Frozen: Let It Go or Into the Unknown
November 22, 2019
BY: Francesca O'Cathain, Esq.
If, like me, you have young children, than you probably have seen the popular Disney movie Frozen one (or more likely a hundred times!), have heard your kids sing ‘Let It Go’ thousands of times, and have Frozen merchandise cluttering your playroom— and now Disney is releasing Frozen II.
I was honestly not prepared for how much I would enjoy Frozen when I saw it for the first time in the theaters six years ago (can it really be six years?!), Thanksgiving Weekend. I was pretty surprised by the grown-up themes in the movie, and how entertaining it was. Despite how much I liked it, I could never imagine how obsessed my kids and their friends would become. My then-four-year daughter asked for a Frozen sweatshirt for her birthday over a toy— that was a first!
For those that don’t know (is that anybody by now?), Frozen is about two sisters and their relationship, since one sister, Elsa, has magical powers, and her other sister, Anna, doesn’t. Anna’s on a quest to find Elsa, fix their relationship, and of course, being a Disney princess movie, save their kingdom. The overall theme of the movie is finding true love and accepting one for who they are.
I think the best thing about the movie is theme of ‘… accepting one for who they are…’ and hence the Oscar-winning song, ‘Let it Go,’ which promotes letting go of one’s façade and accepting oneself. (The sequel comes with its own new sure-to-be-ubiquitous ‘Into the Unknown.’)
I am not sure my children, at the time, really understand all the meanings behind the original movie, but it certainly makes for a great teaching point, and can certainly help children accept the non-perfect elements of their life, and show them how wonderful it is to be themselves.
So although some of us, myself included, may be a little sick of the Frozen franchise (shorts films, Broadway show, theme park ride, and so much more!), I think it’s a great film for children, and one that parents should consider using to teach their children about being themselves and being comfortable the way they are. (Or, in other words: “I am one with the wind and sky.”)