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Top Five Lame Plot Twists

WARNING: This probably goes without saying, but just to be clear, they following blog contains spoilers for various films. Read at your own risk.


I actually struggled for a name to call this blog. I was originally going to call it “Top Five Plot Twists That Don’t Entirely Work”, but that seemed too long winded. Anyhoo...


The plot twist is potentially one of the greatest strengths of any story. I mean who can forget the classic ending to The Usual Suspects when Keyser Soze was revealed, or the heartbreaking realisation behind the named “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane? If a twist is done correctly, it can have a huge impact on the story, change the narrative in a way that you never expected and make you go “oh my god!”


However, if a twist is done BADLY then it can have the opposite effect. It could have little to no impact, ruin the credibility of a story or – in some cases – create plot holes.


Today on my blog I look at what I consider to be some plot twists that I felt ruined a movie to some extent. These twists are necessary the worst plot twists ever – but these are five twists that bothered me and, in my opinion, didn’t have impact that the writers intended. Some of these twists have been mentioned before online (number 2 especially is a common one that many have panned), but I’m still mentioning it.


Now just to make it clear, just because I mention these films does not necessarily mean I think the FILM is bad (although there are some bad ones in this list), it just means that I don’t think the plot twist is as good as it could have been in my opinion. And, as always, these are mentioned in no particular order. So, without further ado, I present to you the Top Five Lame Plot Twists.





1. Planet of the Apes (2001) – The “ending”


The original Planet of the Apes had an ending that shocked everyone to the core. Learning that the main character was not on an alternative world, but rather a futuristic version of Earth – where the apes ruled the humans after a nuclear war – was an extremely horrific ending for many. It was shocking not just because people didn’t see it coming, but in that it was also acting as a commentary of the fears people had during the Cold War, and a possible outcome should humanity get wiped out in a nuclear war. The original ending had a major impact and it’s widely regarded as one of the best twists ever.


The Tim Burton remake, however, is widely considered one of the most confusing and pointless endings ever. Now, I love Tim Burton, he’s one of the few directors that (in my opinion) rarely does a bad film. This one, however – is a stinker.


So, how to sum up. Guy gets teleported to a world run by apes, he fights a bad guy called General Thade, Thade gets locked away, guy finds his way back to Earth and he lives happily ever after... or DOES HE?


Upon arriving, he walks towards the Lincoln memorial only to find – gasp – that it’s now in ape form. In fact, it’s now a monument to General Thade! At that point, the police arrive – all apes – and we realise that apes now rule the humans in this world. And... movie ends.


Ok, what the hell did I just watch? This ending makes no sense whatsoever! Did the guy arrive in an alternative history of Earth? Is this the same Earth, but something he did in the film affect it? Did General Thade escape and travel to Earth? If so how could he have done that? None of this is ever explained, even Tim Burton has never explained this ending as it was intended to be a cliff-hanger for a sequel – which was never made!


This ending was apparently supposed to outdo the ending to the original Planet of the Apes film, but it just ends up as more of a head-scratcher than a shock. Even if they did intend this as a cliff-hanger, it should have had SOME continuity with the rest of the film. As it stands, it just seems to be put in for shock value and, in turn, comes across as confusing and adds nothing to the film, which was pretty mediocre as it was anyway. I love Tim Burton, but this film (and this twist) wasn’t one of his best moments.


Damn this twist! Damn it to hell! (sorry couldn’t resist! XD)





2. Signs – Water is alien’s Kryptonite


Believe it or not, I actually missed this the first time I saw it! It wasn’t until a friend of mine mentioned it to me that I saw it again and thought “yeah... that is pretty stupid!”


Ok, everyone has commented on this “twist” ending and how stupid it is, but I have to give it a mention on my blog just because.


For the most part, Signs is actually a pretty decent horror movie, leaving much of it to the audiences’ imagination until the last act. Then the aliens appear and, if I’m being honest, they do look pretty scary. That is until they discover their weakness. Water.


Yes, that’s right. Water. Water is deadly to them.


I know this has been brought up before, but I’m just gonna say it again just because I can. Why would the aliens invade Earth – a planet that is MOSTLY WATER by the way – when water is their weakness? Would that be as silly as vampire’s invading a village made out of garlic? Even if they did invade Earth, all it would take to stop them would be for it to rain and they were pretty much buggered (especially if they invaded England). Did the aliens not do any recon beforehand? I dunno, maybe these aliens were the recon. But even so, they could EASILY see from space that Earth is mostly water. What made them want to invade this planet in the first place?


I dunno, maybe the aliens had a plan, but it was a stupid one! As such, this twist makes the threat of the aliens that little less – well, threatening. It ruins an otherwise decent horror movie. Between this and the ending of War of the Worlds, I dunno which is sillier. Well, if anything, at least this movie taught me to keep a few bottles of water spare in the event of an alien invasion.





3. Frozen – Hans’s heel turn


I just can’t seem to leave this film alone, can I? In fact, if you remember, when I did my review of Frozen, I actually did say that Hans revealing himself to be a villain was actually a good twist. Well – I kinda want to take that back. Because, the more I think about it, the more this twist doesn’t work in the way that it should.


I’m sure by now EVERYONE has seen Frozen and knows the story, so I won’t waste too much time explaining. Just for the benefit of those who don’t, in the film, Hans is introduced as the “Handsome Prince” that is popular in a lot of early Disney films. Anna immediately falls in love with him – and then later it’s discovered that Hans plan was to kill Elsa all along so that he could take her place as ruler of the land, with Anna as his consort.


Here are the reasons why I don’t think this twist works. For one thing, at NO point in the film does Hans EVER show any signs of being wicked. He’s kind, caring for Anna and even deliberately tells the Earl of Weaselton’s men that Elsa is NOT to be harmed. In fact, when he goes after Elsa, he tells her “don’t become the monster they think you are”, showing that he does care for her. He even speaks to her in a cell very kindly and tries to understand her. So when this twist is revealing, it completely contradicts what Hans is like earlier in the film.


Also, if his plan was to kill Elsa all along – WHY did he bring her back to palace? That was just pointless even for a villain plan. I guess you could argue that Hans had to convince the other nobles that Elsa was a monster and had to be destroyed – but seeing as they already thought she was a monster (and the Earl of Weasleton even hired two guys to kill her), then he could have just killed her and no one would have been any the wiser.


I know some of you may think “but surely if he didn’t show any villainous tendencies beforehand it makes this twist that more impactful, right?” Well, for me I say no. You can’t just have a character act one way and then have him act another without any rhyme or reason. Yes, I know Hans felt insecure about his brothers and wanted to do better than them – but to me, this twist just felt like the writers got so far and thought “oh s***! We forgot to add a villain! (though they kinda did in the Earl of Weaselton) I know! Let’s pick Hans!”


Ok, that’s not what Disney thought at all. In fact I can understand why they would pick Hans as the villain – they wanted to move away from the conventional Disney tropes in previous films. So having Hans as the bad guy wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but the way it’s done doesn’t entirely work in my eyes. I would accept this twist a lot more if they had hinted towards Hans being a baddy (I.E. being overly possessive about Anna, little evil grins or even treating Elsa with contempt), because there are ways to foreshadow a characters actions without outright revealing them.


As it stands, this twist feels more like an asspull than a shocker. In fact, I’m just gonna say it – Hans got screwed over!





4. American Psycho – It was all in his head


The breakout role for Christian Bale (and a role for Jared Leto of Thirty Seconds to Mars fame) sees him as a slick businessman named Patrick Bateman that appreciates the finer things in live. Expensive suits, lavish restaurants, diets and exercise and high class living. He lives a life that many would dream off and seems to have it perfectly. Oh, and I did mention he’s also a part time serial killer?


Juxtaposed with his modern day living, and his struggle with the banal mediocrity of his material life (and the company he keeps) with his violent side. Throughout American Psycho, Bateman narrates to the audience his inner, nihilistic thoughts, his lust for murder – and even one point he narrates at how jealous he is just because a co-worker has a better business card than him. It all makes for an interesting, yet disturbing character – acting as a parable for how someone can have everything, but still not be enough. I also like to think this film serves as a commentary for how modern life can sometimes drag people down and drive them insane. At least that’s what I think.


Bateman murders various people whilst keeping his personal life separate as much as possible. But all too soon, both lives converge as he murders strangers and co-workers alike. At the end, it becomes too much for him and he leaves a message revealing all the crimes he has committed. Here’s the catch – they never happened. Everything that happened in the film was in his head.


Now, maybe I’m alone in this, but I find this ending a cop out. Especially given the bloody scenes before this reveal, it doesn’t feel as satisfying to learn that none of it happened. Let’s face it, when has the whole “It was all a dream” ending really been a satisfying conclusion. It may have worked in It’s a Wonderful Life and Wizard of Oz, but in this film it just doesn’t work for me.


Some might argue that this is, in its own way, a reasonable ending for Bateman. Because part of him WANTS to be punished for the crimes he has committed and the fact that he continues to escape them (inside his mind) means he is stuck in his own personally hell. But I think I think a MUCH better ending would be that all these things did happen, but Bateman got away with it somehow. I dunno, I guess I was expecting something a little more with this.


American Psycho is a fantastic film, but the ending for me spoils it a little. I dunno, maybe I’m alone in this, but I think the way this film ended could have been a lot better.





5. The Number 23 – The reveal


This film got panned critically, but actually I don’t think it’s as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It’s an enjoyable thriller with a lot of tension and mystique and Jim Carey does actually give a good performance. But the pay off is really weak.


In The Number 23, Jim Carey plays Ned, an animal control officer. His wife gives him a book for a present called “The Number 23”, written by Topsy Kretts (Top Secrets – gettit?). The book is about a detective that murders his lover – but as he reads it he suddenly notices similarities between him and the character in the book. It’s then he starts noticing connections and links with the number 23 (which is considered an unlucky number in some cultures).


As he becomes more and more obsessed with the book and the number 23, he goes on a mission to discover the truth. He discovers that one chapter is missing (Chapter 23, of course) and he eventually finds a hotel room (yes you guessed it, room 23) where he finds the missing chapter written on the wall and hidden behind the wall paper (um... ok...). What it boils down to is that HE was the one that wrote the book, it was his confession. He murdered someone, tried to commit suicide by jumping out the window of this hotel room, got amnesia, then forgot all about it.


Yeah... not the best endings I must say. Not only that, it brings up a few plot holes. For instance, his wife (who knew all about his condition) was the one that brought him the book. Why would she do that when she was trying to keep him from finding out the secret? Also, if wanted to confess to the crimes, why not just go to the police instead of going through such a convoluted way of writing this book and put the last chapter on the walls of the hotel? Not only that, but the movie seems to hint that the number 23 would have a major impact on the story – but ultimately it just turns out to be one huge macguffin. They could have easily used ANY number and it would have been the same effect.


Like I said, this isn’t a bad film really – but the ending is really disappointing and could have been a lot better in my opinion.



Agree? Disagree? What plot twists left you unsatisfied? Please let me know in the comments below.


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Top Five Robin Williams Films


Like millions of people across the globe, I was absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams. He was an incredibly beloved actor and comedian with absolutely perfect comic timing – and his range of voices was just mesmerising. He could switch from one accent to the next just like that as it if it was second nature – but he could also move you to tears with his brilliant performances. Even if the film he was in was crap, he was mesmerising to watch. I must say, not since James Gandoflini’s death have been so affected by a celebrity passing away.


Now many tributes have already been paid to Robin Williams already and some might say that I’m “late to the party”. However, work commitments have prevented me from doing this blog until now – and I wanted to do honour this man in some way. Like many, Robin Williams was my childhood hero and I loved watching his films. So today, I am writing this list, not to mourn him – but remember what a fantastic person he was.


Today, I pick my Top Five favourite Robin Williams movies. These are the films of his that I enjoyed the most and can watch a million times and still love them. As always, this is based only on films I’ve seen, so films such as Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society won’t be on the list – however I am going to make sure that I see those films soon. Hook is also a film I should give an honourable mention to and, whilst I do love that film, I could only choose five for this list.


As always, these films are in no particular order. Also, just in case you haven’t seen any of these films, I should warn you that spoilers are ahead. I just hope my emotions can stay in check whilst writing this.





1. Jumanji


I saw this film at the cinema and it scared the living crap outta me! Based around a cursed boardgame, Robin Williams plays Alan Parrish, who was trapped in the game as a child and only released when the kids of a new family move into the vacant Parrish house. It’s up to them, and Alan’s childhood friend Sarah, to finish the game – and all sorts of chaos ensures as everything from stampedes to monsoons start taking over the house.


Jumanji may be more “serious” than other Robin Williams movies, but Williams is, as always, entertaining to watch. His performance of Alan is a great balance between a man who has faced horror for all his life, mixed in with a scared little boy, coming to terms that everything he knew is gone. Especially harrowing is his battle with Van Pelt, a big game hunter that’s capable of reducing him to terror (interesting enough, Jonathan Hyde, who also plays his father – making Van Pelt a metaphor of Alan’s fear of his father).


I love Jumanji as it’s a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. The special effects are awesome, Robin Williams performance is brilliant and it also has a good moral about facing up to your fears. Even today I still find that scene where Alan is sucked into the board game pretty scary. It may not be one of his best films critically, but it’s an entertaining family film nonetheless.





2. Aladdin


This film is especially poignant in that a picture has been circling social media of the genie and Aladdin, with the words “Genie, you’re free”, which has been lauded (and in some cases, criticised) by the public. But let’s not dwell on the sad parts, we’re here to remember Robin Williams for the talented man that he was. And few films showcase his extraordinary skills than Disney’s Aladdin.


As the Genie, Williams is quick witted, hilarious – dazzling us with amazing visuals and comedic dialogue that only Robin Williams could pull off. Even more amazing is when you realise that Williams actually ad-libed most of the dialogue in the film and let himself go crazy. Very few people could pull that off and make it convincing.


And let’s not forget Friend Like Me, one of the most amazing Disney songs ever. Don’t believe me? See for yourself and tell me this isn’t fun to watch.



It is a shame that Robin Williams had a fall out with Disney and didn’t come back to do any of the Aladdin films for a long time (he was replaced by Dan Castellaneta of The Simpsons fame), but his voice on the Genie remains one of the most loved of all Disney films. We certainly will never have a friend like him, that’s for sure.




3. Mrs Doubtfire


I just had to mention this film, because this film deserves it for being both funny and poignant in a way no other film can match. Everyone remembers laughing themselves stupid at Robin’s Williams performance and his antics – and not to mention the excellent voices that he puts on during the film. However one of my favourite things about this film is that the main character Williams plays is called Daniel. Two thumbs up from me!


In the film, Daniel is an out of work voice actor who marriage is on the rocks. When his wife files for divorce, and gets full custody of the kids, Daniel uses his acting talents to disguise himself as a Scottish Nanny so that he can be close to his kids. Through his actions as Mrs Doubtfire, he becomes closer to his children. However his family are somewhat threatened when his wife’s new love interest Stu comes to visit (played by Pierce Brosnan). I will admit I do like the dynamics between the two characters, it makes for some funny moments.


As much as I love the comedy that Williams does, in Mrs Doubtfire, it’s the heartfelt moments that really catch you out. The last scene where Mrs Doubtfire (on her own TV show) reads a letter from a worried girl that their parents are divorcing, and Mrs Doubtfire tells her that as long as there is love there will always be a family is really moving and perfectly coincides with Daniel’s own fight to keep his family. It’s a film that can move you to tears as much as move you to laughter and that’s testament to Williams acting ability. A standout film for many fans of Williams and it’s not hard to see why.




4. One Hour Photo


Now this one I find is one of the most underrated Robin Williams films. Because unlike others on the list, this one isn’t a comedy – it’s a psychological thriller. You wouldn’t think that someone like Williams, who does mostly comedy, could do serious acting. You’d be wrong.


In this film, Williams plays a photo technician called Sy, that takes his work very seriously. He leads a lonely life, dedicated to the old school art of printing pictures, leading no real life of his own. He becomes somewhat attached to the Yorkin family. And by attached I mean obsessed, wishing to be part of their happy family. When the husband, Will Yorkin, starts cheating on his wife, Sy becomes hateful of him and seeks to make him pay. What follows is a scene where Sy catches Will and his paramour unaware and torments them until he is captured by the police.


Yes, you heard me right, in this film Williams plays a psycho. It’s not the first time he played a character like this (he was the killer in the Chris Nolan Insomnia remake), but here he is just as chilling. But strangely enough, you actually kinda feel a little sorry for the guy. He’s not really a bad person. Sure he does bad things, but when it boils down to it, he’s just lonely. He’s never had a loving family or anything like that (in fact the film hints that he was sexually abused by his father) so he just wants to be part of the Yorkin’s family life. And in his own way, he believes he has good intentions, drawing attention to what a poor husband Will is.


You won’t get many laughs in this film. But what you will get is a creepy, frightening, but somewhat sad character that you will either come to despise or feel really sorry for. If you didn’t think that Robin Williams could do serious, this film will make you think twice. As I said, it’s an overlooked film when people talk about their favourite Robin Williams movies, but I think it deserves a mention, if anything to demonstrate the range than Williams is capable of.




5. Good Morning, Vietnam


I’m just gonna say that, hands down, this is my FAVOURITE Robin Williams movie. Very few films have made me laugh my ass off more than this one.


In Good Morning, Vietnam, Williams plays Adrian Cronauer (of whom the film is loosely based on), a DJ that is brought in to do a radio show for the troops whilst stationed at Vietnam. Although his superiors hate him, his brand of comedy mixed with news, and a little bit of rock and roll, is highly popular with the troops and even lifts their spirits. But all too soon, the horrors of Vietnam start to take form and Adrian finds himself at odds with what his superiors want him to say and his own desire to make the truth heard.


Like all Williams films, this has some extremely funny comedy mixed in with real world issues. Must like with Aladdin, Williams improvised a lot of the radio talk he did – which again shows what a talent he was when it comes to it. The fact that he can change from one voice to the next in the drop of a hat, and do it so convincingly, just adds a lot to the performance and makes it amusing to watch.


I think may favourite scene is when he starts a fight with a soldier in a bar, declaring him to have big muscles but no “p***s”. It’s just the way that Williams can turn a serious and dangerous moment into a comedic moment at the drop of a hat. It’s one of my favourite comedy moments of cinema.


Like all films in this list, I could watch this over and over again, if nothing just for the brilliant impressions that he does. Good Morning, Vietnam is a little more light-hearted than other war films (although it certainly gets the point across as well) but it is highly entertaining and worth the watch.



Those are my favourite Robin Williams films, what are yours? Please let me know, and remember...





RIP Robin Williams, you made our lives so much better and you will be missed.







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Top Five Saddest Deaths in Animated Films

You know, there’s just nothing more heart-wrenching than seeing your favourite characters die on the big screen. I’ve talked about this before about how the death of a character can add a real emotional shock to a scene. And whilst these scenes can really impact on a story, I find that they are even powerful if they appear in an animated film.


Maybe that’s just me, but deaths in animated films get to me more so than in live action. I guess you don’t really expect things like that in animated films as they are, for the most part, aimed at a younger audience, so you expect them to be nice and jolly. So it can be a real shock to the system when they add in very really elements like this. That being said, if you look at many classic animated movies, they usually have that ONE death that will definitely hit you right in the feels.


Recently I’ve been catching up with some of the animated movies I used to watch when I was younger and was quite surprised with the hard hitting deaths of characters. No wonder I get so depressed! So today I decided to honour the lives of those characters who have passed away and whose death’s had (and still do have) the largest impact on me.


For this list, I’m looking at animated films I’ve seen who had a death that affected me the most. I also would like to point out that I made a rule of including only ONE Pixar movie and ONE Disney movie (those films could be a list in themselves!). Also, as always, this is in no particular order. And just a heads up – spoilers included!


Have your tissues at the ready as today I countdown the Top Five Saddest Deaths in Animated Films.





1. Littlefoot’s Mother in The Land Before Time


Forget all the crappy direct to DVD sequels, the original The Land Before Time is a masterpiece of cinema – a wonderful tale of family and friendship with some loveable characters. Oh and did I mention its set during the time of the dinosaurs? It’s also notable for being the first film to traumatise me as a child. I don’t think any film made me cry so much – hell it still makes me weep when I see it 26 years later!


In this particular scene that will haunt your childhood forever, Littlefoot and his family are migrating to The Great Valley after all the food in the area dries up. During the journey, we see how close Littlefoot is to his family, and how protective his mother is of him. It’s really heartwarming – but then, like with any tragedy, their happiness gets torn apart.


When Sharptooth (a T-Rex) attacks Littlefoot and Cera (a young Three-Horn), Littlefoot’s mother comes to save them, but is fatally wounded in the process. What follows a few minutes later is a crushing scene where Littlefoot finds his injured mother and she imparts a few words of wisdom and support before she dies.


Annnnnnnndddd then the tears come… :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(


This scene is tragic for many reasons. Firstly, not only does Littlefoot have to watch his mother die, he now has to complete the journey to The Great Valley alone. And let’s not forget – Littlefoot is just a kid. When you add all this up, it makes one of the most depressing scenes in cartoon history. But that being said, we can also give credit to Littlefoot’s mother – she sacrificed herself to protect her child, making her one of the bravest heroines in animated film. And even though she dies, she is still with Littlefoot in spirit.


If you haven’t seen it, The Land Before Time is one of the best animated films you will see. It’s a tale of courage, friendship and hope, with some loveable characters and a tragic story. Just make sure you have some tissues at the ready, because this scene alone will definitely hit you in the feels!





2. Flynn Rider in Tangled


I’m sure when you heard a Disney film would be in this list, you were expecting me to include the death of Simba’s father in The Lion King. And yes, that scene is sad, but as I already included the death of Littlefoot’s Mother, I decided to use another film so as to vary it a little. Not only that, but I wanted to make it up to the readers who were upset by my last blog.


When I did my first Disney Deathmatch, with Tangled Versus The Hunchback of Notre Dame, quite a few people on facebook were quick to voice their disapproval that Tangled didn’t win. I actually was kinda surprised how much people loved this film. I’ve done numerous mentions of how I think Frozen was an overrated film and hardly got any rage from it (luckily), but Tangled I got a lot of angry people at my throat– one of my best friends I thought was never gonna speak to me again!


Let me make one thing clear – just because Tangled didn’t win it DOESN’T mean that Tangled isn’t a good film. In fact, I would say that Tangled is one of the most enjoyable Disney films of all time. In fact, I’d actually say it was a better film than Frozen, that’s how much I enjoyed it.


But I’m getting off track here.


Anyway, in Tangled, Rapunzel wishes to leave her tower and enter the great wide world. After Flynn Rider (real name Eugene) hides in her tower after a robbery goes wrong, Rapunzel “forces” him to take her outside and escort her, so that she can find the reason behind the lights that are released every year. But, like any Disney movie, as the story progresses Rapunzel and Flynn become closer and, as you may guess, fall in love. And you know what, I actually like Flynn – he’s a really good character for reasons I will explain later.


At the climax of the movie, Flynn is wounded by Mother Gothel whilst trying to save Rapunzel. Rapunzel begs her to use her magic hair (which contains healing magic) to save Flynn, after which she promises to be taken prisoner by Gothel. However, Flynn – not wanting Rapunzel to be at the mercy of Gothel, cuts her hair off, removing her healing magic, which then causes Gothel to vanish to dust. Flynn essentially sacrifices himself to save Rapunzel, which is a very brave deed in and off himself. He then dies. And when Rapunzel’s starts singing and her tears fall, so do the audiences.


Ok, so this is kinda cheating as Flynn DOES come back to life – but before that it’s still pretty sad. I thought that Flynn was a likeable rogue and probably one of the best heroes in Disney history. Sure he’s brash, arrogant and selfish, but he’s very funny and a good man at heart. Through Rapunzel he finds something more precious than gold and in the end he is willing to give up his own life to save her. I reckon Kristoff could learn a thing or two from Flynn as to what a real hero should be like!





3. Optimus Prime in Transformers the Movie


I’m just gonna come right out and say it, the recent Transformers movies suck and Michael Bay can go to hell! That is all I have to say on that matter. However, the 1986 Transformers: The Movie is a underrated classic that kicks the ass of anything Mr Bay ever did. But it is also infamous for one of the most shocking deaths in cartoon history.


Set in between Seasons 2 and 3 of the original series, this movie is a treat for Transformers fans. The voice acting is somewhat questionable, but the movie has great action, a kickass metal soundtrack and features voice acting from Hollywood heavyweights Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, Judd Nelson and Orson Wells (in his final film role). However, the film does have a much darker tone than the TV series – and even include character deaths! Yes, that right, characters DIE in this film! Ironhide, Prowl, Ratchet, Brawn, Windcharger, Wheeljack and Starscream all meet their end in this film. But NO ONE could have expected that the filmmakers would pull the ultimate asspull and kill off the most beloved character of all – Optimus Prime!


Near the beginning of the film, a final battle between Megatron and Optimus results in the Autobots leader being fatally wounded. Calling together his trusted Autobots, Prime passes on the Matrix (no not the Keanu Reeves film) to Ultra Magnus (who refuses it under grounds that he is no leader). After which he gives a final speech, turns black and his head falls to the side of his bed. And at that moment, every Transformers fan scream in disbelief!


Ok, so it may be a little weird to those that haven’t seen the series, but to any fan of the show, this was a real shock to the system. Optimus Prime was a badass warrior, but he was also a fatherly figure to the Autobots, willing to lay down his life to protect his troops and the humans that they lived alongside. Not to mention he could turn into a truck, which is pretty awesome. So why did the filmmakers kill off such a popular character? Blame Hasbro!


When the film was coming out, Hasbro were bringing out a new line of toys for the Transformers franchise, so they asked for certain characters to be killed off to bring them into the series – Optimus included. However the backlash that resulted was intense and fans were quick to voice their disapproval of his death. Even Peter Cullen, the actor that voiced Optimus Prime, was surprised at how loved the character was. In fact, the backlash was so huge that they even changed a scene in G.I.Joe The Movie. In that film, Duke was supposed to die, but instead they wrote it that he entered a coma - which he then woke from at the end.


The impact of Prime's death was probably on par with The Red Wedding from Game of Thrones. It’s a death that many fans still feel for today. So much so that, when the Nostalgia Critic did his Top 11 Saddest Nostalgia Moments, he didn’t include the death of Optimus Prime, which caused a lot of fans to lash out at him. He did make a joke about it in his next video, and even included it in one of his Top 11 Nostalgia Critic F*** Ups.


Optimus would eventually return to the Transformers cartoon, much to the delight of the fans – but this death will forever live in peoples’ minds as one of the most traumatic moments of their childhood. Mine included.



4. Gen’s Family in Barefoot Gen


Due to the somewhat disturbing content of this scene, I’ve decided not to include a picture of it. But just be warned that this section does have some parts that readers may find upsetting.


This one may be a bit of a stretch as I don’t know how many people have seen this film. But I wanted to include at least one Anime film on this list. I suppose it would be better to have a Studio Ghibli film in this list, and considering their recent announcement of their closure – or reorganisation – it would have been pretty easy to include one. However, I wanted to highlight this film as Barefoot Gen is, in my opinion, the most underrated of all Animes and one that gets criminally overlooked when people list their favourite Animes.


Starting off as a Slice of Life, it’s set around a boy called Gen and his life with his family, which is pretty decent for the most part. The first part of the film is Gen getting into mischief with his brother. However, a somewhat innocent story foreshadows a greater danger to come. Why? Because this film is set during the Hiroshima bombings.


When the bomb drops, the film doesn’t hold back showing the full horror that the hydrogen bomb is capable of. In fact, the fact that it’s an Anime shows the audience just what damage it could do. People are melted, vaporised – and there is one scene where a mother tries to shield her baby from the bomb and they are fused together. Gen survives and rushes back to his family, who are trapped in the house. He gets his mother out, but his father, sister and brother are buried under the rubble and the house is about to collapse on them. Worst still, the flames around them from the bomb threaten to burn them alive.


Gen and his mother make numerous attempts to save them and pull them out and we watch with terror, hoping that there would be a happy conclusion. But it is ultimately hopeless and he and his mother break down. Gen’s father, knowing that his wife is pregnant and seeing that they cannot escape this, tells Gen to leave them and protect his mother. Eventually having no choice but the accept, the house falls on Gen’s family and they are consumed by the fire, their screams ringing out.


Never has any Anime moved me as much as this. Gen seeing his friends burned alive by the bomb is one thing, but then having to watch as his family die and knowing he is powerless to do anything to help really rips at your heart and you feel Gen’s pain. What makes this scene especially poignant is that the creator of Barefoot Gen, Keiji Nakazawa actually lived through the Hiroshima bombings and, from what I can gather, he actually lost his family this way. I don’t know how much of this film is actually true or made up, but knowing that this is based on the first hand experience of someone that lived through it just hits you right in the heart in ways that few films can.


Sadly, Barefoot Gen isn’t shown that often, but it is fairly easy to get on DVD if you look for it. I highly recommend this film. It’s not easy to watch and will definitely bring out the tears quicker than a waterfall – but the film does serve as a grim reminder of the price of war and the lives that are destroyed because of it.





5. Ellie in Up


Yeah, you guys knew this one was coming. :) But then, as I’ve said, Up is and always will be the best Pixar movie ever – possibly even the best Disney movie of all time if you count Pixar and Disney as the same entity. One of my favourite love stories of all time, my plan is to watch this film without crying. Not succeeded yet.


At the beginning of Up, we meet Carl and Ellie as children. Carl being a huge fan of the explorer Charles Muntz finds a common friend in Ellie, who wishes to one day move her “clubhouse” to Paradise Falls. Becoming friends, Carl makes a promise to take her there one day.


After this we flash forward several years to when Ellie and Carl are married. We are then treated to a wonderful montage where we see them move into married life. Ellie and Carl settle into the “clubhouse”, making it their own home and they get jobs and eventually wish to start a family – only for Ellie to find that she is infertile, which is pretty sad in itself. Remembering the promise that Carl made, he and Ellie gather some money to pay for a trip to Paradise Falls, but real life gets in the way and they constantly have to abandon their plans (something we can all relate to). We watch as they get old, their love for each other never floundering. Eventually, they make enough money to travel to Paradise Falls and Carl tries to surprise Ellie – only for her to fall ill. It then goes from Ellie in hospital, to Carl at the end of her funeral, ending with him walking into the house – all alone.


Never have I seen a montage perfectly capture the love and pathos of a married couple within four minutes. Even though there is no dialogue, the music perfectly captures the love between the two of them and the audience feel what they feel. This is why it is especially painful for us when Ellie dies. It reminds us that we are only mortal, but love can live on forever.  And when Carl tries to fulfil his promise to Ellie, it acts as testament to the love the two had for each other.


Another scene to mention would be the bit where he reads Ellie’s scrapbook near the end of the movie, seeing all the pictures of her and Carl in the “Things I have to do” section. But Ellie’s death is especially powerful as it is the driving force for Carl and invigorates him to do one more thing before he passes away. If that’s not an act of love then I dunno what is.


I dare ANYONE to see this opening montage without crying. If you can then you are either heartless or just a stronger person than me. This montage is one of the best I have ever seen in a film and Up is just one of the greatest love stories ever told. Proof that love never dies.



So now that tears have been shed, I’d love to hear from you guys – which character deaths in animated films made YOU cry the most? Please leave a comment below to let me know.


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Top Five Fantastic Father Characters

Today is Father’s Day, where we show love to all the father’s out there. I myself have a lot to thank my father for personally as it was because of him that I got into writing in the first place. Where it not for him reading me C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl to me when I was younger, I never would have picked up the imagination that I have now. So Dad, thanks for the inspiration and support over the years. Love you loads pops! :)


So in honour of this day, I decided to show some respect to Fatherhood by doing a Top Five list of the Fantastic Father characters. In these examples, I look at five characters that for me, really capture the spirit of fatherhood – and what a great father should be. Some of these examples may not necessarily be father’s in their own right – but they do become fathers by proxy and therefore I believe they also can be honoured in this list.


As always, this list is in no particular order and purely based on my own opinion. Also, just a warning – there may be spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.


So here we go, this is my list for the Top Five Fantastic Fathers.





1. Harry Mason from Silent Hill


You know what it’s like guys – one minute you’re just driving around with your daughter towards a mysterious, fog filled town. Next thing, your car crashes, your daughter is missing and you being attacked by all manner of horrific monsters – all the time shifting between the “real” world and the Otherworld. Then you discover your daughter (who actually isn’t your real daughter BTW) is actually part of a girl called Aleyssa, who some evil cult burned to bring back a demonic God. Aleyssa broke her spirit off in two and that created Cheryl, and now they have to come together to bring this monster back to Earth to bring about a new paradise.


Wow – being a father in a Japanese horror game really does suck!


This is the dilemma that Harry finds himself in the first Silent Hill game. Bet he never thought that when his girl asked him “Daddy, what will I be when I grow up”, he answered “Oh, you’ll be the one that brings the God back to Earth and destroys all humanity.”


But in all seriousness, the fact that Harry is prepared to go through this hell, fighting all kinds of monsters (from giant moths to childlike monstrosities) and facing stuff that would drive a normal person insane to rescue his daughter really shows the strength of his character. Let’s face it, what parent wouldn’t go through hell to save their child? Harry could just turn and run, but no – he fights on, hoping he can rescue Cheryl and bring her home. Fair play to the guy!


Harry is such an important character that in Silent Hill 3, Heather (his daughter, now under a new name to protect her identity) has to go through this same hell – eventually having to avenge her dad when he dies. Harry is a strong, protective dad and the parent that Cheryl (or Aleyssa) deserved in the first place. Harry is one of those tough, action dads that is ready to kick ass and take names! You go Harry, my son!





2. Gru from Despicable Me


The supervillain turned doting father was a surprise for me. Prior to seeing Despicable Me, I had no idea of the story – other than it had the minions. So when the plot with Gru and the girls from the orphanage was introduced, I thought it added a lot of pathos and catharsis (get me with the big words!) to what could have been a fairly bland family movie.


Gru obviously isn’t a father himself, but becomes one through circumstance. When Vector, a rival villain steals a shrink ray that he needs to steal the moon, and failing to break into his base to get it back, Gru has to resort to subtle measures to get it back. He adopts three girls from an orphanage, with the idea that they sell cookies that are secretly robots to break into Vector’s base to steal the ray. What can go wrong, right?


Well, it doesn’t quite go that way for Gru. Though he finds the girls annoying and too needy at first, they do eventually grow on him. And through no fault of his own, he does actually become a great father – even blowing up a carnival stand to win a unicorn for Agnes (arguably the sweetest kid ever put on film). Even when they are sent back to the orphanage (by Gru’s assistant) so that he can concentrate on their villainous plot, he still tries to get back to their dance recital – only to find that they have been captured by Vector. And so Gru has to fight to save them!


Ok, so the last bit is kinda the typical “Damsel in Distress” trope that I often find myself moaning about, but the film more than makes up for it with the relationship between Gru and the girls. It adds a real human element to Gru’s character and turns him from a villain to a devoted father. And that last scene where he reads the kids a bedtime story is actually really touching and heartwarming – and although many won’t admit to it, I’m sure that scene brings a few tears out.


Despicable Me is a great film not just for the minions – but for Gru’s character development. He shows that even the hardest of hearts can be great fathers. This follows onto Despicable Me 2 where he has become fully devoted to his children and will do what he can to protect them. Despicable Me is a much stronger film because of this.




3. Lee Everett from The Walking Dead Video Game Season 1


I debated whether to have Rick Grimes from the TV series on this list, but in the end I went for Lee Everett from The Walking Dead video game. Simply because of the strong emotions that he brings out from the player.


At the start of The Walking Dead, Lee is on his way to prison, but then the Walkers start coming out and Lee is forced to fend for himself. That is until he finds Clementine, a young girl who has become separated from her parents (who were in Savannah when all this went down). Lee takes Clem under his wing to try and get her back to her parents safely, thus beginning one of the best partnerships in video game history in my opinion.


Now how Lee treats Clem is entirely down to the player – and their relationship ultimately changes depending on how you act around her. However there is one constant that never changes no matter how much of a jerk you make Lee – he will do anything to protect Clem. In fact, being around her brings out powerful instincts and he becomes a heroic father and protector to her.


Much like Harry Mason, Lee has to also go through hell to rescue Clementine at one point. Remember how I said earlier that spoilers were ahead? This is a pretty BIG one so cut to the next candidate if you don’t wanna know what happens.


Near the end of Season 1, he is bitten by a Walker and his health deteriorates quickly. But Clem is captured by a madman and he has to fight through an army of Walkers to get to him, in one of the best scenes of the whole game. But even though he rescues Clem, his condition is too far gone and it’s up to Clem how he meets his fate. However it happens, very few video games have such a heart wrenching ending as The Walking Dead, because usually a video game is supposed to have a happy ending and reward you for all your efforts. This ending is a real downer and the fact that Lee and Clem are going to be torn apart makes the ending that much sadder, after all they have been through.


But even though he doesn’t make it, Lee’s advice lives on in Clementine, who becomes the protagonist of Season 2. Everything that Lee taught her is carried across to this game and Clem’s character changed slightly, depending on what she learned. This makes Lee a very important character in Lee’s life, as his life lessons carry onto her – much like the advice of our own father’s carry with us for the rest of our lives.


For me, Lee represents how the actions of the parents will affect their children and makes us wonder, how do we want our children to turn out? But with Lee guiding her, I think Clementine will be ok. Hopefully.





4. Ted Kramer from Kramer vs. Kramer


I only saw this film for the first time last year – and boy was it amazing! I believe that, along with Rain Man, this is Dustin Hoffman’s best role, because the character arc that he goes through is just perfect.


Ted is a workaholic father that puts his career before his family. When Joanna, his wife leaves him, he is stuck with their son Billy and has now balance his working life with being a single father. At first he is utterly terrible at it, coming to arguments with his son more than once (especially during a scene where he tries, and fails, to make French toast), but gradually he settles into the role and, in many ways, becomes a better father than Joanna was a mother. For me the defining moment is when Billy is injured during an accident and he carries him as he runs to the hospital – even being with Billy when he has to have stitches. Ironically, though he becomes a fantastic father, his career suffers because of it. He doesn’t care though, he’s happy spending more time with his son and just earning enough to get by.


When Joanna returns, a legal battle begins where she tries to get Billy. Even though he loses, even Joanna is amazed at the change that Ted has gone through – Billy seems to have brought out the best in him. Ted has a chance to try to appeal against this decision, but decides not to do it as it would involve putting his son on the stand. He won’t do that, knowing the trauma that this trial is putting Billy through already. This is a really unselfish action on his part and one that shows what a great parent he has become, as he is putting his child before himself. For me, that is what a great parent is.


Kramer vs. Kramer is a fantastic film with great performances all around – but Dustin Hoffman’s character development is one of the best that I have seen in a while. He goes from a totally unlikeable jerk to a devoted father and we follow him every step of the way. Joanna is by no means the villain, but Ted and Billy’s bonding is the true heart of the story. Ted shows that anyone can be a fantastic father as long as they follow this one simple rule – do what’s right for your children.





5. Homer Simpson – that is all!


I once used Marge Simpson on a Mother’s Day special to demonstrate empowering women, so why not use Homer Simpson to show a great father.


Well, ok, maybe great is not the word. Because, let’s be honest, Homer is in most cases a pretty terrible father. He’s reckless, selfish and even downright insensitive. He’s often lamenting about his life, cursing his family for holding him back and angry that he isn’t able to get the things he wants. Often, he will forget about important things like anniversaries, birthday parties and other stuff in favour of his own activities. For example, one time he brought Marge a bowling ball for an anniversary present (which almost threw her in the arms of another man), and that’s just ONE example of the downright selfish and horrible things he has done.


So why am I including him in this list of great fathers? Why not?


Actually, there is a good reason – because despite all the crap he puts his family through, despite all the nasty things he does to them, Homer does always come through for his family in the end. Homer knows that without his family, he is nothing. His family are what keep him together and show him that sometimes, the best things in life are right in front of you. And there have been a few times where he has come close to losing his family, but he will always do the right thing where needed.


We love Homer for his antics, but what makes him truly special is the fact that we know that he loves Marge, Lisa, Maggie and (though he won’t admit it) Bart. Homer maybe a knob sometimes, but he’s not a monster. His family are what keep him grounded and that will always be the case.


Maybe one day the time will come when the Simpson family get so tired of his antics and tell him to sling his hook, but with 25 Seasons (and counting) in them, let’s hope there is still some forgiveness in them yet.



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Happy Fathers Day to all the great fathers out there. Keep being as fantastic as you are!







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Top Five Disney Villains

You know something – Disney and Pixar are awesome! Their movies just have a charm and a magic that few other films companies can match. They can make you laugh, make you cry, uplift you and also creep you the hell out! Not to mention they have some of the most evil mother****kers known to fiction!


Yup, even Disney is not safe from evil – and these films have some wicked characters that you just love to hate! But at the same time, Disney villains can also be quite complex and have disturbed personalities – so that you understand their motives, even if you don’t agree with them. And then – you just have those who are assholes! XD


Recently I did a top ten list on my Facebook page of the top ten Disney films (don’t ask me how but I did!) and so I decided to go a step further and talk about my top five Disney villains. I’ve already done a top five list of villains in the past – but why not give the bad guys of Disney a chance in the spotlight for today? So here is my list for the Top Five Disney Villains!


Remember, this is no particular order – save for the last on the list. Also, some spoilers are ahead so read with caution.





1. Lotso from Toy Story 3


Who’d have thought that such a cute and cuddly teddy bear could be such a conniving, sadistic bastard? That’s the case with Lotso from Toy Story 3. In many ways, he’s somewhat of an analogue to The Governor from The Walking Dead – a seemingly welcoming and kind person that is, in actual fact, a tyrant. He rules Sunnyside Daycare Centre with an iron fist, treating it more like a prison than a daycare centre.


When Andy’s toys are given to the Sunnyside Daycare Centre, Lotso is introduced as the de facto leader of the toys there. Whilst he comes across as caring and kind, willing to give lots of hugs, the toys soon realise something is up with him when he places them in a room where the toddlers abuse and misuse the toys. When Buzz Lightyear tries to appeal to Lotso, he then has him “deprogrammed” back to his factory settings – turning him against his friends and imprisoning them. He’s even willing to let the toys die when they are near the smelter. Basically, he’s a really nasty piece of work.


But if you look at his back-story, you can actually understand why he has such a morbid personality. Lotso was at one time the favourite toy of Daisy – along with Big Baby and Chuckles. Treated well and looked after, Lotso felt loved – until one day, he and the other three toys were left alone in a field. Desperate to get back, Lotso went through hell to try and get back to Daisy – only to find that he had been replaced by another Lotso toyed. This caused him to snap. Disillusioned and heartbroken, Lotso forced the other toys to leave with him, until they found the daycare centre – which Lotso proceeded to take over.


Is this not just a really tragic back-story? Lotso’s past demonstrate the fickle nature of the life of a toy – and also show us the difference between love and possessions. We’ve all had our hearts broken in some points and it screws us up in some way or another – in Lotso’s case it caused him to become twisted and evil. This makes him a great foil to Woody – who believes that Andy still loves his toys, whereas Lotso has learned the truth that their kind is expendable, as humans mature and move on.


Lotso is overpowering, twisted, but also a somewhat tragic villain that you feel sorry for – until he does something utterly evil! Just goes to show that even the cutest toys can have their breaking point.





2. Hans from Frozen


Even though I stand by my opinion that Frozen is a very overrated movie, there were some things about it I liked. Hans was one of them. Well, ok, I didn’t like Hans, he was a p**** – but I did like his character development in the story.


The funny thing is, you don’t even know Hans is the villain at first. When we first meet him, he appears as a charming, handsome man that catches Anna’s eye – so much so that they fall in love straight away and propose (an action which a lot of characters berate her for later). Leaving Hans in charge of the Kingdom whilst she goes to save Elsa, Hans does seem to be a caring ruler – even capturing Elsa so that he can try and protect her.


It’s not until Anna needs an act of love to save her that Hans shows his true colours. He never meant to save Elsa – but kill her and take her kingdom, taking Anna as his consort. Before I saw the film, I never understood why so many people hated him – when I saw the film he seemed decent enough. Until the twist in the film – that’s when it hit me! And all because he felt insecure along his brothers – who were more popular than him.


This is a really good twist that you actually don’t see coming, and a good spin on the “handsome hero” type you normally get in these movies. It also does well to point out the rashness of Anna’s decision to marry Hans straight away – proving that you have to be careful who you give you heart to. Although, I do have to ask. If his plan was to kill Elsa all along, why didn’t he just kill her at the ice palace? As many already thought Elsa was a monster (and she kinda proved that by attacking them) no one would have been any the wiser. But I guess you could argue that this is a typical villain trait, keeping the hero alive.


Hans serves a grim reminder that sometimes the tall, dark, handsome stranger isn’t all they are meant to be. But the way it’s revealed is nicely subtle and very well done. However, despite all the hate this character has – he is NOT the most evil of Disney villains. I’d say THIS guy is!





3. Scar from The Lion King


Excuse me a sec, guys. I just need to get something off my chest. *ahem*






Ahem... sorry guys... Just relieving a childhood trauma there.


But seriously, where do I begin with this animal? He is, in my opinion, one of the most despicable villains in Disney history. Not only does he murder his own brother, but he makes little Simba believe that it is HIS fault, causing him to run away – meaning that Scar takes the role of the Lion King. What. A. Dick!


Seeing as The Lion King is the Hamlet of the Disney world, Scar is definitely the Claudius of the tale. The evil sibling that will step over anyone to get what he wants – even his own family. The way he tells Mufasa “Long live the King” right before he kills him still effects even years later. Scar has absolutely no morals whatsoever and will uses deceit and trickery to further his own plans. Fortunately, his perchance for treachery ends up being his undoing and he is ripped apart by his own henchmen. And how satisfying that is to watch!


There isn’t really much more I can say about Scar. He is responsible for many children’s tears in the cinema – a cruel, twisted psychopath that has no redeeming features and one that you WANT to get his comeuppance. Jeremy Irons captures all this perfectly in his voice, adding to his slimy nature. The fact that Scar can still bring out feelings of hatred in me years after the film’s release shows what a classic villain he is – and one that I think many Disney aficionado will agree is a total monster within the Disney pantheon of classic films.





4. King Candy/Turbo from Wreck-It Ralph


Much like Hans, you don’t really expect King Candy to be the villain at first – mainly because he’s just so foppish and over the top. But when you find out who he really is, and the darker elements to his character, you realise just what a selfish and nasty mofo he is!


Originally the star player of racing game TurboTime, Turbo was a much loved character and revelled in the popularity that he received from players. But when another game, RoadBlasters, threatened his popularity, he jumped from his own game to this one to sabotage it (creating the term “Going Turbo”). The plan worked, but in the process his own game was shut down – many believed Turbo dead, as within the context of Wreck-It Ralph, if you die outside your own game, you don’t respawn. However, Turbo escaped into the game Sugar Rush and, in an effort to preserve his own ego – reprogrammed the game so that the main character, Princess Vanellope, would appear as a glitch. He even deleted everyone’s memory of her. Remaining himself King Candy, he ruled the Sugar Rush Kingdom, with everyone believing his was the rightful ruler.


Now in fairness, I can kinda see it from Turbo’s point of view. I mean, if you were a highly popular video game character that received all this attention – only for another to steal your spotlight – you’d probably be pretty pissed. However, it’s the lengths that he is willing to go to perverse his fame that makes him villainous. He sabotages everything so that he himself gets all the attention, even going as far to trick Ralph into destroying Vanellope’s car so that she can’t race (because if she crosses the finishing line, the games code will return to normal).


Turbo is basically a spoilt brat that’s so afraid of failure (in my opinion) that he doesn’t care who he has to destroy to boost his own ego. He serves as a good juxtaposition to the main character Ralph, who is also seeking to be better than what he is – but in the process he comes close to destroying his own game, which is something he doesn’t intend. But like all villains, his power hungry appetite becomes his undoing, and he gets what's coming to him.


Like a lot of people on this list, Turbo is driven by his own selfishness and desire to be in the spotlight – which seems to be a fairly common theme in Disney movies. Just goes to show – if you look out for number one all the time, don’t be surprised if there is no one there to help you when you most need it.





5. Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Ok guys, this character, I would go so far to say, is the best Disney villain ever! At least in my opinion. He just has so many layers of complexity, more so than any other villain.


Now, by all accounts, I should hate this character. I mean, he murders a gypsy woman and tries to drown her baby, burns down half of Paris (and almost kills a family), lusts over Esmeralda, tortures and kills people, seeks to destroy the gypsies and even torments and bullies poor Quasimodo. But, unlike a lot of characters on this list, he doesn’t do it out of his own ego, or selfishness. He does this because he believes he is doing the Lord’s work.


Ok, so you could argue that he is just using that as an excuse maybe he is just using that as an excuse – but the film shows him as a pious man, devout to his faith. So maybe he believes that he can get away with anything because he is ultimately doing God’s work. He’s a great metaphor for fundamentalists in real life, who use religion to justify their own evils. Now, I know not all religious people are evil – but there are some out there that do give them a bad name. Frollo is one of them. This trait alone makes Frollo that much more sinister and gives him a sociopathic outlook on life. Anything that he considers heretic and unpure he will seek to destroy – the gypsies being the one thing he has made it his mission to stamp out.


Frollo is also noted for singing what is, in my opinion, the best Disney song ever. Hellfire. This song just gives me chills every time I hear it. Unlike most villain songs, this one is not played for laughs. It captures Frollo’s lust for Esmeralda, his fear of damnation – as lust is a sin – and finally his final desire that Esmeralda will be his, or he will condemn her to the fires of hell. It’s a song that is much darker than most other Disney songs, but has great visuals and really goes into the mentality of Frollo.




Hellfire is one of the most powerful tunes I’ve ever heard. I would actually go so far to say that this song isn’t just better than Let It Go... It eats it for breakfast! People ask me why I hate Let It Go so much – it’s because I know there are better Disney songs out there. And this is one of them. Sorry to any Frozen fans – but that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.


The final reason why I think Frollo is the best Disney villain ever is that he’s voiced by one of my favourite voice actors – the late Tony Jay. Anyone who has animation in general will know this guy has done a ton of work, in Disney especially. Everything from Shere Khan in Jungle Book 2 to Anubis in the Gargoyles cartoon. His deep, powerful voice adds a real demonic sense to Frollo, contradicting what should be a deeply religious character. When you add this all together, you have one of the most complex, sinister, tortured – and yet utterly evil characters in Disney fiction.



With so many great villains out there, I’m sure I missed out some of your favourites. Who are your favourite Disney villains? Leave a comment below and let me know!







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