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This is a pretty swell movie, although it helps to have some nodding familiarity with Disney-style animation involving princesses, evil stepmothers, and dashing heroes. Since I went to those movies when I was a kid, and viewed many of them with my own kids, I eminently qualify.

The story is of Giselle, a happy dweller in a woodland cottage assisted by a live-in menagerie of critters: birds, rodents, the usual suspects. In the normal course of things, she would make any dashing prince a fine wife and they would live happily ever after, or at least until Disney decided to squeeze some more money out of that particular franchise with a sequel.

But the villain here comes up with an unusually fiendish plan: Giselle is transported into modern New York City, and turned into Amy Adams in the process. Plucky Giselle retains her ebullient optimism, and also has the ability to beguile Manhattan's wildlife and its citizenry into cooperating with her fairy-tale outlook. She's not as dumb as she looks, or acts, it turns out.

This is a clever idea, and it's executed with a lot of wit and creativity. All the actors are perfectly cast. (Well, with the possible exception of Patrick Dempsey, who's the perpetual straight man as all the fantasy explodes around him; he's a little slack-jawed, maybe a little too pretty. But I'm quibbling.)

In short, a movie you can take the kids to, or not. It's a lot of fun either way.

Last Modified 2012-10-15 3:04 PM EDT

An Eggcorn, For All Intensive Purposes

Yesterday's paper contained a letter from Rhonda Pomerleau of Kittery, Maine. She got a massive runaround from local authorities when she tried to do the right thing for four domesticated rabbits wandering free in her neighborhood.

After a week of taking care of them I drove the rabbits myself to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society. These wonderful caring people could not believe my story. They told me to report the person who released the rabbits and to call the Animal Welfare Unit about the town's responsibilities in this situation, which I did, but to no prevail.
Hey, I said, isn't that an eggcorn? I asked the Google; Rhonda's not alone in this usage, but as near as I can tell, it doesn't appear in the Eggcorn Database. I submitted it, tentatively; they're very picky.

For area residents: Rhonda's right about the Cocheco Valley Humane Society. Both our cats are adoptees from there.

Last Modified 2017-12-05 10:41 AM EDT