Do Disney Villains like Valentine's Day? Absolutely not, but they do like “Villaintine’s Day,” as told in a new picture book for kids called Disney Villains: Will You Be My Villaintine? It comes with 8 themed tear-away “Villaintine” cards that can be given away to friends and classmates, each depicting a villain from the book.
The premise of the book is that the sidekicks of 10 Disney Villains are celebrating Valentine’s Day the best way they know how, by sending poems of praise and adoration to their masters. The villains and sidekicks included are:
- To Ursula, From Flotsam and Jetsam (from The Little Mermaid)
- To Jafar, From Iago (from Aladdin)
- To The Queen of Hearts, From The Card Soldiers (from Alice in Wonderland)
- To Cruella, From Horace and Jasper (from 101 Dalmatians)
- To Scar, From Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (from The Lion King)
- To Captain Hook, From Mr. Smee (from Peter Pan)
- To The Queen, From Magic Mirror (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
- To Maleficent, From The Raven (from Sleeping Beauty)
- To Dr. Facilier, From Your Shadow (from The Princess and the Frog)
- To Gaston, From LeFou (from Beauty and the Beast)
Each rhyming poem incorporates elements of the villain’s story or ambitions, each very creative. The Card Soldiers, for example, incorporate elements of their suit in their address to the Queen of Hearts. Aimed at kids, the book omits some of the darker details of the Disney Villains, renaming Maleficent’s pet from Diablo (Spanish for Devil) and even shortening Cruella De Vil’s name, although her poem from Horace and Jasper does include her last name.
For the kids who love Disney’s biggest baddies, Disney Villains: Will You Be My Villaintine? is a fun way to celebrate the mushiest of holidays. For all it’s anti-Valentine’s Day esthetic, the cover includes glittery accent hearts and the tear-away Valentine cards are perfect for sharing with friends and classmates. Recommended for ages 6 and up, kids who love Disney Villains will get a kick out of this.
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Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.