Why I Hate ‘Frozen’

It’s November, and that means that only a short time remains until we’ll be spiraling in frozen fractals all around once again! Yeah, that’s right, the release of Disney’s Frozen II is upon us. As a mother of 2- and 4-year-old girls, I have mixed emotions about this big day. On one hand, I’m thrilled because I know their level of excitement to see Queen Elsa again could be rivaled only by Anna’s when she gets to build a damn snowman. On the other hand, I am still so annoyed with the first Frozen that I want to hide my kids in an igloo for the season and tell them that the movie release got canceled.

My family went through the first Frozen obsession about two years ago with my now 4-year-old. I remember thinking then that it was odd that she would be so infatuated with only Elsa, considering that she was hardly actually in the movie and that Anna was clearly doing all the heavy lifting. But at the time I was so pumped to have time to myself while my toddler sat still for 90 minutes that I didn’t think much more about it.

Cut to two years later and now my 2-year-old has begun the Elsa obsession again. “I WAN WATCH FWOZEN.” On repeat. The avalanche-sized tantrum that she throws when I don’t play it is hardly worth it. So now, after roughly 784 viewings of this film, I have some additional thoughts, and the gloves are coming off.

First of all Disney, you’re really on my nerve for somehow making my kids adore the snow queen antagonist (Elsa) over the sweet little protagonist (Anna). Clearly, they both have unresolved Daddy issues, but what is it about this movie that makes my girls idolize the character who hides in her room, won’t play with her sister, has temper tantrums at parties, and runs away from an entire town that she literally just f-ed over? That’s “froze” over, of course.

I guess it’s the song. And potentially that borderline inappropriate sashay that she does after she’s transformed into a glittery dress and is boldly declaring “the cold never bothered me anyway,” before she slams the door of her newly-built ice palace. Meanwhile, her sister is over here fighting wolves (and potentially a case of gangrene), falling in love with every male character she meets, and traipsing all over the North Mountain to go retrieve her selfish Highness, only to induce another Elsa temper tantrum that gets her bubbly little heart frozen. Yet NOT ONCE has either one of my daughters requested to dress up as Princess Anna. I don’t get it.

Let’s not pretend though like this whole mess for Elsa and Anna couldn’t have been avoided with better parenting. When it’s discovered that Elsa has some special talent, her dad’s answer is to stick her in her room with a pair of gloves. Isn’t it Parenting 101 that you’re supposed to be supportive of whatever gifts your kid has?  Instead, the ol’ King is like “Nope, not today. Cover up those paws and we’re moving your sister to a different room until you figure it out.”

But he’s not the only one to blame. It wasn’t until the 479th time that I watched this movie that I realized that the mom has literally zero role in this entire story. Ironically isn’t this the case with most Disney princess movies? Unless it’s an ugly, wicked stepmother, there isn’t a huge maternal presence in these films. But that’s a topic for another day. Anyway, I’m not sure that the mom says even one word in Frozen. Where you at Queen Mama? Oh, just standing there silently while your husband fires the entire castle staff — just in case Elsa being sequestered to her room wasn’t isolating enough — and then comes up with the sage “conceal don’t feel” advice for her, and whisks you away on a cruise? Cool. Way to step up and take care of your girl.

Obviously, with a childhood like that, Elsa didn’t stand a chance when she finally emerged from her room. But that doesn’t make it any easier to watch my girls idolize her, dress like her, and sing like her, while Anna doesn’t get a second thought. And that doesn’t make it less obnoxious to watch the ending of the movie, when after Anna has thawed herself out and fixed everything, Elsa is the one being adored by the entire town because she makes a little ice-skating rink. I don’t get it and I don’t like it.

But after all of that in-depth psychoanalysis and opposition of a cartoon movie, you better believe I was one of the first online for presale tickets, and have already spent my obligatory $200 in that giant Frozen II section that Target so thoughtfully placed right by the front door. Because my girls love it, they’re excited about it, and this is what good parents do. Guess I’ll just have to let it go.

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Originally an ATLien, Katie Jones has lived in Jacksonville since 2009 with her super handy husband and their high-strung mutt dog, Maybelle. Katie is a momma of two girls - sweet princess Lila joined the party in April 2015, and little sister (a.k.a. the no limit solider) Lennox made her debut in June 2017. When Katie is not celebrating her love of sarcasm and humor, or writing posts for her design and lifestyle blog, she's busy designing interiors as her full-time job in the residential construction field, or tackling DIY renovation projects of her own. See above: "handy husband." She loves the camaraderie of the Jacksonville Mom team and is thrilled to be part of a community where we can laugh and figure this whole life and motherhood thing out together!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Katie! I appreciate your eye opening perspective. I too am tired of the hype. I do like that it is Anna’s act of true love, protecting her sister, that in the end saves her own life.

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  2. While I can appreciate your opinion, I have to disagree with it 100%. You likely don’t get it because you never had to face being different from everyone else or maybe your just an extrovert and assume everyone should be social and bubbly all the time. At any rate, I was Disney made a Disney Princess like Elsa, strong yet clearly introverted and a movie that “true love” was sisterly love….

  3. Hmm. I get most of what you are saying but I think the adoration for Elsa is because she was a pathetic victim, locked up by sucky parents and she accidentally causes harm and injury due to her affliction. We feel sort of happy for her when she is able to flee and let out what she had to keep buried her whole life (the Let it Go song). Not completely happy for her, however because she thinks she needs to live alone as an outcast forever. The community embraces her when she comes back in the end the way we embrace people who overcome huge personal challenges and learn to make the best of a disability or disorder or horrible childhood. Kids choose her first to emulate because she is, after all, the lead, the Queen and Anna is in the supporting role. That’s just a natural thing for many kiddos.

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