Frozen vs. Watchmen

It seemed obvious to me that the character of Queen Elsa from Disney’s excellent Frozen had glimpses of similarity to Dr. Manhattan from Snyder’s excellent The Watchmen. Both had nearly infinite power, which detached them from their humanity and fellow humans. Each secluded themselves far away in a self-made palace as a way of both escaping and saving the people close to them. Both had trouble containing their power.

That said, I don’t think I remember Dr. Manhattan ever breaking out into song.

Summary

Frozen (2013)

Release Date: November 27, 2013
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad
Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family
Runtime: 102 min
Original Title: Frozen
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery man Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and snowman Olaf. On an adventure where she will find out what friendship, courage, family, and true love really means.

Cast Frozen

  • Kristen Bell
  • Role: Anna (voice)
  • Idina Menzel
  • Role: Elsa (voice)
  • Jonathan Groff
  • Role: Kristoff (voice)
  • Josh Gad
  • Role: Olaf (voice)
  • Santino Fontana
  • Role: Hans (voice)
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Role: Duke (voice)
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Role: Pabbie / Grandpa (voice)
  • Chris Williams
  • Role: Oaken (voice)
  • Stephen J. Anderson
  • Role: Kai (voice)
  • Maia Wilson
  • Role: Bulda (voice)
  • Edie McClurg
  • Role: Gerda (voice)
  • Robert Pine
  • Role: Bishop (voice)
  • Maurice LaMarche
  • Role: King (voice)
  • Livvy Stubenrauch
  • Role: Young Anna (voice)
  • Eva Bella
  • Role: Young Elsa (voice)
  • Spencer Ganus
  • Role: Teen Elsa (voice)
  • Ava Acres
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Stephen Apostolina
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Krik Baily
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • David Boat
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Paul Briggs
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Woody Buck
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Lewis Cleale
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Wendy Cutler
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Terri Douglas
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Eddie Frierson
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jean Gilpin
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jackie Gonneau
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Nicholas Guest
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Bridget Hoffman
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Nick Jameson
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Daniel Kaz
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • John Lavelle
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jennifer Lee
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Patricia Lentz
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Annie Lopez
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Katie Lowes
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Mona Marshall
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Dara McGarry
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Scott Menville
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Adam Overett
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Paul Pape
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Courtney Peldon
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jennifer Perry
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Raymond S. Persi
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jean-Michel Richaud
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Lynwood Robinson
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Carter Sand
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jadon Sand
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Katie Silverman
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Pepper Sweeney
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Fred Tatasciore
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Annaleigh Ashford
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Jenica Bergere
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Tyree Brown
  • Role: Young Kristoff / Additional Voices (voice)
  • Anaïs Delva
  • Role: Elsa (french singing and VFF voice)
  • Jesse Corti
  • Role: Spanish Dignitary (voice)
  • Jeffrey Marcus
  • Role: German Dignitary (voice)
  • Tucker Gilmore
  • Role: Irish Dignitary (voice)
  • Kirk Baily
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)
  • Tommar Wilson
  • Role: Singing Troll (voice) (uncredited)
  • June Christopher
  • Role: Additional Voices (voice)

Trailer Frozen

Summary

Watchmen (2009)

Release Date: March 5, 2009
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup
Genres: Mystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Runtime: 163 min
Original Title: Watchmen
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Paramount, DC Comics, Lawrence Gordon Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, Cruel & Unusual Films
In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered, an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so uncover a sinister plot that puts all of humanity in grave danger.

Cast Watchmen

  • Jackie Earle Haley
  • Role: Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Role: Dan Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  • Role: Edward Blake / The Comedian
  • Billy Crudup
  • Role: Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan
  • Matthew Goode
  • Role: Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
  • Malin Åkerman
  • Role: Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
  • Carla Gugino
  • Role: Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre
  • Matt Frewer
  • Role: Edgar Jacobi / Moloch the Mystic
  • Stephen McHattie
  • Role: Hollis Mason / Nite Owl
  • Laura Mennell
  • Role: Janey Slater
  • Rob LaBelle
  • Role: Wally Weaver
  • Gary Houston
  • Role: John McLaughlin
  • James M. Connor
  • Role: Pat Buchanan
  • Mary Ann Burger
  • Role: Eleanor Clift
  • John Shaw
  • Role: Doug Roth
  • Robert Wisden
  • Role: Richard Nixon
  • Jerry Wasserman
  • Role: Detective Fine
  • Don Thompson
  • Role: Detective Gallagher
  • Frank Novak
  • Role: Henry Kissinger
  • Sean Allan
  • Role: Norad General #1
  • Garry Chalk
  • Role: NORAD General
  • Ron Fassler
  • Role: Ted Koppel
  • Stephanie Belding
  • Role: Janet Black
  • Michael Kopsa
  • Role: Paul Klein
  • William S. Taylor
  • Role: Prison Psychiatrist
  • Chris Burns
  • Role: Dumb Thug
  • Malcolm Scott
  • Role: Fat Thug
  • Danny Wattley
  • Role: Huge Prisoner
  • Nhi Do
  • Role: Vietnamese Girl
  • Walter Addison
  • Role: Lee Iacocca
  • David Mackay
  • Role: Child Murderer
  • Keith Martin Gordey
  • Role: Auto CEO
  • Fulvio Cecere
  • Role: Agent Forbes
  • Ted Cole
  • Role: Dick Cavett
  • Mark Acheson
  • Role: Large Man At Happy Harry's
  • John Destry
  • Role: Happy Harry's Bartender
  • Chris Gauthier
  • Role: Seynour
  • L. Harvey Gold
  • Role: New Frontiersman Editor
  • Jay Brazeau
  • Role: News Vendor
  • Jesse Reid
  • Role: Teenager at Newsstand
  • Manoj Sood
  • Role: Karnak Scientist
  • Dan Payne
  • Role: Dollar Bill
  • Niall Matter
  • Role: Mothman
  • Apollonia Vanova
  • Role: Silhouette
  • Glenn Ennis
  • Role: Hooded Justice
  • Darryl Scheelar
  • Role: Captain Metropolis
  • Clint Carleton
  • Role: Young Hollis Mason
  • Brett Stimely
  • Role: John F. Kennedy
  • Carrie Genzel
  • Role: Jackie Kennedy
  • Greg Travis
  • Role: Andy Warhol
  • Greg Armstrong-Morris
  • Role: Truman Capote
  • Andrew Colthart
  • Role: Naked Man At Warhol Party
  • Bruce Crawford
  • Role: Bank Robber
  • Sal Sortino
  • Role: 1940 Watchmen Photographer
  • Eli Snyder
  • Role: Young Rorschach
  • Lori Watt
  • Role: Rorschach's Mother
  • Tony Bardach
  • Role: John With Rorschach's Mother
  • John Kobylka
  • Role: Fidel Castro
  • Carmen Lavigne
  • Role: Anti War Protester
  • J.R. Killigrew
  • Role: David Bowie
  • Steven Stojkovic
  • Role: Mick Jagger
  • Martin Reiss
  • Role: Brezhnev
  • Frank Cassini
  • Role: Sally's Husband
  • John R. Taylor
  • Role: Priest
  • Tara Frederick
  • Role: Aggressive Hooker
  • Daryl Shuttleworth
  • Role: Jon's Father
  • Jaryd Heydrick
  • Role: Young Jon
  • Ron Chartier
  • Role: Carnival Photographer
  • Carly Bentall
  • Role: Wally's Girlfriend
  • Matt Drake
  • Role: Older Boy Bully
  • Haley Guiel
  • Role: Laurie - 13 Years
  • Sonya Salomaa
  • Role: Adrian Veidt's Assistant
  • Tyler McClendon
  • Role: Veidt Enterprises Security Guard
  • Salli Saffioti
  • Role: Annie Leibovitz
  • Neil Schell
  • Role: Man In Riot Crowd
  • Michael Eklund
  • Role: Man In Riot Crowd
  • Deborah Finkel
  • Role: Woman In Riot Crowd
  • Louis Chirillo
  • Role: Face To Face TV Producer
  • Marsha Regis
  • Role: Face To Face TV Receptionist
  • Patrick Sabongui
  • Role: Knot Top Gang Leader
  • John Tench
  • Role: Knot Top Gang Member
  • Santo Lombardo
  • Role: Knot Top Gang Member
  • Jason Schombing
  • Role: NY SWAT
  • Darren Shahlavi
  • Role: NY SWAT
  • Marshall Virtue
  • Role: NY SWAT
  • Colin Lawrence
  • Role: Officer Kirkpatrick
  • Chris Weber
  • Role: Officer O'Brien
  • Alessandro Juliani
  • Role: Rockefeller Military Base Technician
  • Alison Araya
  • Role: Foreign Newscaster
  • Sahar Biniaz
  • Role: Foreign Newscaster
  • Matthew Harrison
  • Role: Foreign Newscaster
  • Bernadeta Wrobel
  • Role: Foreign Newscaster
  • Youri Obryvtchenko
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Heidi Iro
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Kit Noon
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Parm Soor
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Cristina Menz
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Lynn Colliar
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Tony Ali
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Katie Bennison
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Ian Farthing
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Calvin Lee
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Alexander Mandra
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Isabelle Champeau
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Ashley O'Connell
  • Role: Foreign Newcaster
  • Mark Gash
  • Role: On Location Reporter
  • Suzanne E. Smith
  • Role: On Location Reporter
  • Agam Darshi
  • Role: On Location Reporter
  • Tom McBeath
  • Role: News Analyst
  • Kevin McNulty
  • Role: News Anchor
  • Mark Docherty
  • Role: Newscaster
  • Clay St. Thomas
  • Role: Newscaster
  • Dale Wolfe
  • Role: Keene Act Anchor
  • Ken Tremblett
  • Role: Keene Act Anchor
  • Dawn Chubai
  • Role: Keene Act Anchor
  • Manuelita Kinsey
  • Role: Keene Act Anchor
  • Tamara Stanners
  • Role: Vietnam 51st State Anchor
  • Sahara Davis
  • Role: Young Tenement Fire Child
  • Dave Hospes
  • Role: Tenement Fire Child
  • Greig Hospess
  • Role: Tenement Fire Child
  • Ali Dunn
  • Role: Tenement Fire Child
  • Jeffrey Frieler
  • Role: Tenement Fire Policeman
  • Kurt Evans
  • Role: Tenement Fire News Reporter
  • Sylvesta Stuart
  • Role: Destruction Firefighter
  • Terence Kelly
  • Role: Destruction Firefighter
  • Mi-Jung Lee
  • Role: A Bomb Test Anchorwoman
  • Ted Friend
  • Role: Larry Culpeper
  • Tiffany Burns
  • Role: News Reporter
  • Michael Adamthwaite
  • Role: Bar Knot Top
  • Zack Snyder
  • Role: Commando in Vietnam (uncredited)
  • Danny Woodburn
  • Role: Big Figure Prisoner (uncredited)

Trailer Watchmen

Prometheus vs. Avatar

The planet Pandora has nothing — and I mean nothing — on the little moon SC-223. This place scared the (R-rated expletives) out of me; it was unnerving, frightening, dreadful, in all the ways that Pandora was not.

PrometheusI’m referring to the hostile alien environments from the movies Avatar and Prometheus.  Both have certain distinct built-in audiences. The former requires that one be a fan of action-packed, light-on-originality, effects-heavy, exhilarating sci-fi.  The latter requires that one prefer their sci-fi with a cold, clinical, and nightmarish pessimism.  I happen to be a member of both audiences; I can see the value of each, but I don’t blame you for not appreciating one or the other.  Avatar asks that you just have fun with your 3D goggles and not worry too much about borrowed storylines from a dozen other sources.  Prometheus asks you to witness something you’ve truly never seen before, while borrowing a lot from the horror end of the genre spectrum.

Avatar is of course James Cameron’s brilliant trend-setting 3D film.  It was big, dumb, and fun — the perfect popcorn picture.  Cameron knows how to stage action and make it thrilling.  Curiously, he also did the first Alien sequel, the property started by Ridley Scott.  Scott’s Prometheus is a pseudo-prequel to Alien, so the links here are multi-threaded.

As such, Scott is really dangerous to falling into Lucas’ reinventionism by going back to his previous films and making their history “more cool.”  I’m equally looking forward to Praetorian (a Gladiator pseudo-prequel) and Thelma & Louise & Gretchen.  The possibilities are endless.

And as otherworldly as Prometheus is, it suffers from a lot of plot holes and missteps.  What follows is a series of lulz culled from the interwebs that tell the story better than I could.

Assume heavy spoiler alert from here forward…

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Penny Arcade take on Prometheus
Penny Arcade’s hilarious take on Prometheus

 

Prometheus Infographics
An infographic on the convoluted infection process depicted in Prometheus.
David's character arc in Prometheus
David’s character arc in Prometheus

 

Finally, a really funny How It Should Have Ended cartoon:

Here’s an interesting response/rebuttal by Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof.

Side Note

When I was a kid, I was completely enthralled with the Alien series.  My earliest memory of its existence was a fellow school classmate named Jake.  Jake brought an Aliens (the Cameron sequel) production book full of illustrations, schematics, photographs to school one day.  It was so fantastic and scary and amazing.  I was mad that I couldn’t see it because it was rated R.

Fast forward a few years later.  Mom and my sister were out of town for some reason so Dad and I were home alone for about a week.  He took me down to the local VHS movie rental store (long before Blockbuster and Netflix) to rent a VCR and some tapes.  I was in heaven!  And he didn’t do much in the way of censoring my choices.  I didn’t go crazy, but I did take advantage.  I remember getting The Final Countdown, a cheesy story about a modern aircraft carrier caught in a storm that threw it back to WWII.  I bet it’s terrible now, but it was awesome then!  And secondly I rented Alien & Aliens.  They were ground-breaking to me.  The stories was utterly incredible — the horror, the coolness, the guns, the spaceships!

Soon after, I got my hands on some comics that were written after the Aliens sequel.  They were really cool too, because they took the story further with Ripley, Newt, et al.  However, a few years after came the release of Alien 3, which completely broke the continuity of those comics.

I recently found reference those comics here.  Ah, the sci-fi memories.