoning to conclude the house must be occupied by unsupervised children. Even though she turned out to be wrong, this doesn't make her thought process and logical conclusion any less intelligent. The fact that Snow knew how to properly clean, cook and sew also shows that she certainly is no dummy. The way that Snow was able to quickly delegate the chores to the animals was pretty smart as well, though I don't think it was very smart to let animals do some cleaning - but hey, it's Disney magic! She was also able to accurately match most of the Dwarves to their names, another sign of her having intelligence rather than lacking it. The most unintelligent thing Snow did was immediately trusting the "old hag" who showed up at the cottage despite all of the warnings from the Dwarves about the Queen and her ability to disguise herself, as well as their warnings not to trust any strangers. That being said, it should also be said that the "old hag" disguise was a brilliant idea on the Evil Queen's part, primarily when you take in context that the Evil Queen is known for her vanity.

15. Eilonwy

When we first meet Eilonwy, she has just discovered Taran and immediately deducts that he is being held prisoner. When Eilonwy and Taran discover the burial chamber in the castle, she starts talking about the history of the king who had built the castle before the Horned King took over. Not only knowing this information, but recognizing and recalling it, are signs of her intelligence. Eilonwy has a great sense of timing and seems to have a great memory, along with the ability to think quickly and accurately even while under pressure. These are all signs that she is intelligent. Even though at times Eilonwy can get a little too emotional, she is not impulsive and does seem to be pretty logical for the most part. Her sense of accountability and being able to admit when she was wrong are also good signs of intelligence.

14. Alana

Alana is creative and conscientious. She makes her own beauty cream from "plankton extract and sea salt" which "rejuvenates the skin and it won't clog your pores". These are signs of her intelligence as she thought outside of the box to create her own beauty mask and considered the long-term and big-picture results, both health-wise and environmentally.

13. Penny

Penny is an orphan who is incredibly resilient, brave and quite clever. Even though she was kidnapped by an evil woman, she had the fortitude and intelligence to come up with the "message-in-a-bottle" plan, as well as seeing it through. She seems able to pick up on abstract concepts and pretty quickly, as shown when Rufus explains the concept of "faith" to her - a definite sign of intelligence. In addition, when Bianca and Bernard are trying to come up with a rescue plan, it's Penny who is able to assess the environment and tools around her to figure out the details of the plan - another definite sign of her impressive intelligence.

12. Ting-Ting

Ting-Ting has an excellent judge of character and ability to read the nuance in a person's words and actions. This is particularly shown when she picks up on Mulan's disagreement with arranged marriages, though she didn't actually say it outright to her. While she admittedly seems to be the eldest of her sisters, she is also the most mature and responsible, always looking at the bigger picture. She is the only one of her sisters who uses her spare time to read - a definite sign of her intelligence and intellectual curiosity. When the carriage that the princesses were riding in got loose, Ting-Ting smartly got both of her sisters out and given over to the soldiers very quickly, which saved her sisters. Her responsible actions and quick-thinking were signs of her intelligence in this situation. Even though Ting-Ting refused to laugh out loud at Ling's jokes (trying to stay true to her mission), she understood every single one and none went over her head - yet another sign of her intelligence.

11. Attina

Attina is very responsible and she easily puts herself in others' shoes. The ability to place oneself in someone else's positions and trying to see things from their point of view is a definite sign of intelligence. She also has a very eloquent vocabulary, as shown when she uses the word "diligently". She is incredibly conscientious, both on a smaller scale (with her family and responsibilities etc.) as well as on a larger scale (with the environment and history etc.). She has an excellent sense of focus and is good at picking up subtle signs, hints and clues - a very impressive sign of her wisdom and intelligence. 

Continue The Countdown:

Part 3/3 Here!

So what did you think about the ranking? Any surprises? Feel free to share your reaction and comments below! ❤

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Most Intelligent Disney Female Countdown Part 1/3

Some Disney females are prettier than others, some are braver than others, some are sweeter, some are sassier, etc etc. These little details are what make them different. I find it fun to rank them on different quality/trait scales because it makes me look deeper at these characters and I end up learning more about them and why they are the way that they are. (This is made obvious by my many countdown lists.) So this time, I thought I would look at potential IQs.

 I have gone through and analyzed the actions of each character in her movie along with any other information I could use to try and rank them as accurately as possible. Additionally, with each icon, I tried to pick a moment that shows off the respective character's intellect (or lack thereof).

So, who are the smartest Disney females of all?

Here are my results:

38. Arista

Not surprising that she's last if you've seen The Little Mermaid 3. When you first see Arista, she has just been woken up by the governess but is still wearing the sleep mask that she inevitably went to bed in and upon waking up, says "But it's still dark out." Then the aid of the governess lifts the sleep mask off of her eyes and she realizes her mistake (as shown in the picture). This scene was meant to tell us how much intelligence she lacks. That being said, she is naturally talented [musically] when it comes to playing the horns.

37. Anastasia Tremaine

The way that Anastasia Tremaine is so overly dependent on her mother and needs her to explain most things for her, makes it pretty safe to say that Anastasia is not very sharp. All that she seems to know how to do, is to blame everyone else for her problems and physically lash out. Those are both signs of a lack of intelligence. Even though she likes to tease and make fun of Cinderella, she's never really witty about it, though she tries. She does seem slightly more observant and/or slightly less impulsive than her older sister though.

36. Aquata

Aquata asks her sister Arista if she is using her sleep-mask (without her permission) and Arista responds "Nope". Then, Aquata replies, "It's got my initial on it" as though she forgot that all of her sisters have a name that starts with "A", which Attina points out to her. This shows that she's definitely not the smartest in her group of sisters, though she's not the least smartest either.

35. Megara

Even though Meg doesn't seem to be obviously unintelligent, someone who repeatedly makes bad decision after bad decision, especially without improving their judgement and discernment skills along the way is not very intelligent. Her bad decisions not only put her in incredibly bad situations, but then her further decisions beyond that kept her in bad/worse situations. This is especially seen when she initially refuses Hercules' help when dealing with Nessus, despite the fact that she can't protect herself from Nessus and Hades certainly isn't going to protect her from Nessus either. Even though Meg says "I can handle this", she clearly can't. This introduction to Meg and her nonsensical choices was done for a reason, to show that Meg makes poor, impulsive decisions without thinking - hence why she got stuck working for Hades in the first place. It also shows that Meg has no trust for any man just because of what one man did to her. This over-generalization and extremist reaction shows a great lack of intelligence and this decision only hurts her by putting her in situations that she doesn't need to - and shouldn't - be in. In addition, Meg's bigotry against men made her act very foolish towards them as a result, which only hurt herself in the long run. Thankfully, Hercules was outstanding enough to overcome even her bad decisions and still chose her at the end of it all. Furthermore, her sexism against men also blinded her to the fact that the hero Hercules was the key to her freedom from Hades all along, something that would've helped prevent a lot of regret and heartache had she been smart enough to realize that sooner. In addition, Meg is not quite as clever and witty as she is sassy and snappy. Her remarks are more bitter and sarcastic than they are intelligent. The one thing Meg shows the most intelligence in, is manipulating people - particularly manipulating men by using her body - which doesn't take much intelligence at all (and even then, she can't tell the difference between men who are easily manipulated by that kind of temptation and men who aren't). The most positive and smartest thing Meg did was realizing that she needed to get Phil's help to save Hercules when he didn't trust her anymore.

34. Lilo

Lilo is a child but she also does and believe many foolish things even for a child (at least at her age). Poor Lilo is in such a negative, unfortunate and inappropriate situation for a child, it's hard to distinguish her socio-behavioral problems from her intellectual problems. The smartest thing that Lilo did the entire film was when she called Cobra Bubbles when the aliens were attacking Stitch - even though it didn't work out the way she was hoping it would.

33. Nani

Impulsive, aggressive, irresponsible, violent and short-sighted are all traits that Nani has, which show signs of a lack of intelligence more than having intelligence. Even though it's totally understandable that Nani would be so upset that Lilo locked her out of the house, it was incredibly foolish for Nani to talk to Lilo and threaten her the way she did. It's obvious that Nani was not suitable to be taking care of Lilo as a parent, especially on her own. Nani was so overwhelmed by this responsibility, that not only did she neglect Lilo to a large extent but she also neglected both of their safety, as shown when she left the house all day with the stove on. Nani did show some intelligence the way she outsmarted Lilo and got her to come out of her hiding place, as well as "capturing" her. As Lilo said, Nani makes a better sister - at this point in her life - than a mother. The smartest thing Nani did, was to confront Stitch when Lilo was taken away by the alien. It was very smart of Nani to go to Stitch and demand answers from him, realizing that Lilo had been right this whole time about Stitch being able to talk.

32. Adella

The first line out of Adella's mouth is "I was dreaming about a boy". This pretty much sums up her entire character. She is so obsessed with boys and romance that it's all she ever seems to think about or talk about it. She seems to know how to get a boy's attention but it also seems to be the only thing she knows how to do. That being said, for as boy-crazy as she is, she doesn't seem to get into too much trouble, so she must have some wits about her.

31. Charlotte

Charlotte only seems to have one goal in life, to be a princess, and she certainly does what she can to reach it. Unfortunately, she grew up very spoiled and without the benefit of a good mother around, so she doesn't have much to offer in the character-department. She doesn't know how to cook, so she pays Tiana to make her some "man-catching beignets" - smart in the short-term of "catching" the prince but foolish in the long-term of "keeping" the prince (unless she expects to hire Tiana as their personal chef). At the ball, she throws a tantrum when she thinks the Prince isn't coming and refuses to listen to Tiana's logic and reasoning about why the prince might not be there yet but still going to come - a clear sign of a lack of intelligence (and maturity). Unlike Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora and others before her who wished through their dreams and personal goals to keep their hope alive in unfortunate situations, Charlotte actually wished on a sun that exploded millions of years ago, just because she really wanted something - and expected it to work. She wasn't the quickest in absorbing information and she didn't really understand boundaries (though part of that was due to her being raised in a spoiled manner). Lastly, the idea that she could wait for a 6 1/2 year old boy to grow up and marry to become a princess was either an incredibly tasteless joke (that would be labeled as pedophilia if the genders were reversed) or an incredibly unintelligent idea. Either way, Charlotte is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Honorary Mention: Thumbelina

Sweet, kind and terribly gullible is Thumbelina's character. She seems to be too trusting in other people, as well as too reliant on them. After she escapes from being kidnapped, she has to find her way home. She is smart enough to ask for help from others since she's not too independently resourceful but aside from that, she doesn't really show too many signs of intellect. The one sign of intellect that she does show however, is curiosity, as she wants to know why she's so small and if there could be other people like her in the world. When Cornelius takes her dancing around, it was incredibly foolish of her to blow a kiss to the toad. This is proven true when he kidnaps her as a result, later.

30. Su

We never really get to see how intelligent or unintelligent Su is, as she is usually very quiet and/or agreeable most of the time. The one area that we do get to see Su displaying any knowledge, is when it comes to food. She seems to be an expert on food and which foods go best with which spices etc. Also, when Mulan and the soldiers were fighting the bandits, it was smart of Ting-Ting and Su to help out by throwing rocks from their position above (as long as their aim was accurate).

29. Wendy

While Wendy may be an expert on Peter Pan and Neverland, that doesn't necessarily translate to intelligence. Wendy is so wrapped up in her fantasies, it's possible that it hinders her from seeing the realities in front of her. In addition, the fact that Wendy is getting older but so resistant to growing up does not bode well for her intelligence. Similar to Snow White, Wendy also seems to be naive and too trusting of others - especially when it comes to Tinkerbell. After Peter Pan saved Tiger Lily, the Indian Chief delivered "an oration in sign language" and Wendy asked her brother to translate - whom she knew had more knowledge of [Native American] Indians than her. This curiosity in another culture and what was going on was a sign of her intelligence. After spending some time in Neverland, it was smart of Wendy to realize that this kind of fun time shouldn't last forever, and that growing up was an essential next stage of life. 

28. Anita

The first time we get to see Anita at length, she is choosing to read a book in the park. The selection of this activity is a definite sign of her intelligence. The next time we see Anita, she is doing some paperwork and writing - though we do not know what exactly she's writing about. This is another [small] sign of her intelligence though, as vague as it is. It is not smart of Anita to keep friends with the company of Cruella De Vil, especially considering how rude she is to Anita and Roger. As obsessed as Cruella was with fur and the puppies, it seemed a bit odd that Anita was never truly suspicious of Cruella's motives - especially when Anita and Roger refused to give Cruella the new puppies and she promised to "get even" and make them "sorry" , even calling to ask if the people who had done it had been "caught" yet. Anita even defended Cruella's character to Roger, claiming that she wasn't a thief. This showed that as smart as Anita seemed, her discernment and judgment of character was not very intellectually-driven.

27. Mei

Even though it went against her duties and promises, it was smart of Mei to use the "free stretch time" as a way to get to know Yao more. Since she liked Yao, it was also smart of her not to make fun of him for making a couple of verbal mistakes and being kind to him instead. Since Mulan had went against her family's wishes to "follow her heart", it was very smart of Mei to ask her for advice on how she was able to discern when it was right to follow through with her duty and when it was right to follow her heart. 

26. Tiger Lily

When we are first introduced to Tiger Lily, she is being held prisoner by Captain Hook. Even though she never says anything throughout her entire time on screen - except to yell for help just before she almost drowns, her actions do tell us a few things about her. For example, Captain Hook offers her a deal to give up Pan's secret hiding place and he will cut her loose. Essentially, Captain Hook also tells her she will die if she doesn't talk. The reason why it was smart of Tiger Lily not to speak is that Captain Hook was not worth trusting. She would have been giving up Peter Pan and his Lost Boys for nothing. We know this as later in the film, Captain Hook does pull one over on Tinkerbell, who technically should have been even less trusting of Captain Hook than Tiger Lily. This good judging of character on Tiger Lily's part shows her intelligence. 

25. Merida

Merida can be as smart as she is short-sighted. She thinks her brothers are allowed to get away without much responsibility because they are boys, completely ignoring their age difference and the fact that she was running around without much responsibility herself when she was their age. In addition, Merida can also be as stubborn and immature as she is clever. She does not seem very interested in learning, and fails to see the value in wisdom. When Merida made clever decisions that moved her forward, she also tended to make equally short-sighed decisions that then set her back to where she was or even farther behind. She is very impulsive and can sometimes be too self-absorbed, ignoring some glaring signs in front of her such as when the old Witch said she had "too many unsatisfied customers". Even though Merida never had to rely on survivalist skills, it showed her intelligence and curiosity that she had learned about poisonous berries, clean water, fishing and outdoor cooking during all of her time hanging outdoors. For the most part, Merida is a clever girl who leads too much with her emotions and hinders herself from reaching her full intellectual potential.

24. Elsa

When Elsa is just a young girl, she is told that her magic is both beautiful and dangerous and that she must learn to control it. Unfortunately, her parent's idea of controlling it was suppressing it - which is not really controlling it. While Elsa cannot be blamed for listening to her parents (especially while they were alive and she's still a minor), it isn't very smart that she kept trying something that clearly didn't work - concealing it. At some point Elsa had to start realizing that "concealing it" wasn't really working and that she needed to control it. After all, it was Anna who lost her memories, not Elsa. Despite Elsa's overwhelming fears and anxieties, she is actually a pretty logical and mostly sensible person. Unfortunately, she is also very misguided - being led too often by her emotions instead of her intelligence. Once Elsa ran away and started to embrace her powers instead of neglecting them, she should have realized/remembered that her powers could be controlled. Even when she makes a logical choice, that logic is usually countered by her overreaction within the choice. A great example of this is isolating herself from Anna after the death of her parents and even after the palace incident; It was very foolish but not entirely unintelligent as there was some logic to it. Again, Elsa is very logical but also very misguided by her feelings, which hinders her from making smarter and better decisions.

23. Jasmine

Abusive, bigoted, hypocritical, impulsive, over-emotional and hostile are all traits that Jasmine has in abundance - none of which are signs of intelligence. Though she has a lot of attitude and behavioral problems, Jasmine does also have the traits of cleverness and improvisation, as well as she seems to be a "quick learner" - which are all definite signs of intelligence.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Best Female Singing Voice Countdown Part 2/2

Disney is known for it's beautiful, talented singing voices - especially with the princesses. But which Disney female has the fairest voice of them all? Here is my countdown to rank just that!

11. Shanti: My Own Home
Harmonious vocalizing that matches the overall compelling and mysterious element of her character. She has a deeper range that is definitely on the more earthy, smoky side and a decent note-holding ability. Her voice isn't very dynamic and never goes too high but the deep range it does fill up, is done so beautifully. Overall, her voice is very mesmerizing, smooth and matches her perfectly.

10. Belle: Belle & Belle Reprise & Something There
A deeper singing style than many of the other princesses, but not quite as full. She can hold her notes in a beautiful and very talented fashion. There is a bit of a powerful element to her voice as well, though not as powerful and sonorous as some other Disney females. Her range is pretty dynamic, more so than many other characters yet not one of the most dynamic.

Deep, moving, smooth, soothing and definitely sonorous. She has such a beautiful voice that is perfect for somber moments. Her voice is very captivating and mesmerizing, perfect for lullabies. Unfortunately, she only sings for about a minute so we don't get to experience more of her voice.

8. Moana: Where You Are & How Far I'll Go & How Far I'll Go Reprise & I Am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) & Know Who You Are
Disney really made an effort here to make Moana's voice match with her age; whereas many other Disney female voices focus more on the range and singing ability. That being said, even though there is a certain novice - or not fully developed yet - sound to Moana's voice, it's still very beautiful. Her note holding ability is pretty impressive, yet rarely performed, and she has a really nice range. Her voice also has a nice balance. It's not particularly strong and resonant, but it's not high and ethereal either. It is very soothing and clear, much like the ocean, surely to become more resonant with maturity. Sometimes her voice can sound a bit sing-songy, but that may be the blame of the songwriting more so than her actual singing ability. There is a definite innocence to her voice that provides it's own unique, and pleasant, sound. It would be interesting to hear her voice in a few years, after it has developed a little more; I'm sure it will sound even more beautiful with time.

7. Ting-Ting & Pocahontas (Voiced By Same Person):
Ting-Ting: I Wanna Be Like Other Girls
Although this is the same voice as Pocahontas', it's not exactly as obvious as you might expect. Her voice still has the same smoky quality that is very appealing but perhaps because of the way she talk-sings in "I Wanna Be Like Other Girls", it doesn't have the same effect as with Pocahontas' performance. When she opens the song solo, she sounds very pretty. However, later in the song her voice doesn't sound the same and the quality lessens as she sings along with her sisters.

Pocahontas: Just Around The Riverbend & Colors Of The Wind & If I Never Knew You
Strong and powerful with earthy qualities fits her personality perfectly! Pocahontas's voice is very powerful, strong, moving and gorgeous. When it comes to the deeper voices, hers is definitely one of the best. However, it's not one of the most dynamic voices as it stays in the deeper range and never gets too high. Captivating and memorable, Pocahontas' voice is truly moving.

6. Tiana: Almost There & Down In New Orleans (Finale)
One of the most gorgeous and smoothest of Disney's singing voices. The silky, jazzy and bluesy elements of her voice are truly outstanding. This is yet another one of the deeper voices but no less talented. She can hold some of the longest notes of any Disney female and even get pretty high too. Her voice is very mesmerizing, captivating and unforgettable.

The complete opposite of her stepsister Drizella. Angelic, soft, smooth, beautiful, memorable and quite frankly, timeless. The way she smoothly transitions up the musical scale and holds her notes while singing "Sing Sweet Nightingale" sounds effortlessly melodious. Her range isn't incredibly wide, but the notes she can hit are done so harmoniously. Besides that, her range is also around a perfect middle. She doesn't sing at the highest level nor the deepest but she does have a talented range nonetheless that can appeal to most people. In addition, her voice is just as elegant as her personality is, and makes for a very soothing and harmonious sound.

It's amazing how much Meg can convey her sassy attitude while singing without compromising the integrity of her singing voice. When she does the talk-singing style, it's much smoother than Rapunzel's or Anna's. She hits some of the highest and longest notes of the Disney females and does so in such an extraordinary and unforgettable manner. She has one of the most sonorous voices, even a bit reminiscent of gospel, jazz and blues singers. She perfectly conveys the emotions that she is singing and captivates listeners.

3. Mulan & Jasmine (Voiced By Same Person): 
Mulan: Reflection
Although technically Mulan has the same voice as Jasmine's, it does have a slight variance to it. Mulan's voice goes higher and sometimes too high for what she can melodically carry. It is smooth and pretty when she sings deeper, though still done in a different style than Jasmine's. She does hold her long notes beautifully, though.

Jasmine: A Whole New World
A clear and beautiful voice that did not get as much opportunity to showcase itself as it should have. It's always stood out as a "princess" sounding voice because it's strong and has a talented range. Hitting some very high and low notes, Jasmine's voice is truly gorgeous and talented. She holds her long notes and transitions between high and low in what seems like an effortless fashion. It's amazing how Jasmine's voice can transition from sweet and delicate sounding to strong and powerful sounding so smoothly. She also perfectly conveys the feelings she's singing about. A mesmerizing voice, indeed.

2. Aurora: I Wonder & Once Upon A Dream
It's a beautiful balance between operatic and angelic that Aurora's voice teeters. Those who are not fans of opera can still appreciate the technicality and talent to her voice. Those who do like opera, or at least her operatic voice, find it to be angelic, ethereal, rich, technical and talented in range. Aurora's voice is absolutely impressive and dreamy, it made sense why the birds would want to sing with her in the forest! Of course, she holds her long notes seemingly effortlessly. Her voice sounds like it was meant to be heard, too beautiful to keep to just herself. Even though her voice is operatic, it's not stuck in the high range as she can hit deep notes just as beautifully as the higher ones. Harmonious, melodic, sonorous, symphonic; check, check, check and check!

Honorary Mention - Anastasia Romanov: Journey To The Past & Once Upon A December
Similar to Aurora, Anastasia's voice is performed by an operatic singer and just like Aurora's, it shows! Sonorous yet tranquil, moving and inspiring. Her note-holding ability is outstanding and her note-changing ability is equally outstanding. Her voice is so dynamic that the result is incredibly fulfilling, hitting high notes of excitement as well as deeper notes of meditation. Her voice is so talented, so mesmerizing and so classic, that it's part of the reason why so many people believed she was a Disney Princess, even though she's not. Her voice expresses a perfect balance of soft and delicate femininity with a strong and powerful resonance. Absolutely stunning, gorgeous and memorable!

Raw and passionate qualities, expressiveness and technical range help this easily fall into the top slot! Ariel's voice really takes the cake. It truly is the best of both worlds when it comes to range and harmony. Beautiful, high, ethereal and angelic as well as powerful, passionate, deep and smoky. Completely captivating and compelling, perfectly fitting for someone who is billed with having "the most beautiful voice". Her voice is truly above and beyond, the most euphonious and talented of Disney singing voices. It's no wonder that Disney finally added a ride that showcases Ariel's voice; The real wonder is what took so long! It's a shame that she loses her voice for half of the movie because another song by her would've been most welcome.

Honorary Mention - Thumbelina (Voiced By Same Person as Ariel): Thumbelina & Soon & Let Me Be Your Wings & On The Road & Sun Reprise & Finale Reprise
If you enjoy Jodi Benson's voice as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, it's actually even better as the titular character in Don Bluth's Thumbelina. While maintaining all of the best elements that make Ariel's voice unforgettable, Thumbelina's only expands on that. It's like Benson's voice is so talented that she just can't mess up. This is one of the most gorgeous voices in any animated film, ever. As impressive as her range and note-holding ability is in The Little Mermaid, it's even more impressive in Thumbelina. The note-holding here is especially impressive! It's so fitting that this voice was used for a mermaid princess as well as a fairy princess because it is so gorgeous and talented, it almost does seem like magic. Superior in it's beauty and talent, this is a truly impressive, timeless and unforgettable voice. I'd even say that it's perfect.

So what did you think about the ranking? How does this compare to your list? Any surprises? Did any of these opinions make you rethink your own? Feel free to share your reaction and comments below! ❤