Frozen came out in 2013, and became an instant hit. Since its release, it has raked in more than $1.2 billion around the globe. According to Maria Konnikova, in her article “How Frozen took over the world,” she credits the film’s huge success to its story’s unique and updated approach. Konnikova states that he story does have some traits that are not necessarily new. “Even the strong female lead isn’t completely new—think Mulan and Brave. But “Frozen,” it seems, has something more” (Konnikova, “How Frozen changes the world”). The “something more” Konnikova is referring to here is Elsa, the protagonist/antagonist of the story. After George Bizer, a psychologist, surveyed college students on the matter of Frozen, he came to the conclusion that everyone was able to relate to Elsa’s character. Not only her strength and independence as a woman, but the hardships sh...
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...l all by herself. On the contrary, the only animal companion in the film is Sven, Kristoff’s reindeer sidekick. While previous films have shown their male characters to be independent fighters and female characters to rely on others, Frozen changes this by reversing the roles. The female characters are stronger and less reliant on others, while the male characters have companions, or have the wrong intentions. As Lueke points out, Frozen also takes a satirical approach by mocking Disney’s traditional stories, mainly the part where Anna instantly agrees on marrying Hans, a man she has not even spent a day with. All the characters in the story disagree with Anna’s decision, as would anyone in the real world. Rustad compares this to other stories where relationships between two characters have been rushed, such as those of Aladdin and Jasmine, and Ariel and Prince Eric.
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