We are so excited this day is here. It is Frozen-Is-Out-on-DVD-Eve. Hopefully you already know the songs by heart but if not, today is your last day to learn them before every day after that when you can sign along with the DVD itself. In celebration, let’s take a look at a post about Frozen from a few weeks back.
First up, Frozen –
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.
The film is available for pre-order, to be released March 18. 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 –
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.
My Neighbor Totoro is a whimsical story of childhood adventure and exploration, conquering silly fears, and the importance of siblings.
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!
Originally posted 2/1/14.