Disney releases forward-thinking film in ‘Frozen’

February 13, 2014 6:18 AMComments Off

Column by Bridget Fahey

BridgetFahey-w2000-h2000Disney has recently come out with its most progressive movie ever, “Frozen.”

For those of you living under a rock, this movie tells the tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who are princesses of the kingdom of Arendelle.

After concealing her ice-magic her entire life, Elsa accidentally sets off an eternal winter as she runs away from her kingdom, leaving Anna to chase after her in hopes of helping both Elsa and Arendelle. At first, it seems like your typical cookie-cutter Disney movie, but trust me, it’s not.

Perhaps the most progressive portion of this film is the inclusion of a homosexual couple.

In “Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post” where Anna and Kristoff first meet, the owner waves to his family in the spa, a man and three children.

It’s only for a second or two, and if you aren’t looking for it, you will miss it. However, these few seconds are revolutionary, so even though they aren’t main characters, the LGBT community has got to give Disney props for including Oaken and his family.

Secondly, Disney not only ditches its belief in “love at first sight,” they go so far as to actually make fun of it.

Elsa conclusively tells her sister that she “cannot marry a man she just met,” even if Anna believes it is “true love.” It’s about time, Disney!

Although the idea of love at first sight is incredibly romantic, the thought of being engaged to someone you’ve only known a few hours is terrifying.

Rather than continuing to convince little girls everywhere that they should recognize the man they will marry within minutes of meeting him, Disney shows them that marrying someone you just met is absolutely absurd.

In “Frozen,” Disney shows that a woman’s happiness does not depend on being married to the man of her dreams.

In the reprise of “For the First Time in Forever,” Elsa boldly proclaims, “Yes, I’m alone, but I’m alone and free.” This image of confidence and independence is not found in any of Disney’s other princess movies.

Elsa and Anna are presented as strong young women who are capable of handling themselves, ruling their kingdom and simply being happy whether they are married or not.

Not only do they not need husbands, but also no one questions this fact.

There is no struggle regarding how a woman can be queen without a man at her side like in “Princess Diaries 2.” The fact that a woman is on the throne is not the issue in this tale, which is beautiful.

What’s even more beautiful is the way in which Kristoff doesn’t feel intimidated by the confidence Anna exudes. While confident women are often viewed as aggressive or pushy, Kristoff takes Anna’s confidence in stride and even seems to admire it at times. Anna is clumsy at times and far from the typical graceful Disney princess, but she stands up for herself and her sister with an air of authority that only comes from strong self-assurance.

Progressive is an understatement when you compare “Frozen” to Disney’s other movies. From the Oaken and his husband, to the way Disney pokes fun at love at first sight, to the creation of strong independent role models for girls everywhere, Frozen is far from a cookie-cutter princess film.

Fahey is a first-year graphic design and creative advertising double major and can be reached at bridget.fahey@drake.edu

 

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