Whoever wants to eat cookie dough and not get salmonella. Here ya go!
Every woman? EVERY PERSON ON EARTH, MARS, OR WHEREVER THE HELL YOU ARE SHOULD HAVE THIS RECIPE.
If you haven’t heard the Mumford and Sons version of this song, listen now and prepare for tears.
There are a LOT of really great scenes in How to Train Your Dragon 2 but this is the one that had the most impact on me and FOR GOOD REASON:
- It’s such a sweet and genuine song first of all.
- It’s sung, at first, by this HUGE masculine viking who spent the better part of the first movie being super cold and distant, leaving his emotions at bay. Now he’s allowing himself to open up and express his feelings and that’s totally okay woah!!
- Along with that his movements around Valka are slow and gentle, allowing her to either reciprocate or walk away. He never grabs her or tries to shove her right back into their relationship. He’s aware of how much time has passed, of her guilt, so homie’s playin it cool.
- But yeah, ultimately SHE’S the one who agrees to the dance and picks up the pace and it’s SO GOOD to see both figures treating each other with so much love and respect.
- Even better is that both parties are ADULTS, the mom and dad figures of the film series. Adults get written out or ignored so often in children’s movies, either by being dead throughout the entirety of the series OR by only showing up at key moments. Both Valka and Stoic are essential to the film, as is their relationship and Valka’s reason for leaving.
- Did I mention how sweet and genuine the song is? Damn near every romance song in a kid’s film is built up to some schmalty love anthem but HTTYD2 takes a quieter, more human approach.
This isn’t even touching on the little details Dreamworks’ adds to their facial expressions and their movements and gosh everything here works so wonderfully please watch How to Train Your Dragon 2
I think it might be a nice opportunity to explain myself here since I had some cool commentary on the reblogs of the individual pieces, so here’s my own personal explanation of this series.
I don’t mean to give bad connotations to sharks because really, they’re very beautiful and endangered creatures that are naturally curious and only attack when they’re provoked. A lot of people are scared of them and make them out to be these horrifying monsters when actually, it’s just a big misconception about their nature. I was like that too when I was younger until I learned how many of them we end up killing for their fins and how really, they aren’t a threat if people just left them alone. If people understood them better, maybe our overall views on them wouldn’t be so negative.
The thing is, that’s what anxiety is to me. Bad/irrational thoughts seem really scary at first because you don’t understand them and by panicking or trying to fight them off directly, you end up making them more aggressive till they grow massive and looming. Just like sharks sense panic and movement in the water and use that to target prey. But I’m trying really hard to look at my thoughts from another angle now - by accepting they’re there and refusing to freak out (i.e. just letting them come and go without amplifying them) and by trying to understand that it’s really only excess adrenaline and an overactive imagination, nothing more, they don’t seem so terrifying? Essentially like how I learned that sharks aren’t dangerous or life threatening if you don’t bother them. It’s not an easy lesson to train yourself to mentally re-evaluate your thoughts, but I’m getting there. So maybe I’ll continue working into this series a little more…
Recipes Inspired By Brownies
Concept Art Appreciation - Claire Keane - Rapunzel’s Dresses
Different concept art that was made for Rapunzel until they finally settled on what they wanted her to look like. It really makes me wish that they had used traditional animation for this film.