Why Frozen is Everyone’s New Favorite Disney Movie

Hi friends! You’ve probably heard of Frozen, Disney’s newest movie based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story, “The Snow Queen.” All of my friends were telling me that it was such a good movie, and I wanted to know why everyone was so excited about it. So when we had a snow day on Friday, I decided to go see it with my sister. And well… now I know why everyone loved it so much. And it’s really quite beautiful, so I decided to write a post about it. (SPOILER ALERT: I will talk about the movie. So if you haven’t seen it, GO WATCH IT NOW. Okay?)

Okay, so I’ve already written about how there are a lot of really annoying things about Disney’s movies in these two posts. So my first post is “where Disney went wrong,” but this is “where Disney got it right.” 

Let me start off with my biggest pet peeve: the unrealistic display of love at first sight. It really annoys me, because while I understand that it does happen, it doesn’t happen very often. And yet, it was in a lot of Disney movies. But not in Frozen! Kristoff thinks it’s absolutely ridiculous that Anna was engaged to Hans, and he even says that he doesn’t trust her judgment because of it. Personally, I was in the movie theatre thinking about her engagement saying, “Really? Really? Oh well, I guess I’ll have to deal with it. What else can I expect from Disney?” And then comes Kristoff’s reaction, and it’s like, BAM! Take that love at first sight! 

Not only that, but they didn’t sugarcoat love either. In the song, “Fixer upper,” the trolls admit that WE AREN’T PERFECT. Crazy, right? They also say that love brings out the best in people, but (here’s another big thing), you’ll never be able to truly change a person. You can change little things, but you can’t change who they are. A lot of times, we have unrealistic expectations for others, especially when it comes it to love. But we’re all fixer upper’s, so it’s okay. 

But the best part of Frozen is the ending. The idea that true love doesn’t just refer to romantic love is so, so powerful. Anna and Elsa were not defined by their romantic relationships. Anna was looking for true love, thought she found it, then found it but didn’t realize it. But in the end, the true love that saved her was the love she shared with her sister. And having a sister that I’m really close to made that an incredible emotional experience for me, so yes, I did cry, and not just at the obvious place.

I heard somebody say Frozen was about female empowerment because the girls are smart and the guys either talk to reindeer or are pretty much evil (or a snowman). But it’s not that. It’s that the girls didn’t need the guys to save them, and they didn’t need the guys to define them.

These two articles also talked about how amazing Frozen is, saying somethings that I didn’t think of and can’t really talk about with feeling like I’m plagiarizing. So here ya go:

http://screencrush.com/reel-women-frozen-disney-princess/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/29/disney-s-sublimely-subversive-frozen-isn-t-your-stereotypical-princess-movie.html

If you’re a girl and have a sister, watch Frozen with her. If you don’t have a sister, watch it with your best friend. If you’re a guy, watch it and be happy with your female friends and family. Because Frozen really was that good.

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Epylle Spydre

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You can be a Princess too

Ask anybody in my generation, and they will tell you that Disney is our childhood. Now, because I lived in Turkey for the first nine years of my life, my childhood was a little different than the average American’s. I never watched the “classic” Lizzie Mcguire moviesand while I knew people who played with Pokémon cards, I never played with them myself. But Disney was definitely a part of my childhood. I watch Mary Poppins or The Aristocats now and all the memories come flooding back. Nostalgia is a beautiful thing. And Disney is the best agent for bringing that nostalgia.

But as I’m growing up (I can’t say that I’m all grown up; I haven’t “become” anything yet!), I’m starting to see the holes in Disney’s stories. It started in 7th grade when they told us that Walt Disney was racist and that we could see that in Dumbo, Fantasia, and many others. And of course, I’ve always disagreed with Disney’s endorsement of the idea of “love at first sight.” I recognized early on that there was something wrong with the idea of loving someone for their physical attraction, even if I couldn’t necessarily articulate it at the time.

Then, a couple summers ago, I was able to articulate my dissatisfaction. I ranted about how society values physicality instead of character, brains, or talent. It was relieving to get that off my chest when I’d been internally ranting about it for years. I thought I was done after I wrote that post. I wasn’t.

You see, Disney doesn’t just endorse love at first sight or the glorification of our physical selves; it also restricts the female image. Now, who are the obvious female Disney characters? The princesses, of course! What do the princesses do? Practically nothing. Well, Mulan saves China, and that’s kind of awesome (though she technically isn’t a princess).

But just think about it: as a young girl, which characters am I bombarded with the most? The princesses. And that’s cool, I guess. But then what’s my image of a princess? A girl who wears pretty dresses and falls in love. Maybe I’m a bit bookish, so I connect to Belle. Or maybe “I have a dream,” and my affinity lies with Rapunzel.

But ultimately, their happy ending lies with the fact that they have their man. Is that seriously all we girls are supposed to do? Let’s just completely disregard the fact that real-life princesses are strong, intelligent leaders who do way more than just try out fancy hairstyles so they can go to balls while wearing their way-more-than-humanly-tight dresses. And Disney isn’t the only culprit. We are literally surrounded by movies and books and this and that that tell us that as women, our life’s greatest achievement is true love. Which it’s not. We may be loving creatures, but we don’t need to be defined by our quest for romantic love. We can be strong, fearless, clever, funny, happy, and successful, all without romantic love or all the other stuff that’s been shoved down our throats. 

Now I have also watched some really awesome videos recently saying similar things from a man’s perspective. I really enjoy that insight because I think it’s important to realize that the fact that Hollywood has weak female protagonists doesn’t just affect women; it affects men, too. And because I’m not a man and cannot speak to the men out there without feeling super biased, I’ll just give you those links here:

http://www.upworthy.com/48-reporters-asked-this-guy-the-same-dumb-question-about-women-his-response-absolutely-perfect

http://www.upworthy.com/little-boys-learn-a-lot-from-watching-star-wars-and-it-isnt-all-good

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We can all be real, strong princesses (and princes, for that matter). Let’s not wait for the clock to strike 12 before we figure that out. 

Epylle Spydre

Where Disney Went Wrong

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make. I have just been choosing random topics and writing about them, not caring about what people would want to read. I realized that I’ve been getting more pleasure from my stats page than from my actual posts. So, I’ve decided to write something that I will enjoy, and hopefully you’ll enjoy as well.

I feel like ranting. It’s really quite fun, at least on my side it is. Okay, so I’m listening to Disney songs, trying to figure out what to write, and the answer suddenly hits me: I’m listening to Disney songs. I’m gonna rant about Disney!! It’s not Disney that is so bad, there’s just one thing that really bothers me: love at first sight. So, in actuality, I’m not ranting about Disney, I’m ranting about love at first sight. Though, Beauty and the Beast breaks away from that, having a girl fall in love with a horrifying, ugly beast with a beautiful heart. Good job, Disney. Now fix the others.

Love at first sight is so dumb. Sometimes, it’s actually legit, which is really cool, but the love at first sight in Disney movies and well, practically any other movie, is stupid. Fall in love with a personality, not a face, people! Seriously, people say all the time, “He’s soooooo hot!!” or “Just look at that body” or, here’s my favorite, “Every guy dreams of finding a girl who looks like you.” (line from Legally Blonde the Musical, more really good music, listen to it!) It is true, half the time, people are just saying that, and they’re not really “in love” with that person, but still. And I’m not going to be a hypocrite, claiming I don’t notice when there are attractive people around, but still. I’m not gonna go all dewy eyes on some dude just ‘cause I think he’s cute.

Seriously, our culture puts too much store into appearances. Actually, I think most cultures do that. It’s just a human thing to do: to love those that are smart, strong, or beautiful. And me talking about this on my blog is not going to change it at all, because it’s just how human nature works. Sorry, guys. “I am ashamed” (Jacques from Finding Nemo, I really do allude a lot of movies in these posts, don’t I? It’s really harder not to make references when you’re listening to Disney). Okay, but aside the fact that human nature loves those who are beautiful, our culture still puts too much store into appearances. Girls have to be bone-thin, suuuuper tan, with faces so perfect you’re not sure if they’re real or not. And guys have it bad too, though it’s not as obvious. Guys have to be well-built, with nice arms and abs. The tall, lanky ones just don’t make it on the covers of magazines, unless their face is just gorgeous. It’s sad. WHO SAYS BEAUTY CAN BE JUDGED FROM THE OUTSIDE???? I just don’t get it. Oh, and speaking of magazines, I heard a story on the radio about some girl who petitioned Seventeen magazine to put real girls in the magazine and succeeded! Isn’t that cool? Stories like that just make me happy.

But back to my original idea. Love at first sight is dumb. Beauty isn’t skin-deep, it’s based on personality. I don’t love my friends because they’re physically beautiful but because they have amazing hearts. As a friend of mine once said, physical beauty can be taken away from you. Personality can’t be taken away from you, and it depends on you to make a decision whether it’s beautiful or not.  And I mean, sometimes love at first sight actually happens, like with some dude from the band, The Afters (listen to them too!), but I don’t know which one it is. I’m totally cool with real love at first sight (I’m a hopeless romantic, for future reference), it’s just infatuation with a face that annoys me. Alas, my ranting doesn’t really do much except amuse the few people who will read this. Oh well.

Epylle Spydre