Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Of Power and Princesses, pt 1

1. Abstract

About a month ago, my family and I finally saw Frozen. Like many people, we were misled by the advertising campaign that focused on the silly antics of the snowman, assumed it would just be stock princess stuff and juvenile comedy, so we didn’t bother to see it in the theaters. After its release, however, we did start hearing the positive reviews. Finally, once it was released on Blu-ray, we rented it and watched it. And wow.

This movie was incredible. Brilliant music, incredible animation, great acting, and a story that both hits all the Disney-princess tropes while at the same time turning them on their head. But I’m not going to talk any more about that; you can read hundreds of reviews and analyses about those aspects of the movie and I don’t have anything of worth to add.

But I did wind up wondering about other aspects of the movie, that of magic and its effect on the world of Frozen and other similar Disney movie worlds.

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