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May 24, 2023Liked by Alexander Hellene

I'm glad that productions like this and Top Gun: Maverick are getting made because it becomes crystal clear that the appetite is more than wetted for classic stories and narratives of heroism; they've never gone away.

I'm sitting on seven potential children's properties atm, with at least one I know I want made, and the core tenant across all is being approachable and direct. Miracle what you can do with honorable characterizations and a sense of right and wrong. Crazy stuff lol.

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You summed it up well, but I want to do some overkill on the “Peach was a girlboss” point to make sure it stays dead. That complaint is either a cynical product of the outrage machine or else it is rooted in lack of research.

Peach played the damsel role in games often, yes, but there is also plenty of precedent for her being a tough hero character in her own right. She’s been playable as far back as Mario Bros 2, was an endgame character in Mario RPG, kept up with the boys in all the sports games, and was the protagonist of her own game on the DS.

Anyone saying “ugh they RUINED Peach by making her a GIRLBOSS FEMINIST in this movie” is either preying on the ignorance of their audience or doesn’t know what they are talking about.

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I enjoyed both the Mario movie and Puss in Boots.

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Well said. I've been reflecting deeply on the type of stories I love to consume. Reading some of the golden age fantasy/adventure pulps these last few years really inspires my writing. Good old fashioned fun never goes out of style.

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Excellent post - and thanks for the shout out - an unexpected surprise!

I think the success of Top Gun: Maverick, Puss in Boots 2, Mario, and even Avatar 2 (heavy emphasis on family in the latter) has been a wake up call for Hollywood to start investing more in (*sigh*) non-woke films. Sure, Disney will still keep running itself into the ground with Marvel madness and Indiana Jones 5, but diminishing returns for the latter films should hopefully seal their fate.

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