Frozen Cl Paper

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A distinguishing characteristic of children's film are the "lessons" that audiences take with them after the credits roll. Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale "The Snow Queen," Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck's Disney film Frozen provides a handful of lessons for viewers of all ages. Surpassing the classic Disney films that many people have grown up with, Frozen has managed to become the top-grossing animated film of all time. As many animated children's films, Frozen can be viewed as a coming of age movie as it is filmed in the usual didactic mode. Straying slightly from the typical Disney mold, the two main protagonists in Frozen are played by strong female ...view middle of the document...

Elsa's parents advise her to hide her power from her sister and the world. After the parents suddenly pass away, in an act of complete selflessness Elsa shuts herself off from the world to protect her sister. The day Elsa gets crowned as Queen, Anna finds out the truth as her sister runs away from the kingdom. Anna puts her own safety and pride aside to get her sister back and save the people of Arendelle from literally freezing to death.
It is common to see unrequited, parental, and romantic love in Disney films, but it is rare to see the love between two siblings: "The Disney film canon exhibits many forms of love, whether romantic or parental, but rarely do we see such extraordinary acts of love for one’s sibling" (Johnson, 2014). In Disney movies such as The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, or Aladdin the concept of love at first sight is central. Many of the these films also end with a marriage in which the couple lives "happily ever after." Shockingly, Frozen departs from this sequence of events. When Anna informs her Elsa of her plans to marry Hans she is quick to jump in and tell her that she cannot marry someone that she does not know: "You can’t marry a man you just met" (Frozen, 2013). When Anna chases after Elsa and finds her she ends up getting hurt once again and can only be cured by an act of "true love." The trolls automatically assume that this means her true love's kiss will cure her, even though this is not the case. As Anna is dying, she sacrifices herself for Elsa in an act of love that ultimately saves her as well. These scenes shows the viewer the power of family and the bond between siblings. Children can take away the message that love is a powerful thing and goes deeper than just seeing someone, falling for them, and marrying them. Adults on the other hand can get a better understanding of how complicated love can truly be and that it takes hard work as well as time.
The second biggest lesson depicted in Frozen is the value of acceptance. From her childhood, Elsa is told to hide away her powers so she is never able to truly accept herself or her gift. She is respected and loved when her power is unknown to the world. Elsa is seen as the powerful female that has to be captured and locked up for being different. The entire kingdom of Arendelle does not see the good in Elsa once her secret is revealed, but Anna strays away from the pack and is capable of accepting her sister for who she really is. Because Elsa is unable to see that it is her power that makes her special she is left no option than to run away. When Anna manages to find Elsa and bring her back, she is able to see that regardless of the circumstances her sister will always love her. When Elsa sees that she is capable of being loved, she is able to accept that she is different from everyone. Only when she accepts herself, the kingdom is able to accept her. In the end of the film, Elsa is shown creating an ice skating rink and saving Olaf,...

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