Nants ingonyama bagithi baba [There comes a lion] Sithi uhhmm ingonyama [Oh yes, it's a lion] Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Sithi uhhmm ingonyama Ingonyama
I FINALLY KNOW THE FUCKING WORDS
it’s so funny to see the translated words though because you think it’s like some really profound chanting and really it’s just
that’s a lion
this movie’s about a lion
just reassuring you that yes indeed lions are here
this is literally my favorite post on tumblr
I hate this post and will always hate this post because it’s pretty much a perfect example of the disneyfication of things
'ha ha its a lion them africans huh them africans'
to grab the direct quotes:
This line loosely translates from Zulu as, “There comes a lion”. In actuality, the speaker of this sentence is speaking to an adult male whom he respects and refers to as “baba”, which means father but in zulu culture it is seen as respectful to refer to one’s betters as mother or father.
The lion in this instance can seen as symbolic of adversity as Lion King is based on the Masai tradition of having the young men kill a lion when they come of age. The speaker at this point would thus be a young Masai man prior to his initiation.
The elder male that was spoken to in the first line responds in a nonchalant manner and acknowledges the lion’s approach, “Oh yes it’s a lion”.
Sithi uhhmm ingonyama
Ingonyama: yama bagithi baba
The phrase is reiterated in a call and response manner as is common amongst Southern-African cultural relations such as singing and dancing. The theme of the advance of the lion is emphasised by the repetition of the word “ingonyama” which means lion in zulu as the task looms ever closer as the lion draws nearer.
Oh, and the parts that get (conveniently) left out, probably because black people
The collected Masai warriors respond to the challenge in unison, “We’re going to conquer”
Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala:
The lion is now joined by a leopard.
So have some context with your ‘lel dem africans ha ha dem africans o disney’ laugh fucking riot. But this is what Disney does, and trains its fans to do: Take something non-white, use it as goddamned decoration, and remove all of the meaning. Use it as a joke. Make it different, but not too different. Who here thought that part of the song was just random noises? Don’t bother with a show of hands, there’s 400 thousand notes to do that for me.
'well you're just reading too much into it'
if you think ladysmith black mambazo didnt know what they were doing with their own fucking language
I know I just reblogged the original of this recently, but wanted to reblog this one too, because the commentary is awesome.
After seeing these awesome edits by “thecrownedheart”, I just had to make a few of my own. So here’s a few edited screenshots of our lovely Disney ladies… as men. :D
holy shiT ESMERELDA
It’s not like we need more Disney princes. We just need prettier ones… ;)
So my friend’s a cappella group went to Disney Land and serenaded Tiana
THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING
And the candied cherry on top of this wonderful sugar-glitter sundae is that he waits until she reciprocates to go in for the hug. <3
Hellfire is, to put it simply, a masterpiece. We don’t even need to look at the main lyrics to get an understanding of the genius put into this work. Listen to the Latin Chanting as Frollo sings. It is a prayer Catholics recite during mass that is an admission of guilt… so we have Frollo singing how the current situation isn’t his fault, whilst our red hooded friends are chanting ‘mea culpa’ and ‘mea maxima culpa’ (through my fault, through my most grievous fault) - showing the dual natures of humankind, religion etc… it also shows us Frollo’s mental state, obviously a precarious one as he fights his inner demons.
This song is also a parallel to Quasimodo’s earlier song Out There - both start begging for forgiveness, then grow into revealing the performers true feelings (Wanting to go to the festival and wanting Esmeralda respectively) which shows a similarity between the two which in turn shows that despite differences in appearance, status etc they are the same - which the film is showing. Regardless of appearance, if you are considered ‘normal’ or not, we are all the same.
By having this technique, it also sets the stage for Frollo v Quasimodo in their views of Esmeralda, this is emphasized by having Heaven’s Light sung and leading into Hellfire, creating another paradox of human nature and how appearance can be misleading (Quasi thinks she is angelic, Frollo thinks she is a witch… both don’t fit and are extremely exaggerated viewpoints, once again fitting the theme of appearances being a mask worn and you shouldn’t be judged on that).
On a totally separate note, another piece of genius from the music score of this film comes in the shape of ‘dies irae’ that plays whilst Frollo chases Quasimodo and Esmeralda. This translates as ‘Day of Wrath’ which is how the wicked shall be punished in eternal fire… this piece was also used whilst Frollo chased down Quasimodo’s mother. Both times he was using religion to justify his actions. Additionally, the inclusion of this results in Hellfire not just foreshadowing Esmeralda’s brush with death, but Frollo’s actual death.
He shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit…
To this day I remain in unfettered awe that they actually got away with Hellfire, a chilling (not to mention unsubtle almost to the point of being explicit) sequence in which a man sings about his agonizing, sanity-destroying lust for a woman and how he plans to burn her alive if she refuses to sleep with him. It is absolutely the best part of the film, and the Genius Bonuses discussed above are just the icing on the cake.
It’s a terrifying song and one that is only more terrifying the older you get and the more you understand it.
Next fanfic on deck is that “Northstar and Kyle as Disney princes" thing I was going on about a while back. But until I actually get around to turning the outline into a story, here’s the DP version of Kyle. Art by D. Falcão.
Hey, he’s a PR/brand management guy in canon, so it was bard or scribe!
A crash course on non-disney films and studios (sequels not included; list is not exhaustive)
aaaaaahhh it’s so beautiful good post
THANK YOU! THIS SHIT IS NOT DISNEY!
"Why Don’t You Do Right" - Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
The movie is 25 years old, and this scene is still amazing.
When did all of these Disney animated movies show up on Netflix streaming?
Just added The Great Mouse Detective, The Fox and the Hound, Dumbo, and The Aristocats to my queue. Gonna go spelunking to see what else made it in…
ETA: AND THE MUPPET MOVIE!!!
Yup. Disney sure was racist before they added a black woman.
Because everyone knows that the only races there are in the world is black and not black.
While I love Princess and the frog, the idea that Disney hadn’t done any other racial differences is mindblowing. I mean really?
Add to that the “Ooh, mixed race couple! How inclusive!” argument.
The last one isn’t even the same fucking species.
The last line, oh my gosh, I’m cracking up!
Oh what the hell, folks. ”G*psy” is a fucking slur. ”Atlantian” is FUCKING MADE UP. Pocahontas is FULL of bullshit stereotyping. So is Aladdin. I don’t know enough about Mulan to comment, and I have heard Lilo and Stitch complimented, but.
A HANDFUL OF SKETCHY EXAMPLES =/= NO HISTORY OF RACISM.
Even if all of these were SUCCESSFUL examples, racism isn’t something you turn off. ”I did some things right, so every wrong I’ve ever done is magically erased!”
PS: ARIAL IS WHITE. SHE IS A WHITE MERMAID, but STILL WHITE.
I can’t even with this ignorance.
Nope, no history of racism here.