Hurrah, Disney/Pixar’s latest offering, Frozen, has passed the Bechdel with flying colors!
From Bechdeltest.com, here’s how the movie passes 3 out of 3 tests:
“The central plot revolves around a splintered relationship between two sisters; there are at least two scenes where they talk (and/or sing) directly to each other (and a third scene through a closed door) about each other and their relationship. The “twist” at the end of the movie involves an “act of true love” that has nothing to do with a man.”
Here’s a synopsis from IMDb of the icy adventure:
“Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna’s sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It’s a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can’t stop. She fears she’s becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.”
Much more than the Disney staple of heartwarming and adorable is the fact that the movie is being recognized for its nod to feminism. D. J. Palladino’s review for the Independent hails it for this very move:
“Besides its long-overdue bow to feminist hopes, Frozen strikes an utterly fine balance between expectation and surprise; we’re on safe (if frigid) terrain, but the plot keeps you guessing.”
The gender portrayals in animation debate referenced in Indiewire’s review about ‘”Frozen’s Bold Feminism”‘ takes note of the fact that Disney/Pixar has addressed its “boys’ club predisposition” in the movie:
“Now we can focus on what really matters: “Frozen” offers Disney’s most progressive feminist approach to the princess fairy tale to date. How else would you characterize the post-modern refashioning of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘”The Snow Queen”‘ as a conflict between two sisters based on love vs. fear? The result is a lot bolder than perpetuating traditional romantic love, bolstered by the presence of Disney Animation’s first female director — Jennifer Lee (the co-screenwriter of “Wreck-It Ralph”) — who helmed with animation vet Chris Buck (“Surf’s Up,” “Tarzan”).”
Crushable (spoiler alert!) praises the movie for going where animated movies haven’t gone before and “Why Frozen‘s Twist Ending Sends An Awesome Message To Girls“.
And The Telegraph is happy to not have to decide what makes Frozen a great movie.
“Is that quietly revolutionary, or boldly feminist, or just a well-told story being true to itself? Elsa and Anna are Disney princesses through and through, with dishy suitors and glamorous gowns, but in Frozen that’s only part of the picture. Someday your prince may come, but you can do great things without one. Better snow, after all, than slush.”
Have you seen the movie? What did you think of Disney’s bow (finally!) to feminism?
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