Frozen - Disney Puts Sisters before Misters
Finally a Disney Movie that Puts Sisters before Misters
During the first week of Christmas break, my 9-year-old daughter, my sister, my 4-year-old nephew, and myself went to the theater to see Frozen. I had seen the previews and knew the movie was going to be good, but I didn't know how good, until the film was almost over.
Why I was Impressed with Frozen
As a little girl in the 80s and a tween and teen in the 90s, I grew up with Disney princesses that were always saved by a man. In the last few years, I have been impressed with the fact that Disney has created a different type of princess that doesn't need a man to save her (think Mulan, Merida, and a handful of others), but never have I seen a Disney movie that featured one sister saving another.
As the oldest of four sisters and no brothers, I have a special bond with my younger siblings that people without sisters probably don't recognize, and the relationship between the sisters in this movie resonated with me in a way that makes me believe it will someday be a Disney classic.
My Personal Review of Frozen
In the movie, we meet two young sisters, Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). The sisters are very close in age and enjoy spending every moment together. The sisters' parents guard their royal children because one of them has a very special gift that others may fear if they knew existed. After a nearly tragic accident, the parents decide that it is no longer safe for the sisters to play together. After their parents' death, the exiled sister continues to isolate herself from her sister until she is forced to come out of hiding.
Shortly after emerging, it is clear that the sisters cannot exist in the same place. In order to protect her sister and herself, the special sister heads to the mountains to live alone. However, the other sister refuses to accept her sister running away and takes off after her. Although there are a few princes in this film, the focus is never on the relationship between one sister and a prince. Instead, the focus is on sisters and how Elsa and Anna were able to make huge sacrifices to take care of each other.
Sisters before Misters
I was lucky enough to watch this film with one of my three younger sisters and I immediately remarked to her that I was impressed with the focus of the movie being on the relationship between the sisters and not the relationship between a sister and a prince.
It's a great positive message for girls who idolize princesses to see that their favorite princess doesn't need a man to save her. Hopefully, Disney will be creating even more movies with independent female princesses that are ready to handle anything that comes their way.
2014 Golden Globe Winner of Best Animated Film
It's not just me that loves this movie. At the 2014 Golden Globes, Frozen was nominated for the Best Animated Film of the year, and won. The Disney film has also received two Academy Award nominations; one for Best Animated Film and the other for Best Original Song.
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