A Frozen Rant…or I SO did not see that…

frozen917Okay, so the latest Disney phenomenon movie is Frozen.  

Two princesses – Elsa and Anna.

One prince, Hans.

One ice-seller/kinda hero, kinda nerd, Kristoff.

The usual Disney issue of parent/parents dying, being lost or otherwise abandoning the child/children.

One ice-queen curse.

I have to say right up front that I loved this movie.  I love the ice and snow as the backdrop.  I love the snowman, Olaf, who “…likes warm hugs!” and dreams of being able to hang out, and “…do what snowmen do in Summer!”  

I love the reindeer, Sven, and his raucous, opinionated non-verbal communication.  I adore Anna and Elsa and their relationship.  I dig that the guys are all secondary characters, without being pathetic or cardboard.  I think the music totally ROCKS!  

My sons loved this movie and want me to buy it the minute that I can.  We’ve seen it twice.  We’ve also watched On Demand once.frozen-mv-9

So, other than total adoration, why am I writing this blog?  

Weeelllllll, evidently I’m an idiot.  

I’m possibly blind and I don’t hear too good neither.   Why would I say this?  Because I’ve been reading this whole series of blog posts from people who saw a different movie than I did.  

A bad one.  An evil one.  One that will do harm to the very children for whom it was written.

frozen-mv-42No, I am not talking about the purists who were up in arms that the movie was even vaguely mentioned as being associated with Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.  Those I can understand.  “Loosely” adapted is being kind.  Grins.  However, for me, much as I love The Snow Queen story, THIS was so much better, more fun, lighter and a whole lot more musical.  Just sayin’

Now where was I?  Oh, yes.  The evil, despicable, deplorable movie that I DIDN’T see….Frozen.Still from film Frozen

Evidently some people saw Frozen, and saw a movie that was subversive, disastrously dangerous to our well being as humans, and so disturbingly flawed in portraying young women that it should be banned.  

Some people saw social conditions they find appalling.  Others saw social commentary that was, to them, unmentionable.

I did not get that.  Not at all.  Not in any way, shape or form.

frozen5fThey would probably say that because I write Romance, my opinion is already suspect.  That I am misaligned in my thinking or that I’m somehow a shadowy tool of the subversive right (or left).  

While I’ve never minded being subversive, I am NOT a tool.  In any meaning of the word.

Now that we’ve cleared that little bit of fluff out of the way, let me fill you in on the movie I saw.  Like I said, it’s about two sisters.  

Elsa, the eldest becomes queen when their parents die.  She’s a good sister.  Responsible.  But she’s got a curse/gift with cold, ice, snow, etc.  She’s had it locked down pretty well until Coronation Day.  

(And no, I do NOT think that their parents were abusive.  Yes, they opt to teach her to lock it down rather than have herfrozen2 embrace it.  Parent’s DO that. Parent’s first reaction is almost ALWAYS, “See if you can control it…”, not “Wow, let’s explore that with unbridled abandon, because no one could possibly be HURT….”  Besides which, it’s part of the STORY.)

Anna, the younger, is haphazard, funny, energetic and “controlled” is not a word one would ascribe to her, unlike her elder sister who’s so uber-controlled she’s about to snap.  Anna is graceful one minute and knocking over lamps the next.  She’s fun.  And funny.  They’re opposites.  BUT…sisters.  

Sisters who love one another.  Sisters who are all the other has left in the world when their parents die.

There are some scheming courtiers, and a scheming prince who is the “villain” of sorts, and they come into the picture on Coronation Day when Elsa’s gift slips her control and the whole movie starts it’s rollicking ride to The End.    Elsa flees, Anna goes after her to save her.  Enter comedic relief and aide in the form of The Snowman, The Reindeer, and The Ice Seller.  Oh, and some FABULOUS singing.  Can’t forget that!!

frozen2fSounds good, right?

Not to a Grandmother in Utah, who started her own personal blog rant with “I loved taking my grandchildren to this movie…” and goes on to inform the world that somehow, in this very movie that I watched, Disney is subversively persuading our children that homosexuality is not only to be tolerated but accepted as a human condition.  

Oh, and somehow, in all that ice, snow, singing and reindeer antics, there is a message to kids that it’s okay to be different…..SHOCKING!!

Wait, I DID get that, but not in the way this woman meant.  

***Now,  quick caveat here, I don’t care how you feel about the right/wrong of the LGBT issue.  I really don’t.  Discussing/debating it doesn’t have a place on the blog, so know that I’ll delete any comments that “go there” –  seriously.***  frozen-mv-39

The point is, where in the HECK did this movie say ANYTHING about gender orientation or preference?  *looks behind the screen*

I just don’t see it.  *reviews sections of the movie on YouTube*  

I.  Do.  Not.  See.  It.

Sisters.  Not lovers.  

The guys in the film are interested in women.  The women are interested in men.  

The snowman and the reindeer are male, but I didn’t even get the impression that they were particularly chummy, other than just friends.  

The wee bit about people in the sauna in the trading post?  I do NOT see that as the promoting the gay agenda.  If YOU want to tell your kids that the sauna scene (LESS than half-a-second on screen) is about two daddies and four kids, you go right ahead.  

I’m not going to mention it to MY kids, because I didn’t see it that way – heck I didn’t even SEE it until a blogger pointed it out.  

frozen-mv-15Totally Weird.  

So, I REALLY missed that movie where the Frozen cast suddenly becomes Tommy, or Cabaret, or The Bird Cage.

Then, there’s a complete uproar in the feminist community which decries Elsa’s change from Over-protected, Tightly Controlled, Wool-Clad Queen of Arendelle (in a dress that’s quite form fitting and attractive) to The Snow Queen, up on the mountain, in her ice palace, wearing a sparkly blue dress with a slit.  Oh, and instead of having her hair braided in a coronet around her brow, she’s let it down.  (Still braided though…)

Somehow wearing a dress isn’t feminine?  Or is it being a powerful sorceress who controls ice and snow?  Wait….those are both quite feminine.  Powerful.  Energetic and strong.

Is it the DRESS???  Letting her hair down???  Wait…going off on her OWN?

*color me confused*

So the dress is slinky.  So she took down the tightly woven coronet of controlled braids and opted for a looser braid.  So…..what?

She didn’t cut her hair, or put on pants or get a broom or a tool box or become Rosie the Riveter.  And whether she did or didn’t, wearing a dress doesn’t make her less strong, powerful, capable or independent.  In fact, her independence is, to me, the POINT of the movie.  She gets it.  She keeps it.  All while wearing a dress because she LIKES a nice dress.

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How?  

By being herself.  By using her innate talents for good.  By learning to be ALL of who she is, and accepting herself and learning to manage her gifts and skills for the best possible good.

How is that wrong?  She doesn’t have a Prince or a Consort. She’s enough on her own and she’s QUEEN.  Anna doesn’t have a Prince either.  It’s not even ABOUT that!  

And just to be clear, Elsa is ALONE on the mountain.  She changed her dress FOR HERSELF, not for anyone else, not for a man/prince/king/male-type-individual.  (Nor, just to be clear, did she do it for another woman. ) 

She did it for herself.  Because she felt beautiful, empowered and finally free, in a sparkly blue dress and with a slightly looser hairstyle.  Who am I to argue?

So, did you see FROZEN?

Did you see the fun interesting movie I saw, or did you see something different?

I’m a pants person, myself.  I’m not really into dresses, but frankly I’d have worn either of Elsa’s dresses and felt quite lovely.  

Do you like dresses and skirts, or are you a pants girl like me?  Would you wear Elsa’s wool or the slinky blue one or both?

Have you read the original The Snow Queen?  Pretty grim, wasn’t it?

Which do you prefer, The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson?

Do you analyze movies and find the Hidden Meanings? 

Or do you just watch and enjoy?  Grins.

What about books? Analyze or enjoy w/o analysis?

Did you love any of the songs in Frozen?  Have you heard them?  Here’s Elsa’s anthem, sung by the amazing Idina Menzel.

 

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51 Comments

  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I laughed when I read those articles where they said the movie promoted bestiality. I saw the same fun movie you did. I really enjoyed “Frozen” and thought it was cute. I never read the original “The Snow Queen.” I like darker stories, so I prefer the Brothers Grimm.

    • Cassondra Murray says:

      Jane you got the rooster! Woot!

      It’s fixin’ to turn cold here tonight, after a few 70-degree days, so I’m wishing I was like Elsa in that video and “the cold never bothered me anyway.”

      I haven’t seen Frozen yet, but when Jeanne played the video of Elsa singing “Let It Go” (sung by Idina) I knew I would like the film. Very empowering I think.

      Funny how people can find something to hate in anything, even an awesome, uplifting movie like this one.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! So glad someone saw the movie I did! Grins. I loved it too. And since I really do love snow….it didn’t bother me anyway. Hahah!!

      (Just for the record, did NOT read the bit about bestiality….seriously? Huh?)

      As for the rooster, the only thing he likes frozen is icecream…

  • flchen1 says:

    Huh. Clearly I didn’t see THAT movie either, Jeanne–someone’s been hitting the crazysauce rather hard!!

    Our family didn’t see the movie until fairly recently, and we all enjoyed it. I particularly liked that this WAS a marked change from the “the love of a good man will save you!” kind of story, and loved both the sister-love (even those of us without sisters can relate!) and the idea of growing into your strengths.

    I’m mostly a yoga pants and t-shirts kind of dresser but would have loved either of those gorgeous dresses 🙂 Occasionally playing dress up is fun!

    I can’t recall if I’ve read the original story; probably not or I’d have more to contribute!

    And my kids (especially the youngest, much to his sibs dismay!) do frequently burst into snippets of Frozen song!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      My kids do too, Fedora! My youngest is prone to walking around saying “Hang in there, Joan…” as a non sequiter. I asked him about it and he said he was “Singing in his head” but that he liked saying that bit out loud. Grins.

      (For those of you who’ve not seen the movie, watch the YouTube of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”)

  • Helen says:

    Jeanne

    Sadly I haven’t seen Frozen but all of my grandkids have and they all loved it as well as my daughters and I have not heard anything bad about it I too watch movies for the fun and enjoyment and always will yep there ar movies I don’t like and movies I love 🙂
    I have not read the original story and I do love Hans Christian Anderson stories and Brothers Grimm I don’t think I have preference over either.
    I am sure I will see this one as soon as my daughter can get it on DVD and I look forward to seeing it

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Helen, you’ll love it. Grins. It’s fun, the music’s great and it’s just not that complex….contrary to popular (or not so popular) belief. Ha!

      I predict the grands will watch this one over and over, even the boys. Kristoff and the reindeer and their sarcasm are a big draw for my boys.

      Oh…and watch the end of the credits, and read some of the credits as tehre’s more of that sarcastic humor to be found. Grins.

  • Helen says:

    Oh and I am a pants girl LOL I have not worn a dress for many years but if I did I would because I wanted too not for anyone else

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Amy Conley says:

    I did not zee this movie, yet, but I will, with my grandSONS! Anymore there seems to be all these people wanting and waiting to point out all of these hidden messages. To me they are only pointing out their own smallmindedness ( is that even a real word? It should be.) Why can’t you go to the movies or read a book because you want to? Because you enjoy doing those things not because they may mean this or that, but for nothing more than pure enjoyment?

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hear, hear, Amy! I’m so with you there (Obviously). I’m just not entertained by picking apart a movie for its hidden agenda.

      This would be presuming there IS a hidden agenda in the first place. A real one. :>

  • Mary Preston says:

    I have not seen FROZEN, but I must say I have only heard rave reviews. On my to watch list.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      I predict you’ll love it Mary, if you saw the movie I saw. Hahahah!! Obviously if you’re watching for the hidden agenda, you may be disappointed, but I don’t think so.

      It’s good clean snowy storytelling and be SURE to watch the credits for snarky comments about Kristoff, and at the very end for an extra scene.

  • Patty L. says:

    I bought the movie this week and everyone but me got to see it. My family loved it (both teenage daughter, son and the alpha h

    • Patty L. says:

      Sorry I got to excited and hit the wrong button) let me finish what I was saying ……. Husband). I wish that society would just let a good movie stand on the grounds of great entertainment and not try to read underlining meaning into everything. Btw I love to wear a dress but this winter I have been wearing pants. I love a lighter story so I vote for Hans and Beauty and the Beast is my all time favorite Disney movie so what would the critics sat about me?

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Obviously you and I are not very serious people, Patty L. Since we are NOT interested in discovering the dark underbelly of the Disney machine. Grins.

        I adore beauty and the beast, not only the Perrault fairy tale but the Disney adaptation. Strong funny character, that Belle. A reader! Imagine that. :>

  • Shannon says:

    I’m a pants girl. What hit me in both scenes was what a perfect figure she had in both dresses–a small waist in the first and pronounced curves in the slinky blue one. But that train was to die for. But I am a pants girl or a capri girl when it’s summer and not frozen. (pun intended).

    I haven’t seen it. I considered going, but it was the sing-a-long version. One of my worst memory was sitting through South Pacific with the guy next to me singing EVERY song off key. Glaring didn’t work, a cough didn’t work. I finally asked to be reseated. So a show with the point of everyone singing before I know the song seemed a stretch too far.

    Now that I know more about the movie, I’ll consider renting. (Don’t ask. I’m trying to figure out how to connect my old TV to a new box that gets netflix.)

    Analyzing stuff. I do analyze movies when they are of the art house films that the ladies like to intend. But some movies aren’t made for analysis–like The Budapest Hotel. One of my friends asked what the political message was. I didn’t see one unless it’s war is bad for business. Nebraska, yes, I look at and love the interaction of a son and father. But I go for the obvious, not the ridiculous.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      See there! ? You have the exact right of it! Sometimes there’s a message – and important one, usually – and I get that. I can watch Killing Fields, or Saving Private Ryan and get the message. I’m pretty smarrrrt, most days.

      But sometimes a movie is for entertainment. That alien concept known as FUN. No message. No agenda.

      Grins.

      You’ll love Frozen when it’s not the sing-a-long version. (And OMGosh, what a horrible experience w/ South Pacific….off key…ugh!)

      And yes, I do agree that Elsa is teeny-tiny-waisted. And yes, that’s probably sexist, and one of the cartoonists said blatently that it was “Hard to be sure we kept a range of emotions and still made them pretty.”

      Uh-huh. Wish I could have someone make me prettier when I cry or rage. Grins. But no…

      Anyway, I figure one step at a time. Empowered, independent Queen as a role model, and who’s beautiful first. We can get to Queen Elizabeth later…bwahahahah!

  • Teresa Hughes says:

    I saw Frozen and loved it! I couldn’t understand the problem. I think anymore people just want to find trouble when there isn’t any.

    I am a pants girl too! I loved the dresses in the movie but would never wear something like that. If I was ever seen in a dress like that then know some how my mother dressed me against my will!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Heehee! Teresa, I might choose a dress like that for a special occasion, but like you, if it was closer to every day, then it was my mom or my sister with the “Couldn’t you be a lady for once?” mantra. Hahahah!!

      Glad you too saw the fun movie. And you’re right, people want to create problems where there just aren’t any.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    LOL Great post, Jeanne! I haven’t seen Frozen, but am determined to now because it sounds fab!

    As for the supposed subtext – seriously? People so need to get a life! Do they honestly think that uber-conservative Disney would even consider any kind of subtext? Aside from that, seems to me you have to be looking for that kind of thing. I’m always the last to spot such subtexts in movies because I’m watching for the story, not subversiveness!

    I wear leggings or jogging bottoms most days, but love wearing skirts and dresses too.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Anna, you will LOVE Frozen! It’s a treat. There’s sarcasm, there’s a making fun of a lot of the old Disney conventions. It’s great. And the non-verbals from the Reindeer? Hysterical. Ha!

      And such a good point…that uber-conservative Disney would engage in subtext? oh, the horrors!?!

      And you look faboo in dresses, Anna. You have such panache and style. If I could pull off a dress like you do, and some of the other Banditas do, I’d probably adore dresses as much as I adore Frozen. Grins.

  • Caren Crane says:

    Jeanne, I hadn’t thought of being a “pantser” as referring to my love of actual pants, but I am a pantser! I don’t have lovely legs and delicate ankles, so pants are my friend!

    I read ‘The Snow Queen’ in many different forms, including Joan D Vinge’s futuristic space fantasy of the same name. Awesome stuff in all forms and ALWAYS very dark. Always. There were not many happy endings in the old, old fairy tales.

    I spent one summer (I think I was 12) reading all the old school fairy tales I could lay hands on. It was a great summer, even though the same stories are retold in many different forms from text to text and country to country. I loved Hans and the Bros Grimm. These were not light-hearted tales, though. I feel certain “Grimm” was a pseudonym! 😀

    I love the light and fluffy takes on fairy tales that we get from Disney. Love them! Matter of fact, I had “Gaston” from Beauty & the Beast stuck in my head this morning and was listening to it on YouTube before I even saw the post. Funniest Disney song EVER! Not sure they’ll produce another like that. 😛

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Caren! Yes, on the pantsing! I’m the same for the same reason. Grins.

      Oh, I remembre Vinge’s take on that! I think I may even have it around her somewhere. And yes, it was very dark as I recall…Most all of them are. I too love the lighter takes on them that are Disney’s go-to formula. They still keep some of the dark – seriously does everyone’s parent have to die or be dead? – but in the whole, lighter. Grins. And the Gaston song is right up there with Sweeney Todd in my opinion. Dark humor allllll the way.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Awwwww….okay, so if you didn’t think it was all that empowering, tell that to a stuck little girl. A four-year old and her mom and brother had to be rescued from an elevator. The little girl was afraid to climb the ladder to get out.

    The firefighters cued up Let it Go on their iPhones and sung it for her so she’d feel safe enough to climb to safety.

    Seriously, that’s a Awwwww! moment! :>

    http://potomac.patch.com/groups/trending-in-america/p/firefighters-sing-let-it-go-from-frozen-to-calm-girl-trapped-in-elevator

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I loved the movie and everything about it, the characters, the music, all pure entertainment as far as I was concerned. I went with a friend and her ten year old daughter. At the end of the movie none of us had feminism or gay/lesbian agendas on our minds. We didn’t discuss underlying themes or think about poor parenting skills or one sister’s need for total control. We talked about the wonderful music, the colors, quality of animation and how cute Sven and Olaf were. However, it doesn’t surprise me there were complaints or someone finding a hidden meaning around every corner. In today’s society just disagreeing with the President makes you a racist. Well, I am not ashamed to admit I loved the movie. When I go I want to be entertained. That’s the sole reason for my going in the first place. I will even admit I didn’t see a single movie nominated for an Oscar and wouldn’t give you two cents for any of them. I’ll take Frozen any day over them.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hear, hear, Debbie! I’m with you. I am shelling out my money to be entertained and uplifted NOT depressed out of my mind. :>

      I didn’t see but one of the oscar-nom movies either, unles you count Frozen winning for best song. Grins.

      And I loved Sven and Olaf too. :>

  • Oh. Thank. Goodness.

    I thought I was the only one who saw the fun movie that showed the love of two sisters and how they overcame so many trials to find happiness AS Sisters!!

    We took all the grandkids the day after Thanksgiving and we all had a blast! THEN I started hearing the bad press it was getting by people WANTING to find something. You know if you stare at big puffy clouds long enough you can find the strom clouds, tornadoes or even weird alien ships in them, too!!

    Geesh.

    I wear jeans and pants, mostly for the convenience. Would love to wear a dress…but they make me look like I’m wearing a caftan… so nope.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Wait…ya mean there AREN’T alien ships in the big puffy clouds? I’ve been robbed!!!

      Grins.

      Whew! I’m glad there are actually people out there who still DO go to the movies to be entertained. :> And to enjoy the movie w/o seeing the world-ending themes built in by some shadowy “THEY” group. Ha!

      Now I can build a conspiracy with the best of them, but not over and around a kids movie. :> (ANd that’s mostly for fun when I DO do it!)

  • Loved FROZEN, truly loved it. There was never any doubt in my mind that Let It Go would win the Oscar. IT’s up there with Defying Gravity in my mind.

    I feel really sorry for the crazies that can’t accept a good, fun, empowering movie for what it is. They look so hard in the shadows for something that’s not there, I think that they must live very restrictive lives. LOL. They need to Let it Go 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hahah! Yes, yes they do, Donna! Okay, hear that, folks? LET. IT. GO!! Enjoy the movie. :>

      I thought the song was brilliant, just like Defying Gravity. Wicked got all that bad foofoo too, so I could work hard and get to building a conspiracy about Adalina Mentos or whatever John Travolta called Idina Menzel. Grins.

      But I won’t. ‘Cause that song ROCKS!!

  • Debbie says:

    I loved Frozen, I thought that it is one of the best that Disney has put out in a long time. (Uh oh, I said put out, don’t take that the wrong way people, LOL) Let’s face it every movie that Disney has put out somebody has ranted against. Little Mermaid-girl looking for a man instead of standing on her own. Pocahontas-her chest was too big. Beauty and the Beast-bestiality, Lion king and Aladdin-all the hidden images. Personally I feel if you are seeing and hearing all this stuff in cartoons, then you must have a sick twisted mind since that is what you are looking for. My rant is be a parent and quit blaming cartoons for what your kid is learning. It’s a cartoon, entertainment meant to be enjoyed, get a life. I just shake my head at these people, it’s shame that they are so close minded. Good grief look at all the hype that hit with Harry Potter…let’s not get me started again, LOL.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Snork. Yep. Parenting would help, wouldn’t it? As a parent myself, I often feel aloat in a sea of “Stuff” that they seen and I have to know and, and, and….

      However, I’m certainly not blaming JK Rowling for the fact that my youngest loves Dragons, Minecraft, and Dr. Who. That’s all on me.
      Nor am I blaming the Chicago Cubs, the Atlanta Braves or any other MLB team for the fact that my eldest is baseball-mad. That’s on my DH! HAHAHAH!!!

      As you said, some people need to get a life!

  • Hellion says:

    Yeah, no, I didn’t see the “hidden in plain sight” gay agenda that harpy was going on about. As you said: all the “romance” angles suggested your typical Disney boy-girl romances. The fact that Elsa doesn’t have a guy at the end is totally not the point. At no point were we given the indication that Elsa would get a partner as part of her HEA.

    I wonder if it’s the scene about “an act of true love” where Anna sacrifices herself for Elsa (I can see–as a stretch that might imply ‘girl on girl’ action, but seriously, true love is not at all restricted to romantic involvement. If that is this person’s only definition of love, she has a very sad, narrow understanding.) To me, that act of true love was about true sacrifice you can have with your friends, your family, or yes, your romantic interest. There’s a whole misconception that you can’t love someone fully and not want to boink them or something. It’s just not true. There are plenty of people I love completely–and that thought has never entered my mind.

    That’s the problem. The whole “gay agenda” circles about the topic of sex which is the least of it. Well, to everyone but those who are against it.

    Ah, well, that was likely a stretch. Who knows what this woman’s problem was? It wasn’t Phyllis Schafly incognito was it?

    I just saw this movie this weekend and it was great. I adored Sven and Olaf–they were my favorite, and I loved Anna and understood her and loved when Elsa got her groove and said, “F*** it” and made her castle in the mountains. It was girl power. If they were going to biotch about it, I would have thought they would have complained about another movie turning girls away from “traditional” roles and thinking they can be independent, capable, and happy without a man. Those damned feminists.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Heehee, Hellion! I LOVE it!!

      Actually the feminists were up in arms about her DRESS. Sigh.

      Nevermind, you and the others and I saw the GOOD movie. The one about girl power and sisterhood. I liked that movie a LOT and obviously so did you. Grins.

      • Hellion says:

        The feminists were pissy too? About the DRESS? THAT DRESS? What was she supposed to make her statement in: yoga pants? A Sarah Palin corporate suit “take me seriously!”? Come on. If you’re going to be badass, you should be able to wear whatever the hell you want–and that dress was divine. Just because her outfit sparkled didn’t lessen her independent revelation. People, people. It’s a MOVIE. For CHILDREN.

  • catslady says:

    Afraid I haven’t seen it – no young children or grandkids to use as an excuse lol. Some movies lend themselves to more meaning than others and I think all books do but sometimes it’s nice to just watch for the fun of it. I’m usually in pants. I don’t mind dressing up but I hate shopping . I’ve never found that little black dress lol.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Catslady, I’ve never found that little black dress either. Grins.

      As to Frozen, kids or no kids, you would probably enjoy it. :> It’s a blast.

  • Lindsey says:

    I haven’t seen Frozen yet although I’ve been wanting to. I don’t have kids either. I love Disney movies. I always watch a movie and read a book for the entertainment value. I never understood the people who would take the time to go frame by frame through The Lion King to find the hidden “sex” in the debris that Simba kicks up when he lays down. I don’t get why some people have to ruin a perfectly good movie with their biases. Anyways, I can’t wait to watch Frozen and I will always love Disney.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      There you go, Lindsey! What you said! Really, anyone who’d go frame by frame to catch something as nebulous as that has WAY too much time on their hands. I have a yard that could use some work, and gutters they could clean…really. Much more productive than searching for hidden stuff that isn’t there. Ha!

      You’ll love Frozen when you do see it, so enjoy! And stay till the end of the credits for the little additional scene…

  • Jeanne, I haven’t seen Frozen and so can’t weigh in the main question.

    The original Snow Queen is a bit dark for me. I don’t remember enough specifics to know whether I prefer HC Anderson or The Bros. Grimm. But I love the show Grimm!

    I’m generally a pants person, but I do love a pretty frock when the occasion warrants it. I’d wear either of those.

    A movie has to pretty much hit me over the head before I perceive any message in it. I mostly just kick back and watch. Some people (on both ends of the political spectrum, and it seems to be mostly the ends rather than the much larger middle) are hyper vigilant for anything that could possibly interpreted in a way that offends them. A friend of mine was up in arms over Leia’s costume in the space barge sequence of Return of the Jedi, for example.

    I’d just rather not spend time worrying about things like that unless they do jump out and hit me over the head, and then I’m just irritated, whether it’s a book or movie. I don’t want to be proselytized to (not sure that’s spelled right) by something I sought out for escape.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      That is the root of it, isn’t it Nancy?! I do NOT want to be preached at by what I’m watching nor be preached at b/c I’m watching something that someone ELSE thinks has a message of which they don’t approve. Wow, that was a long sentence. Grins.

      Leia’s costume? The bikini thing? Snork.

  • Cassondra says:

    Jeanne, I think a woman really stepping into her own power scares some folks at a base level. they may not know why it makes them uncomfortable, so they lash out at anything they can find–even if that reason is manufactured.

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but when i watched teh video, I just did a fist-pump. I had to stand up from the power of the song and Idina’s voice.

    Waht a great blog!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Thanks, Cassondra! It’s clear to me that Elsa doesn’t blame anyone, but she’s now ready to do her thing for herself. And isn’t that ice castle a glory? LOVE it. :>

      And that song…ohhhhhh! LOVE it. I had no doubt it would win its well deserved Oscar.

  • Deb says:

    I just saw this movie last Thursday when our school, yes, the entire K-6, all 300 kids, watched it in the gym, projected on the wall……I LOVED it, Jeanne!!! It is one of the BEST Disney movies made in recent years. The music, the real and surreal artistic backdrops and animation, the love the sisters have for each other, the manly goofiness of Kristoff…..I loved the ice castle and the artistry of Elsa’s ice castle and the way she finally embraces her special frozen talent/curse. So cool!

    I cannot believe any of the complaints and negativity that seem to be coming out about this movie. Parent abuse, really? Gay stuff, really? Shocking clothing, really? Hidden messages, really? No to that all because it was interesting, beautiful, and an awesome story. And, yes, I am getting the DVD of it. 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay, Deb! Me too!

      And that, “really?” is just what prompted this post. All I could think was “REEEEAAALLLY?” and wonder just how dumb I was. Then I realized it wasn’t me being dumb it was them being weird.

      There’s a change around. SNORK!! I’m usually the weird one.

  • Becke says:

    Jeanne,
    I watched most of the movie with the grandchildren this weekend. They were singing along with the songs and already knew the words. The soundtrack was awesome.

    I have to say I noticed the change in Elsa in the ice castle. It wasn’t offensive. It was just so unnecessary. Suddenly, she started walking like a runway model, sashaying hips with the dress movement emphasizing this.

    What was the point? Did the kids notice? I doubt it. So why add? That part didn’t make sense to me. But offensive? No.
    b

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Heehee. Yes, I noticed it too, Becke, but it didn’t bother me. I only thought “yeah, the cartoonists are guys, for sure” Hahah!

      The kids didn’t CARE. And it’s for them so why should I care, and/or point it out and make it something THEY notice. Jeeeeesh.

      Anyway, glad you too enjoyed it. :>

  • I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I fully intend to do so!

    I am SO sick and tired of people making movies with HEAVY, DUTY MESSAGES and cramming them down my throat as entertainment. If I want to be enlightened. I’ll read a book!

    AND I am so sick and tired of people taking a movie made strictly for entertainment – THANK GOD – and turning it into something ugly. In order for someone to see something ugly in a film made for entertainment their mind has to be somewhere ugly to begin with, or at least that is my belief. No movie studio would be foolish enough to make a movie for children with this sort of hidden agenda. It would be financial suicide.

    Everyone I know who has seen the movie has enjoyed it and talked about how much their children liked it. Why can’t the doomsayers just leave it alone? There are so few movies made these days that are just pure fun and entertainment and escape. Will the “Lets buy lots of water because it is the year 2000 and the end is nigh / The Rapture is coming because this happened in Israel and these things are happening here and there.” PLEASE keep their day jobs of spreading gloom, doom and hellfire in the guise of religion and leave movie critiquing to the experts? As a Christian who has read the Bible in a number of languages I can assure these people if God hasn’t seen fit to tell the angels in heaven he certainly isn’t going to tell these nutcases when the end is nigh. Sheesh!

    And don’t get me started on the feminists! I happen to love wearing dresses and looking good because it makes ME feel good about ME! It also tells me I’m not going to work at Walmart that day. It doesn’t make me less powerful. It makes me MORE powerful because I refuse to conform to the rules set out by the mavens of womanhood who say a woman who stays at home with her children is not fulfilled and wasting her time. Let those women raise three children moving every 2 to 5 years across the country or across the world and supporting a man fighting for these women’s right to condemn their fellow women for THEIR PERSONAL CHOICES and see how they do. My Mom is one of the most fulfilled, toughest, self actualized, intelligent women I know. And she never leaves the house without her hair and makeup done and if a man is smart he’d better open the door for her because if he doesn’t she’ll tell his Mama. And for those of you who don’t know – threatening to tell a man’s Mama is more frightening to any Southern man than facing down a whole squad of Iraqi insurgents! Because Southern women are liberated enough to let a man wait on them hand and foot. 🙂

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay, Louisa! Exactly!!! :> What a great way to put it.

      And yes, we Southern women know how to do it, don’t we? Grins. And if we choose to stand up and be free in a gorgeous dress, or in dungarees, then by damn we will. Grins