Why I love Frozen
When Freyja really discovered Pixar and Disney films I was initially quite pleased but sitting through re-watching some much loved films just started to wind me up. Cinderella, for example, a classic fairy tale but I actually get quite annoyed watching it, and not just due to those irritating mice saying “Cinderelli” all the way through. All I can see is that it is saying it is fine to marry the first man that shows any interest in you. And The Little Mermaid? It’s message that it is fine to completely change your body and give up life with your family for the man you love isn’t even the bit that makes me see red – it’s how different it is from the Hans Christian Anderson story (but I suppose it wouldn’t have the happily ever after if it wasn’t). I think having girls has really made me think about what message these films send to me daughters.
I mostly love Frozen because of the messages it sends, but I do love the fact that we get 2 Disney princesses in one film who are princesses in their own right and not through marriage and one actually becomes a queen. (Apologies for any spoilers to those who haven’t seen it, but as I have watched it all the way through about 20 times I find it hard to believe that some people haven’t seen it yet).
Now it would have been very easy to make Elsa the big bad snow queen but they didn’t. Instead she teaches us that we can’t be “the perfect girl” and must embrace ourselves for who we are. She is a lot easier to love when she stops trying to hide her true self. Those that love us will accept us for who we are – let’s face it, the people of Arandelle love her ice powers at the end of the film!
I found Anna a bit harder to love. Initially she is like the traditional Disney princesses, naive and falling in love with the first man who speaks to her. Of course, she learns, and Hans is the closest we get to a true “baddie” in the film. I know some people would argue that she doesn’t do much better when she falls in love with Kristoff, but at least they get to know each other first and there isn’t the luxury of time in a film intended for small children. In the same theme as with Elsa, Kristoff isn’t portrayed as “perfect” – he is a “bit of a fixer upper”. There is something about his relationship with his sleigh and Sven that reminds me of someone, possibly a certain husband and his old VW….
The underlying message from the film is about sisterly love. Anna loves her sister no matter what. She doesn’t believe that Elsa could ever hurt her and thinks that her big sister can pretty much do anything. Ice powers aside, Elsa is the big sister who shuts herself away from her annoying little sister who keeps pestering her to play with her. I can totally relate to this, but my youngest sister used to get told to “bugger off” – again, maybe not appropriate for a Disney film.
Elsa’s behaviour is explained by trying to protect her little sister and Anna’s annoying behaviour is mostly down to her need to be close to her sister again. Anna choosing to sacrifice her own life to save that of her sister can’t fail to leave you with a lump in the throat. Sisterly love. No matter how much they annoy you, you still love them.
And finally there are the songs. They not only move the story along but are also really good. So good that I was happily singing along to the Frozen CD in the car one day, and when I remember that Freyja wasn’t in the car with me I kept it one anyway. I think I will be belting out “Let it Go” in the car way beyond the time when the girls will be happy to sing along to it with me.