Anna and Elsa – Effort of thousands of people and result of tens of thousands of working hours.

Sweep and dust and afterward, clean some more. As Snow White would say, “Just whistle while you work… and as you sweep the room imagine that the broom is someone that you love.” This well-known song mirrors one of the many concepts involved in the negative stereotype associated with Disney princesses, distinctly outlined by Rachael Johnson, a writer for the Education Specialist: “Princesshood is bound with being weak, passive, subservient to males, dutiful, and incapable of living an independent life.” Disney princesses are said to be weak because of their tendency to be submissive to male figures as they wait to be saved by these men. For example, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are both put into death-like slumbers, forced to wait for their prince to come and save them. The women have no way in which they can save themselves and, instead, are completely dependent on the men. Also included in these stereotypes is the likelihood of the princesses to do housework, and to be exceptionally beautiful. Although Disney princesses can be viewed with a negative stereotype, these women through the years have evolved as role models based on their good deeds, independence, viewpoints on love, and the pursuit of their dreams.

Here are some amazing facts about the movie:

The Great Snow-White Way: Frozen showcases the talents of several Broadway alums. Idina Menzel, who never met a power ballad she didn’t love, appeared in Rent and won a Tony for her witchy turn in Wicked. Josh Gad costarred in The Book of Mormon, and that musical’s co-creator, Robert Lopez (also of Avenue Q), teamed with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, to write the film’s eight original songs. You can just bet Disney will turn Frozen into a Broadway spectacle (with subsequent tours) in the near future.

Widening the Horizons: Though not as strong as Tangled, Frozen features stunning visuals and makes great use of 3D. It’s the first Disney animated feature to be filmed in ultra-widescreen since The Black Cauldron in 1985. (And the last one before that was Sleeping Beauty in 1959.) In another welcome move, Jennifer Lee, who co-wrote Frozen and last year’s Wreck-It Ralph, is the first woman to direct a Disney animated feature. She shares the reins with veteran animator Chris Buck, whose credits include Tarzan and Surf’s Up.

Get a Short! Frozen is preceded by the short film Get a Horse!, which uses a hybrid of old and new animation techniques. The black-and-white portion features Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and other vintage characters, who then burst through the screen in color, à la Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo (which was a nod to Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr.). Produced in 18 months, Horse was conceived and directed by Lauren MacMullan, the first woman to solo direct a Disney animated film. More female empowerment!

Most princesses (especially of the earlier movies) are criticized for their basic beauty based upon their light skin, small waist, and luscious hair and lips (Johnson). Additionally, many of the princesses are said to have “a sweet voice so low it could hardly be heard from distance”.

owever, Frozen offers a fantastic, gorgeous take on the visual elements of winter. Deep blue ice, snowflakes, white mountains contrasting with colored skies. It is an unspeakably lovely display of a subject matter than CGI animation has never (in my experience) turned its energies to before, at least not like this. Of course, it goes without saying that all of the animation in Frozen, characters and landscapes alike, is excellent.