This is the Frozen story. When Princess Elsa and Princess
Anna of Arendelle were little girls, they were the best of friends. Anna was
one of the only people who knew Elsa’s secret, Elsa had the power to make snow
and ice! One night, Elsa filled an empty ballroom with snow so the sisters
could play together.
As they played, Elsa lost the control and she accidentally
hit Anna with a blast of icy magic. Anna was badly hurt. Her parents went to
the ancient mountains trolls for help. A wise old troll told them that Anna
could be saved – she was lucky to have been hit in the head and not in the
heart. As the years passed by Anna forgot about that night.
Here’s what I love about today’s modern Disney princesses,
Anna & Elsa:
Anna and Elsa’s struggles are realistic – Gone are the days
of the Disney princess damsel in distress! Magic shooting out of hands aside,
Anna and Elsa have real, modern-day problems just like everyone else; such as
anxiety, fear, loneliness and family/relationship issues. Their problems are
far more relatable than eating a poisoned apple, sleeping for a hundred years
or being locked in a tower waiting to be rescued… by a man. Elsa didn’t wait for a man to
rescue her from that dungeon; she simply busted out of that hell-hole and saved
herself. Better yet, they both persist and overcome their personal issues and
struggles with determination and the help of their amazing support network.
“You can’t marry a man you just met” – Finally, some sense!
In most other fairytales, love at first sight rules all and once that happens,
you marry the guy. Seriously? Like that EVER happens in real life (and if it
does, it often ends in heartbreak). Falling in love isn’t about getting married
straight away. Sometimes love and lust get cloudy in all the excitement. Elsa
is a wise woman and she was right because Hans turned out to be a true tosser;
an agenda-driven, heartless horse turdie. True love is something that grows
strong over time and I believe we see that happen between Anna and Christoff.
Ahhh true love!
The act of true love has nothing to do with a man – This was
a pleasant surprise. In true fairytale style, the story cleverly led us to
believe that the traditional true-love’s kiss was going to break the curse. Not
once, but twice. Then BOOM! An act of true love can thaw a frozen heart;
between sisters. A love that is truly strong and unbreakable. It was in this
moment that all became clear to Elsa, and all became worth it for Anna.
Family is everything – Anna’s persistence in repairing her
relationship with her sister was truly admirable. She had been shut out and
ignored for all of those years, yet she never gave up trying to repair her
relationship with Elsa. Despite being ignored, publicly humiliated and
rejected, Anna’s love for her sister Elsa was greater than anything else and
she was determined for that love to win, risking her life to do so and
sacrificing it all. They teach us that family relationships are something worth
fighting for, right to the very end.
So now I REALLY love these women and look up to them. I want
her to recognise their differences as Disney princesses and the powerful
messages that they convey. Let the Frozen phenomenon live on!