Is Frozen a Feminist Movie or a Sexist Movie?

12 Jun


I know. It has been, what, six months since Frozen arrived in theaters? And yes, people are still talking about this movie. I recently just heard “Let it go” on the radio.

Frozen has received surprisingly positive reception and has walked away with an Academy, Golden Globe, and Oscar Award, despite the severe plot holes, unintelligent lyrics, and half-done character development. What’s going on with today’s critics? Did Disney promise them a piece of the pie? Or did the beautiful animation blind them to the fact that this was a poorly written story? It’s no wonder we put little faith in any of these award shows anymore…

That aside…

Frozen is also getting all kinds of attention for being a modern iconic movie that promotes feminism. This movie is getting all kinds of attention for doing something “different for women and Disney” when it is just that: different…as in, the first sexist movie ever to come out for female children. And different isn’t always good.

Here were some of the reasons some people have claimed this movie to be a symbol of “feminism” in comparison to Disney’s former movies:

1) There are two strong female characters in the movie who have goals and dreams, unlike Disney’s other characters.

2) Anna bravely searches for her sister instead of sitting back letting a man save her sister.

3) Elsa becomes queen without having to marry a man.

4) Anna decides who she truly wants to marry instead of being betrothed.

5) Frozen teaches girls not to fall in love with the first idiot (usually in the form of man) that comes along.

6) Frozen shows the world that women don’t need a lover (usually a man) to provide their icky kisses in order to save the day. The “day” can be saved by someone else who loves her (preferably a woman, and preferably a family member).

While many of these ideas are good in theory, and encourage girls to be smarter in choosing boyfriends in the future, or rather, not to date so soon at all, this movie doesn’t exactly push REAL feminist values.

Though I do think it’s important for all children to be a little more realistic when choosing mates…That also includes boys.

To add, many of these points just aren’t valid. Disney has only had two, yes TWO, Disney heroines who relied on a kiss to wake them up. The other heroines worked hard. In fact, Cinderella worked harder than Anna and Elsa ever could. She wasn’t born into nobility. Sure, she seemed to rely on a man to get out of her poor situation, but Anna relied on Kristoff to get up an ice mountain…

The other heroines like Belle, Princess Jasmine, Esmeralda, Kida, and even Meg were all feisty, brave, and intelligent. All of them were independent. Esmeralda saved Quasimodo. Meg was a bit of an anti-heroine, which Elsa failed to be…Belle read books (which Anna seemed to do little of). Princess Jasmine was much more cautious in love than Anna was. And Esmeralda, Meg, and Jasmine both conveyed as much sex appeal as Elsa did when she decided to “slit” up her dress…

Tiana worked hard and helped her Prince out of financial debt. In exchange, he helped her get her restaurant. It was a fair exchange. Mulan was never saved by anyone! Neither was Ariel! Ariel was bright, intelligent, and curious. To add, she also saved her prince. So what are people talking about?

I think it’s because Elsa is the first “emo” character. Maybe that’s what it is.

What is feminism?

Feminism has been misconstrued in today’s society. Many people today think feminism is the idea that women can do any and everything better than men. People think feminists carry the idea that women don’t need men at all. Many people think feminists HATE men. This is because many women who are bitter or angry with men have come to hate men (especially if they were in a poor relationship with a man). Many of them thus end up forming SEXIST generalizations about men, and then end up hiding behind the label “feminist”. But it makes it bad for the real feminists.

Here’s an example of someone who has misconstrued what feminism means:

Time magazine (and other magazines) asked Shailene Woodley (Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, Divergent, and The Fault in Our Stars) if she was a feminist. She stated,

I don’t consider myself a feminist because I love men. I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 per cent feminine and 50 per cent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that’s important to note.

Yahoo article on Shailene’s objection to feminism

See how confused Shailene is? And based on the comments, other people are confused, too. Many aren’t, but understand why she wouldn’t WANT to be one. I can understand, too. Feminism has come to mean something totally different from what it used to mean. It’s no wonder people step away from the word as if even the word is a monster.

Dictionary definition-Feminism-the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.

So feminism is not believing that women can do everything better or without men. It’s the belief that women should be given the exact same opportunities to do the same things as men (whether they try and succeed or try and fail, as long as they are given a fair shot). It is the belief that the two genders are EQUAL. And as one Yahoo writer points out, it also benefits men. In a feminist situation, men will not think they have to have the jobs all the time. It introduces the idea that a man can stay at home, cook, and clean for a change. Or places can open up on dance teams and cheer-leading teams for boys…Though boys started cheer-leading in the first place…

So, if we look at feminism as being equal to men, would we really say Frozen is advocating equality to men, or is it promoting female chauvinism? Chauvinism: The idea that one gender is superior to another.

A Lack of Male Character Development

It’s alright to say women don’t always need men, because yes, women are capable of taking care of themselves if they choose to be single. But Frozen takes this concept to a different level. We do need each other to a certain degree. We both live in this world. Ideas that promote the uselessness of a man is just as damaging as making men out to be Gods…

If a man went around saying, “I don’t need no woman”, he would be labeled a misogynist…But back to Frozen.

There are only three supposedly “important” male characters in the whole movie, and a couple of male trolls. Not one of them are important to the story. All of them are useless.

Kristoff is simply in the story to serve as a lover and to be the chauffeur for Anna (which she could’ve taken herself on her own journey up the mountain, if she was so “strong”). He was a card-board box character that didn’t need to exist. Doesn’t that sound exactly like how women “of the old days” were portrayed? Oh, but then, we complained that it was sexist. Is making Kristoff a useless lover in a traditional male role (ice lifter, because men are so “strong”…) ANY different? He has no family, no interesting back-story or dreams, and when he could have served a purpose, he failed to do so (knowing about the Anna incident but doing nothing about it…).

Then the other male character is an evil, selfish, douche who’s only goal was to improve trade relations. He was the weakest villain ever, and he only served to teach Anna that men are pigs and only care about themselves. Even if, from a woman’s perspective, this is true, it doesn’t make it any less sexist. Sexist movies in the past, despite everyone’s beliefs, took three turns: women would either be useless, objectified, or absolutely evil.

Look at the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s , and even 1960’s movies. They Drive By Night, DetourThe Ten Commandments, and Gone with the Wind all portrayed women as absolutely evil and no good. Most movies had a “vamp-like” character in them. It made men respect women even less. It made men think of women as conniving, wooing snakes, only bent on power. Isn’t that the EXACT same message Frozen gives to women about MEN? Is the movie not also portraying a man as a snake only focused on power? Come to think of it, so did Maleficent. So what do you think it’s doing to the young female mind?

But then, it was called “sexist”. Now that the roles have switched, we want to call them “feminist”.

And that dumb snowman, Olaf, was it? He served absolutely no purpose but to provide cheesy comic relief, as did the male trolls and the horse. Similar to the female friend in Thor.

If you want to send a message that women don’t need men, why don’t you just OMIT the men altogether? In fact, this story would’ve been way better without them. Kristoff was such a distraction, the true bond between Anna and Elsa barely evolved. The villain was thrown in at the last minute because, oh darn, Disney changed Christian Andersen’s story so badly, they lost their only villain: The actual SNOW QUEEN.

So no, this movie isn’t a feminist movie, it is sexist.

And while we’re at it, let us have Anna punch Hans in the face. Imagine if that scene was replaced with a man. We would’ve thought this movie was misogynist, even if the woman was a psycho. How is punching a man, when he’s never touched her, making her equal to a man? It just makes her abusive and volatile. Tell me, if a lady “played” a guy for his money (similar to what Hans tried to do to Anna), do you think he should punch her? No? Why not? It seemed to go over well when Anna did it.


How else can you tell the movie is sexist? Because both men and women can’t enjoy this film. It is NOT equal in direction or presentation. This film is bent on making men feel bad about who they are, and making women feel vindicated. Feminism’s goal is to advocate for the social and political rights equal to that of men. In what way is this movie promoting social equality when it’s traditionally feminine at the core but puffs out sexist views while it’s at it?

For example:

1) Elsa proves how free she is by (obviously) doing what she always wanted to do: Put on a pretty, sparkly, sexy dress, and decorate her home, like the average traditional woman would do. This same “freedom” also causes her to leave her kingdom and her sister destitute. Instead of setting things right and taking responsibility for her actions (like Disney’s male characters would’ve done), she is forced to go back to the kingdom in chains. No, she didn’t go off on an adventure to explore the world or try to figure out if there were others like her. Oh no. She decorated a home and wore a new dress.


2) Anna dreams of romance, dancing at a ball, and dressing in fancy clothes…which is traditionally feminine, too.

Thanks for representing Venus, the epitome of traditional femininity...

Thanks for representing Venus, the epitome of traditional femininity…

3) Anna is still basically saved by Kristoff because apparently she couldn’t find the ice mountain by herself…without a man’s help.

4) Anna and Elsa have pretty dolls on the shelves, while Kristoff’s toys look just as boring as ever. And how many outfits do you think he comes with? Oh, I forgot. They made him the “stereotypical male” who doesn’t care about his appearance AT ALL. So Equal.


5) Most of this story is spent on Anna and Kristoff’s relationship. Only 29 minutes and 43 seconds were spent focusing on Elsa, out of 106 minutes! Anna and Elsa had very little interaction with one another, and yet, we were supposed to believe this was a sister story? This is still a movie focusing on the traditional feminine genre of romance. Despite his romantic role, Kristoff is still a pointless figure. If only this story had a clear goal…

6) While the movie was trying to push a message meant to encourage girls not to fall in love “at first sight”, the movie’s message was contradictory. It was ridiculous that Anna only knew Hans for a couple of hours, thought she was in love, and entrusted her whole kingdom to him. We knew that was going to end badly. But crap, she only knew Kristoff for a day, and also claimed to be “in love”. What’s the very difference?

7) Having a woman or man save the girl is no better if the damsel-in-distress is STILL A FEMALE.

There are some other points mentioned here: Frozen Review

I know feminism isn’t the idea of breaking all traditional rules or anything (though lately people seem to think that’s what it represents). It’s the idea that men and women are created equally, which may break some rules, but not all.

But if that’s the case, what’s so wrong with having the loving man in your life kiss you to save the day, especially if he has done nothing else in the whole film? That does nothing different than a girl using superficial pretty dresses and home decorations to represent her freedom, neither does it do anything different when it comes to a woman wishing and dreaming to dance at a ball. It also doesn’t make a difference whether a male or a female saves the girl. The female is still acting “in distress”. She’s still being saved by someone.

There is no way a little boy can learn about feminism from this film. This movie won’t help men understand women or respect them. Rather it sends the sort of message that makes men hate them, fear them, be bored, or confused by them. This is why most of the people who hate this movie are male. Again, how is this movie feminist? How does this movie prove that women are indeed equal to men, and not above them? Is this movie showing men that women are just like them, or is this movie placing distinct differences between the genders? Sounds more sexist to me. This movie is the epitome of female chauvinism.

10 Reasons Frozen Differs From Movies Driven With a Male Lead

While this movie thinks it’s doing something by trying to match the movies driven by male lead characters, the only thing equal about this movie is the success of the movie. Sure, it has the same box office success as most animated films where males are the main characters, but that’s where the equality ends.

Most movies geared to men have several factors that Frozen is missing:

1) Long adventures with many obstacles, and then a huge fight with a villain

Does Frozen have that? No. They barely even have a villain. And then, the “villain” is so weak, it’s almost as if he could be broken in two by Elsa. I guess women only deserve a villain that can’t do much harm. After all, they are women. A huge action-fighting scene can’t POSSIBLY be in a girl’s movie…

Really, Hans isn’t even the villain. He is a weak antagonist. A minor adversary. There is a difference.

Definition of villain: a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.

Hans was not the important evil agency in this plot because he was not the main obstacle throughout the whole movie. Elsa was.

Definition of antagonist: a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.

Really, Elsa is the deuteragonist of the story, and she acted as both villain AND heroine. She is the person who froze the land, ran away as if she didn’t care to fix it, and sent an ice monster to attack her sister, Anna, the true main character of the story.

2) Male movie “anti-heroes” don’t play the victim

The “half” antagonist in this movie, who we usually call the “anti-hero”, Elsa, proved to be a victim. Elsa’s “evil powers” did little damage beyond bringing snowmen to life and prettifying her new castle. Whoopy, she “accidentally” almost kills her sister, though all the love in the world could’ve broken that spell a long time ago. And who cares if the land was covered in ice in the summer? Their main export is ice! Another sappy character, playing the victim. Doesn’t happen to males.

3) Men always have ladies as prizes in the end of their movies

While women may not like this point, equalizing a man’s movie would mean having a man as the prize for once. Does Frozen have a man as the prize for once? No. Men never portray themselves as having total and complete independence, like they don’t need a woman at all, but rather portray women as a goal or a prize to be won. How many female movies do that? I can think of one, but I’ll save it for last…

Frozen has copped out on the idea, “I’m so helpless when a man is around, that I’ll have to make a man completely unimportant to feel more important”. Have women fallen to the idea that they only have two options: I’m either saved by a man and useless, or I’ll do everything myself without any man at all? There are other options, you know: You can save the man…

Or maybe Disney was too busy focusing on rising above the reputation they’ve been stamped with. They have the reputation of presenting the idea that women need men in order to “get things done”. Though, how Frozen proves otherwise, with Kristoff leading the way for Anna, is beyond me.

4) Men usually risk their lives for a damsel, often putting themselves in harm’s way

Did any Frozen female characters do this? No, they mostly risked their lives for each other. But the man was just…there…for whatever reason. How did Anna show Kristoff that he was special to her? What sacrifices did she make for him? She did nothing. Why was he there again?

And again, the female was the one in distress. Not surprising.

5) Men usually do fall in love at first sight of a beautiful figure

While women may not like this point, to equal the stories written with a male lead and make it truly a little different, why not have a woman fall head over heels over a man’s beauty…and him still be a great guy? Again, only one movie equalizes this point…

6) Male characters are usually losers who prove themselves to the world through courageous acts

In movies where males are the main characters, the males are usually looked at as losers who show the world that they are brave, courageous, and can protect others.

While Elsa could’ve done this, all she did was prove to herself that her powers were helpful, but she wasn’t courageous or brave about it. She only fixed the mess she made. What feat did she conquer other than her own inner demons? Elsa isn’t even considered the main character. Anna is, and she was never looked at as a loser, and so never had to prove herself.

7) Male movies are starting to portray better female role models

The Matrix, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, it doesn’t matter. They all have good, strong women in their movies, and most of the villains are male. They don’t make women seem like evil arse-wholes.

But Frozen, quite frankly, does that to men.

8) A Male’s goal is usually to gain honor, fame, or respect

Frozen follows the same old female tradition of setting love and a good social status as a goal. Another “social status” flick, like any other catered to women.

9) Male characters focus less on the fashion or their charm, and more on their worth as human beings

Females focus too much on trying to charm a crowd and look “prettiful”. Yes, I know it’s not a word. Anna’s greatest quality is her charm. Anything beyond that…pointless to discuss. Elsa obviously loves to charm us in pretty gowns.

10) Male protagonists usually make mistakes and suffer consequences

In male movies, even the protagonists make mistakes, and have to suffer consequences. Example: Hercules wouldn’t listen to Phil when he was trying to tell him about Meg.

Anna and Elsa are just victims. Elsa never apologizes for anything she does, though she froze her whole kingdom and didn’t even care what happened to her sister.

Disney’s Breakout

With all of the above mentioned, it makes you wonder why people really look at Disney as breaking from their traditional ways of doing things, when they really haven’t. Their female characters still wear pretty dresses meant to sell merchandise. That will be the day when their female main character looks plain, drab, ordinary, or ugly…

And why is Frozen looked at as the first movie to break from social norms out of all of Disney’s movies? The only truly feminist movie I’ve seen is Mulan. Oh, but maybe she’s too Chinese to be considered an actual feminist…Or maybe these kids today are too young to remember her…

No, I know what it is. She wasn’t wearing a dress like a normal girl, and didn’t act like a normal girl. Wait, isn’t what we consider “normal” similar to what is traditional?

Maybe it’s because it didn’t pass the Bechdel test

Or maybe it’s because she finds a nice guy in the end…

But her movie fits all of the above standards for being equally designed and written and treated just like a boy’s movie!

Mulan equals the boys in every way. 


1) She starts off as a loser, and earns her honor, fame, and respect, much like the boys usually do.

2) She wants to bring honor to her father, not her mother, and follow in his footsteps.

3) She also chose her own romantic partner, and got to know him much more than Anna did Kristoff (which was still love at first sight because Anna only knew Kristoff for one day). And yes, Shang was a physical hunk. He was very much objectified and loved for his beauty.

4) She saved a whole country, much like most men do, rather than just one single person.

5) Her villain was a fearsome war leader. And though, yes, he was an evil male, he didn’t suddenly become the villain because he broke her heart. He was generally the enemy of the whole freaking clan, including the men of the land. As the saying goes, a good story is as good as the villain…

6) She defeated a whole army, all by herself!

7) She actually sacrificed for and saved a man, not another weak female character, getting a battle wound in the process.

8) Mulan made some serious mistakes. She lied about her identity, stole her father’s armor, and ran away from home. But she recognized her mistakes and made up for them.

9) Very little merchandising can come from this movie, much like in male movies. Unless girls want to buy her armor…

She honestly has one pretty dress. Most of Mulan’s playsets consist of war materials and a tent.

10) In the end, she wins her prize: Her man, much like male movies…

11) All of the males had personalities, not just Mulan, and all of the main characters helped Mulan defeat the villain. They were all useful in some way.

12) Mulan never dreamed of love, romance, freedom, lots of fancy clothes, none of the traditional female hopes and dreams. She dreamed of finally knowing where she belonged and honoring her father (much like Hercules).

So, Mulan equals the movies usually geared toward males. And guess what? Mulan earns the respect of males. It is a gender-neutral story that people of both genders can enjoy. There are more males who consider Mulan a better movie than Frozen. And I’m talking about adult men. They can enjoy this movie and still respect women. When they see Mulan, they see that a woman’s feelings, ideas, desires, hopes, and dreams are no different from theirs. They realize that women are capable of taking down a whole army, surviving a brutal military camp, making their fathers proud, and taking a pursuant role in a relationship by impressing a man with her strength, instead of using her particular charms or her beauty.

Frozen does none of that. While Frozen shows men that women are brave because they can go on adventures to save their sisters, they fail to show that they can find directions on their own and survive a deadly forest without the assistance of a male to escort them. While these women have goals, hopes, and dreams, they don’t seem to mirror the same hopes and dreams as males. They are indeed traditionally feminine in nature. And of course they can’t make their fathers proud, they are orphans…

But does that mean they can’t impress men with their strength instead of their beauty? Anna is simply a pretty figure with a charming personality at the ball when she falls for Hans, even if she was a little quirky. Though Elsa doesn’t have a love interest, she never fails to dazzle the audience with her elegant gown in the solo “Let it Go”, possibly to appeal to the eyes of future toy consumers. Why else would she change her clothes?…Yet, she didn’t use that freedom to go explore the world…Or find others like herself…Or read some books…

So, that’s my spin on this feminist issue.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!


31 Responses to “Is Frozen a Feminist Movie or a Sexist Movie?”

  1. Chester 2014/12/27 at 13:30 #

    I really appreciate your analysis and extensive review. I think you nailed it across the board and reminded me why I continue to boycott Disney.

    You might want to review your article for the way you’ve used “it’s”, as it is used incorrectly several times and hurts your credibility. It’s = it is. Not a possessive.


    • generationnext 2014/12/28 at 18:18 #

      I apologize for the “it’s”. My computer has that automatic spell check thing, and it’s very irritating. No matter how many times I go over it, it continues to do it.

      Thank you for the objective viewpoint and I’m glad you enjoyed the article for what it was.


  2. Angela 2015/08/14 at 04:14 #

    My dear, I think you’ve quite nailed it.

    As a real Disney fan since infancy, I confess that apart from the bedazzling first experience seeing it in the theater with my family, Frozen never truly wowed me like it has the rest of the world. “Better than the Lion King”? Yeah, no. Big Hero 6 was a better recent animation, at least to me if not everyone else, but I never really thought about why Frozen seemed so annoying to me, apart from the constant “Let It Go”s I hear everywhere. Then I read this and everything just clicked.

    I truly appreciate you being so analytical about this and giving SO MUCH visual proof to back up your claims instead of just ranting your opinion like other blog posters and commentators do. I also appreciate you giving the true definitions of feminism and taking a step further by delving into the male perspective for a while so both male and female views are taken into account for your review.

    Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I’m gonna actually bookmark this because it contains a lot of good questions and info and analysis that can be applied to any movie, it’s so good! Kudos!


    • generationnext 2015/08/14 at 21:19 #

      Thank you so much, Angela. 🙂 I really appreciate your comment. I’m glad you could take something from the article and that you find the points valid. There are so many fans of Frozen, and I don’t see myself as someone put on this earth just to hate what others love so much. Still, I can’t love Frozen as much as other people do.


  3. ThumbWind 2016/01/14 at 15:14 #

    Thank you! This also reminds me how much I loved Mulan. I was a 5 year old boy drawing the title logo from Mulan. I was so stoked when I saw that early teaser trailer. I loved dragons and I really identified with Mulan. Who, was a human, who wanted to honor her father and go to war even if that means to strike out on your own knowing of the consequences. Mulan is a badass!

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    • generationnext 2016/01/14 at 17:05 #

      Exactly. Mulan related to male audiences without having to shove in a man’s face “Oh, look I don’t need a man. See? They are such pigs, girls.”

      Frozen may empower women, but it will NEVER make them equal or show that women are just as capable as men.

      Mulan showed the world that women are just like men. They are HUMAN with human failings but also strengths that equal to men.

      That Mulan logo was always dope. I also liked Tarzan’s logo. They were fierce.

      Hopefully, Disney stops wasting their time on pathetic attempts to appeal to modern feminists and start focusing on making GOOD stories with solid plots.

      Thanks for commenting. 🙂


  4. Najaa 2017/04/06 at 00:04 #

    Hans didn’t just “played” a guy for his money. He attempted to murder her sister( the person Anna loved above everything). How many men have ever punched women for this reason? They exist but not many. Hans has never touched Anna but he did something much worse to Elsa. He almost hit Elsa WITH A SWORD TO DEATH.
    I think it’s a very rare case when punching somebody is excusable.


    • generationnext 2017/04/08 at 09:26 #

      Elsa attempted to murder her sister as well. She sent a giant ice monster on her! What makes Hans different from Elsa? One is a woman, and the other isn’t. So why didn’t Anna punch Elsa? She was the reason for the whole fiasco.

      If he attempted to kill ELSA, then ELSA had every right to retaliate in self-defense. But Anna? No.

      I still fail to see that Anna’s motivation was her sister. It seems she punched him more because he deceived her, not because he tried to kill her sister. Which still isn’t a good reason.

      Now, if a female villain had tried to destroy a male character’s brother, when all is said and done, should he punch her? I don’t think that would go over well with the feminists at all, considering the double standards. Especially if he uses his physical fists. It may be rare in real life, but what’s stopping somebody from putting that in a story? No matter the reason, Anna shouldn’t have put her hands on Hans if he’d never touched her.


      • Kimmy P (@shocKimmy) 2017/06/01 at 20:12 #

        I’m really pleased you have acknowledged this double standard.

        Hans is more of the hero in Frozen anyway. Anna is just too much of a screw-up in everything.

        I’m curious: what do you think about the popularity if this film & the sales dusparity betwden the two princesses?


      • generationnext 2017/06/05 at 18:06 #

        I feel the popularity of the film was pushed because of the actress who voiced Elsa; she was the same actress from Wicked. That brought a strong crowd to the film.

        I also believe the timing was right (around the Christmas season, but not to “Christmas-y” (for those who celebrate other holidays around that time).

        I believe that Elsa appeals to the feminist group unlike Anna. Elsa is pushed by the feminist agenda. She is the character who smiles the least, is perpetuated as the least attractive between the two sisters (until her solo song), and does not have a love interest. Her dreams and goals don’t align with what is commonly seen in movies with female leads (though there have been female leads with similar goals, just very few). I believe this lead to Elsa’s success.

        People are more socially and politically aware today (thanks to the internet and social media). All of this had a hand in Frozen’s success.

        I agree that Hans played a role in saving the kingdom. Had he not brought Elsa back, Arendale would still be in a never-ending blizzard.

        Thanks for commenting. I appreciate you reading.


      • Kimmy P (@shocKimmy) 2017/06/05 at 22:39 #

        I think Kristen Bell was a bigger name attached to the project upon release, but Idina Menzel because a household name because of it.

        The current cultural environment was a factor in Frozen’s success. Was it that significant? I think it did so well because of the song, Elsa, & the twists (neither of which were actually well-written).

        I cannot stand Anna as a character. I think she is aesthetically unappealing as well. What do you think about the character appearances? I’d like to know as you are a doll enthusiast.


      • generationnext 2017/06/10 at 22:52 #

        The song “Let it go” appealed stongly to the LGBTQ community, as most connected it with their own coming out stories. Many of those who felt like outcasts in society attached themselves to her. We can see this by the number of people pushing for Elsa to be a lesbian in Frozen 2 through petitions. The feminist movement is strongly supportive of Elsa because she was single throughout the story.

        If we observe the latest Disney characters, we notice that they are trying to make strong female characters in support of feminists.

        This is the current cultural climate. Everyone wants proper representation and an inclusive Hollywood. It’s why many of these movies have had female lead characters in the last couple of years, including Star Wars.

        I don’t find Anna appealing aesthetically either, but more importantly, the movie could’ve done better without her. However, I would actually more supportive of a character that was butt-ugly, as Disney seems more interested in cashing in on its doll line and merchandise than on actually telling a decent story. Imagine a character with an unusual appearance, like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but they made her female. There are not enough older, plainer, unappealing lead characters. It would be refreshing. As a doll, nothing about her is unique or interesting. She barely comes with anything. Elsa was given the queen treatment.


  5. Michael Price 2017/12/14 at 23:44 #

    Kristoff is useless? He’s absolutely badass. He’s like an action hero without the self-confidence, and he only lacks that because of his unbelievably tragic backstory. How many other characters could refer to almost starving to death as a child as “It was touch and go there for a while.”? He saves her life at least 3 times and is on his way to try to do it a fourth when she turns away from him. Hell he’s one of the most effective people in the movie. Almost everything he tries to do that isn’t Anna’s idea he succeeds in, the only exception being his horrible haggling with the sauna guy (heroic orphan, social skills not included).

    Other than that great analysis.


    • generationnext 2017/12/16 at 13:14 #

      Well, for me, it’s all well that you can he is badass. But for me, there has to be receipts. In the Frozen movie, he really had no true purpose, no matter how cool his character.

      So what if he has a tragic backstory? Of what purpose was it to the story? Elsa and Anna had a tragic past as well, but played a bigger role in driving the plot. A tragic backstory doesn’t make a character important, interesting maybe, but not important. And that tragic background is all speculation because they never really mentioned anything about his parents or background in the actual MOVIE.

      Kristoff saves Anna? All he did was provide the sleigh. She was able to keep the wolves at bay and she pulled him to safety when he was falling off a cliff. Please name the other instances, and provide the minute and second it occurred. Well, he did carry all the way to the castle when her heart was freezing over, so I suppose that made him important. If he hadn’t been there, she probably would’ve passed out in the troll village and the trolls would’ve either just let her die there or they would’ve had to be the ones to take her back to the castle.

      He had a little importance, I can admit, but really wasn’t as effective as he could’ve been (knowing that Anna was the girl who got her heart frozen years ago, he could’ve intervened. There’s no way he shouldn’t have). I just don’t feel they made full use of the character.

      Yes, Kristoff is a cool character in his own right, but he isn’t needed to make the story good. That’s what I’m saying. I rewrote the plot and excluded him out of it, and actually the story was rather interesting without him.


  6. XLR8 2018/01/20 at 08:57 #

    This is supposed to be objective right?


    • generationnext 2018/01/20 at 15:27 #

      No, this is supposed to be a persuasive argument. And I’m using my knowledge on what feminism means to make that argument.


  7. annalyb 2019/12/09 at 10:09 #

    Great review. I have just a couple of observations. You say: :This is what REAL feminism is about. TRULY earning the respect of MEN.” I don’t think so. It was about the right to own your life, to have the right to make your own decisions, your choices; the right to be independent. I am 70, so maybe it was the first wave. The respect of men would be a side effect. The main thing was to have the right to live your life as you wanted it, not being ostracized or forbidden to get jobs or ascend in your career, or even have a career because men would use every law or bully resource to keep you out. A second comment is about “being equal”. We are not equal. The most important job we do in life is producing the next generation, and women have a great, difficult, life-transforming role in this aspect. Equality in opportunities, in right to make the choices and decisions about your life, being financially independent, work where you want or feel qualified, (for men too), that was the goal. We wanted men liberated from the brutal weigh of patriarchy. Then we could all respect ourselves and each other.

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    • generationnext 2019/12/09 at 12:32 #

      I agree with you about real feminism. I’ve come to that consenus myself after reviewing my own thoughts on feminism over the years, since this article was written several years ago.

      As far as equality goes, nobody in the world is truly “equal” Every individual is unique. But I do believe we should be equal in the eyes of law, society, and public affairs. We should have the right to live our lives the same way, if we choose to. Yes, there are women who have the task of birthing the next generation. But guess what? There are women who never will experience that, either. Are they less women? I still believe we should consider that men and women often vary in their personalities, interests, and desires. In that way, we are equal.

      There are many women who don’t just want to be equal in opportunity but also want to be free from the pressure of becoming mothers and wives and being happy with being just as independent as the men around them are allowed to be. There are also women, who can’t have children, who also feel like their lives shouldn’t be made to feel worthless because they can’t have children and create a new generation.

      But as I’ve reviewed feminism over the years and grown as one, I’ve realized there are many different layers to the movement and I thank you for your contribution to this discussion. 🙂

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  8. quinleytheelf 2020/01/19 at 19:02 #

    The points you made are true. Frozen didn’t exactly have a quest to follow, more of something to win over, and Anna was indeed repeatedly rescued over and over again by Kristoff. This, was probably why I felt Tangled was a better movie than it.
    Though I must admit when I saw it in theaters, it was very satisfying for Hans to be punched off the boat by Anna, and I also dearly loved the sisterly relationship between Elsa and Anna.

    In terms of equality for both genders in the movie, it was lacking in that. Though I enjoyed seeing Elsa being empowered by her powers, even if she did sort of cause a huge problem throughout the kingdom…correction queendom. (Eternal winter isn’t exactly good for the queendom, due to the fact that everyone would have lack of food if it stayed there forever). While I am happy that Elsa in the end, that is, is ruling the queendom alone rather than there being both a king and a queen. (Partly because it reminded me of Queen Elizabeth I). I felt that there could be more of a plot than having Elsa “save” the queendom from herself. Or they could have had her be a heroine suffering from a fear of her powers, while in the end instead of fixing her own mess actually saving someone from a threat or even a villain that had more reason to be there than Hans.

    They could have also expanded upon Hans’s character, or at least not made him go from good to evil without any explanation besides “money, power, etc.” It could have been that there was a huge misunderstanding, Hans believed Elsa was evil or a threat and tried to kill her because of that. But not in intention to rule the kingdom by any means, it could have been that at the end Elsa, Anna, Hans came together and in the end came to realize that they deeply misunderstood what was going on.

    Anyway, so much MORE could have been done in the movie, that wasn’t. And I am glad that you bring up Mulan, because unlike Frozen in some ways it was much more satisfying in terms of plot, instead of the elements of the plot. While it may not have sold as many toys as Frozen, I personally would have loved to get Mulan in her armor instead of getting her in her pink dress. While it is beautiful, it just doesn’t scream Mulan to me. Speaking of Mulan, I am very happy that they are making a live action Mulan movie, due to the fact that they will be exploring the culture of China more in it. (And who cares if it isn’t a musical, watching Mulan kick butt is more satisfying).

    I am so happy that you included a definition of feminism in the article by the way, partly because I have seen some bloggers really confuse it and think that it is against women being traditional, or being dominant over men. In truth Feminism is allowing women to be equal to men, and to make their OWN choices.


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    • generationnext 2020/01/20 at 17:29 #

      I suppose what makes Elsa such a likable character is that she’s a queen, running things by herself, and with that in mind, I do find that portion of her character to be awesome. I just felt like the story could’ve been more compelling. That’s just me. And I hate that people behave as if Frozen is the only movie to have done this. Still, it wasn’t the worst Disney princess. Thanks once again for your insight as it gives me a different perspective too.

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      • quinleytheelf 2020/01/21 at 10:05 #

        Indeed, there are other movies in existence where the heroine doesn’t get married, and I find it annoying too that they undermine the fact that Brave did this long before Frozen.
        You’re welcome, and I really enjoy reading your posts. 🙂

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