(Early) Saturday Something: Todrick Hall

Lance Bass as Prince Charming“Saturday” has come a little early this week …

By now, you’ve probably seen Beauty and the Beat, an amazingly epic parody of the village scene in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. (If you haven’t, just wait … it’s embeded a little further down this post.)

The star of that Internet gem is a ghetto-fied Belle, the brainchild of brilliant artist and former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall.

Turns out, Belle isn’t the only princess who’s taken up residence in Toddy’s head.

Earlier this week, Hall’s newest Disney-inspired parody popped onto my radar, this time a Cinderella parody entitled CinderFella. A knife-sharp, tongue-in-cheek plug for legalizing love, it literally had me squealing with delight.

Check it out: 

From Cinder’s modern take on a Nehru jacket (in baby blue, of course) to the saucy Fairy Godmother and deliciously bitchy stepmom Janice Dickinson to the mashup of classic Disney tunes with modern pop megahits, have you ever seen anything so pitch perfect? Without even looking at the message, it is a wonderful re-imagining of the story we all grew up with.

Of course, the message is the whole point: love is love. And if you didn’t get the point from the fact that Cinder’s a dude (clink), the princesses taking to the dance floor together certainly drives it home. The author’s message at the end of the film takes it over the top: “I think that love is as classic as this fairy tale. It’s time for us to legalize love in all shapes and colors.”

It’s a fun, funny, beautiful parody. And it has a Mean Girls moment. And Lance Bass (ehem … The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Charming) quirks his eyebrow. So it’s pretty much the best thing ever.

Of course, there must be more than this old hood rat life.

Hall’s first Disney parody was the impeccable Beauty and the Beat. If you haven’t seen it, you are going to love it! And if you have, it bears repeated viewings.

On Mouse on the Mind, we have a category designation called “Disney in the Real World,” and we’ve used it for things like Pixar stamps and the real-life inspiration for Cinderella Castle. But this video marks the first time it’s ever really fit. This is Disney in the real world!!

What’s good? Do you prefer one of Hall’s masterworks over the other? Let us know in the comments! 

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