*Warning* This post contains spoilers for the animated film Frozen, read at your own risk!
Hello again, isn’t it nice when I post consecutively like this? Any way, what I want to talk about is very exciting to me because I don’t get to do it very often. I want to discuss a current film that is also a Disney movie that I feel just took a big, asexy step forward.
Everyone knows when they sit down to watch a Disney movie that there is going to be some sort of plot that will involve a problem arising that will eventually be solved by the power of true love, usually necessitating a kiss. Which is why I was very pleasantly surprised by the end of of Frozen, Disney’s newest full-length animated film that blew the top off of the box office and just won an academy award.
It starts off in a very typical manner with Anna singing about finding The One at a one-day-only opening of the palace for her older sister Elsa’s coronation. Then she (literally) runs into Hans, a very nice and handsome prince from a neighboring kingdom. He sweeps her off her feet in a cute duet by the end of which he has proposed marriage and she has accepted. So far so typical. But this is where the usual plot comes to a screeching halt. Elsa refuses to grant the pair’s request on the basis that they haven’t been acquainted for more than 24 hours yet. THANK YOU. Finally, my number one beef with Disney movies is confronted.
Oh it gets better. Another character, Kristoff, tells Anna the same thing her sister did about marrying Hans later in the movie. Something along the lines of are-you-freaking-kidding-me-you-just-met-the-guy-why-on-earth-would-you-marry-him. Turns out that Kristoff and Elsa were right as Hans is really trying to use Anna to get some kind of throne as he is 13th in line for his. We find this out when Anna is in danger of freezing solid and needs an act of true love to thaw her heart. which is assumed to be a kiss, because that’s totally logical.
So when Hans doesn’t work out, we switch to Kristoff who, having realized that something is wrong is racing back to save Anna, though how he thinks he can do that I don’t know because he also has known Anna for less than a day. But it turns out that I don’t have to go on a rant about this film turning on it’s own logic because the act of true love that saves Anna’s life ends up being her sacrificing herself to save her sister from Hans.
That’s right. Disney went for the sibling love over I-just-met-you-but-it-has-to-be-true love’s kiss saving the day. I don’t know if it’s Pixar’s influence or if they took more material from The Snow Queen than I realize but well done. I would also like to point out that any romantic entanglements involved had to do with the younger sister and no fuss at all was made about Elsa taking the throne as a single woman, go Disney go! Stay tuned for a post all about Elsa, I feel another TV Land coming on.
So while this really can’t be counted as a victory for only asexuals, I’m taking what I can. Because let’s face it, this is pretty different for Disney, who hasn’t really changed their formula in, like, ever.
Quick addition here, I failed to mention (and I don’t know how because it’s exactly in line with the entire theme of this post) that Johnathan Goff is an openly gay actor who starred in Spring Awakening on Broadway and is currently starring in HBO’s Looking. And he is the voice of Kristoff, who essentially functions as the prince in this story (after the real one didn’t work out). Another big step for Disney, well done.
Comment if you want, I would also recommend the movie, it’s pretty good.