So, when they started showing previews for Frozen, I had no bloody idea what the previews were for. I had very little interest in seeing the movie because I didn’t know what it was. Now, for me, this is strange. When the nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced, I had seen one movie up for best film and all of the movies up for Best Animated Movie. So, really, the fact that this movie started getting such glowing reviews and I didn’t know what it was about was frustrating the hell out of me. Finally someone told me that it was quote, “a Disney Princess movie with a feminist twist.” I still didn’t know what the fuck that meant. But, honestly, it sums up the movie pretty damned well.
Frozen is a story of sisters. Let’s stop right there. That in itself makes this story different and more feminist than the rest of the Disney Princess movies. I didn’t say, “Frozen is a love story,” (which it is) I said, “Frozen is a story of sisters.” That’s amazing. Recently Pixar had their first female protagonist, Brave. Now this. Evan put it best. The girls that grew up with Disney Princesses are now creating Disney princesses of their very own.
Elsa is the elder sister and is born with this power of ice and snow. One night, her younger sister Anna wakes her up to play in the ballroom with her magics. An accident occurs that makes Elsa hide her magic from everyone, including Anna. She shuts Anna out, completely. Until the day of her coronation, Elsa hides, but then her emotion gives her away and she runs. The main journey is Anna’s journey to rescue her sister from herself. But, can we take a moment to realize that this is the story of two completely different, completely independent, girls growing into themselves and becoming women? How amazing is that? A story of womanhood?
One where the moral is, “yes, falling in love is nice, but we don’t need it to solve our problems.”
Men, I’m sorry. Sisters before misters.
It felt nostalgically like the animation and passion in the old Disney movies with a modern sensibility in the story. (side note: how sad is that, that ‘a story of womanhood’ is considered modern). There was a sense of romantic beauty that’s been missing from Disney in recent movies. It doesn’t need to be all about impressing the boy to be romantically beautiful. There’s a sort of soft loving beauty to the way that Frozen was animated.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE. JUST DO IT. AND TAKE YOUR SISTERS.
I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER.