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.

all that is gold does not glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings