Movie Review — Disney’s “Frozen”

Movie Review — Disney’s “Frozen”


I finally saw Frozen yesterday!

Those of you who follow me on Tumblr know that I have not been Frozen’s biggest fan thus far. However, everything I’d heard about the movie post-release was unfailingly positive. So… what did I come away thinking?

Check out the video below to learn what I thought!

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


About Ginny

Ginny doesn't see the point of anything but cats. She hopes to someday become inflammable. She has a PhD in Horribleness. Her recently overused word is "WOWIE" (usually in caps).

25 comments

  1. Tora Elainesdattar

    I don’t wish to come off as rude, but I actually strongly disagree with this critique. Please don’t take offense to anything I say as it is not meant to be offensive, I just wish to convey my mostly opposite opinions.

    First of all, I will address the animation, which I was personally a HUGE fan of. I loved Tangled’s animation, and for me, it was very cool to see something done in a similar style. Anna and Rapunzel are also not as similar as many believe them to be. For example, Anna has a rounder face, longer eyelashes, and very round eyes. Rapunzel on the other hand has a longer, thinner face, almond-shaped eyes, and pointier nose than Anna. At one point, you said “it’s dangerous to make all these role models for young girls look exactly the same because that teaches girls that there is only one way to be beautiful”. You were a little vague here, so I’m not sure if you were addressing the similar styles again, or the fact that they were all white, as this seems to be a big deal with a lot of people right now.
    You also mentioned how boring the stock characters were with the same dresses in different colours. However, I believe this may have to do with that dress just being the ‘in’ style. Anna’s and Elsa’s are different because they obviously have more money and can afford to buy expensive clothes.
    As for your comments on the castle looking empty and oversized- I think that’s the point. That is actually there to give us a better understanding of what it’s been like for Anna; it’s a very adept visual of what she likely feels like: empty and abandoned with so much potential to give, but none to give to.

    One of your comments that stood out for me was when you mentioned that Disney was afraid to cast female characters as anything other than a princess or a witch. I would like to point out that this is not entirely true. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog is not actually a princess, she’s a waitress. Belle from Beauty and the Beast is also not a princess; she was just a normal girl- a little on the poor side actually. Cinderella was also not a princess, nor is Wendy from Peter Pan (and she never even became one by marriage to a prince like many others I’ve listed). Alice from Alice in Wonderland is not a princess, and even Pocahontas isn’t really a princess- she’s the daughter of the chief, which isn’t the same thing.

    My second big point is in regards to the music. I just totally fell in love with the music, and bought the album on iTunes. I feel that it had that element of uniqueness, as it was a different set up than what Disney usually does. You said you didn’t like the use of the line “I don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone” because it seemed forced and childish. I believe this was another way of conveying Anna’s personality. She’s socially awkward, sweet, and, yes, a little childish sometimes. Hence, this line shows the under-developed side to her humour.
    Another of your comments was on the line “finally they’re opening up the gates”, and you said you thought this was a little pointless, as she’d literally JUST said that, and we were about to see it in another couple of minutes. As near as I can tell, she’s just really excited. I know that personally if I’m excited about something, I’ll repeat it a lot, and if I was just about to see more people for literally the first time in years, I would be a little repetitive too.

    The third thing I will address is character development. There is actually a lot more than you’d think, and their personalities are deeper than they originally appear. Let’s start with Elsa, as she was one of the main points. Elsa is an introvert who feels deeply and strongly, but won’t allow herself to show it (you do see it a little in “Let It Go” though). She loves her little sister, but keeps her at arm’s length due to her deep-seated fear of her magic. She is also very realistic (as seen when Anna asks if she can marry Hans), and extremely creative (not just anyone could create an ice palace that nice). This is all easily visible in the film, but there are also some less-obvious parts.
    Elsa’s emotional development has been severely handicapped by fear, and this makes it difficult for her to properly convey feeling. She had so many emotions bubbling around inside of her, but fearing that emotion would make her weak and allow the ice to take over, she shoved it down. This of course was mostly what caused the insane power overload; Anna’s fighting with her is just the match that that sparks the fire. Elsa dislikes being the center of attention, but will work to create harmony from a safe distance. To her, this is done by distancing herself from everyone for what she believes is their own safety, and believing that the lack of her presence will solve many problems, thus creating harmony. She takes relationships VERY seriously, and because she thinks she’s harmful to everyone, she stays away. She is a private person, but has very deep-seated beliefs (as seen by how she avoids people and won’t even tell her sister what’s really happening). Granted, this had a little to do with her parent’s influence, but ultimately she felt it was the right choice. As you can see, there are a lot of factors in her personality that lead to her isolation, it isn’t JUST because of her magic; in fact, there are many who in her situation wouldn’t care or who would find a way around that.
    You can see her character development at the end when she begins becoming more open to her emotions. She aims to make everyone happy, and calms down that emotional turmoil with the help of her sister. Starting to settle into her role as the new queen, she takes on the responsibility openly now that her fear is abated. I do agree that it would have been nice to see her thoughts more often, but I still felt that she had a lot more depth than people give her credit for.
    Now to start on Anna, you said that she is perky and cute, but beyond that, there wasn’t a lot of personality. I would like to claim otherwise, as in the song “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” you can actually see MASSIVE amounts of emotion. In the beginning, she’s very childlike in her observations. She just knows that she hasn’t seen her big sister in a while, and she can’t figure out why (and Elsa isn’t going to tell her). This is very confusing for her, but she acts just as perky as usual in the hopes of drawing her sister out. In the second part, she’s a little older. She’s still unsure of why her sister is shutting her out, but she’s grown used to it, although there is still that deep-seated longing for what she remembers they once had. Then the third part… She’s broken and hurting, but still hoping that maybe, just maybe, Elsa can be there. She’s seeking comfort desperately, although she’s not sure Elsa has any to give (hence the hesitation before knocking).
    Anna is also a very positive person, always believing the best of others (Hans) and forgiving easily unless someone crosses a value with her (for example, when Hans tried to kill her and Elsa). At that point, she becomes unrelenting, and will dish out whatever they deserve (when she punches Hans). Extremely loyal, she’s charming in a (as aforementioned) socially awkward way. In fact, I really love that about her. She’s the most awkward princess ever, which really makes her stand out from the others for me. She has difficulties being assertive, and can only do so if the situation requires it. This is actually something you see develop in her towards the end, as she becomes more sure of herself.
    One of her least obvious traits is the emptiness she feels. I mentioned this earlier when talking about the castle, but I will go into more detail now. Anna is the type of person who will do her best to remain upbeat all the time, and this is why she can come off as perky and shallow. In reality, it’s more of a reflexive cover for pain, the pain of losing her sister in all ways except true death, the loss of her parents and the loss of life in the castle. You occasionally catch glimpses of this in the scenes where she is really desperate. Most of the time though, it’s actually her unwavering positive spirit that reflects what’s going on inside her head. In the scene where she’s talking to Elsa inside the ice palace, she’s so hopeful and excited. This is because she finally sees a chance to connect with her sister and get back what they’d once had.

    Next up, I will talk about Kristoff and his connections to Sven and the trolls. As seen in the beginning, Sven and Kristoff have a very special bond. They’ve been together since they were little and have a deep understanding of each other. In the song Kristoff sings, you can see that he has lost a lot of faith in humans in general. For him, Sven is his only real friend, and the only one he feels he can trust.
    The rock troll family is actually very important. Without them, there would be quite the plot hole to fill. They needed to have a character with a good grasp of magic to heal Anna and instruct her later on. They also add to the comedy factor, and would explain Kristoff’s aversion to anyone other than Sven. The rock trolls are very in-your-space type of people, and Christoff seems to lean a little more towards the private side. As a result, the rocks trolls are there to tie up a few lose ends and give some humour to the overall story.

    Next I will cover romance. As near as I can tell, there wasn’t much other than the not-really-main-focus relationship between Anna and Kristoff. Personally, I liked the fact that it wasn’t the main plotline and that true love’s kiss turned out to sisterly love rather than romantic love. I felt this was a very interesting twist, which also shares the message that you don’t need a guy to be happy; true love can be familial love too. The romance was definitely there, it was just more subtle than Disney normally does.
    I am still VERY glad that Kristoff and Anna got together in the end though.

    You also mentioned that the plot seemed to you to be weak and all over the place. I disagree, as it seemed to me to flow quite well. However, you were a little vague on WHAT exactly was so all over the place, so I’m unsure as to how to address this particular section without summing up the entire movie. Do you think you could clarify?
    I’m going to assume that by “plot twist” you mean when Hans is revealed as a bad guy. You said that you felt there was no foreshadowing what-so-ever. I disagree with this as well, there was actually plenty of foreshadowing- you just have to know where to look. Take Hans’ freakishly similar life that gives him an uncanny understanding of Anna for example. He is clearly “the player” type; he can see that the best way to get Anna is by being nice and understanding- and accepting her awkwardness. He uses her naiveté against her, as she hasn’t had enough contact with other’s to have that understanding of human behaviour. Hans is nice to the point of “there’s no way this guy’s real,” which turns out to be the case. I personally was expecting him to do something harmful, though not necessarily that, and reveal his true colours. I like how his performance was so smooth, because they don’t normally have that in movies for kids.

    In conclusion, I feel that Frozen actually has a deeper meaning than a lot of movies- as is typical for Disney- nevertheless, it was a little better hidden than normal, so that the movie could appear fun and light-hearted on the outside, while maintaining depth. I would also like to say that although I did argue against a lot of your points, I still fully respect your opinion and am interested to hear your response.

  2. I’m going to have to say I agree with you on most of your points, Ginny. I came in to the theater expecting a new Disney hit. However, when I left the movies I was a bit confused and … unnerved.

    I couldn’t believe the movie I had seen was the work of Disney. Disney never had their main focus on humor, but it seemed like the main goal of this movie was to make people laugh. Yes, it made me laugh, and yes, the jokes were funny, but it seemed like that was all Disney cared about. There were lots of characters that were put in just for humor that didn’t have any significant role in the story (ex. Olaf, Sven, the trolls, the shopkeeper of the shop where Kristoff and Ana meet, the short guy that is trying to get his kingdom with the funny name to trade with Ana’s, just to name a few).

    Ana’s personality was way too big. She’d be a cool person in real life, but in a movie, that personality is just way to big. Plus, all of her jokes, albeit funny, were just not in Disney style. Again, believable in real life, but for Disney … no.

    I would have liked to have seen more importance given to Olaf. I liked how he was the snowman from Ana and Elsa’s childhood, but Disney should have made his role more meaningful at the very beginning, not just some snowman. To make him even more important, maybe Disney should have even killed him off when it becomes summer and just have him return every winter.

    More importance to Kristoff’s childhood would also be in order. In the very beginning, when he is a child chopping ice with Sven, Disney could have given more importance to his childhood dream and that would have made losing his sled and getting a new one a lot more meaningful.

    Overall, I thought the plot was shallow and lacking in depth, as well as scattered with no direction. There was no clear path from the beginning to the end, and it took a while for the plot to actually get going. The whole time I felt like “um, okay, now what?” In Tangled and Brave, you know where the story is going. We are going to go see the floating lights and save Merida’s mother. In Frozen, I was confused. Are we going to go to try calm Elsa down and ask for summer again or are we going to stop Hans and save Ana?

    The giant revelation with Hans being evil was way to sudden with no clues leading up to it whatsoever. My reaction was “whoah, what just happened?” That kind of revelation is cool in a book, but in a Disney movie for kids? I don’t think so.

    The soundtrack was okay. I found that the songs I favored weren’t really major in the plot, but had a catchy tune. My absolute favorite was “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” I just loved the tune and how much emotion it actually has. My second favorite was Olaf’s song about snowmen in summer. Catchy and cute, but again, just there for pure humor. The song, and Olaf’s dream about summer, would have had so much more meaning if Disney, like I said before, killed off Olaf each summer and had him come back each winter.

    I really liked the “act of true love” thing. It wasn’t what most people were expecting (I actually predicted it correctly) but it was sweet and showed kids that true love doesn’t always have to mean boy-girl romance.

    I would have liked to have learned more about the lore of this new kingdom, like about the dwarfs and where Elsa’s powers come from. Disney did a really good job of it in Brave, so I guess I was just expecting more.

    In conclusion, Frozen would get two stars out of five from me. Very funny and entertaining, but lacking in plot development.

  3. I didn’t read any of the other comments so if this has already been said oh well. I agree with a lot of your comments on the cinematic aspects, BUT I am OK with that in a Disney movie. I don’t go to Disney movies to have a great cinematic experience. I go to enjoy myself. I don’t want my Disney movies to be incredibly thought provoking or with crazy twists. I want to be taken on a pretty Disneyland ride while I sit back and enjoy to music. Which I did, Let it go is now one of my go to karaoke songs and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous. That’s partly due to the amazingness of Idina Menzel though. Oh and about the animation, Disney had basically the same style of animation with The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and all those Renaissance 90s Disney movies so I’m OK with it looking the same as Tangled. I also agree that all the girls look alike. Though I don’t think that was due to a sort of “female white washing”. I read somewhere it’s apparently too HARD to animate women. There is a softer element in female faces that is harder to light than males or something along those lines. They apparently changed some of the sidekicks to males as well (as you were saying original story is mostly female) to make it easier to animate. This is all secondhand information so I don’t know how much is true though mostly I think it’s bullshit and shouldn’t be the reason for having less or similar females. Sorry, not done yet, that being said I do think it was a bit of an empowering film for women because while they may look the same as Rapunzel (I’m kind of OK with them looking like each other since they are sisters) they portrayed a realistic woman to me. So many of the old Disney movies are centered on the romance, while that is fine and adorable. I enjoyed the fact that Elsa was completely uninterested in romance and while Anna falls for Hans straight away it’s not the bulk of the story. Maybe it was because he’s more my type of guy, but I definitely saw that Anna and Kristoff were falling for each other. Besides like they say in the movie you can’t just marry a guy after one day. We probably didn’t even get to see the real romance between Anna and Kristoff. Plus in the end it was very much a I have my sister I don’t need no man sort of story which I liked very much. Anyway, lots of rambling on my part, but I loved Frozen.

    • …OKAY don’t even get me started on this complete BULLSHIT about animating women being “hard” oh my god. Thousands and thousands of animators manage to animate unique and expressive women every freaking day so…ugh, oh my god. I cannot BELIEVE that an actual Disney animator publicly said that.

      Anyway, I’m glad that you enjoyed it and that’s fair that you have lower standards for a Disney film. But I don’t. I hold Disney to the high standard that I believe THEY have set for themselves with past work.

      • Are you insane? He was specifically talking about long hair, dresses and physical features not obscured by a facial hair algorithm.

        Only a complete moron would find something “sexist” in a comment regarding physical and computing limitations.

        • No, only a complete moron would believe garbage claiming that the wealthiest and most talent-rich animation company in the world wouldn’t be able to hire someone capable of creating variety in animated female characters.

          And by the way, you’re completely inaccurate. He wasn’t talking about hair and dresses, he was talking about how WOMEN HAVE TO BE PRETTY AT ALL TIMES apparently:

          “Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, because they have to go through these range of emotions, but you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive.”

          And if you’re going to go right ahead and tell me THAT’S not sexist, then you’re welcome to bibbidi bobbidi back the hell up off my blog post, because we’re operating on completely different planes here.

  4. I only liked one song from the file – Elsa’s big solo – Let It Go. That is one song I will gladly sing in the car for a month.

    Though I’m not sure if it’s the song so much as Idina Menzel just rocking it. The woman knows how to belt out a ballad.

  5. I’d have to respectfully disagree with a few of your points.
    First, I felt like Elsa had a lot of character development. In the first scene, Elsa is not at all ashamed of her powers- in fact, they’re the only thing that draws her put of bed to play with her little sister. However, after Anna gets hurt, her parents want her to hide her powers, thus she grows afraid of them which is the motivation for a lot of her decisions. There could have been more show-don’t-tell moments for her psyche, but overall I thought it was pretty good.

    I also felt like Anna was a great role model- discluding Hans entirely- because at the end she chose to save her sister as opposed to saving herself.

    I would agree with a few of your points on the humor, although I did actually like Olaf. I’d also agree that the plot twist wasn’t a top notch one, but I felt like it worked, and I could move past it.

    • The things you point out are true, but I feel like they were blatant, constructed…not the subtle, complex characters I see in other Disney movies. I’m by no means trying to suggest that Disney failed to create a character that performs actions, or to construct a moral. They did those things, definitely, and with intent. All I’m saying is that when held to Disney standards, it wasn’t enough. It was forced, it was cheap, in my opinion.

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the film — I’m always glad to hear that someone found joy in something! — but the things you bring up have absolutely no sway on my personal opinion of it. I understand what was INTENDED by the film, I just don’t believe it was ACHIEVED.

  6. I have to disagree, respectfully, on the majority of your points. The music is incredible. Your statement about how every Disney song must be a deep and emotionally powerful piece holds true to the main character’s central song (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Part of Your World,” and “A whole New World”), but a LARGE number of the other songs are for plot (“Poor Provincial Town,” “Prince Ali” and “Cinderellie” for example.) Elsa’s minimalist development, I believe, reflects her incredibly sheltered childhood.

    As for the similarities between the sisters and Rapunzel, I would submit that Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, and Snow White are all VERY similar, with heart-shaped faces and doe eyes. The same for Giselle and Aurora. While we’re on this subject, every prince up until Eric is basically the exact same guy. Even Prince Philip, who has nearly twice the screen time as Aurora, is just a re-working of Prince Charming. Eric, Hercules, Aladdin and post-transformation Beast likewise share the same genes it seems. Disney Animation relies on a consistent look audiences expect. You can basically distribute all of their characters into a dozen or so general types, from the short, grumpy older male, to the tall, wicked woman. Even Flynn Rider is part of the ‘Prince Eric’ family. Arthur and Christopher Robin are the same character, and half the main cast of ‘Robin Hood’ made it into the ‘Jungle Book.’

    The moose and snowman are our animal friends. They will be cute and silly. Is Flounder or Dopey much different? What about Maximus and Pegasus? Mushu or Jiminy Cricket? The humor isn’t that different really. (Visual butt-humor in the little mermaid and gender jokes in Mulan). The characters are there so that your five year old sister will giggle and buy the plushie later. Kids even love that stupid raccoon in Pocohontas! The trolls are Aurora’s animal friends, Ariel’s hot crustacean band and Lumniere’s duster girlfriend. They’re just in to move the story along.

    Finally, the bad guy. I thought it refreshing that the handsome prince was involved in skull drudgery and from the START thought he was up to no good. The younger in cheek sleazy player way he acted is a stolen script from every frat guy (and I was one, I know). Anna’s compliance is what made you want to believe him because we want Anna happy. She’s little miss sunshine to Elsa’s ice princess

    In the end, I adore this movie. It’s a visually stunning story with an atypical but wonderful final act. I think, Ginny, that you’re in that in-between point in your life where you want the magic you saw in Disney as a child, but it’s conflicting with your adult sensibilities. Give it a few years. I was curmudgeonish about Mulan when it first came out and now I love it. You get to a point when you realize the magic isn’t about accuracy to an old fable or songs that appeal to a maturing palette, but about letting your inner child play with a snowman who wants to experience summer, or a chameleon that can mimic ANYTHING, or a smart-mouthed, fast talking mini-dragon. Twist the bed nob a quarter degree to the right, tap it three times, and believe. :)

    • You are welcome to all of your own opinions, but please spare me your psychological analysis. My reaction to Tangled a scant two years ago (over the age of 20, by FAR old enough to be into this phase you seem to think I’m in) proves that being a “grown-up” and having high standards for the media I consume doesn’t exclude me from loving Disney.

      I disliked Frozen for legitimate reasons, and if you have any respect me as a person you will allow me to have those opinions without trying to dismiss them by this perception of my psyche that you’ve apparently formed from reading a handful of my blogs.

      • I’m sorry if I offended you. It wasn’t intended. I was just remembering a time in my life when I was in my early 20s and in art school and I was critical of a lot of things that over time I’ve come to enjoy. Again, I apologize. I’ll refrain from commenting in the future as it seems I have done more to hurt than to present discussion.

        • I don’t want to discourage you from commenting, but I do want to remind you that just because you may have experienced something similar, or just because a person puts a part of themselves online for public viewing, doesn’t mean you can understand them.

          I saw Tangled when it came out and had the same starry-eyed reaction to it that I had seeing The Little Mermaid for the first time when I was a kid. I am far from incapable of experiencing Disney magic. But that doesn’t mean that I’m required to put aside things about a film or any media that frustrate me, anger me, or disappoint me.

          I strongly believe that media is important, media is influential, and children’s media in PARTICULAR needs to be paid close attention to, because of how easily influenced the audience is. I do not, however, believe that critiquing or analyzing media and enjoying media are mutually exclusive. A lot of people assume that since I critique Disney, I don’t like Disney, but I am one of the most passionate and dedicated Disney fans I know. Because I love something, I hold it to a high standard.

  7. Going to have to disagree with you on this one Ginny. You raise some fair comments in your review, but we really liked Frozen and my 9yo completely loved it. My wife said that she saw the Twist coming from early on in the film and had been keeping her fingers crossed that the careful wording that the script used meant what she thought it might, I saw it coming as well, but she figured it out first.

    I thought both Anna and Elsa had honest, believable flaws, which I liked and the bond between the sisters made this a different Disney film than most, as the the lack of an outright villain for most of the movie. As for the songs, I thought it was a mixed bag. “Let It Go” is justifiably getting a lot of fan love, but you need a range like Idina Menzel to sing it, so it failed to catch me. OTOH, “Do you want to build a snowman?” left me an emotional wreck (and I saw a lot of the growth of the characters in those few minutes).

    Overall, it wasn’t as good as Tangled (a modern classic) or Wreck-it-Ralph, but it comes in just behind those two for me when measured against official Walt Disney releases over the last 10-12 years or so (as opposed to Pixar films).

  8. I have to disagree, I went to see it with two of my friends (w’ere all 20+ xD) and we loved it. Admittedly the plot twist bothered me for being sort of a whiplash event but I didn’t expect much more from them. While I’m not familiar with the original myth, I felt Disney actually did a pretty bang up job being way better than almost all their earlier princesses in not tying Elsa and Anna to a romantic arc and in not making them damsels at almost any point and in continuing growing their range of princess personality types outside of traditional princesses (I adore Rapunzel from Tangled but I think Anna’s almost more believable). I think Elsa’s character arc is abbreviated but her “Let it go” song shows so much character development in little things like the way she moves and appears. The music was a lot of fun, though having bought the soundtrack there are only a few songs I really enjoy outside of the contexts of the movie. I like the animation style, even though it is really similar to Tangled (i didn’t notice it until you point it out), I think people are giving it way more gruff than they should be considering its one of the best looking animated films we’re going to see for a while if the trailers before it are anything to go by (not sure if you saw the same ones but the tarzan one on tumblr and the squirrel movie look like animation from 2005). I’m not sure how it’ll hold up in the long run but it was at least fun.

    • Comparing Disney productions to other company’s animated film isn’t even a fair comparison though. Disney is *the best* in the market, indisputably. Now, comparing Disney to Disney, THAT’S fair. And when I do that, I see that not only does Frozen’s plot and development pale in comparison to recent hits like Brave and Tangled, but it isn’t even the “best looking” out of the bunch, imo. Brave was the single most beautiful animated film I’ve ever seen, hands down, ever. I’m glad you liked it, but I was not impressed.

      • Brave was fantastic, for sure. The more I think on it the more I realize you’re right because while I found Frozen amazingly charming at first, I’m slowly realizing it just doesn’t have the staying power of Tangled or Brave (and I just rewatched tangled for like the 10th time). Most of the music is really hard to enjoy separated from the animation, at least compared to tangled’s soundtrack (brave had more instrumental I think so it stands out less at least in my head). But they animated the key song for Elsa, Anna and the romance was really well timed and I think it was better than Brave or Tangled because of how it stayed tightly focused on the characters. The development isn’t as broad or deep but they worked with it well. I will also admit went into it with low expectations (because “oh its a kid movie” not because I don’t think disney does good work) so I was pleasantly surprised.

        • Yes! I never thought about what you said before, about the music being so much better with the animation, but I agree. “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” just doesn’t have the same emotional power as it does with animation.

  9. Saw the movie with my twin (11) yr. old daughters. They LOVED it and really enjoyed the music. You’re right about the plot development (there wasn’t any) and the multiple directions for the plot, as well as the trolls. They were jarring, if only because they didn’t make any sense at all. I would have understood talking trees, yetis, or a host of other kinds of forest-creatures…. but stone trolls? Nah.

    I enjoyed the film for the superficial entertainment value, but not one I’d buy on DVD, etc. and definitely not one I’d see again.

    • Agreed with what you said about the trolls not making sense. You make a good point when you say the talking trees or the yetis.

  10. I usually agree with you but I have to disagree on this one. I loved the music (I’ve had it on repeat since I saw it last week.) I actually liked that it was the same style of Tangled, that just felt natural to me, that they were the in the same northern European world. Also as a guy, I realise I have no context to comment on this, but for female leads I would be delighted if my little niece took either Ana or Else as a role model (outside of being so thin… come on Disney, spring for a cheeseburger every now and then).

    • It isn’t about those women being role models, it’s about representation. Little blonde girls have the majority of Disney princesses to look to, but for anyone who looks different, their representation is substantially diminished. For us, the appearance of the princess might not be important, but for the target audience of these movies — children — identifying with a character is tied with seeing yourself physically in the character. The more light-skinned, light-haired princesses Disney produces, the less Tiana will be enough for black girls, the less Jasmine will be enough for Middle Eastern girls, the less Pocahontas will be enough for Native American girls, etc.

      • Let me just put out there that Disney has yet to make a Hispanic princess. Who are little Latina girls supposed to look up to? Disney has covered just about every other group. Where is our Hispanic princess Disney?

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