The Chinese New Year this year goes from February 5th – March 5th. I will be posting 6 of my favorite fictional rats or rat moments from film and books.
According to legend there was a race to determine the animals of the Zodiac. The rat was supposed to wake up cat, but didn’t-that’s why cats chase and kill mice and rats. Everyone knows you don’t make a cat angry:
The rat got the Ox to give him a ride, and was supposed to be number two-but btrayed the ox’s kindness by jumping off and crossing the finish line.
What a rat!
Years of the Rat are 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, and 2032. Rats are quick-witted, resourceful, have imagination, and sharp observations.
Rats represent working hard and thriftiness, so “Rats” year are thought to be wealthy and prosperous.
Rats are most compatible with an Ox, Rabbit, or Dragon. They do bad with Goats/Sheep.
So now onto the countdown.
6) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
In this Indiana Jones adventure, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is on the search for his dad (Sean Connery) and the Holy Grail. His father had been searching for the artifact and disappeared, causing Indy to pick up the trail. He picks up where his dad left off in Venice with Dr. Elsa Schneider, discovering a clue to the Grail. He continues from there to save his dad on the Austria-Hungary border, and discovers a betrayal stemming all the way from the Nazis
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: In the Catacombs
I love this as it is reminiscent of the first film with the snakes, and is just so memorable, although I couldn’t find a clip of it. 😦
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Giselle is sent to the real world by the evil queen who doesn’t want her to marry her stepson, Prince Edward, and take her place. She is found by Robert Phillips and his daughter who take her in. Robert is a divorce lawyer, (and divorced himself), who doesn’t believe in true love, fairy tales, etc-pretty much anything romantic is nonsense. But the longer Giselle stays, the more things are change. Robert is starts to relax and realize that he doesn’t need to be serious and bitter all the time, he’s letting down all the walls he created to keep himself from being hurt again. Giselle is also growing; she is becoming more sure of herself, independent, etc. When Prince Edward finds her and is ready to take her back to Andalasia, she doesn’t quite want to go. Could her fairy tale be the “real world” instead of the fantasy world?
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: Happy Working Song
This scene is so cute, with all the animals cleaning up the house. Just plain hilarious as it is a nod to the earlier films with the princesses, or soon-to-be ones, have animal friends.
4) The Princess Bride
Westley is a farmboy who is in love with Buttercup. He goes away to make his fortune, but is kidnapped and killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. With him dead, Buttercup decides to never love again. She is picked to be Prince Humperdinck’s bride as he is planning to marry a commoner to have the people love him, and she doesn’t care anymore. But his plan to marry her is thwarted when a group of men kidnap the princess (men he hired so he could start a war with the neighboring country)-but she is saved by the Dread Pirates Roberts who turns out to be Westley! Will they be stopped by the prince? Or will they get their fairytale ending?
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: ROUS
This scene is fantastic! They make it through all the obstacles in the fire swamp, only to have Rodents of Unusual Size come running through and attacking them.
3) Charlotte’s Web
Fern saves the runt of the litter from being made into morning’s breakfast and is given him, Wilbur, to take care of, him staying at her uncle’s farm. She loves her pig, but soon grows up and doesn’t seem to care for the pig anymore. Fern’s uncle and aunt decide it is time for him to be made into dinner, but poor Wilbur doesn’t want to die. He has befriended an amazing spider named Charlotte and she sets out on a plan to save him.
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: Templeton
I LOVE Templeton, he’s so sarcastic and funny. One of my favorite scenes is when he goes to the carnival and eats and eats and eats. He’s not a huge character in the film or book, but I couldn’t imagine the story without him.
2) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Series
One of the best movies to come out of my childhood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starts off with reporter April O’Neil who’s not afraid to speak the truth, even if it means people will be unhappy. One such group, the Foot, attack her-but luckily Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saves her ad takes her to their home in the sewer. Four turtles, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello- and a rat, Splinter, were all changed by radioactive ooze. Splinter raised them and trained them to be ninjas, using the moves he learned from his master. They all work together to try and stop the foot, especially after Splinter is kidnapped.
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: Splinter
Splinter is an amazing father and teacher to his children. He adopted these four turtles and has done everything he could to take care of them, help them, love them, and provide for them as a single father. He would be number one, except Ratigan is just an amazingly elegant villain.
1) The Great Mouse Detective
I LOOOOOOVE this movie! A twist on Sherlock Holmes, this Disney film shows us the classic Doyle characters as mice! Basil of Baker Street is the world’s greatest mouse detective and starts off on a case, with Dr. Dawson, and has to match wits with his arch-nemesis, Ratigan.
Favorite Rat/Rat Moment: Ratigan
This guy is the best evil villain ever! He’s so elegant, debonair, and has such style and the best villain song. And he is played by Vincent Price.
For the 2019 post, go to Here Piggy, Piggy: Chinese New Year
For the 2018 post, go to A Dog’s Life: Chinese New Year
For the 2017 post, go to Nobody calls me Chicken: Chinese New Year
For the 2016 post, go to A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year
For the 2015 post, go to Well I Feel Sheepish: Chinese New Year
For the 2014 post, go to A Horse’s Tale: Chinese New Year
For the 2013 list, go to Snakes on a Post: Chinese New Year