Frozen? Saw it. Twice. Loved it. But…
Music? Wonderful. Imbedded in my brain the very first hearing.
Animation? Gorgeous. Amazing perspective on the beauty of ice.
Dialogue? Funny, tender, clever, modern.
Story? Creative, fun, touching. Any movie that can successfully mock the idea of a falling in love and marrying someone on the day they met is OK in my book.
Yep. I’m a fan. If you are a Disney hater, you’ve come to the wrong place. Everyone seems to love Frozen: It just surpassed Finding Nemo as the biggest animated film of all time.
So why in the world am I writing about it? And what is with the “But…?”
I have a couple of problems with Frozen. Now don’t start composing hate mail until you’ve heard me out. Like I said, I enjoyed the movie, but there were a couple of things that made me flinch. Hard.
The parts I wrestle with are serious enough to me that I felt they warranted some discussion with my family – which I have done. So, as you are all part of my digital family, I figured I would share my thoughts with you as well.
— Spoiler alert: If you are one of the few people on the planet who have not seen the movie – stop reading!
(We return to the movie, already in progress..)
Elsa has fled the castle, and escaped into the mountains. She begins singing the song “Let It Go,” which has become the “big” song from the film, and will definitely feel right at home on Broadway.
The song builds as she discovers what power she has to create marvelous things, she defiantly justifies her isolation, and flexes her newfound desire to “let it go.”
And then she sings…
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
*Flinch* Excuse me? What did she just say?
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
That’s what I thought she said. That is just so wrong I hardly know what to say! Thankfully the Lord’s prophets have already explained it quite well:
“I wish to raise a warning voice. In today’s society, the difference between right and wrong is being obscured by loud, seductive voices calling for no restraints in human conduct. They advocate absolute freedom without regard to consequences. I state unequivocally that such behavior is the high road to personal destruction.” Elder James E. Faust “Obedience: The Path to Freedom.”
Right and wrong exist, whether we acknowledge it or not.
“It is well to worry about our moral foundation. We live in a world where more and more persons of influence are teaching and acting out a belief that there is no absolute right and wrong—that all authority and all rules of behavior are man-made choices that can prevail over the commandments of God.” Elder Dallin A. Oaks, “Balancing Truth and Tolerance.”
Elder Oaks refers to this “No right, no wrong, no rules for me” attitude as “Moral Relativism.: The consequences of this attitude is “Persuaded by this philosophy, many of the rising generation are caught up in self-serving pleasures, pornography, dishonesty, foul language, revealing attire, pagan painting and piercing of body parts, and degrading sexual indulgence.” (ibid.)
One of the great proponents of this philosophy was Korihor, in the Book of Mormon. (Alma 30:6) Embracing it is not empowering, it is just the opposite.
Defenders will begin shouting, “C’mon, MMM, it’s just a few lines of a song.”
True. It is just a few lines of a song – a song that your six-year-old is probably walking around the house singing.
As a parent, I can’t imagine the sick feeling I would get it one of my children sat down and explained to me that they have decided that as far as he/she was conceded, there is “No right, no wrong, no rules for me – I’m free!”
We need to counter this philosophy. We need to teach our children that freedom does not come from the absence of rules. It comes from adherence to them. Ask any addict or man in prison what their “freedom” is like.
On to the other item…
Did you notice that as Elsa was singing, as she became more confident in her abilities, she also presented herself less “wholesome” manner?
Do you think I’m overreacting? Here’s what Idina Menzel (The voice of Elsa) had to say about it”:
‘She finds herself and accepts who she is and she’s very vampy,’ says Idina. ‘She’s quite sexy for Disney, I have to say – they’re pushing the limits there a little bit! But there’s a gleam in her eye and a supermodel walk that goes with it…” (link here)
That is an unsettling statement: “She finds herself and accepts who she is and she’s very vampy.”
As our girls discover the wonderful power and abilities they have within, hopefully they will find a better way to show it to the world than slinking around in too tight clothes with a sultry gaze.
Part of finding out who we “really are” should not lead us towards the world, but rather away from it. Every young woman who watches Elsa’s ‘transformation” needs to be reminded about “Divine Nature” and what it really means. Sexuality shouldn’t be confused with empowerment. (Funny thought – my EC just mentioned Olivia Newton-John’s transformation in Grease. Some things never change!)
I know that many have embraced the song “Let it Go” as a sort of empowerment anthem, and are going to hate me. It is a great song, but perhaps there is more to empowerment than embracing flawed philosophies and putting on your sexy.
Did these things ruin the movie for me? No. But they made me flinch? Yes – enough that I decided to study it out and figure out a way to share these thoughts with my kids. (And with you.)
–COMMENTS ARE CLOSED– Already received 100 comments telling me that I am taking the lyrics out of context. Duh. That is the point – when the lyrics are sung, they are not sung with any context.