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Disney Channel and twins: a love story

6 Aug

Have you been watching Disney Channel lately? I have. Don’t judge me, I’ve had a lot of free time and I’m someone kinda lazy who wishes she was 8 years old once again. Therefore, yes, I have been watching a lot of TV and a lot of Disney Channel- let’s say it is to stay young at heart. Anyway, I noticed that these days on Disney Channel- and I mean Disney Channel France, we have the french channels in Mauritius- there are a lot of twins. That’s when I realised that since I started watching TV, about 14 years ago, there were never no twins on Disney Channel. They must really like this concept. Probably because people like twins, it’s twice as much fun and cuteness and there’s this double trouble thing also.

Anyways, if you don’t believe there have been many twins on this channel, I decided to make a list :p

*Note: This list was made in an approximate chronological order and by twin pair, meaning if the subtitle mention a show starring a particular pair of twin, any other project starring them will be mentioned under that subtitle and not another.

#1. The Parent Trap

I know this 1998 movie doesn’t star actual twins but back in the days I used to think Lindsay Lohan really had a twin sister. I was 3 years old, don’t blame me, then later on I read in a magazine how the movie was made and I was even more impressed by Lohan’s acting. I used to wonder if sometimes she wished she had a real twin, I know I wish I did. These were the good ol’ days when Lohan, playing Hallie Parker and Annie James, was still the young promising actress we all loved. ‘The Parent Trap’ is one of my all time favourite movies and it is not one of those movies that you stop enjoying once you grow up. I mean, when will this ever cease to be funny?

and by 'this' I meant this

and by ‘this’ I meant this

Never.

Aaah this blond gold-digger…I don’t remember her name but I know it did not take as much as lizard on her face to freak her out.

the parent trap

I hope I find my secret twin already, there are so many people I want to freak out.

#2. Sister, Sister

This series, starring the twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, aired on ABC from 1994 to 1999 then later on Disney Channel aired the episodes between 2002 and 2007, meaning on the french channels there must have been a lag of about a year. Nevertheless I was really young when this used to air and since there have not been a lot of re-runs I have not many vivid memories of this show…except for its theme song of course. There were a lot of them, I remember the season 3 to 4 one best and I found a video on YouTube that lets us watch them all in HD. Yay!

While ‘Sister, Sister’ was airing on Disney Channel, they apparently couldn’t miss the opportunity to use the twin concept some more, therefore leading to a couple of Original Disney Channel movies, namely ‘Twitches‘ in 2005 and its sequel ‘Twitches Too‘ in 2007. Magical twins from another world who live on Earth and never meet until a little before they turn 21. This show and movies featured the one of only two pair of twins with different surnames, unless you count the twitches birth name: Apolla and Artemis DuBaer.

twitches

All I can say is the idea of identical twins who have no idea they have a twin, live their life peacefully and suddenly meet their biological doppelganger later on in life by pure coincidence is popular, to say the least. But it is entertaining and adding a magic twist cannot hurt.

#3. Kim Possible

Okay, this series was not about the crazy adventures of twins but one must not forget Jim and Tim, Kim Possible’s younger identical twins siblings. How can one even forget their “hicka-bicka-boo” “hoo-sha”? How can one say the Tweebs were not an awesome and absolutely cute part of this show?? Simple, one cannot.

 

Adorable. Hard to imagine these two were  the young scientists and mechanical geniuses that they were.

Adorable. Hard to imagine these two were the young scientists and mechanical geniuses that they were.

#4. The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Finally a pair of identical non-animated twins that grew up together: Zack and Cody Martin! These blond-heads started charming us with their cuteness back in 2005 as they unleashed mayhem in the Tipton Hotel of  Boston. I must admit I had a crush on Cody, because he was smart. I like that. Zack wasn’t bad either. I cannot say I wasn’t happy to see them back on Disney Channel in The Suite Life on Deck in 2008…and to see that puberty had done a good job. The cute little faces hadn’t gone through a ‘Macaulay Culkin’ transition, meaning their twin-ness was still exploitable. Not that I am complaining.

zackandcody

We must also not forget that while the suite life was airing, the Sprouse twins also starred in ‘Modern Twain Story: The Prince and The Pauper‘ in 2007 and later on finally got their ‘The Suite Life Movie‘ in 2011. That was some extra twin-awesomeness for us.

#5. The High School Musical Movies

You may not really follow me on that one and that’s understandable. It wasn’t until years after the last HSM movie was produced and aired that I realised that Sharpay and Ryan Evans were fraternal twinsies. I knew they were siblings and I did realise they were in the same grade but never did the twin idea really cross my mind. If you were like me and didn’t already know about these two then, I guess now the coordinated outfits, the chemistry and synchronisation all make a lot more sense.

Especially hard to believe when you know they spent 9 months in the same womb.

Especially hard to believe when you know they spent 9 months in the same womb.

Seriously though, casting Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel for these roles was a perfect choice. That’s probably when Disney Channel realised they did not need to cast real life twins to continue exploring- and exploiting a bit- the universe of twins onscreen. This is even more apparent in the more recent Disney Channel Original shows below.

#6. Liv & Maddie

This show started airing on Disney Channel in 2013 and it stars Dove Cameron as she plays both Liv and Maddie Rooney, identical twins who don’t have much in common except their appearance. This seems to be a bit of wink to ‘The Parent Trap’. Liv is a starlet, freshly back home from Hollywood she has to find her place again in the family and rekindle her relationship with her three siblings, namely her twin sister Maddie, a tomboyish myopic for whom sports and competition are huge parts of her life.

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I cannot help but like this show. It is still on its first season and still has this innocence Disney shows have at the beginning but what I find refreshing is how the script is written to make the protagonists, Liv and Maddie, actually nice to each other. They try to be nice to each other, to help and please each other…it really is a change to see Disney onscreen siblings not be jerks to each other like on ‘Hannah Montana’ or ‘The Wizards of Waverly Place’. Maybe it is just because they are twins- but then Zack wasn’t exactly sweet to Cody most of the time- but I hope the love will last longer than the first season.

Oh and Dove Cameron’s acting makes it seem like she has a promising career in front of her. This girl knows her job. I know I am not a movie critic but I believe I’ve watched enough movies and TV shows to recognise bad acting, and this is not it.

#7. I Didn’t Do It

Honestly, I did not think I would like ‘I Didn’t Do It’ but then I kinda found myself in Lindy- the nerd- so let’s just say that if I turn on the TV and this show is on I won’t switch channels unless I absolutely know there is something I really love on another channel at that time. The twins on this show are Logan and Lindy Watson, fraternal twins played by Austin North and Olivia Holt. See what I meant by not having to cast actual twins to play twins anymore?

ididntdoit

The twins are obviously the blonds. How many times have the twins on Disney Channel been blonds? A lot. Excluding Tia and Tamera, we never had brunette twins. It is as if Disney doesn’t know this species exist in real life too- referring to Jim and Tim Possible here.

#8. Gravity Falls

New pair of twins in an animated TV show aaaaand they are dark haired. I’m seriously freaked out, maybe they do only exist in the animated world of Disney Channel! Then I have zero hope of finding my secret twin someday 😦 *breathe in, breathe out* Anyway, welcome Mabel and Dipper Pines to the big twin family of Disney!

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I absolutely love Gravity Falls, because it does not make a lot of sense but the main character actually realises this and is as ‘freaked out’ as me. So in the end it is not a big pack on nonsense, more like a big pack of weird mysteries. Do you get what I mean? No? Yes? It doesn’t matter, I won’t change my mind. Their supernatural universe full of vampires, dinosaurs, latino mermen, marriage-obsessed gnomes and weirdly cute triangular demons to say the least, is one I really like.

The Pines close my twin list of Disney Channel. I wonder when they will find a new pair of real life twins to use on a show again… I don’t think that will be anytime soon, they have enough twins in their studios to last a while.

If you think I missed a pair, let me know in the comments. You could tell me which is your favourite pair too 😀

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16 reasons why wearing glasses suck

16 Jul

I’ve been wearing glasses ever since I was 9 years old. That means I’ve been wearing glasses for over half of my life. You might think I should have gotten used to it by now, but let me tell you something, there are things you just cannot get used to.

#1. Not finding them

One thing about being really badly short-sighted- everything 10 cm onward away from my face is blurry to me – is that when you lose your glasses, you can’t see them, you can’t see the two thin coloured sticks and the two transparent little panes. It is mission impossible and you have two choices: 1. be weak and ask for help or 2. rely on your other senses and hope you can recognise your glasses cry. Oh yeah, wait, glasses don’t make a noise, so yeah, you can only rely on your sense of touch and start touching everything around you. Every. Single. Surface. Has. To. Be. Covered. Good luck.

me neither, Velma, me neither...

me neither, Velma, me neither…

#2. Rain

Now don’t get me mistaken, I like rain. It’s just that I would probably enjoy rain 100% more if I was not as blind as a bat.

 

speaks for itself

speaks for itself

See what I mean?

#3. Smudges

Smudges are a bit like rain except there’s no way one can enjoy smudges. No way. They are like the nemesis of the myopic.

smudge

 

#4. The tan lines

Those will happen. When you live in a tropical country, like me, it’s just a teeny bit worse. When you are darker-skinned, like my sister, it may get a little bit more than “a teeny bit” worse. She has a lighter line crossing her nose, you know, where the glasses stand and block the sun. My tan lines are a bit different; all the area behind my glasses- I mean even behind the actual glass part- is lighter. If you look at me you will barely notice, but then maybe that’s because I wear an equaliser facial cream. *wink wink*

#5. Idiots

Idiots, meaning those people who find it absolutely hilarious to take your glasses from your face and ask you dumb questions like “how many fingers am I holding up?” or dumber questions like “what colour am I?” I am not even kidding you here. I have been asked those questions, the former more often and even the first time it was not funny. Actually, it is as funny as taking away someone’s wheelchair just to see to what extent they cannot walk. It is not funny.

And for those who legitimately wonder, it’s just blurry. Fingers don’t double and colours don’t change. It’s blurry and we don’t see all the little details, like those old YouTube videos that you can’t switch to HD.

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#6. Other idiots

You know, those people who have perfect vision and want to wear glasses. Some of them are ready to ruin their eyesight to be able to accessorise their eyes. Others just wear glasses with no lenses..or fake glasses that do nothing to improve eyesight but supposedly improve style. If you wear glasses, you know you hate those people. No, just kidding, maybe they are your friends and you don’t “hate hate” them, but you still want to push them off a cliff every time they tell you how lucky you are to wear glasses.

*pushes you off a cliff*

*pushes you off a cliff*

#7. Sunglasses

Because I can’t. All those who do not wear glasses have such a hard time choosing their sunglasses, right? If you go to the mall, for sure there will be sunglasses in all retail stores, clothes stores, make-up stores… The mall I’m most used to is the Bagatelle one and I can tell you there are sunglasses in stores ranging from Aldo. Jennyfer, Ibiza, Woolworth, Sweet Sugar, Truworths, to Mr. Price, Manjoo, Réserve Naturelle and all the supermarkets. Pretty sunglasses can also be found in the markets and even sold by hawkers on the road. And their prices won’t even get you crying, unlike those at actual glasses stores. Those very stores where people who actually wear glasses have to buy theirs because they need to have them adjusted to their crappy eyesight.

#8. 3D glasses at the cinema

I know many people have already complained about the weight of 3D glasses, now imagine what it is like when you have to balance two pairs of glasses on your nose. I can say my nose, and my ears for that matter, enjoy this activity as much as I do. There’s only so much space for one pair, but I cannot say blurry 3D tempts me.

It is annoying, but to watch a good movie I can bear with it. Two hours is not that long, huh?

#9. The pre-kiss anxiety

The big question that people who wears glasses cannot help turning over and over again in their head when they start liking someone who wears glasses too is “will they clash?” They most likely will sometimes and honestly it is not such a big deal when it happens but pre-kiss will always still be a moment doused in apprehension, at least to me.

#10. I can’t hear without my glasses

Well actually, I can. But not as good as with them. I’m not sure if this applies to people other than me, but since it applies to someone it’s on this list. I don’t know if it is because I part lip-read unconsciously or if the glasses’ temples stimulate my ears but I just understand what people say better when I have my glasses on. Which is kinda ridiculous when you think about it, but I’m not thinking about it that much.

#11. Knowing you are most certainly a reject of evolution

We cannot see. Maybe it is in our genes. Maybe it is the result of too much T.V or too much reading books from too near in the dark with just a tiny lamp(guilty!). But if a zombie apocalypse broke out and we lost our glasses while running, we’d be doomed. Because a blurry zombie looks just like a normal person and when we get near enough to notice it IS a zombie we’re doomed. Seeing underwater without glasses is near impossible too. Now imagine losing your glasses in the sea, finding them would be mission impossible upgraded to level 100.

#12. It’s expensive to see

Glasses, more the lenses actually, are expensive. When you start seeing the world blur around you when you have your glasses on, you know it’s time for a check-up, an upgrade and, well, an expense. Again. I’m nearly 19 and I must have changed glasses 10 times. I wonder when my eyesight will stop getting worse. No actually, I wonder if my eyesight will stop getting worse one day.

#13. I don’t know what I look like without glasses

I don’t know, I have a vague idea- more like a blurred idea, haha very punny- of what I look like without glasses. However, that idea is a mix between the completely blurry face I see in the mirror when I do normal stuff like brushing my teeth (and by completely blurry I mean I barely see my eyes and lips and nose) and the very accurate details I see when I put my face inches away from the mirror. That image is not flattering at all. Anyway, this brings up the next problem.

#14. Taking glasses-less selfies is a challenge

Taking pictures of something you cannot see is always a challenge. In the actual case of selfies, I have a method: you just pull a few faces, hope for the best, put on your glasses to check the pictures, delete the pictures, start over 57 more times. Next time someone who wears glasses sends you a selfie of them, say in a bathtub or a pool, with glasses on, do not point out that it is weird. They know. They can’t really help it.

#15. Wearing them when you shave

No matter how bad the eyesight, you don’t really really need them to shave- say, your legs- but you know it is a lot more practical to actually see what you are shaving: less chances to miss something and less chances to cut yourself and not see the blood because it is just a tiny drop. But if you do wear the glasses, chances are they will fog up..or get drops on them, thus re-enacting the ‘rain’ problem.

#16. Peripheral vision and visual distortion

Peripheral vision, meaning if I look at the side without moving my head, the world is blurry. Visual distortion, meaning my eyes look smaller than they actually are because the glass is thick like that.

You know what else? That sexy thing that women(some men do it too though) who wear glasses usually do on T.V or stuff…

THAT thing.

THAT thing.

If I did THAT thing, I would not see you. Maybe it would still be somewhat sexy to you, but I would not see you see me being sexy.

By now, I bet there is only one thing you want to tell me: “JUST GET CONTACT LENSES!!”

Maybe I should. I most probably should. This way I could go scuba diving and play sports with more ease and less glasses slipping down my nose. I would not have that rain problem, or that 3D glasses problem, or that sunglasses problem or any other problem. Thing is, I’m a wimp. When you say “contact lenses” there is only one thing I think about and nothing you say will convince me.

contacts

I’m guessing removing them is tricky too. Falling asleep with them is a ‘no-no’ so no, maybe later when I’ll hate my glasses more. This is probably not gonna happen though since you cannot hate what lets you see. I think.

 

So long my fellow Velmas 😉

Take care.