Hannah Holiday ’15 – Opinion Editor
We grew up watching our favorite childhood fairy tales like Cinderella, Snow White, and the Little Mermaid, all with the same exact predictable storyline. A princess who seems strong and independent is left to wait patiently for the man of her dreams, a real “prince charming,” to come and save her. She employed all her trust and confidence into a man, with her life on the line if he doesn’t come to the rescue. In the end the slipper would always fit and true love’s kiss could always wake her up. All fairytales ended the same way, with a happily ever after and a carefree life.
Disney’s recent movie, Frozen, has surpassed Toy Story 3 as the highest grossing animated film of all time. It’s received two Academy Awards and made $1.072 billion to date, in a few short months. That’s all thanks to frozen’s leading ladies, Anna and Elsa. Elsa, sick of having to conceal her power all her life, flees her kingdom out of anger and accidently traps it in eternal winter. Anna, Elsa’s younger sister, journeys through harsh and brutal mountains and snow storms along with her companions, Olaf the snowman, Sven the reindeer, and Kristoff to find her sister and bring her back so that she can save Arendell and melt the eternal winter that she created.
Frozen’s popularity is mostly due to the fact that the characters are realistic and imaginable. Anna is just like any other awkward, clumsy, yet brutally honest teenager. During the movie Anna wants to marry Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, but Elsa refuses to let Anna marry the prince, and tells her that she cannot marry someone who she barely knows! Warning! This has never been done in any Disney movie before! Because Anna does not jump at this sudden marriage, she is able to find true love in Kristoff who is the real definition of a man. He is equally as smart and brave as Anna, and their partnership is refreshing and realistic. The main musical number in the movie is the appraised song, “Let it Go,” which Elsa sings when she finally realizes that she doesn’t have to hide who she really is.
From Katniss battling the capital in the Hunger Games to Trice from the Divergent series, the female heroine is changing in many motion pictures today, giving young girls a boost in self confidence.
We are all just as strong, beautiful, and powerful as the princesses that fill the pages and screens of our favorite fairy tales, except we don’t need any prince to come save us. We can save ourselves.