My Problem With “Frozen”

February 16, 2014 § 6 Comments

Over the weekend, I had the chance to watch Disney’s Frozen with a few friends — well, it was almost 4 a.m. when we started the movie, so we only got through two-thirds of it.

A little background: I absolutely love watching animated movies. Two of my favorite movies of all time are Coraline and The Secret of Kells; one of my favorite films of 2013 was Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2. However, this doesn’t mean I’m not picky about what I watch. Almost none of the other animated features of last year (Monsters University, Despicable Me 2) appealed to me, including Frozen.

Overall, I’d say the movie was charming. The animation was beautiful, and the songs and voice acting were superb. But I couldn’t get over the fact that the entire plot was based on a hugely flawed premise.

I can accept without question that Elsa was just born with magical snow-making abilities. Fairy tales usually have an element of fantasy, after all. But what I cannot wrap my head around is that she has to go through a huge period of her life believing that she needs to hide this superpower.

Frozen

Her parents are largely to blame. It’s strongly implied that they knew about this ability even before the incident and had told young Elsa to keep it under wraps. Why else would nobody in the kingdom know about it? But the thing is…what are they afraid of? They’re the royal family. Can you imagine if the Queen of England had the power to shoot icicles?? Wouldn’t awe and respect of the throne be magnified by a million percent?! Did they think that the police were going to come and cart their daughter off to join the circus?? (Were they afraid ice-haulers like Kristoff would be put out of a job???)

That brings us to the part where Anna’s memories gets erased/replaced. It’s weird enough that we don’t get any explanation (other than a map that falls out of a book?) of why stone trolls are the end-all, be-all of magical maladies. I guess their reasoning was that if she forgot about her sister’s power, then she wouldn’t tempt her to use it and would therefore be safe. Really? The king and queen went with that kind of logic? That whole sequence was basically shoved down our throats in a don’t-ask-any-questions way, but I demand better.

If Elsa were encouraged to cultivate her powers instead of trying to act like they don’t exist, this would’ve been a much better story. Seriously, what kind of parent tells his child to “conceal, don’t feel”?? We as the audience are asked to simply believe that her abilities are automatically bad and to be feared without being given good enough reasons as to why.

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Tangled Tangent

October 8, 2010 § 3 Comments

O M G DISNEY IS FINALLY DOING RAPUNZEL!!!!!!! MY FAVORITE FAIRY TALE!

Somehow my favorite princesses always seem to be the most useless [ie. Sleeping Beauty], but they’re the prettiest, trust me. As a child, I had a picture book of the Rapunzel story [I can’t find the specific one anywhere online grr], the illustrations of which were really attractive. Searching for it on Amazon & Google is helping me revisit my love of children’s books, though; the art styles are so creative and diverse and wonderful!

I think it also helped develop this thing I have for blonds…shiny platinum blonde hair is very eye-catching for me. Here are a few of my favorites, all of whom I don’t [or wouldn’t] like as much with another hair color:

L-R: Princess Aurora, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sailor Moon, Lady Gaga, G-Dragon, Gwen Stefani, Kevin Woo, Princess Peach [OMG forgot Carrie Underwood]

Anyway, back to the actual movie trailer.

I’m a little disappointed to see that the film seems to center around the male hero instead of the woman trapped in the tower, but the movie description gives them equal weight, so we’ll have to see. The animation looks so smooth that it didn’t even register as non-2D at first. Release date is November 24!

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