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Beauty in HD shows the beastly within

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The lure of a full-HD film can be irresistible for a young adult in need of amusement, especially one home alone with an abundance of time on her hands. A friend has lent me a Blu-ray player this past weekend and having already watched every single movie (in its full, astounding, immaculately crystal-clear glory), there is nothing left for me, except for the contents in the Disney folder on the hard drive. 

With seriously nothing better to do, I ventured to watch the animated movies that left unpleasant recollections throughout my childhood. Although Disney may be dismissed as sugar-coated sap, it is only in my (relatively) older age that I realise that some of the cartoons it churns out are not without their share of darkness.

Perhaps it was because my dad could only find pirated copies back then, hence the Pinocchio I watched had a morbid, noir feel to it simply because the dullness and fuzziness of the film made everything much more dreary. I never really felt the gravity of the situation of the scene where children turned into donkeys and were shipped off to god-knows-where, but did feel a sinisterness loom, for whatever reason. These already naughty boys, who have been tricked into coming to Pleasure Island, were free to smoke, drink and break things as much as they wanted. Of course, when you've been taught from a young age to dismiss all this behaviour as bad without really letting it sink in, it really means nothing. It's only when I watched this chaotic, terrible scene the past weekend that I saw just how messed up and disturbing it is that seven-year-old boys were getting drunk, destroying everything in sight and smoking cigars. Considering how much of an "ass" they've made of themselves, the little brats literally turn into donkeys and get sold off to circuses and mines to pretty much become slaves so the big, fat, frightening man can make a lot of money. Human exploitation right there, hardly light entertainment, is it?

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