You Rat!: Chinese New Year

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.

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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. 😦

For more on Indiana Jones, go to I’m So FANcy!

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5) Enchanted

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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.

For more Enchanted, go to I Don’t Dance or Sing, Except When I’m With You: Enchanted (2007)

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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.

For more on The Princess Bride, go to Mawwiage. Mawwiage is What Bwings us Togethew Today

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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.

For more Charlotte’s Web, go to Here Piggy, Piggy: Chinese New Year

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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.

For more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, go to But If Any of It Fell Into the Wrong Hands…:Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, Secret of the Ooze (1991)

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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

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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 more on The Great Mouse Detective and Ratigan, go to Basil of Baker Street: The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

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

Here Piggy, Piggy: Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year this year goes from February 5th – March 5th. I will be posting 9 of my favorite fictional pigs from film and books.

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Years of the Pigs are 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, and 2031. Pigs are realistic, treat themselves well, they are a bit materialistic, hard workers, energetic, and enthusiastic.

Pigs are most compatible with Tigers, as they provide protection and security. They also do well with Rabbits and Goats.

So now onto the countdown.

9) Pigling Bland from The Tale of Pigling Bland by Beatrix Potter

Pigling Bland is sent away from home when there are too many piglets to feed. He and his brother Alexander are headed to market, but Alexander loses his papers and is sent back to the farm. Pigling finds them afterwards and tries to go after him. He ends up running into a farmer who invites him to stay the night at his home. Pigling agrees but is unsure to trust him. After the farmer goes to bed, Pigling discovers another pig there and the two try to escape over the ill anf far away.

***Pigling Bland***

Pigling is a stickler to the rules, kind, caring, intelligent, and all he wanrs os the simple life. He aids Pigwig in her freedom and uses his wits to save the two and escape tp freedom.

For more on Beatrix Potter, go to Bookish Thank You

8) Madmartigan Turns into a Pig from Willow

A prophecy states that a child born with a birthmark will dethrone the evil sorceress, Queen Bavmorda. To stop it from coming to pass she imprisons all pregnant woman to kill them and their children. One child is born and smuggled out, ending up in a village of dwarves. She is found by Willow Ufgood who goes on a quest to try and bring the child to humans to raised by them.

***Madmartigan***

When we first meet the handsome, mercenary Madmartigan, played by Val Kilmer, he is a metaphorical pig. He only cares about himself, is after woman, and just looking for that next pleasurable thing (and freedom from the raven’s cage they put him in.) But as he goes with Willow, we see him change to be a better person. And then the evil sorceress tries to turn him into a pig, but our hero isn’t out for long. He’s saved in the end by Willow, and then takes the baby to raise and care for.

7) Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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.

***Wilbur***

Wilbur is an adorable pig and friend. He’s there for Charlotte and even after her death, cares for her spiders and the generations to come.

6) Henwen from The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander and film The Black Cauldron

In The Book of Three, Taran is a young boy who wishes to be a knight and fight for his country. He is an orphan that has been raised with former sorceror Dalbean and knight Coll. His job is to be the assistant pig-keeper and care for Hen Wen. But to his chagrin, there is more than meets the eye. Hen Wen is an oracular pig and needs protection from the evil Horned King. When he shirks his duties, she is kidnapped and he sets out to save her, meeting a whole cast of other characters.

***Hen Wen***

Hen Wen is a sweet pig that has an amazing power to see the future and reveal where the black cauldron is hidden, the very thing the Horned King desires. She also is fundamental in helping Taran become a man, him learning a lot of humility, responsibility, and that actions-or lack of them-can have serious consequences.

For more on Hen Wen, go to A Hidden Wonder

5) Piglet from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

In the Hundred Acre Woods, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Rabbit, Gopher, and Owl go on all kinds of adventures with their boy, Christopher Robin.

***Piglet***

Piglet is Pooh’s best friend and always there for anyone. He is scared of a lot of things, but his fear doesn’t keep him from being the most loyal creature in the woods. Even when Owl tries to take his house for Eeyore, Piglet doesn’t stop them-but is willing to give it up for his pal. From taking part in Pooh’s schemes to being there for all-he’s a wonderful pig.

For more on Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, go to 25 More Films of Christmas

4) Porky Pig from Looney Tunes

Looney Tunes is a collection of silly shorts and fun cartoons.

***Porky Pig***

Such a big part of my childhood, he had to go on her. I can’t remember what it would be like without the stuttering-that’s all folks.

For more Looney Tunes, go to Nobody calls me Chicken: Chinese New Year 

3) Lester from Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle-eccentric, childcaretaker, pirate bride-is back with her upside down house, more animal friends, and more tonics and cure-alls for children’s bad behavior. Yes, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle knows kids and has a chest full of all kinds of tonics and cures for bad behavior such as: I-THOUGHT-YOU-SAIDERS, TATTLETALERS, BAD TABLE MANNERS, INTERRUPTERS, HEEDLESS BREAKERS, I-NEVER-WANT-TO-GO-TO-SCHOOLERS, and WADDLE-I-DOERSThese are amazing books that I grew up read and just LOVE!

***Lester***

Lester is Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s pet pig and he is adorable, sweet, kind, caring, and has the best table manners. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle lends him out to families who’s kids are awful eaters. He is polite, clean, charming, and helps with household chores. Once you have him in your house you won’t want him to leave!

2) Hamm from the Toy Story Series

I’m sure all of you know the plot to this, but just in case…When you were a kid did you ever think that your toys came to life when you were gone and moved around on their own? Well in Toy Story they address the question that every kid was wondering and say, “yes, they do”.

Whenever Andy leaves his room his toys come to life. These toys are lead by a cowboy named Woody (Tom Hanks). As the family is moving, Andy’s birthday party is moved up and he gets lots of space type things, including a new space toy, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). Woody becomes jealous as he is demoted from Andy’s favorite toy, and everyone in the toy chest is going ga-ga over Buzz. One day Woody accidentally knocks Buzz outside Andy’s window. He and the other toys believe that Woody killed him, the other toys believing he did it on purpose. Woody is saved when Andy takes him along on his family’s trip to dinner. While his mom is filling up the tank who should show up? A very angry Buzz seeking revenge. Buzz survived the fall and snuck into the car. As the two fight, Andy and his mom leave for the resturant. Woody hatches a plan to get them there as well,  but they are unfortunately picked up by Andy’s next door neighbor Sid, a sadistic toy torturer. During this time period Buzz has a breakdown as he realizes that he is not a real spaceman, but just a toy. Now it is up to Woody to pull Buzz together and for the two of them to figure out a way to get back to Andy before he moves and is gone forever.

***Hamm***

This wisecracking, sarcastic, tough piggy bank was one of my favorite characters. I loved it so much that I got my own Hamm piggy bank and still use it. He hilarious, fun, and such a childhood and adulthood favorite.

For more Toy Story, go to Well I Feel Sheepish: Chinese New Year

1) Miss Piggy from The Muppets

The Muppets were a variety show with a colorful cast of characters.

***Miss Piggy***

Miss Piggy was the best. She was my ultimate favorite character as a child. Beautiful, charming, forceful, powerful-and won’t let anyone treat her bad. I have to admit I loved when she would karate chop someone and “hiya-ed” more than I probably should have. She was such an influence on me and my personality. The best!

For more on The Muppets, go to T.N.T.

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