Gina Luttrell at the website PolicyMic is hailing Disney's new hit animation film "Frozen" as "the most progressive Disney movie ever." The film is certainly proving popular with over $500 million in ticket sales worldwide since Thanksgiving. But Luttrell insists that the popularity lies in how it depicts modern people.
One reason for its success is its huge divergence from other Disney films, particularly in its depiction of modern people, problems and ideas that resonate with millennials.
Luttrell then chooses the seven progressive moments in the movie that will give millennials what they apparently crave: abusive parents, strong women and gay men. What follows will be a summation of her article:
1. Elsa and Anna's abusive parents
Disney takes a much-needed step forward by portraying realistic parental abuse that affects many children today.
2. Elsa's self-empowerment
This is something Disney has never done before as the characters who have been voluntarily solitary have almost always been villains, not heroes. In fact, Elsa was originally intended to be the villain of the story. Luckily, Disney changed its mind. In reality, even when it means isolation, confidence is a worthwhile goal — and it's sexy.
3. Anna's clumsiness, awkwardness and honesty
In the line of Disney princesses, there haven't been many, if any, with a sexual inkling or romantic forwardness — ever. Disney has made women who are timid, passive and keep to themselves...Anna blows them all out of the water.
4. Kristoff's ability to lead next to a strong woman
With all the hubbub about women stealing masculinity from men, Kristoff is a wonderful example of what a masculine, 21st century man looks like. He spends the movie surrounded by strong women, yet he is not intimidated or cowed by them.
5. Oaken's gay family
Hey, did you notice the gay character? The adult in the sauna is clearly implied to be his husband. Best yet, Oaken and his partner have a family — and it's not even a thing.
6. Arendelle's unquestioning acceptance of a queen
Not only is Elsa the Queen of Arendelle, but her subjects also accept her rule without question even though she's been locked in the castle since she was a girl. In the world of "Frozen," characters don't bat an eye at the idea of a woman ruling them.
7. Everyone's reaction to Anna's foolish engagement
In "Frozen" it finally tackles the painfully problematic trope it has created: getting married to someone you just met — and the notion that all women are supposed to want marriage.
These new dramatic elements are apparently making progressives all tingly. To them, Disney "finally" breaking its own stereotypes is what dreams are made of and what fairytales should be. For some it is still not good enough, as seen in Sally Kohn's tweet Saturday when she said, "Watching Frozen, it's awesome. But come on @DisneyPictures ain't it finally time for a kid's film where the princess marries a princess?!"