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Frozen: Politics in Disney Movies

I like to keep up with various types of popular entertainment.  So while I don’t have little children any longer (and don’t have grandchildren yet), I try to watch the well regarded animated films.  Frozen is a very popular movie these days and so I caught it the other day on cable.

It was ok – no Lion King, but not bad.  What struck me about it was the injection of current politics.

Frozen appears to be intended for a mainly female audience, with the focus on two sisters, one of whom finds love in the end.

Like many traditional fairy tales, the girl appears to fall in love with the guy when he does some nice things for her, including protecting her.  But the movie moves from such tradition to the modern age at the end.  The guy wants to kiss the girl, but instead of simply doing so, he awkwardly asks her if he can kiss her.  Yes, he seeks affirmative consent!  And what happens when he asks?  The girl gives him a kiss.  I suppose he has consented.  But this is real feminism – the guy asks and the girl makes the move.

It remains to be seen what little girls will think of this.  Perhaps it depends on the answer to the perennial question of nature versus nurture.

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on November 20, 2014 at 12:33:42 pm

It's not so much politics as democratic psychology. It's about caring for people without ever coming to know fear. In the story, the guy has much to fear, the girl nothing.--In a democracy, everyone is supposed to be a princess, anyway, as sales for the movie merchandise have once again showed.--That guy, however, is said to have been raised by trolls after losing his family, so his experience of life is not unmitigated blessings, plenty, & fun.
Girls are the image of democracy because you cannot imagine anything more inclusive, tolerant, innocuous--to say nothing of their charms. But all the kids seem to like the ice-wielding princess, not the very forward younger princess. Kids still take beauty over political beauty...

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on November 21, 2014 at 08:44:05 am

'@Titus, seems to me that Anna's inborn ability to fear was artificially suppressed--through the unwise decision of her parents to hide memory and fear (certain types of power) via magic. And it betrays her, though not fatally. I thought the trolls were the oddest injection.

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aez
on August 17, 2019 at 10:38:04 am

I never saw the movie. I'm not going to see the movie. I dont like Disney and I was disappointed with Endgame. I'm going to stick to the classics, something like Platoon or Scarface. Those movies while violent project a realistic outlook. Women are not heroes because the are women. People are heroes because of their actions , character, and sacrifices.

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