Yesterday I found out that I'm much cooler than I thought I was.
How did this come about, you ask? Well, I was floating around the Interwebs in my usual morning fashion, and I stumbled upon this blog post by Scott Westerfeld about Disney and steampunk.
(For those of you unfamiliar with steampunk, here's a link to the Wikipedia article.)
Scott, along with many others, argues that, far from defiling this subculture, Disney has always been at the forefront of steampunk. And as I was reading the article, I realized he was right. Specifically, I'd like to talk about my favorite Disney movie, The Great Mouse Detective.
I have loved this movie for two decades, and it's always been one of my top five Disney animated films, along with The Rescuers, The Aristocats, and Duck Tales, the Movie. It combines my love of Sherlock Holmes with my affection for cartoon mice (long story) plus there's no "icky kissing". (a direct quote from my eight-year-old self)
However, The Great Mouse Detective is now permanently on the top of the list as my All-Time-Favorite-Disney-Movie-Ever, because it is also excellent steampunk.
Don't believe me? Here are some stills from the movie.
And I couldn't find a picture of the STEAM-POWERED ROBOT that the main villain wants to put on the throne, but here's a clip that has it. (the robot shows up around 2 min, 30 sec.)
So to recap, Disney has been doing steampunk off and on for decades, and one of my favorite Disney movies is steampunk. Therefore, that makes me an early adopter of the subculture, and not at all someone who had to have it explained to her three times before she understood what it was about. *cough cough*
No one ever told me I was such a trendsetter.
What do you think? Is Disney making steampunk uncool? Or are we all now a little cooler since it turns out we liked this kind of story all along?