Frozen was recently named the top-grossing animated film of all time. It has sold big, lived big, and nearly every person on Planet Earth has seen the damn film. So, what’s the fuss all about?
There are zero people of color in this movie. It was released in late 2013 and there are ZERO. People. of. Color.
This film is a victim of Disney fans’ “historical accuracy” argument, just like Tangled. Do those people not realize that there is a talking, autonomous snow man and that Elsa has magical ice powers throughout the film? How is that historically accurate? And if you’re going that route, let’s say Frozen takes place in Norway. Norway’s original people were the Sami people, and they looked like this:
Not very European looking. Not the blonde-haired, blue-eyed people that Frozen depicts. Argument invalid.
While the lack of diversity is certainly a problem in this movie, there were some really awesome things that happened as well.
- The chemistry between Kristoff and Anna is a red herring for “true love” at the end. FIRST ANNA SAVES ELSA, THEN ANNA IS SAVED BY ELSA. Disney broke it’s own rule of having a prince fall in love and save a princess with a kiss. By simply redefining this quintessential element of breaking fairy tale curses, it opened the door for love to be defined in many different ways. Not just in the sense of a hetero romance, but between family, and even between women. That’s pretty cool. It totally destroys heterosexism and embraces female to female relationships.
- Elsa’s struggle with her powers is a metaphor for depression. As a person who struggles from this, and being familiar with the isolation that goes along with depression, it gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling that there was a Disney princess out there that struggles with it too. Disney, to my knowledge, has never touched on mental illness. Another barrier is broken with Frozen. How cool.
- There is a gay family in the trading post, and it is nothing that is made a big deal of. Infact, I didn’t notice it the first time I watched this film. I think it’s really awesome that Disney broke another barrier in that instance. Instead of having a homosexual as a token item in the film, he was nothing more than another character – very human and dimensional for a side character. It happens in a split second. I have included the scene here:
Feminist rating: 9/10
Passes Bechdel Test
Fails Racial Bechdel Test