All of my students are obsessed with Disney’s Frozen. They constantly sing the songs together – and they’re college students around 20 years old… I figured there must be something to this movie, and also wanted to stay relevant, so I gave it a view. I know I’m late to the review table, but here are my thoughts anyway.
Frozen is a well-crafted story that breaks some of the typical Disney mold. For most of the movie, the main character Anna is also the main villain to whom the audience can relate and sympathize – a more complicated approach than the usual Disney film. A surprise plot twist later reveals Hans to be the true villain. The most progressive part of the plot, though, is that the two sisters, Anna and Elsa, are saved by each other. The sisters are each others’ heroes – they don’t need a knight in shining armor to save them. They have the support of Kristoff and Olaf the snowman, but those relationships are not so lopsided – they are strong and capable women. As a Christian, I like the knight in shining armor imagery found in other Disney films – Jesus rescues us, helpless as we are. But that imagery is appropriately applied between God and man, not between man and woman, a point well-made in the telling of Frozen.
Despite Frozen’s effort to break some of Disney’s typical plot lines, I’m disappointed that its characters were exclusively white. My friends of color don’t see themselves in this movie, nor do they see themselves in all but a few of Disney’s productions. As a white person, this continues to be an embarrassment for me, and it should be for Disney as well.
What did you like or dislike about Frozen? Comment below!