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  1. Jeff

    I’m not sure I can get behind this — does this apply to *everything* that comes out of Hollywood? Does this mean that whenever we see evil in the media we consume, it’s really just the evil of our eyes? That we should never critically examine the messages, assumptions, and worldviews portrayed by the films we expose our children to, and that if we find anything troubling there, it’s really just our own frozen hearts refusing to see the good?

  2. Raven

    Hi, Jeff. Thanks for your comment. No, this certainly doesn’t apply to everything that comes out of Hollywood. I think that’s taking my view of one film and making a blanket statement out of it. Should we all run out and watch the latest horror flick because it speaks to the archetypal villain? No. In fact, you couldn’t pay me to watch most horror films. There is plenty of filth out there, created for no really good reason. I am simply saying that I, personally, do not believe Frozen is one of those movies. And just because I drew positive parallels in my review doesn’t mean that I didn’t critically examine it. I thought I examined it quite closely, actually. This piece is in response to the allegations floating around that Frozen was obviously created with the intent of pushing certain political agendas and that no good parent would let their children watch it since it is so clearly an attempt from Hollywood to indoctrinate our children in sin. Here, I am simply presenting an alternative view point, the point of view that brought tears to my eyes the first time I saw this movie. When I discuss this film with my children, these are the points I emphasize. I am confident that they do not sense any underlying evil in the film. You are free to draw whatever conclusions you would like to from the film.

  3. forgetting.son

    Had a fairly lengthy response and thank you all written out. I hit delete instead. Really all I can and should say is thank you, thank you. This, I think, is the correct response. That’s all – thank you.

  4. Brad Haymond

    Thanks Raven! This is much more poetic than I would have put it. Here are some other thoughts from a film major who deconstructed things critically, emotionally, and as a father.

    I LOVE Frozen, and not just because my kids love it – though they do, especially the music. I have never seen them take to a musical so much before and it gives me joy to see my little daughter belting out Let it Go at the top of her lungs with her eyes closed, dancing in her carseat to the music. Truly an awesome moment for a parent.

    One cinematically-critical aspect I love about the movie is that the characters are very deep and multifaceted and realistic. I love the scene where Anna tells Christof that he will take her up the mountain or else, and she is obviously nervous about being bossy. THIS is how most teenage girls I know would act in that situation. I love it!

    SPOILER ALERT!! Both the Anna and Elsa are not one-sided characters, as well as Christof and Hans. I love that Hans is so truly likeable for almost all of the movie. Even after we know of his treachery, he still acts noble in the last interaction with Elsa. Love it!

    I love how the Elsa character, which they were originally going to make much more of a villain BTW, is not evil, but unsure about herself, a truly conflicted person. So many times in movies the creators make the characters scene-chewing villains, or seemingly perfect heroines. Most real people are not like this and are a mixture of good and bad. But Elsa is a real person, full of insecurity and angst. Powerful and elegant, but sad and unsure of herself too. I really like her character.

    I love the music and the messages it portrays. Freedom, life, living, fun, humor, friendship, caution – all of these are encapsulated in the music. The songs are very catchy, but also can stand the test of time (trust me, I’ve heard Let it Go at least 300 times already).

    I was going to go on about all the great aspects of the movie, but I am running out of time, so I’ll cut to the chase.

    Anyone can read anything into any story or situation. If LGBT want to read a message into this movie, they will. If you want to consider it offensive that actions that most would consider innocent – a father doing something, anything, with his daughter – you can. If you want to think that Disney has a hidden agenda in this movie, you can. Many have.

    As with Raven, I do not believe there is a hidden agenda. Even if there is, I do not see it. I NEVER saw anything like it when I watched the movie or thought about it. As you can tell from above, I did critically look at the movie and considered its plot elements and themes, so it isn’t as if I am some brainless popcorn-eating moviegoer. Just ask Bryce or Raven, I am definitely not.

    And I never saw anything like what some people out there are seeing in Frozen. The first time I heard of this, I was floored. After reading the reasoning, I can see what they are looking at, but I am still floored. It is a childrens cartoon whose heart is in the right place.

    One aspect I feel supports my viewpoint of this is I have not heard or read anywhere that anyone at Disney or connected with the production of the movie has said there is an LGBT bias or message. Nothing. If they wanted to push an agenda they could.

    I’d love to write more, but work calls…

  5. Brad Haymond

    Jeff,

    To be sure there are evil things that come out of Hollywood that DO have agendas. I could go off for a long time about the nudity in Titanic and how that turned the tide for bare breasts in PG-13 movies, but that is another discussion.

    Raven and I are saying THIS movie is not evil. I will also say that some people could find good in movies that most would find evil. Each person really does take away from the movie what they want to.

    I really don’t see why people think this movie, rather than all the others ever made by Disney or anyone else, has a LGBT agenda. Because Elsa doesn’t have a love interest? Really? Her character wouldn’t support it. She is a recluse. Her battles are elsewhere.

  6. Sylvia

    When I first heard of this movie, I heard good and bad, but a lot more bad. I was hesitant to see it. But I went with my kids and was *pleasantly* surprised! I really enjoyed the movie, especially the underlying themes so eloquently explained by Raven (Thank You!!) –

    I’m glad there are still movies that can bring out some good themes, where you don’t have to compromise your morals or virtue to come out the ultimate victor. Thanks again!

  7. AC

    I am really annoyed by the people who see an LGBT agenda being promoted because two sisters had true love for each other. The last time I saw a Disney production’s curse broken by a “true love kiss” it was on ABC’s Once Upon a Time and the kiss was between a mother and her son. Does that mean that ABC/Disney is now promoting incestuous relationships? I love the way you framed the movie and will watch it over and over with your insights in mind. Thank you.

  8. We have enough problems in this world without creating some that do not exist. Unfortunately, this essay will not be the one getting attention. Thank you for it!

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