When Sweeney Met Walt.Posted: January 10, 2010
You might not think Johnny Depp and Alan Rickman, playing a serial throat-slasher and a pederast judge, singing Stephen Sondheim’s “Pretty Women” from the film version of Sweeney Todd, would juxtapose well with a montage of Disney heroines, but — well, see for yourself.
The magic goes beyond clever editing. I think it’s that Disney (and his disciples) understood that the archetype of the animated heroine should evoke the beautiful way our mothers looked to us when we were little, and the visions of love that informed our dreams, and that Sondheim understood that his “demon barber of Fleet Street” was driven by the same angels.
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