Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tess's Tidbits: "Tangled" Movie Night

Last night we did something really special.  Mama let us all stay up and watch Disney's "Tangled" with her!  We've done movie nights in the past, but it's usually when everyone else is asleep.  We have to sneak around and try not to wake anyone.  Because Mama was still up, she could do all of the difficult things for us (like putting the movie in and reaching the remotes).  And she could go check on anyone that woke up and keep them from coming out and discovering us. 

Mama's aunt (the one Emma spent Christmas with, and the one Zaara lives with now) let Mama borrow her "Tangled" Blu-ray, since Mama's won't be here until sometime later this week or next week.  All of us dolls got into our jammies and headed out to the living room.  We had to be quiet and find our way in the dark, because Papa was already asleep in the bedroom.  Thankfully, he's a pretty heavy sleeper.

I thought it would be nice to invite Mama's Rapunzel and Eugene fashion dolls from the Disney Store.  It is a movie about them, after all.  And of course, I couldn't invite them without inviting Belle and Robby, since they were standing right there.  I invited Ben, the snobby one, too, but he decided he'd stay with Marguerite and watch over Raoul.

As we were all getting settled in the living room, Maggie saw them and whispered to me, a bit loudly, "Who invited them?"

I looked over at her, trying to be brave.  "I did."  I said it as calmly and confidently as I could.

She turned the other way, a disgusted look on her face.  "Hey Mama, could we maybe have some popcorn or something?" she asked.

Mama shook her head.  "Sorry Maggie, but I'm afraid the sound and smell of popcorn might get the girls out here too.  My oldest is having a hard time going to sleep."

Maggie looked sullen. 

"It's okay, Maggie...we don't really need a snack," I said timidly, wishing I could put a smile on her face.  "At least we get to watch a movie."

She made a face.  "Thank you, Pollyanna."

I was hurt.  "I'm just trying to help you have a good time.  This should be a fun night, but you're going to make it miserable for everyone."  I hesitated.  " don't have to watch the movie, you know.  You could always go back and let the rest of us enjoy it."  I turned bright pink.  I couldn't believe I'd said that!

Maggie looked at me incredulously.  I wasn't sure if what I'd said would help or just make her grumpier.  Suddenly, she laughed.  "Wow, Tess, I guess you do have some spunk."  She looked down at her hands.  "I know I've been grouchy.  Just ignore me, okay?  I want you to enjoy yourself."  She looked back up at me fondly.

I'll never understand why Maggie likes me so much.  You'd think I'd be the type of person that would drive her nuts...and I do, a lot!  But I guess there's something about me that she admires, or something.  Who knows.  We've been best friends for 4 years now, and I've completely given up on trying to understand her.  And I guess it goes both ways.  Why do I like Maggie's friendship so much?  She's bossy, stubborn, and loud.  She can be pretty rude.  I guess it's because underneath that prickly exterior is someone who really cares.  I know that if I was ever in trouble, Maggie would stop at nothing to help me.  I think, too, that underneath it all, she's insecure, so she has to sound all gruff and tough.  Yikes, I hope she doesn't read this post!! :}

Mama started the movie, and within moments we were all hooked.  My little sister Hailey was on cloud nine! :)  She was sitting next to her best friend, wearing her favorite pajamas and her "Tangled" necklace, holding her Rapunzel doll, and watching "Tangled".  What more could she want? ;)

Emma was really enjoying the movie too.  We all like "Tangled", but Emma and Hailey are into it the most out of all of us.  Well, I guess maybe Eugene and Rapunzel are pretty into it, too.  You should have seen the way Rapunzel sobbed during Eugene's death scene!

As I looked around, I noticed that Belle and Robby weren't sitting next to each other.  That seemed weird.  I thought they were best buds.  Robby kept stealing glances of Belle when she wasn't looking, which wasn't too hard, since she was totally engulfed in the movie. 

I voiced my concern to Maggie, but she just rolled her eyes and told me she had "absolutely no interest in the latest installment of the fashion doll soap opera."  I hid a smile at her persistent annoyance with Mama's fashion dolls and pushed it from my mind.  Maybe I'd talk to Belle later.

When the movie was over, we had fun watching the special features.  We were all a little disappointed by how few selections there were in that department.  What they had to offer was great, though.  We especially loved the countdown of all 50 Disney animated features.  We made it into a contest to see who could guess the most.  I think Emma won (second only to Mama, who of course, got them all right). :) 

As we headed back to the bedroom, getting Mama's help to find our places again in the dark, I smiled and thought of our fun evening.  I had a feeling we'd all be dreaming about "Tangled" that night, and our very own "Flynn Riders"...or maybe I should say "Eugene Fitzherberts"! :) 


The Green Girls said...

Sounds like you girls had a lot of fun! :-)

We saw Tangled in the theatre and we really liked it. Maybe we can buy our own copy too.

Glad you and Maggie are getting along again!

The Green Girls

Elaine said...

Aww! That looks like a great movie! I haven't seen it yet (sob!) but hopefully I can persuade Dad and my younger brothers to watch it with us girls this Friday during pizza. :)
By the way, I got my own little girl last Thursday: Josefina. I've wanted an American Girl for as long as 12 years, and she's finally here! I'm so excited! I'm planning on fixing up some dresses for her that I made some time ago.
Can't wait to read more of you girls' life together!
Your friend,

beast'sbelle said...

Hi girls! Thanks for the lovely comments. We did really enjoy ourselves. It was nice of Mama to include us in her movie night. :)

Green Girls, Maggie's really not as bad as she sounds. In fact, that night was the first time in a long time that her attitude was directed at me. Normally I'm the one convincing her to be nice to others. I still love her, though, and don't know what I'd do without her. :)

Elaine, how exciting that you have Josefina now!! I'm sure she'll be so excited about her new dresses. And it sounds like she'll be very loved.

Nice chatting with you! :)


The Green Girls said...

Honestly, Maggie doesn't sound bad. Everyone has grumpy moods, and a lot us at our house are pretty sarcastic (including our guardian.)

Maggie seems like she'd be fun to hang out with. I'm sure she's very entertaining.

The Green Girls

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Green Girls. I'm glad you understand. Really, I don't know why I feel like I have to stick up for Maggie...she does just fine sticking up for herself! :)


Elinor Dashwood said...

Aww!! I love the pictures you posted from it.... I love that movie!! :-D :-D

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Elinor! We really love it too, especially Emma and Hailey! We had a hard time sleeping that night because they kept trying to outsing each other all night long. "Mother Knows Best" and "I've Got a Dream" were their two songs of choice. Needless to say, none of us are ready to hear those songs again for a while! :} At least they didn't ruin "I See the Light" for us...that's my favorite song from the movie!