Frozen: This is What Disney Movies Can Be

Frozen-movie-posterWe just watched Frozen as a family; for me it was a second viewing, having seen it in the theatre with my wife.  Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.  A proper definition of true love that elevates the good of others over ourselves, that values sacrifice at great personal cost.

This is what Disney movies can be.

I was thinking through the fact that this has been a number one film, with a number one soundtrack.  And yet the number one song from that soundtrack is a song with a message that flies in the face of the film’s heart.  Within the greater context, the song serves the story well.  Removed from its context, when the song alone becomes the story, it promotes something sadly twisted.  A definition of self-love that elevates desire above others, that values personal advancement no matter what the sacrifice.

This is what Disney movies can be.

The war within us can be no more clearly illustrated that our cultural love for this song on one hand, and the movie it’s been torn from on the other.  Reminds of this book I’ve been reading.  It starts off really well –perfectly, in fact – but the heroes… well, they let it go, and the consequences for everyone are devastating.

Thank God that the Story has reached the true love part.

to dream

I reach beyond the night to touch the stars,
To find my feet walk high above the earth;
And in a moment’s life my heart soars high
Drawn as a moth to flame in heaven’s hearth.

What is this fire? This flame? That men should strive,
and hope, and give their lives toward but a glimpse?
‘Tis heaven’s heart that mine own seeks to touch
A humble joining of my life to His;

Yet as each peaceful soul lends its own spark
Unto a light all mortal men must see,
I find that I sought not to touch the stars
But that the stars sought out, and reached to me.

-Charles Baldon, May 1994