4 Ways ‘Frozen’ Flips the Traditional Disney Script
Last week, Disney released its 53rd animated feature, Frozen. It’s a modern take on Hans Christen Andersen’s The Snow Queen, and it features many classic Disney motifs — love songs, big-eyed princesses, and a happy ending. But directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee have some surprises up their sleeves, creating a story that’s equal parts modern and classic.
While many of these motifs have cropped up in recent Disney hits like Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, it’s a refreshing to see them all on display in Frozen. Read on to see how this fun new family feature tackles traditional Disney values.
1. Princesses Fly Solo
Disney Princesses of years past often rely on the help of their friends and family to get by — and Elsa and Anna, the Nordic royals from Frozen, do get their fair share of help from loveable lug Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and magical snowman Olaf. Still, Elsa is never painted as a romantic lead.
There’s something exciting about Elsa’s solo foray into a winter wonderland. As she creates an ice castle out of pure magic and sets out to live in, she asserts herself a confident woman who knows who she is. By the end of the film, she chooses to return to her family and release her kingdom from eternal winter, but still retains her individuality. It’s an exciting message to send to young girls looking for a new princess role model.