Getting Reel: Movies for all these Snow Days

FrozenDVDIt’s true that today, Saturday, we’re having something of a heat wave in central PA. But, most of last week states across the country were gripped by cold and blessed with snow days or delays. And if the models are to be believed, next week will return to the same. If you find yourself house-bound with your kiddos, you might be looking for something to occupy them quietly while you work from home. Alternatively, you might be hoping for a warm-ish outing. This weekend, we’re going to talk about gender-fair movie options for both right now. Today we’ll start with Frozen, tomorrow we’ll cover the Hunger Games (books and movies).

First up, Frozen

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We saw this movie with Fair Play Niece and Nephew (aka Fair Play Grandtwins), their very first outing to a movie theater. This movie has great messages about gender that break the Disney tropes you are used to seeing. It is a love story, a story of two sisters (and princesses), Elsa and Anna. Elsa has the power to turn things to snow and ice, an incredible power she tries to repress and later, to hide from. Throughout, her sister Anna wants to return to the playful relationship they had as children before an accident involving Elsa’s powers. It is a story of fighting for sisterly love and the power of family connections.

Every time I thought the story was taking a twist for the cliché, it surprised me by turning around. Early in the film, Anna meets a prince and they swiftly agree to marriage. Elsa refuses to accept that, explaining that you simply cannot fall in love at first sight. THANK YOU, Disney. We’ve been waiting for that. And, ultimately the love that saves the kingdom and the sisters is their love, the strong bond between siblings. This is such a wonderful, trope-breaking message that appeals to boys as well as girls. And, it just might promote a few moments of sibling harmony in your snowed-in homestead.

Now it’s true this movie came out a while ago and showings might have been dwindling at your local theater. But, Frozen sing-a-long showings started popping up around the country yesterday. This movie has a strong soundtrack that children and their grown-ups alike can enjoy. In fact, the soundtrack is already available for purchase.

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The film is available for pre-order, to be released mid-March. In the meantime, bundle up and head to your local theater for the sing-a-long!

For the way it turns gender stereotyping on its head, Frozen earns 5 pinwheels –
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Now, if you’re truly house-bound or prefer your movies at home, you might want to read what we’ve covered in the past about Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Two of our favorites are Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbor Totoro. Kiki’s Delivery Service, is a coming-of-age story of a young witch just finding her bearings.

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My Neighbor Totoro is a whimsical story of childhood adventure and exploration, conquering silly fears, and the importance of siblings.

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If you want to combine some reading with your screen time, tomorrow’s post about the Hunger Games may be more up your alley. Stay tuned!

Getting Reel is a series in which we review movies and television. This weekend we’re going to discuss some snow day (or any day) options. Want something in particular reviewed as part of this series or in general? Request a Review or leave a comment on our Facebook.

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