After watching the Disney Channel movie Invisible Sister last month, I might justifiably have forgotten the two leads, given the sheer volume of Product generated by the Mouse Machine. It didn’t happen that way, perhaps because Rowan Blanchard, who played younger sister Cleo, has something of an activist bent, and what she’s up to occasionally makes news, by my current (and perhaps arguable) definition of “news.”
So I was reading one of these pieces, which casually mentioned that Blanchard was five-foot-five. This startled me: I remember big sister Molly (Paris Berelc) seeming to tower over Cleo in some scenes. How tall must she be? It took a few seconds, but eventually I came up with a number: she’s 5’3″.
Which, of course, meant that I’d just naturally assumed that Big Sister would perforce be bigger than Little Sister. Cursed literalism.
This isn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with this, either: Linda Cardellini (Velma) is way taller than Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), which put the 2002 Scooby-Doo film very much at odds with the TV series’ Known Universe.
To some extent, this misapprehension of mine had to have been encouraged by possibly misleading posters:
And it never occurred to me to question what I could see. By now, I should know better than that.