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Disney Hipster Princess the Musical – Well Song.

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Of all the theater districts in the world, Time Square is probably the most mainstream of them all. But this doesn’t mean there is no room left for a little edginess and irony. Hipster Disney Princess the Musical (if a single song can be called a musical) shows Time Square still has plenty of room for alternativeness. In Hipster Disney Princess the Musical, Ariel, Cinderella, and Snow White take over Time Square to show off how quirky, edgy and of course, hipster Disney characters can be with hilarious results.

Considering that the song is less than a minute and a half in its entirety, I was pretty impressed with how many jokes they were able to squeeze into it. From Kombucha tea and thrift stores to vinyl records and poetry readings, this song touches on an incredible amount of hipster stereotypes at a rapid fire pace. While Hipster Disney Princess the Musical certainly isn’t the funniest number I’ve seen, it may just take the cake for having more punch lines per second of song.

Although the cast of beloved childhood characters begins lampooning the hipster culture right off the bat, I found they really hit their stride at about 33 seconds into the video. This is where Snow White boasts about talking to birds before Twitter and Ariel proclaims her love of sushi. I’m not sure if eating sushi makes Ariel a cannibal or not, but as Belle points out, it is at least ironic at some level.

My personal favorite part was when Snow White sings:

See when a tree falls in the forest
And there is no one there to hear it
You can bet we’ve bought the vinyl

In a close second was Ariel asking, “Do you like my bra?/It’s organic!” I’ve yet to see seashell bras in Wholefoods, but if this video gets enough traction, they might start popping up.

Ariel and Snow White continue to dominate the comedic bits through out the rest of the song. And even when they aren’t cracking jokes, I thought they were the best actresses. All of the princesses are clearly trying to look smug, self important and bored at the same time, but Snow White definitely pulled it off the best — especially with her half-hearted dance at 1:06. And when Ariel isn’t being funny, she’s at least being adorable.

Belle and Cinderella, on the other hand, seemed pretty lackluster. They didn’t have as many lines and probably with good reason. However, I may be somewhat biased as The Little Mermaid and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves were the only two Disney Princess movies I’d allow my sisters to make me watch while growing up. If I didn’t have the time or inclination to watch Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella as a small child, I certainly don’t care about Belle or Cinderella now.

While the song does nail a whole lot of jokes in a very brief amount of time, I thought that if they had made it a little longer it could have been far better. For example, a slightly longer version may have allowed for more variation within the melody. As it is, I kind of felt like the entirety of Hipster Disney Princess the Musical was the build up for a part of the song that just never occurred. Another reason I wish it were longer is so that the chorus could have been stronger. Finally, instead of a quick succession of one-liners, the lyrics and jokes may have benefited from a bit more depth if the song were fleshed out more.

Even though the song is short and mostly one quick joke after another, it does have a little bit of an overriding theme to it. Namely that the Hipster Disney Princesses are all trying so hard to make themselves individual, that they are all turning into the same person. This is definitely shown with their matching Starbucks cups and oversized plastic glasses, and n case you weren’t paying attention, the lines “We are so unique/We are all the same!”

I don’t really blame them or think they are any worse off as hipsters. In my eyes the real Disney Princesses are all pretty much the same too. They’re a bunch of tall, thin, pretty girls with beautiful voices and an evil parent/step-parent/fiancé. They then disobey or run away from said evil person. Cast away from their family/town/castle, they find the man of their dreams through a few song and dance numbers. If my whole peer group was that similar I’d try my best to distinguish myself too. Where they go wrong in Hipster Disney Princess the Musical is by all trying to distinguish themselves in the same way.

Hang the Bastard from Cannibal the Musical Video

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I’ve watched enough Western movies to understand that executions used to be public spectacles. However, Hang the Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical shows just how enthusiastic and excited people can become when a hanging is planned. As the movie was directed, produced and written by Trey Parker (who also did South Park and The Book of Mormon), you can expect that the more serious the topic, the more silly it is likely to be. Hang The Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical is no exception to this.

Despite some of the lyrics showing a clear disdain for the condemned, the entire village maintains a positive and excited tone through the whole of Hang the Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical. When Alfred Packer (the man who is about to be hung) first comes out of the sheriff’s cabin, it isn’t to thrown rotten fruit and jeers. Instead, the crowd starts jovially cheering and breaks out into a seemingly pleasant and bright song. I thought the choreography at the beginning was hilarious, with the exuberant town enthusiastically whirling and twirling while they sing about killing Packer. The residents of this town seem more like families planning to take their kids to see some fireworks or a parade rather than a hanging. This really comes through in the following lines:

“It’s as nice as a day can be.
Won’t you come to the hanging with me . . . .
. . . . So hang the bastard, hang him with cheer.
We’ll make some hot dogs
And drink a few beers”
At first glance lyrics like these might make you think that rather than being full of blood lust, the town is simply confused about what a hanging entails. For example, maybe they think it’s a joke or all part of an act. However, the lyrics that come shortly after quickly clear this up.
“Hang the bastard, hang him well.
Send his sorry soul to hell.
When his neck bone snaps we’ll know.”

Yep, this town definitely knows what they are in for, and boy are they feeling dandy about it.
As the song progresses, it quickly becomes apparent that the hanging isn’t all that they are looking forward to. They also seem extremely excited for the show to end, so they can all go home. While it is left a little ambiguous if the show refers to the movie or the execution, considering how excited they are for the hanging, it seems like the meaning is fairly clear. The characters are probably singing about how the movie will finally end and everyone, themselves and the audience included can get on with their life.

While I thought the song as a whole was funny and loved the delight that the town took in a public execution, I also thought that there were a few parts where some fat could have been trimmed from the number. For example, the cowbell solo at 1:19 is a bit humorous, but really, 13 seconds of a man banging a cowbell? By the end of that I wanted the show to end so I can go home too.

Even though I found the cowbell part a little tedious and drawn out, I loved the section with the puppets that comes soon after it. I’ve taken a few first aid classes and never knew that tickling armpits was part of diagnosing someone as dead, but I suppose it could work. What I did know, from Team America: World Police, is that Matt Parker and Trey Stone could do a great job mixing morbid themes, comedy, and profane puppetry; I just didn’t know that they were doing it all the way back in 1993 when they made the movie.

While I enjoyed almost the whole of Hang the Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical, the final part from about 2:00 on is definitely my favorite part. Seeing how the whole town became whipped up into an ecstatic frenzy was hilarious. And watching people sing about capital punishment while doing the can can was a first for me. Plus, I loved their dance moves when they sing about how “When his body stops jerking we’ll know / it’s the end of him.”
Hang the Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical is great in that the choreography and melodies are in sharp contrast to the lyrics and subject matter of the song. It can always be interesting to see what your favorite artists were doing before the work you know them for. In this case, I’ve been watching South Park for over a decade, so the chance to see what Trey Parker was doing while he was a student in the early 90’s was great.

Hang the Bastard from Cannibal! The Musical, has all of the funny, ironic, and irreverent qualities that I’ve come to expect from Trey Parker. With that said, if someone ever asks me, “won’t you come to the hanging with me?” I think I’ll have to decline no matter how excited they are.