Frozen’s Feminism and Other Things

People across the world have become fascinated with Disney’s Frozen. All it took was a talking snowman and two sisters to capture audiences’ worldwide. In this movie, one of the sisters named Elsa has a power to freeze anything with the motion of her hands. Not only is this power dangerous but also unheard of. With that being said, Elsa hates herself for possessing this power and decides to isolate herself from the town of Arendalle. Her sister, Ana wants to help Elsa overcome the troubles of her power. In doing so, there are many obstacles and new friends made along the way. With the help of a talking snowman, Olaf and a guy who sells ice, Kristoff, Ana saves her sister from isolation, and Elsa saves her sister, dying of a frozen heart.

The meaning behind this movie is very unique because it doesn’t end like a typical Disney fairytale movie ends: A prince saves a princesses life and they live happily ever after.  Frozen ends with a sister [Elsa] saving her other sister’s life [Ana] and they live happily ever after. In other words, a girl doesn’t need a man to save you in order to live happily ever after; a girl has the strength herself, to survive on her own. This movie has caused controversy between viewers because of the plot. It sends a different message to the audience and most people can agree that it is a strong message, but there is always someone who is going to disagree.

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If you look back at Sleeping Beauty, one of the first Disney princess movies created, you see how much it differs from Frozen. In Sleeping Beauty princess Aurora is cursed under a spell and can only be awaken by true love’s first kiss. Basically, Aurora has to wait for her Prince Charming to rescue her. As the years go by, Disney came out with another princess movie, Beauty and the Beast. This movie created the first feminist approach in Disney. Belle, the leading actress is a girl who is strong and determined. She reads many books and focuses on her smarts rather than the guy next door, named Gaston. When her father gets trapped in a Beasts’ house, she goes off to save him. Belle stands up to a beast just to save her dad. That proves woman’s power if you ask me. She was willing to stay in the same house as a Beast that could easily kill her, for the love of her own father. Now if you look at the more recent years, Disney has come out with two princess movies, Brave and Tangled. These two Disney movies also go after the feminist approach. Brave is about a girl named Merida who fights for her own path in life, rather than follow the traditional values of marrying a Prince. If that doesn’t show a woman fighting for her own rights than I don’t know what does. With the movie Tangled, a girl named Rapunzel is trapped in castle where her mom takes care of her. Rapunzel wants to go out and see the world so she builds up the strength to escape the castle and live her own life. Along the way, she meets a guy, fights off knights, and gains independence for herself. Woman fighting for independence is what feminism is all about. Lastly, we look at the most recent Disney movie, Frozen. This includes the full and complete concept of feminism. The other movies mentioned above may have some factors of feminism here and there, but Frozen captures it all with the absence of Prince Charming coming to the rescue. In the picture below, you see how Elsa, Rapunzel, Merida, and Belle show of strength as a woman.

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However, the plot isn’t the only thing that has a twist in this movie. Frozen includes a particular scene with homosexuality. This can be a touchy subject for many people. If you watch the video below you will notice what caught my eye. You have to look closely. Ana walks into the shop and talks with the clerk. When Kristoff arrives, he begins a conversation with the clerk. At 1:40 the clerk mentions something about a sauna and that his family is in it. At 1:42 the camera then shows his family in the sauna waving back to them. Now it goes away quick, but what you should have seen was an older guy and three little boys and a little girl in the sauna. You can infer that the older guy is the dad and the four kids are their children. When I first noticed it I thought “Whoa.” That is a big step for Disney to include a scene like this. Yes it is a small scene, and this is probably the first time many people have noticed it, but it is there and it cannot be taken back.

Disney is making a lot of changes that are unexpected. Some may think its good, whereas others may disagree. But, these changes have covered topics that are discussed worldwide. Feminism and homosexuality are things people care about differently. With Disney using these topics, it allows people to see them through a different way. Sometimes the unexpected can be good.

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Beauty and the Beast. Dir. Kirk Wise, Gary Trousdale. Walt Disney Pictures. 1991. Film.

Brave. Dir. Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman. Walt Disney Pictures, 2012. Film.

Frozen. Dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Walt Disney Pictures, 2013. Film.

“Olaf.” Gif. Giphy. Walt Disney Animation Studios, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.

Red, Rose. “Let It Go (Instrumental Karaoke) – Frozen (OST).” Online video clip. Youtube.Youtube, 2 Dec.2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.

Scotton, Qia (qiascotton). “So happy that a man doesn’t save the day in Frozen…now I know what the hype was about!! ‪#feminism ‪#kudos ‪#sisters.” 18 Mar. 2014, 6:57 p.m. Tweet.

Sieczkowski, Cavan. “Emma Watson Covers Elle UK’s Feminism Issue.” Huffington Post. Huffington Post., 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 30 Nov. 2014.

Sleeping Beauty. Dir. Clyde Geronimi. Walt Disney Pictures, 1959. Film.

Swede. “Frozen- Big Summer Blowout.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 31 Jan. 2014.                                                                                         Web. 26 Nov. 2014.

Tangled. Dir. Nathan Greno, Byron Howard. Walt Disney Pictures, 2010. Film.

White, Cindy. “Why the Feminist Controversy Over Frozen Misses the Point.” Geekmom. Geekmom, 23 Nov. 2013. Web. 26 Nov. 2014.

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