I have a confession to make:
“The Last Unicorn” is one of my favorite movies ever.
I know the entire movie by heart. I thought perhaps my memory might have faded after not watching it for a couple years, but for some reason I watched it today and nope, it’s all still in my brain. As I was watching it, I thought of how I used to watch this movie over and over when I was little. For a moment I jokingly thought to myself that perhaps it’s the root cause of why I’m addicted to Red Bull Energy Drink. But then I started thinking about how that movie ends (spoiler alert!)…she doesn’t stay with the prince and live happily ever after-she turns back into a unicorn, which to my 5-year-old self, sounded way more happily ever after at the time.
The more I thought about it, I realized that while other girls were watching Disney movies and their princesses were being rescued by princes, I was watching unicorns save the prince, and princesses save themselves. I loved She-Ra so much that as an adult I requested the entire series on dvd for Christmas a couple years ago. Other girls want to be princess-woken-with-a-kiss, I wanted to be Princess of Power, saving everyone with my awesome sword and big hips.
I guess I should have known my brain worked differently when my elementary school friends and I played Barbies; their barbies had babies with plastic-haired Ken while mine dated a G.I. Joe because of his hot scars and realistic miniaturized weaponry.
What am I getting at with all this? Am I trying to argue that Disney is evil and that my friend who had a husband and a boyfriend and had never been on her own ever in her life made absolute sense to me once I found out she was obsessed with Disney and always talked about being “treated like a princess”? Am I trying to justify that I’m single and will be forever because I don’t need a man to justify my existence? Am I trying to convince you that I’m in fact not a lesbian, not that there’s anything wrong with that?
No, I’m not saying any of that. I’m just saying that I watched awesome cartoons when I was little and as a result, I think I’m a more awesome person for it. 😛