Little One got Frozen on DVD as a gift for her birthday. We hadn’t seen it but I had heard the hype, the breaking of the box office records, the go women! go girl power! and many of my favorite bloggers have written about it (see below for links). I’m sad to say that I didn’t like it. The premise was good, yes. Let It Go as a song and scene was good, yes. But other than that I really didn’t like it at all. It felt incomplete, archaic, and seemed to try hard to fit the Disney mold. Parents dying, handsome prince, rugged boyish friend, comic relief. I mean, it’s 2014, could we get a little more diversity? Even though my daughter may look like Elsa, that’s not all she sees in her classroom on a daily basis. That is not necessarily what she relates to. Or what we want young girls (boys too) to relate to? Why don’t they look more like our world? I’m all for princess love and sisterhood, but many of the relationships in the movie were not something that we wish for our children. Little One didn’t like it either. She hasn’t asked to watch it since. Which, for a three year old, is big. I’ve watched Mater’s Tall Tales too many times to count, and usually Disney movies have some staying power in our house. Tarzan was on rotation for a good month!
It’s broken records at the box office. It’s go feminism and yay sisters. But do we need this in our child’s lexicon? What are we reflecting back upon our children?