Frozen is the first Disney animated feature film to have a woman director. It’s also the first to have a woman credited as the sole writer since Beauty and the Beast.
Why is nobody talking about this?
because everyone cares more about bitching about how poc arent in fucking denmark
1) Bullshit, we have PoC. Not native, that’s true, but that’s beside the point.
2) Wherever the hell the movie takes place, it’s not Denmark.
3) Anyone who wants to ask why it couldn’t be Denmark: Too many mountains. We don’t *have* mountains. We’re a very flat country and we only have very tall cliffsides and they don’t count.
The reason it’s not getting talked about much is because this woman writer took a story that already had a great female lead and a great female villain and rehashed a version of the story that had already been pitched by men (read the wiki entry) to “make it work” for the studio, by removing both of those female characters and replacing them with two more blonde-haired, blue-eyed princesses—one who has to find her true love, and one who has to learn that *~looooooove~* is the secret to controlling her powers, and both of them get screwed over by the men in their lives several times, to the point where a QUEEN gets imprisoned and sentenced to death BY A DUKE IN HER OWN FUCKING KINGDOM. Oh, and there’s the usual “sorry about your dead parents” trope Disney loves so much.
This version does not actually take place anywhere: the landscape was modeled after Norway, but the kingdom itself is entirely fictional. And since it’s entirely fictional, there’s no “historical integrity” to even worry about, so why does everyone have to be white? Why is a talking snowman perfectly acceptable, but the occasional brown, black or yellow person is not? Why is that unreasonable, when brown, black, and yellow people buy movie tickets, too? You know what has been going on since the advent of trade? INTERNATIONAL TRADE. TRAVELING MERCHANTS. The ability to cross national borders has NEVER belonged solely to white people. And even if it did, it doesn’t anymore, so why can’t a goddamn children’s movie reflect that? For Christ’s sake, the whole reason it took SIXTY YEARS for this story to be made was because no one could think of how to MODERNIZE IT AND MAKE IT RELATABLE. How in the world are your going to modernize something, then claim reflecting your modern audience isn’t historically accurate?!
In the original story, the heroine inspires a pair of spoiled noble children to be generous, inspires a hardened thief to be kind, gives away what little she has, herself, and ultimately, she thaws the heart of her kidnapped friend to save him from the Snow Queen, whom she defeats not through violence, but through the strength of her will and her devotion to her friend. Compare and contrast.
So, while yes, first female Disney (co)director and first female writer in a long time are good and notable, the actual story they produced is nothing groundbreaking nor extraordinary. It’s really not much different than any other Disney princess story. Just because you’re the first to do something doesn’t automatically make it flawless and above criticism. There’s so much pressure on all professional women in male-dominated fields to be perfect on their very first try, because of the assumption that if the first woman fails, it means every woman ever will fail. It makes people favorably biased in a push to ensure the pioneers succeed against all odds, even despite stumbles they create for themselves, and I get that.
It’s still no reason to hold up a mediocre piece of quartz and insist that it’s a perfect diamond.
It could have been so much more. It just wasn’t.