Frozen is the newest Disney movies. Apart from the good songs and the cuteness of Olaf, I also loved the story itself. I grew up watching the classic princess movies: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and so on. But my very favorite motion picture was Mulan. The movie was released when I was about eight or nine years old. People couldn’t understand why I wanted to have for two straight years a birthday party Mulan themed.
I remember the comments I received: “you don’t even look like her” and “she’s not a princess.” I guess I was breaking some unwritten society rules by choosing and loving that particular movie. At that time I would say: “but she’s brave and funny.” Now I know what I love about that children’s movie: the main character comes from a traditional society and she defies rules to protect her family and to be independent.
From Mulan to Frozen, Disney movies are pushing for a new set of values: family, independence, gender equality and hard work. There are hints and a few situations about them in Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and Brave, but in Frozen the presence of these four values is very clear.
1. Family: Anna and Elsa don’t get to grow up together. This makes them sad and is one of Elsa’s biggest regrets. Towards the end they discover that together as a family they can solve their problems and figure their life in a better way than when they were wandering by themselves. Proof: the true love act that dissolved the magic was Ana’s sacrifice for her sister, not the kiss of a guy she just met a couple of days ago (cof cof Snow White).
2. Independence: They can do things by themselves: After their parents death, they take care of themselves, Elsa doesn’t need a king to govern or make laws, Anna goes in the search of Elsa by herself instead of sending some knights or Duke Hans. And even thought Ana and Kristoff are in love, they are still doing their jobs: Anna in court and Kristoff with his ice business. Besides they aren’t afraid of speaking up their mind or saying if something is hurting their feelings.
3. Gender equality: In the politics world, nobody questions or discredits Elsa’s right to rule (unlike many modern monarchies and kingdoms). During the journey obstacles, Kristoff and Anna are a team, they need each other’s help to survive and achieve their objectives.Talking about physical strength, Elsa is capable of building a castle by herself and both she and the knights are very strong.
4. Hard work: The three main characters display a hard work throughout the movie: Elsa know her responsibilities and prepares to rule her people, when she is scared she goes and build a giant castle. Anna doesn’t give up in trying to find her sister and to fix the frozen spell. And Kristoff has his own business, takes care of his reindeer and even though he is dating royalty he doesn’t stops working.
The movies by Disney are supposed to be cheesy and for children. The new set of values that they are portraying is healthier than the one my generation got.