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Feeling Hot for 'Frozen'

I’m a fan of the Disney-princess movies. Not because most of them imply that all girls need saving through marriage to a wealthy, good-looking man, but because I enjoy a good show tune. 
 
Now Frozen is in theaters. And despite the feeling I usually get when I let the kids immerse themselves in princess fantasy – you know, the feeling that prompts me to say, “There are plenty of happy women with careers, companions and conventional mortgages who never marry a prince!” – I let my kids sit in a darkened theater soaking in not one but TWO lovely princesses! 
 
I braced for gender-stereotype impact. 
 
I think this is the point in the story where I insert a *SPOILER ALERT.* Not because I’m going to reveal the plot. I’m actually about to rain on your grumble parade. 
 
Frozen is a girl-power movie. The ladies are still lovely, big-eyed and curvy, but the men in the movie play supporting roles (both virtuous and villainous) while the women figure out how to save themselves. In short, marriage does not save the day. Similar to Brave, Frozen is a Disney feature about relationships, love, ethics and magic, but very little of it has to do with romance. Brave still reigns supreme as a thoroughly satisfying princess movie that balks at having a wedding end the show. But if Frozen is a sign of the new direction Disney is taking with their “princess” genre, I’m excited to see what’s next. 
 


 

If I were running Disney’s princess franchise, I’d even consider a revamp of the old classics. Maybe Ariel goes from Little Mermaid to marine biologist, taking her new legs to the nearest university and later winning a Nobel Prize for her work on sharks? Or could Jasmine, as the actual daughter of the king, become queen of Agrabah? I shudder to think what would happen to Cinderella if she stopped her fairy godmother from bibbidi-bobbidi-booing her a new pair of heels and asked instead for a small studio apartment somewhere from which she could set up shop as Cinderella’s Maid Service, a fully licensed and insured cleaning service that nets our distressed blonde a tidy salary. 
 
That’s likely not going to happen. Even though I do enjoy a romance with a happy ending, I’ll take Frozen as a fun movie that not only entertained, but hit all the right notes.
 
Well done, House of Mouse. 
 
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