My Favorite Disney Princess Villain at Salt lake Comic Con 2014
While it is no D23 expo, Salt Lake Comic Con features some of the best panels about Disney. With Disney enthusiasts Bree Despain, Heather Ostler, Jaleta Clegg, Adam Hunter and J.R. Johansson, a group of fans discussed “My Favorite Disney Princess Villain.”
Hunter had the most interesting twists throughout the panel, but he opened with the idea that the Enchantress from Beauty and the Beast was the real villain.
“The Enchantress cursed a 10-year old boy for not letting a stranger in the house,” says Hunter. He proved his knowledge by quoting the opening sequence word for word and in cadence.
Clegg dressed as Ursula for the Con, so there was little doubt as to her favorite villain.
“She’s not really evil; she’s just more out for herself,” says Clegg.
No one pointed out that selfishness is evil. Clegg also likes the fact that Ursula is overblown and overdramatic.
Ostler’s favorite villain came from the experiences of childhood. Her mother bought an awesome Maleficent mask that Ostler and her siblings would use to scare people. Despain broke out with Darth Vader, but then switched to Maleficent.
“I was obsessed with the Sleeping Beauty movie; let’s face it, I still am,” says Despain.
The panel discussed the fact that Maleficent is just so dedicated. She is willing to wait 16 years to take vengeance for not being invited to a party, and then she was going to wait another 100 years before she released Prince Phillip to go wake Aurora.
Johansson remarked that envy motivates a lot of the villains in Disney movies, including the Evil Queen and Maleficent.
Johansson, however, chose two other villains: Hades and Gaston.
“Gaston, because he’s hot,” says Johansson. “He’s got these massive muscles” who doesn’t like looking at that from a distance?
Johanson also claimed that Snow White is really a villain because Joahnsson can’t handle Snow White’s voice.
Despain didn’t like Hans. She felt, along with some other members of the panel, like Disney cheated. An ending she could have believed in was Hans delivering the kiss and it not working. Hans could have then explained that Anna is a nice girl, but he isn’t in love with her. He just wanted to improve his position and thought he could make it work. Clegg also did not like Hans.
Ostler’s least favorite villain is the Evil Queen because she doesn’t have a sidekick or a song.
Hunter agreed in part with Ostler because the Evil Queen owns a slave, but he also mention Mor’du and Shan Yu.
“Mar’du the bear from Brave; he’s just a bear,” says Hunter. “[Shan Yu] He’s really just a military commander.”
Despain enjoyed Maleficent, but…
“I felt they were taking themselves too seriously,’ says Despain.
In the wake of Maleficent, the discussion turned to which villains deserved their own movies. Clegg voted for Ursula.
“There’s a lot more to Ursula than we are given,” says Clegg. She’s the sister of Triton and the only unattractive merperson in the sea.
Ostler wants to see a movie about evil Giselle.
“The best villains are the people who think they are doing good,” Hunter quotes Joss Whedon.
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Jaleta Clegg Would like to see movies based on Ursula and Shan Yu