Brrr- Are You Frozen Yet?


Olivia Connolly, Reviews Writer

In the past few years, Disney has graced its ever-adoring fans with several awesome animated films. In 2009, Disney broke out on new territory by having its first ever African-American princess in Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. A few years later, Tangled was released, which tells the tale of Princess Rapunzel who finds love in the mischievous character of Flynn Rider. Two years ago, Brave was released, and the protagonist, Merida, was the first Disney princess without a romantic interest.

And once more Disney has been a trailblazer with its animated hit, Frozen. It seems that nearly everyone who has watched this movie adores it. The soundtrack was also a huge success, peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200. In addition, Frozen won Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.

In the movie, the very talented Idina Menzel plays ice princess Elsa. She is “cursed” with the ability to create all kinds of snowy weather. This magical ability is hidden from the kingdom until the day of her coronation. That’s when everything starts to go downhill- fast. At the same time, Elsa has an energetic and bubbly younger sister, Anna. She is unaware of her sister’s powers at first, but soon will do anything to save Elsa and their country.

Through it all, the sisterly love that they share is a powerful weapon. And ultimately, this is what gets them through. Arguably, this is Disney’s first movie that really promotes familial love as conquering all. Though Anna does have a love interest, there is no one that Elsa has feelings for.

Frozen has been so incredibly successful, and it seems that the theme for 2013 movies is female empowerment. Frozen was #3 on the 2013 top grossing movie chart. In first place was The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. That tale also tells of a strong female protagonist- Katniss Everdeen. However, it is impressive that Frozen sold so well considering that it is an animated princess film.

So now all that remains to ask is, have YOU been frozen yet?


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