Anastasia

Anastasia is an animated film inspired by the story of the grand duchess Anastasia of Russia, the youngest daughter of the last imperial family of Russia, who was believed to escape from the abduction of her family. The film began in the palace of the royal family, where Anastasia’s grandmother visited from France and left Anastasia a gift of music box and necklace with a script saying ”together in paris”.

 Suddenly, a sorcerer with a strong hatred to the Romanov family due to being exiled by Anastasia’s father, started a revolution and killed the Romanov family. Only Anastasia and her grandmother were able to escape with the help of a servant boy. But the two were separated when they were trying to climb in a moving train. Anastasia fell and hit her head, losing her memory. 

 The grand duchess Anastasia and her grandmother were reunited at the end of the story. The sorcerer who sold his soul to the devil in desperation to finish the entire member of the Romanov family was defeated  with the help of the servant boy who is now a grown up man and became Anastasia’s love interest in the movie. 

 I’ve heard of this movie when I was little but I became interested in the movie when I learned that it was inspired by the story of the last imperial family of Russia. Obviously, the movie was created for kids so most of the scenes were not from the actual event in the Romanov’s history. I know the movie has a happy ending but it made me sad knowing that in reality, the grand duchess Anastasia did not really escape from the horrible fate of her family. Her body was found in another grave after long years of speculation that she was still  alive. Perhaps in real world, life of a princess is far from fairy tale.

The Lorax

 The Lorax is an animated movie based on the children’s book of Dr. Seuss.The movie relates the story of a twelve year old boy, Ted Wiggins who lives in Thneedville. Except for the people, everything in the city is made of plastic and metal including artificial trees and plants. Due to a strong desire to impress his crush, Audrey, Ted went to search for a real living tree, as Audrey’s greatest wish was to see a living tree growing in her backyard. His grandmother told him to look for the Once-ler, the man who knew what happened to the trees if he wanted to have one. Following his grandmother’s suggestion, Ted went out of town and discovered the situation outside their city wall. The Once-ler was surprised to see Ted and yet amazed to hear that someone still cares about trees. The Once-ler told the story of his successful invention that evolved in a huge business, which was the reason why the trees were all gone. Ted continued to visit the Once-ler in spite of threats received from Mr O’ hare, the richest man in town who accumulated his fortune from selling fresh air with the absence of trees. Mr. O’hare considered the trees as threats to his successful business as trees provide oxygen for free. The Once-ler gave Ted the last Truffula seed with a mission to convince the citizen of Thneedville how significant trees are. 

 This is one of the best movie I’ve ever seen. I know I’m old enough to watch Disney and animated films but I actually prefer watching children’s film than romantic ones as these movies often have moral lessons and hilarious scenes. We should once in a while remember our childhood by watching children’s movie as they teach important lessons that adults sometimes fail to see and appreciate. 

The Lorax is one of the best film to be watched by kids for them to learn the importance of nature at an early age. It’s hard to accept that there will come a time that trees will only be a memory and everything will be replaced by new technology. It’s difficult to imagine that in the future, we have to buy air in plastic bottles. 

 Aside from the great message of the movie, it also includes hilarious scenes and characters. I absolutely love Pipsqueak and I have to admit that the Oak-amatic, an artificial tree with its own remote and disco, is pretty cool. I still prefer a real tree though but I wonder if Truffula trees do really exist because I would love to see one. 

 “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

 ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 “It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.” 

 ― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

 When a guy does something stupid once, well that’s because he’s a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that’s usually to impress some girl.

 -Once-ler 

 

Boat Ride

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This was my first boat ride alone since the last time that I took a boat was years ago with my cousin and her aunt when we went to attend a party in Malabon. Now being all grown up, I took the boat going to Spinalonga island. It was an amazing adventure, exploring the island with other tourists.