Frozen: 5 Ways Disney Upends Its Own Fairy Tale Tropes

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE MOVIE FROZEN

Disney’s latest full-length animated feature Frozen is a lovely movie, and in some ways a throwback to its early animated triumphs. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen, it has many familiar Disney elements: princesses, a prince, adorable sidekicks, a hummable score, heart-thumping action and stunning animation.

But at the same time it’s also an almost radical departure for a Disney princess movie—and that’s probably why it is resonating with so many audience members, particularly girls and women. It does this by undermining some of Disney’s most familiar fairy tale tropes:

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Ray Harryhausen Brought The Creatures Of Our Imaginations To Life

How you react to the news of animator Ray Harryhausen’s death today may depend on your age. If you’re under the age of 40 there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of him. If you’re over the age of 40, especially if you’re a fan of fantasy and sci-fi movies, you probably grew up loving his animation and special effects. You may not know him by name, but if someone said “skeleton sword fight” it’s likely you’d know exactly what they’re talking about. When it comes to animation and special effects, we’re a spoiled lot these days. What has become … Continue reading Ray Harryhausen Brought The Creatures Of Our Imaginations To Life