Is Frozen Disney’s First Feminist Princess Movie?
There’s that word again. Feminist. 2014 threw the word all over the place but never bothered to learn the definition.
Female celebrities were continually asked if they consider themselves a feminist. The correct answer was yes, of course. However, if anyone hesitated or didn’t feel comfortable with the term they were attacked. Arguably, a good thing.
The simple definition for feminism is equality between the sexes, a concept that may be lost on some. This equality has rarely been featured in Disney Princess movies, until now.
The amazingly popular Frozen, features a plot with refreshing feminist undertones. It differentiates itself from the classic Disney princess movie subtext of a dashing prince saving the damsel in distress, present in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid. The Big Four.
Princess Aurora and Cinderella need true love’s kiss to save them. Ariel and Cinderella are saved from their miserable unwanted lives by a Prince.
Frozen went in a different direction.
First of all, Queen Elsa has a SUPERPOWER. May it be a blessing or a curse, it’s pretty cool she can to cast icy spells. Every woman with a power in The Big Four are baddies.
However, there are several scenarios which lead into classic Disney territory and then take a U-turn.
For example, upon Anna’s first day of freedom from the castle, she meets a handsome prince and they decide to wed after only knowing each other for a few hours. This, plainly stupid, idea is opposed by two main characters. Disney is self-aware.
Of course, Frozen doesn’t totally deviate. Anna is succumbed to a frozen heart, only to be healed by an act of true love. The clever wording leads to assumptions that it must be a kiss from Kristoff.
Anna saves the life of her beloved Elsa and this qualifies as an act of true love. The love between two sisters is enough to do the trick. There is no need for a prince to heal her which is, frankly, great.
Frozen ultimately presents itself as one of the first realistic Princess movies. The message of family importance and that world may not be what it seems are valuable lessons for those at any age.
The fact that this is one of the highest grossing Disney movies is just a bonus. Kids, particularly girls, learn that it is fine to not rely on a man. And that may be the most important lesson of all.