Wednesday, 11 December 2013

What Disney's Taught Me #2

After enjoying writing my first "What Disney's Taught Me" post HERE, I am excited to be writing another "instalment", if you will, of this series about the film Frozen. Before I go on to talk about what it taught me, I have to say that it was incredible; the songs were amazing (and are now stuck in my head), the characters were awesome and the light and dark moments were spot on. Lovely.

*Contains strong traces of spoiler.*

Frozen has two Disney princesses in it: Anna and Elsa. Both of these characters show that Disney, as I have set out to prove in this series, is full of messages that are good lessons to learn.

Firstly, I want to talk of Elsa. With her magical powers being potentially dangerous, she has to separate herself from her younger sister who cannot be at threat from her powers. This storyline definitely doesn't portray the "everything's-so-perfect" Disney storyline that people believe makes children naïve. It portrays the courage and sacrifice a young girl had to make. Okay, it's not something (I hope) anyone has to go through, but where Elsa and Anna were once close, Elsa had to learn to remove herself from situations that could create danger.

Once Anna is aware of Elsa's power and why their relationship had deteriorated to nothing in such a short amount of time, she wastes no moments in taking it upon herself to go and find her sister, knowing she can help Arendelle but, more so, I believe, wanting fix their relationship. Girl power shines off of her and her sheer bravery is definitely shown in my last point.

If you're still reading, not wanting spoilers, please stop reading right now. Are you gone? Okay.

At the end of the film, as Anna is becoming more and more ill, at sight of the one thing that could save her, instead of running for her safety, she sees her sister's need for help and puts her life at the hands of Disney hope and saves her sister's life. Now when people say Disney promotes girls relying on men, we can all rejoice and shout from snow-covered rooftops and protest.

Ultimately, Frozen is a film of courage. Kristoff and Olaf are also courageous characters but Disney focus on the power of the women in this film and the makes some kind of strong inner-feminist happy inside of me.

Snowmen & Reindeer

The Girl in the Moonlight.

What Disney's Taught Me #1

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