From: Kingdom Hearts
Genre: Video Games
Who said it?: Ansem
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the action RPG game Kingdom Hearts. The game is notable for being a crossover between video game juggernaut Square, the company that makes the Final Fantasy games, and Disney. In Kingdom Hearts, you control a new character named Sora, who partners with Disney characters Donald Duck and Goofy. The trio travel to different worlds populated by both Final Fantasy and Disney characters in order to rid the world of the Heartless.
The quote comes early in the game. As Sora (voiced by Haley Joel Osment) explores Destiny Island, he comes across a figure hiding in the shadows. The figure, who is actually the primary antagonist, Ansem (voiced by Billy Zane), chides Sora as he knows so little about the predicament that’s afflicting the other worlds. Sora then replies that he’ll learn about the world soon. This is when Ansem tells Sora that all his effort will be for naught and delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: A lot of us think we know practically everything in the world and what’s happening. In reality, we know so little about the things around us as we don’t fully understand them. Rather than pretend we know everything, we have to accept that we all need to learn new things to better ourselves. Knowledge is power, after all.
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: The Peddler
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes the 1992 animated Disney film, Aladdin. The film is a “sanitized” version of the original story but does cover the broad strokes or a “street rat” who uses a magic Genie to try to win the affections of a princess while fighting off an evil wizard.
The quote comes at the beginning of the film where we see a Peddler (voiced by Robin Williams, who also happened to voice the Genie) talks to the viewer and tries to sell you various objects. He then tries to sell you a seemingly ordinary lamp but, as the quote suggests, the lamp is more than it seems…
Fun Fact: It was supposed to be revealed at the end of the film that the Peddler was the Genie in disguise, which is why Robin Williams voiced both characters but was changed during its development.
Geek wisdom: There’s an old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s so easy to give a foolish first impression because of how something or someone looks. But it’s only until we really delve into something and give that person or thing a chance when we can understand its real worth.
From: Gravity Falls
Who said it?: Mabel Pines
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from the rather short lived but much beloved animated series, Gravity Falls. The show follows twins Dipper Pines and Mabel Pines as they vacation in the sleepy town of Gravity Falls with their great-uncle/grunkle Stan. On the surface, the town seems like your regular (backwater) town, but underneath the surface are different supernatural things and the twins gradually discover the town’s darker secrets…
The quote comes from the impulsive of the twins, Mabel Pines (voice by Kristen Schaal). At the end of the first episode and their first adventure, Grunkle Stan (voiced by show creator Alex Hirsch) gives the twins any item that they want in the shop for free. Dipper (voiced by Jason Ritter) picks a cap while Mabel roots in a box and selects a grappling hook.
Throughout the majority of the season, the grappling hook is never put to good use and Dipper actually mentions that it’s caused more trouble than it’s worth. However, Mabel’s grappling hook does eventually proves its worth…
Geek wisdom: Some things may seem useless at the start and you may feel that it’s better to get rid of it. However, it is possible that item just hasn’t proven to be useful yet and can prove to be invaluable at the start. Try to always look at the intrinsic value of an item and not take things at face value.
From: The Lion King
Who said it?: Pumbaa and Simba
The story behind the quote: This week’s quote comes from The Lion King. This is actually the third time I’m getting a quote from this classic Disney film but that just goes to show you how memorable this film has become.
The quote comes from the middle of the Hakuna Matata number. After Simba leaves the Pridelands, he stumbles across Timon, a meerkat voiced by Nathan Lane and Pumbaa, a warthog voiced by Ernie Sabella. The duo shows the young lion that their sole source of food and protein comes from bugs. This initially disgusts Simba but, after trying one, he does agree to how the grubs fill his empty stomach.
Geek wisdom: There may be things that may seem distasteful initially, But, once you get used to it, you may actually grow to love it. So go ahead and try something new. You may never know it but you may actually find something you really like in something you initially thought to be disgusting.
From: Phineas and Ferb
Genre: Cartoons, Television
Who said it?: Phineas
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb. The show revolves around Phineas and Ferb, two brothers who, thanks to their inventive minds as well as engineering skills, manage to create and build various fantastical object in order to enjoy themselves during their summer vacation. Their sister, Candace, always wants to “bust [her] brothers” by telling on them to their mom. However, Phineas and Ferb’s creations usually vanish before their mom arrives. This is usually due to some mishap, usually caused by their pet platypus, Perry, who also a secret agent, and his nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
The quote is usually spoken by Phineas, who, in each episode, exclaims it to his brother Ferb when he comes up with a plan on what their plans are for the day.
The clip below actually comes from “Rollercoaster: The Musical”… because I couldn’t really find a good clip where Phineas delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We just love to postpone things. We always come up with various excuses why we don’t do our chores or start that project we’ve always dreamed of doing. We like to say we don’t have the time or we want to get all our ducks in a row before we do it. However, things will never get done unless we start it.
Actually, this blog is a testament of biting the bullet and actually starting it. I envisioned My Geek Wisdom a long time ago and, after months of contemplation, it was released roughly five years ago on September 4. I wouldn’t be doing this for five years already if I hadn’t started then. So, don’t waste time and seize the day!
From: The Lion King
Who said it?: Timon and Pumbaa
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the animated Disney film, The Lion King. The film is about a young lion cub named Simba, who, after years of self-exile, decides to return to his homeland to assert his birthright as the king of the Pride Lands. The Lion King is one of Disney’s most successful animated films and has actually become the basis for a Broadway musical as well as a couple of animated series, one of them featuring Timon (voiced by Nathan Lane) and Pumbaa (voice by Ernie Sabella), the characters that delivered this week’s quote.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. After Simba leaves the Pride Lands, he comes across Timon and Pumbaa, a merekat and a warthog. The duo, feeling sorry for the young lion cub, decide to take him in and teach Simba their own personal motto of having no cares… in a rousing musical number,
Geek wisdom: Like the song says, Hakuna Matata means no worries. There are going to be problems but that doesn’t mean you have to fret over them. You either can do something about it (which means there’s no need to worry about it) or you can’t (which means it’s useless to worry about it).
From: The Lion King
Who said it?: Rafiki
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from the Disney classic, The Lion King. The film focuses on Simba, a young lion who, after being tricked by his uncle into believing he is the cause of his father’s death, exiles himself. He then realizes the deception and returns to reclaim his kingdom. The movie has become one of Disney’s most beloved movies and has been re-released in theaters and has become the basis of several sequels, cartoon series and even a Broadway musical.
The quote comes near the end of The Lion King. Simba (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is now an adult but is wary of going back because he still believes he is the reason why his father is dead. The shaman monkey, Rafiki (voiced by Robert Guillaume) then conks Simba on the head. Simba asks why Rafiki did it because it hurts. That’s when the wise monkey delivers the quote.
Geek wisdom: We all have something that we’ve done that we have regretted. We’ve all committed these mistakes and that’s totally fine. However, if we keep on doing these mistakes, that’s when it becomes bad. We can either learn from the past or be doomed to repeat our mistakes.
From: Big Hero 6
Who said it?: Baymax
The story behind the quote: This quote comes from the most recent Disney animated film Big Hero 6. Technically, the movie’s origins stem from a fairly obscure Marvel comic of the same name. However, the film takes a lot of liberties with the original comic so it can be taken on its own.
The story is about a young genius inventor named Hiro. His older brother, Tadashi, dies trying to rescue people from a fire. While in a state of depression, the boy accidentally activates Baymax, an android invented by Tadashi who main function is to assist people with medical concerns. Hiro then discovers that someone is using one of his own inventions for evil purposes and outfits Baymax and his friends with high-tech armor to take down the villain and possibly avenge his brother’s death.
The quote comes from the middle of the film. Hiro and Baymax have returned from battling the main antagonist but were unsuccessful in stopping him due to Baymax’s “healthcare” chip prevents him from killing. Hiro, determined to remove the chip, pleads with Baymax to open his port. Baymax relents as he thinks Tadashi wouldn’t approve. Hiro breaks down and exclaims that Tadashi is gone. But Baymax says he isn’t…
Geek wisdom: We’ve all experience the loss of a loved one. People die; it’s a sad fact of life. But just because that person is not alive anymore doesn’t mean that he or she cannot still be a part of our life anymore. As long as you remember that person, your loved one can still be alive.
Just because someone is gone doesn’t mean you should forget about them. Keep their memory alive.
From: Meet The Robinsons
Genre: Movies, Cartoons
Who said it?: The Robinsons Family
The story behind the quote: The quote comes from Disney/Pixar’s Meet The Robinsons. The film is about a boy named Lewis, an aspiring child inventor that hasn’t had that much success. During a science fair, he meet Wilbur Robinson, a boy who claims to come from the future. Wilbur enlists the help of Lewis as he’s the only one that can help him repair his time machine and assist him in the capture of the mysterious “bowler hat” guy who has stolen a more advance prototype time machine and will use it to destroy the current timeline.
The quote, actually The Robinson’s family motto, is said several times. However, the motto is most remembered in one scene where Lewis attempts to repair a gadget. Unfortunately, the gadget malfunctions and creates a colossal mess. Lewis tries to apologies as he expects The Robinsons to get angry. However, the family reacts in the opposite way…
Geek wisdom: It’s very easy to give up when you fail. After all, you’ve didn’t succeed in your task, so why bother even trying? But the thing is we shouldn’t get discouraged from our mistakes and we shouldn’t give up. Rather, we should learn from our mistakes! It’s actually okay to commit mistakes. What’s not okay is we keep repeating the same mistakes and not learn from them.
From: Wreck-It Ralph
Who said it?: Various video game baddies
The story behind the quote: Wreck-It Ralph is a CGI Disney movie released in 2012. The titular character is a “bad guy” in a fictional video game called Fix-It Felix, Jr. Ralph’s job in the game is to wreck an apartment building while the “good guy,” Fix-It Felix, Jr., fixes whatever he destroys. Being the villain of the game (and since his job is to wreck the building), no one in the apartment complex really likes Ralph. Wanting acceptance, he believes that, if he gets a medal just like the one Felix gets when be beats the game, he will finally earn some respect.
The quote comes early in the movie where Ralph attends a Bad Guy support group which other video game villains like Zangief (?) and M. Bison from the Street Fighter series and Clyde from Pac-Man meet. At the end of the meeting, after Ralph expresses his want to stop being the bad guy, they stand up and give the Bad Guy Affirmation.
Geek wisdom: A lot of people miss the point of the quote. It’s actually okay to try to better yourself. The message here is more of accepting oneself for who we are and not how others think of you. In fact, the last line of the Bad Guy Affirmation says this pretty clearly: There’s no one I’d rather be than me.
There are a lot of people that are not satisfied with their race, color, gender or whatever. And they hate themselves for it.
You are who you are. Trying to pretend that you’re something else is not the answer. The best thing to do is to accept who you are and love yourself because you are unique and special because of what you are.