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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Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Why I Love: More Star Wars films. Why I Hate: More Star Wars films that may exist solely to squeeze every possible dime out of an existing franchise. Why I Love: There’s a whole generation of filmmakers who grew up on Star Wars who could revive the franchise creatively. Why I Hate: There’s a whole generation of filmmakers who grew up on Star Wars who could finish it off once and for all. Why I Love: Disney ownership has not negatively impacted the quality of Pixar and Marvel films. Why I Hate: This could turn out to be the exception … Continue reading Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm