Frozen is not a fixer-upper

Jeannie Williams, Floater Editor

From the opening, featuring saws stabbing into thick layers of ice, to the epic moment when Prince Hans utters the words, “If only somebody loved you,” viewers of Disney’s 2013 film Frozen were captivated by the Frozen’s riveting songs and plot. In the months that followed, songs like “Let it Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” played on a constant loop in people’s brains, perhaps to the point of insanity.

However, despite its over-marketing and over-expansion, Frozen should be appreciated for the classic morals and ideals it encompasses. It has proven with its longevity that it is worthy of all the attention.

The cliché idea of Prince Charming swooping in to save the day is replaced with the concept of filial bonds. The movie begins its family-based theme early on, with sisters Anna and Elsa playing together in an indoor winter wonderland. Families that saw Frozen together over winter break of 2013 were able to turn to each other with tears of laughter and sadness as the movie went on.

It is common for siblings to be pitted against one another: grades, popularity and athletic ability are constantly measured between family members. Any form of media that provides fertile grounds for sibling bonding deserves credit, and Frozen clearly makes the cut. Siblings of all ages, especially sisters, have found common ground with Frozen, defining themselves as either Anna or Elsa. The perception of true love that is portrayed in classics such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty takes a new shape in the form of sisterly love.

In the Disney parks, the important portrayal of sisterly love is shown by the way Anna and Elsa are only shown together. There hasn’t been one character greeting at the Magic Kingdom where they are separated, and the Royal Welcome Parade at Hollywood Studios had their actor-portrayals sharing a horse-drawn sleigh.

Since 2011, ABC’s Once Upon a Time has been giving the ultimate award to classic children stories by transforming them into live-action versions for television, as they have done with Frozen. This and the addition of a ride to EPCOT are indicative of Anna and Elsa’s embarkation on the road to Disney gold.

Frozen has irrefutably started on its way to becoming a beloved Disney classic. Despite the throngs of people who claim Frozen’s music and characters to be annoying, the film should still be appreciated for the other aspects. All Disney classics went through an overdone phase, but tolerance in the short term will help people appreciate the fictional kingdom of Arendale for a long time.

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