Category Archives: Children/Family

Coneheads (Comedy-Family-Sci-Fi)

index“Human Authority Figures! Nyaaaaaah!!!”

While on a surveillance mission of planet Earth, Beldar (Dan Aykryod) and his partner Prymatt (Jane Curtin), crash their spacecraft and become stranded until further notice. To adapt to their new environment, Beldar works as a productive appliance mechanic and his partner a trophy mobile home wife under the alias Donald and Mary Margret DeCicco. Once Beldars green card has been discovered to be fraudulent by the INS, they quickly move camp leaving their belonging and are forced to start their lives over once again. Prymatt soon births a daughter Connie and they create an identity as Mr. and Mrs. Conehead who are French immigrants attempting to live the American dream as they wait to be retrieved by inhabitants of their home planet Remulak.

Based off of a Saturday Night Live skit, this goofball Sci-Fi comedy will bring the viewers laughter to “mass quantities”. Mr. and Mrs. Coneheads obtuse articulations of the human language create a dry and hilarious dynamic between everyone they encounter.  Chris Farley, Jason Alexander, Jon Lovitz, and a few others from the SNL crew make up a supporting cast that effortlessly create humorous scenarios keen to all types of audiences.

Going into the screenplay, it was simply the full backstory of these beloved cone-headed characters using the same framework that made this duo memorable to begin with.  Since these scenes were obviously not recorded live; special effects and other components restrictive on stage gave free range to the directors’ portrayals of these aliens and their bizarre attributes they inherited. It would be a distinctly plausible position that this strip of framed sequences played at quantifiable levels will not be forgotten for at minimum 40 zurls or until mass extinction of all earthlings.

Frozen (Children-Animated)

froze“Who needs a prince when you have a sister, a snowman, and magic”

Two young princesses live in a castle shut-off from the outside world.  One is a clumsy and naive little sister named Anna while the other, Elsa, was born with ice powers.  During an extravagant ball for Elsa’s coming of age, the secret of her gifts are revealed and labeled as sorcery.  Embarrassed and afraid she escapes to the icy wilderness to live in solitude.  The only problem is during this retreat the town becomes frozen over and Anna must find her sister and convince her to bring back summer.

After a dry-spell of Disneys’ failed attempts at creating an admirable film, they finally got it right.  The aesthetics were mesmerizing, truly taking you into a believable and enchanted wonderland.  The majority of the songs were composed thoughtfully, appealing to a variety of audiences while also adding purpose and emotion to the scenes.  Though the humor was mostly childish, there was just enough wit to keep the adult audience in high spirits.  They also used a unique balance of adventure and story to keep the attention of younger viewers.

Going into the actual plot many things aren’t logically sound or realistic, but a child certainly would overlook these inconsistencies.  The portrayal of men and young boys in this tale was anything but flattering, but they somehow craftily used humor or plot-points to disseminate these depictions.

The story’s meaning was meant for young girls, with the liberated message that you don’t need a prince to warm a frozen heart.  This was a refreshing spin on the predictable happily ever after endings Disney has profited from for decades, showing they aren’t afraid to take risks.