A thank you note to the creators of Kim Possible

Dear Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle,

Thank you for making a television show with a female protagonist.

That’s just the surface level, though, because I recently looked back at the recurring themes and character developments that went on during the course of the series and wanted to touch upon the significance of Kim Possible as a role model to young kids.

When I think about how important it is to create a television show for children, I remind myself that the people in charge of producing, writing and animating/directing are usually well into their adult lives. That means that they are having to think through the mind of a child, who could be almost a third their age. The way that kids adapt to growing up is influenced by the storylines of their favourite TV characters; the choices they make come from subconsciously remembering what happened on their television screen. Therefore, the delicate effort that must be made by the executives at Disney or Family Channel has an intense weight on the audience that is targeted. I take this to heart because I have always wanted my parents to be happy with the shows I watched. Or else, they wouldn’t let me watch. Makes sense, right? Being a kid was so simple.

Thankfully, Kim Possible was a great show for kids. It included action-packed scenes of unique adventures each episode. It included a hilarious dynamic between super-heroine and male sidekick that developed into a loving and successful partnership. It included villains that were of different cultural backgrounds, giving kids a view into their respective countries. It included a young protagonist that used her martial arts skills to launch her own company that was promoted by herself, along with her technologically-advanced computer guy. A naked mole rat came into this equation, as well. How you, as the creative team of this show, did all this and ran for 4 seasons with 2 movies is very impressive.

If I analyze Shego’s character, I can see how she is actually the most progressive role model for young children. She has powers and skills that match her to Kim Possible but she was a villain. Shego took matters into her own hands; her neon green hands that spew gas and other cool stuff (my younger self is coming out). One of my favourite episodes of the series is the Season 2 spectacle called “Go Team Go” where we are treated to the backstory of Shego and her crazy family of superheros. This narrative changed the game for me because it shows the audience that villains have intentions behind their decisions. It reminds me of “The Incredibles”. We can never relate good vs evil to a black and white concept due to the fact that so many people just want what they want. Shego was always a bad-ass biotch, but she wanted more for herself. She saw her potential.

Ron was such a great comic relief because he was able to take any dangerous situation into a neutral zone. Nothing stopped him from laughing or screaming about Kim’s adventures, and however he reacted was just how he was. It defined his character to be open about his emotions, a quality that isn’t usually explored with boys. The relationship between Kim and Ron grew so gracefully, as well, throughout the series. Initially, they were too mixed up for each other, and would never work as love interests. However, they took time to build a trust with one another and that is truly a mature choice for teenagers. She chose the nice guy who was scared to death most of the time. He chose the aggressive and busy girl who was secretive. What a balance between the two. Also, Will Friedle is my ultimate crush so BIG thank you for that! ❤

All in all, this series has a level of education that is so fitting for kids and honestly, I wish it still ran on television programming. I still like watching it. If there’s one thing to take away from it, one should always strive to do the impossible.

I want to extend my appreciativeness to the whole cast and crew behind this show for letting me into the world of Kim Possible and influencing a whole generation.

Love Brianna

 

 

To the apartment above mine

I hear the dissonant steps of heeled boots walking along a hallway.

I hear the gentle sounds of piano being played for practice.

I wonder if you are one person, living in a city so full of promise

I wonder if you are two people, romancing each other every night.

I wonder if you are seven people, fitting yourselves together in a small space.

Nonetheless, I gather information about you. Trying to put a face to a voice. Or a personality to a genre of music. Or a gender to a fashion choice.

It’s funny that I feel safe when I hear you’ve arrived home with a door closing. Recalling my family home, I sometimes imagine that you are my parents arriving home after work. I rejoice in having company even though I cannot see your eyes or hands. Please stay above me. Do not feel nervous about sliding heavy furniture across the floor. I am not annoyed by that.

I just want to continue gathering information.

Today, he…

Today, he smiled with absolute excitement. I was ready to pounce and felt his skin long for me. My desire took over and I let him relax on his roommates’ bed.

As I unloaded my stress and gave into temptation, I watched his face loosen back into his skull. It was like his neck muscles had disappeared and the visual he gave me was the sculptured-ness of his collarbones. His shoulder bones were up into his ears and his breathing was roughly loud. My mouth became a warm sock.

Carefully, he removed his shirt and found a sly way for his pelvis to be on top of mine. Now, the roles were reversed. The beauty of our position was only noticeable from afar and from an avid movie-watcher, I got upset that there wasn’t an audience to see it. Nevertheless, I was hooked by him. He somehow filled the hole in my life and made sure to leave no space between us. Giving time for us to breathe, we didn’t kiss until I saw his eyes again. Then, we returned back to what made us get out of bed each day, but there were moments of pause to show the tenderness of our exchange. Partners, but also selfish beings.

We had no time and yet all the time in the world. Rushing to wait awhile. Hurrying up so that the result would be long and slow. What a way to live.

Afterwards, the sleep I experienced beside him had a sort of boring quality to it. It was lame in comparison to when I was awake with him. This was very odd for me, since my obsession with sleep is always prominent. I waited for him to wake up and then gave him my most genuine smile. It just came out. I didn’t even think about it. And he returned the favour. Laughing a bit, we embraced in a different position and sighed in unison. Completely naked under the sheets.

When I stood up my body felt as skinny and as fat as I perfectly wanted it to be. I gave him a look over my shoulder before leaving the bedroom, and I saw him close his eyes as he slumped back to his pillow.

“Get back in here!!”

My Top Ten Internet Characters

I like the kind of Internet when iconic characters can be created and shared with a community of watchers. I wanted to assemble a substantial list of actors that make an incredible effort to perform, even if it’s just on their phone camera.

No one has done this yet! I checked… So, in the style of WatchMojo.com, I complied the best internet characters that I love to watch on YouTube, Vine, and Instagram. This will be based on comedic ability, originality, and recurrence in videos (the character must appear more than once). Please note, I will not be including vloggers or other personalities that more or less resemble the real-life version of that person. These are characters that were made up by the content creator, and are used for purposes of entertainment, rather than influence. Also, these characters must have been originally created for the internet, not television, film or live theatre.

10. Forest Nymph (aka Guy Who Can’t Find His Berries)

This character has only made a few appearances on Vine, but he is not to be forgotten. The mystery of where his berries might be has us on our toes, and I can’t seem to un-watch the way he licks an orange in this vine compliation.

9. Moq (aka Julien Solomita)

If there was an award for someone who never breaks character, Julien would win in a mothaf**king landslide. Moq is always appropriately dressed for stealing the scene, and honestly I don’t seem to watch the incredible Jenna Marbles when Moq is in her videos.

8. Petunia and Giggles (Happy Tree Friends)

These cute friends have been in my life since I came across Youtube, and they have stalked my nightmares ever since. The lemonade stand skit that featured these two always has me cringing on new levels. WARNING: IT IS NOT FOR SQUEAMISH VIEWERS.

7. Gayle (aka Chris Fleming)

When I watched his most popular video “Company is Coming”, my laughter overtook my ability to stand up. I had no control. The relatable, dramatic and clever performance Fleming gives as Gayle gave me the courage to work on physical acting in my own creative process.

6. Fake Marzia (aka Pewdiepie’s editor Brad)

This one is just brilliant. If you watch Pewdiepie on a regular basis, his editors have become some what of a meme unto themselves. Moreover, when you see a guy wearing ponytails and he manages to have multiple nip-slips, you’ll wish you were dating Marzia too.

5. Carmelita (aka Jason Nash)

Another gender-bending character, Carmelita takes prostitution seriously and I couldn’t be more on board. Jason’s improv skills and commitment to embarrassing himself in the streets of Hollywood are fantastic in David Dobrik’s videos. I mean, we gotta give it to him for walking in those heels.

4. Biscuit Ballerina (aka Shelby Williams)

As a wannabe ballerina myself, this character hits so close to home. As she sickles her way through Instagram videos, I can’t help but feel her pain. And yet she performs with such grace and poise, who really cares that her alignment is totally out of wack? I just hope my ballet teachers don’t think I look like her…

And now for my Top 3!

3. Fred (aka Lucas Cruikshank)

The original Youtube icon. The teenager that sounded worse than Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. The lover of all things Judy. If you didn’t hear about this guy in 2008 you lived under a sad, dark rock. Even though the actor and creator, Lucas Cruikshank, has moved on to other types of videos, I have a soft place in my heart for Fred and his weird screams in kiddy pools. And looking back, he dealt with a lot of serious issues like a complex family life, sexuality and dental hygiene. The screaming may actually be a metaphor for how confusing male adolescence can be. Here’s a quote to get nostalgia flowing through your brain: “My mom got mad at me yesterday because I ate all of the dirt out of the vacuum cleaner.”

2. Miranda Sings (aka Colleen Ballinger)

The only still-active character to make my Top 3, Miranda’s essence has so many levels that describing her as one thing would be insulting. She would call me the rudest sinner to ever walk the world. With her iconic singing style and outlandish self-confidence, Miss Sings takes the Youtube community by its “chesticles” and demands their attention. It’s actually impossible to miss her due to her overdrawn lips and sloppy posture. I am so awed by her personality that dressed as her for Halloween once and paraded around my old high school. I felt invincible. Most notably, Miranda has an impressive list of “baes” that treat her with the utmost loyalty. As of the release of this post, her boyfriends are: Joey Graceffa, Ricky Dillon, Tyler Oakley, Shane Dawson, Joe Thatcher, Flula Borg, Connor Franta, and Alfie Deyes. Wow. The fact that she is able to balance all those men is astonishing. My absolute favourite video of hers is when she reacts to Ariana Grandé’s “Focus” music video. It rips me to shreds of laughter as she comments on the acclaimed singer’s technique and dance moves. Well done Colleen! Please don’t go away anytime soon.

Honourable Mentions: Tiny Mouth (Mamrie Hart), Charlie the Unicorn (Jason Steele), Shananay (Shane Dawson), Storytime Narrator (Thomas Saunders)

1. Filthy Frank (aka George Miller)

WARNING: FILTHINESS IS AT A MAXIMUM HERE. This is without a doubt the number one character on my list. It was so easy to put this a**hole at the top because Filthy Frank’s behaviour is an extremity within itself. The development of this character continues past just being an aggressive, crude, judgemental prick: All of his videos are connected into one timeline (see reddit thread explaining the theory here). He, the master behind Frank’s blunt attitude, built an empire with his channel and even though it was active for 9 years, his legacy lives on to this day. Original creator of the Harlem Shake, Filthy Frank was never afraid to speak his mind and comment on pop culture. He even used green-screen graphics so that fans could superimpose his “It’s Time to Stop” skit for memes. Although he now goes by the stage name Joji, I will always look up to his bravery to be who he wanted to be. Sometimes, the world needs to hear the truth, however offensive it may be.