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My Thoughts on the Frozen Craze. I don’t get it!?!

FROZEN

FROZEN

 

It’s all the rage right now. You have to live under a rock to not have heard of it! My youngest is a teenager now so I’m kinda out of the loop with these kinds of things. Many of my friends, however, are crazy for it! Since I remember those days fondly of singing theme songs with my own little ones, I felt I needed to investigate and discover what all the fuss was about. As a side note, we have requests to host Frozen tea parties at the bookstore where I work.  Here’s a pic of one from a little while back.

Frozen

Isn’t it pretty?  So, I just HAD to know what all the fuss was about! After reading one of the books, here’s what I discovered:

  • Two sisters, who are PRINCESSES are orphaned
  • One of them has magic powers and hurts the other one
  • There is a snowman named Olaf
  • One becomes Queen but is unhappy
  • The other one falls in love but the guy is a jerk
  • The next guy she falls in love with tries to kill her sister with the magic powers
  • She steps in, saves her sister’s life and they all live happily ever after

Ok so I may have abbreviated just a bit. I was reading a Little Golden Book version which may have oversimplified the story. But here’s the question, do young girls need a love story?

I’m thinking back to every single fairy tale I’ve ever read and loved. The key to each story was find your Prince  Charming and your life will be instantly better.  And now that I have a teenaged girl (GAH!) I wonder if that’s the message I want planted in her brain.

I’m all for dressing up and feeling special and having a good time.  I’m just not sure that the message of finding your one true love still holds true in today’s society?

To be sure, Idina Menzel does rock as a singer.  I have yet to hear the song all the way through, but what I’ve heard is good.

What are your thoughts on Frozen? Am I off the mark? Overthinking? Too feminist thinking? A scrooge?  Tell me!

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

10 replies on “My Thoughts on the Frozen Craze. I don’t get it!?!”

I was so excited to see the movie. I heard it was the best thing since sliced bread. but to me, maybe it is me getting older, but I hated how they sang talked. I was like either sing or talk. as for the whole Find Your Prince Charming, I like that. always have. I don’t want to see that go the way side bc it is not PC anymore. I will say though that my favorite part was Olaf. He made that movie. at least in my eyes he did.

Thank you for your comments. I have heard that many times that Olaf was the best thing about the movie.

I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I have a 9 year old and when she wants me to read her the fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White and well, all of them, I cringe. It’s all about falling in love and they almost never even know each other. Like they fall in love with just a kiss. Beauty and the Beast is probably the best one because they actually know each other and fall in love without him being attractive, etc. But the rest, GAH, it SO frustrates me!

It’s sad that Frozen is like that too. I preordered it so it should be arriving today. Now I’m kind of regretting it, but I know my daughter will ask until she gets it. I guess I’ll just use it to talk about these things I guess.

I enjoyed the movie. Sweet story and Olaf is a riot. (And the first guy Anna falls in love with is the one who tries to kill her sister.) Will get on DVD next week when the 3D Bluray comes out.

I don’t have any children, but I’ve heard lots about this title. I’m not sure if it’s worth the hype or not since I’ve not read or watched it. However, I think we definitely put out too many “save me” types of messages to girls and that we need a man to help us.

I just saw FROZEN last week when the Blu-ray arrived on my doorstep. I adore the movie and so does the rest of the country since FROZEN has officially become the highest grossing Animated film of all time AND has now entered the list of Top Ten highest grossing movies of all time. I think the lessons learned from FROZEN are: our actions affect others, we all need self-control, sacrifice is a powerful thing, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, love takes time, letting go can be dangerous and love wins. I cannot wait to watch the movie again, alone this time so I can really enjoy this masterpiece.

Thanks for your comments. I heard over the weekend that it grossed more than The Lion King. That’s pretty amazing!

Frozen is meant to be adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s THE SNOW QUEEN. In this case, the names are the same, but the story has been adapted to protect the innocent *WINK*.

While I enjoyed the movie, I didn’t and still do not understand all the hub-bub surrounding it (I imagine it is the music, because the score is spectacular).

I want to point out something since you haven’t seen the movie version (yet). The story is about true love and it is this love that saves the girl’s life in the end…but the focus is not on the “I found my prince charming” cliche’. The TRUE LOVE that saves the girl in the end is from her sister. When I ask my daughter to give me the gist of this movie, she tells me it’s about two sisters that love each other. See, the boys are in the side car. The story is not about finding the man to rescue her and make her life instantly better. It is about family. I thought that was worth noting and, of course, endearing (chalk one up for Disney).

Like you said, Olaf the snowman is also pretty special. At one time he risks his life by being near a fire so he can help in saving this same girl. She tells him that he will melt and he replies, “Some people are worth melting for.”

Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & LeanneRossRF )

now THAT is a love worth melting for, true enough. FINALLY! YAY for familial love and the boys being the side things. I love that perspective!!

What I liked about Frozen was the way they used cliches but TURNED IT AROUND to break the stereotype of “love at first sight” and “true love” being only between guy and girl.
It’s like a progression of awareness for the younger sister:
– no, that “at first sight prince” just used & betrayed you.
– then, no, that other guy you like isn’t going to break the spell either (besides, how well do you know him?)
– and finally when all hope is lost, she does what her heart says and sacrifices herself for her sister – and THAT was the act of true love that broke the curse.

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