The opening song sets up the whole story of Frozen – beware the frozen heart. There is a beautiful, powerful, dangerous, bold power that can freeze your heart and in this case it is wielded by the older sister, Princess Elsa.
Her and her younger sister Anna are orphaned early in the movie (because every Disney movie must have orphans) and grow up secluded from everyone due to Elsa’s ‘condition.’ Through a series of musical and (and at times comical) circumstances, Elsa turns the entire land into ice and Anna with the help of some unlikely friends tried to save both the land and Elsa.
If you happen to be one of the 2 people left on the planet who hasn’t seen this film yet – just go see it. It’s definitely worth a watch.
This story is an adaptation of The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson with a few surprises along the way. This is the second movie that I can think of that Disney let’s the princess rescue herself. (Brave) I love this move by Disney as well as the definition of love and what an act of true love REALLY looks like.
The subplot of this movie that is pretty interesting to explore is watching the parenting decisions made by the King and Queen, particularly in how they deal with trauma and difficulty. For Elsa – her parents choose to isolate her. The advice is ‘conceal, don’t feel’ instead of teaching her how to use this power with responsibility, to test her and coach her.
It doesn’t play out well as it shouldn’t as this is a horrible way to deal with fear and anxiety. The shielding of your kids from every kind of hurt may work in the short-term but it doesn’t help them become an adult. In the film, this protecting-isolation has two very different outcomes.
It creates a ‘cold’ Elsa who has walls so no one can get to know her. It creates an attention-starved, love-starved Anna who falls in love with the first guy she meets.
This by the way is the setup for the big song – Let it Go. All her life she has been told to conceal, don’t feel. It doesn’t work. So now she will go to the other extreme – let it go. And the song and scene celebrate this to some extent but letting it go still doesn’t solve anything.
The message of the film is very good. Anna makes true love kind of decisions. She defends her sister, she pursues her while she was still the enemy, she goes to her and wants to make it work it and make it right. She still wants the relationship with Elsa. And along the way, she makes some great friends.
You may not be a fan of the music or cartoons – but you have to love the message of the film. The importance of family, what real true love is – not some feeling or kiss but an act of selflessness. That there are real jerks in the world as well as nice guys – nobody is perfect.
For parents who would love to talk to your kids about this film, I’ve listed some questions that Cayden and I walked through.
What do you think is the parable the director was trying to tell with Frozen?
Who was your favorite character in the movie? Why?
What was your favorite song? Scene? Why?
How many different examples of love can you remember from the film?
Do you think there are guys like Hans in the world today?
How can you tell if a guy really loves you or is pulling a Hans?
What do you think Anna could have done to better protect her heart?
How many different people tried to tell her that Hans was a bad idea?
Which sister – Elsa or Anna – are you more like?
What is unique about the relationship between two sisters?
What do guys not understand about that relationship?
The movie showed two very different ways to deal with trauma or difficulty – conceal/don’t feel and then ‘let it go.’ Which one is better? Healthier?
Which one do you more often choose?
How do Anna and Elsa eventually deal with their problems?
What is true love?