Unfreezing the Stereo Types in Disney Movies


Warning- this contains ‘spoiler alerts’  for those who haven’t seen the movie Frozen

Jake and I took the girls to see the movie Frozen over Thanksgiving weekend.  From the preview I saw, the actual storyline in the full- length movie was delightfully surprising. It seems Disney is slowly making headway toward empowering the female role. Instead of giving you a synopsis of the story, I’ll tell you what I liked and didn’t.

Likes:

  • In most Disney movies, the girl ends up with or marries the first guy she falls in love with. This movie made a point as to why this isn’t always a good idea.
  • Anna was depicted as having strength. She took charge and went looking for her sister. When Anna asks Kristoff to help, her character remained empowered.
  • Kristoff wasn’t portrayed as the most handsome or perfect, but ultimately he was the better man.
  • Elsa was able to experience freedom, shed her fear and discover her talents.
  • The music
  • Most importantly, it showed the impact of love between sisters.

Dislikes:

  • The parents were warned about fear being the primary evil in Elsa’s life, but yet they surrounded her with it: taking her sister away, isolating her in the bedroom, eliminating outside contact, depriving her sources of love. I get why this was done-possibly to show the magnitude of its destruction. But it’s frustrating that the parents – the source of protection and guidance – were made to fulfill this adversary role.
  • Then, the parents died and didn’t have a chance to redeem themselves.  In many Disney movies both parents are dead or at least the mom is. If the parents are alive, mainly the mother figure, they(she) are portrayed as tyrants. The parents in Brave were tyrants, but at least they were able to redeem themselves in the end.

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