Frozen is a children’s movie. A beautiful children’s movie. A children’s movie unlike any I've ever seen before. From the low maintenance royalty, to the location, to the fact that no animals spoke (except for a snowman and a few rock trolls), and that Prince Charming turned not to be the best thing to happen to either of the princesses. All of it was refreshing and exciting and sent such an amazing message to everyone in the audience, both young and old. Everyone, that is, except for you.
You apparently heard a different message. You heard a message about normalizing something that you see as negative. As Elsa strutted up that mountain gaining confidence in herself, you heard her singing the praises of a lifestyle that is unworthy in your eyes.
But that’s not the message this movie was about. Frozen spoke to all of the children who feel they are not enough in someone’s eyes. Whether that’s to the girl who wants to play football but is told she is better suited for cheerleading. Or the boy who wants to take a ballet class but is told he should be playing baseball. Frozen spoke to the boy who’s too dumb and the girl who’s too smart. And yes, it was also probably speaking to the boy who has a crush on his best friend who is also a boy. But it went far beyond talking to those who are gay, Frozen was made for anyone who feel they are not enough of this or are too much of that.
Frozen was made because of people like you.
“Let It Go” was written as an anthem to battle people who think like you do. People who think they know what’s best for someone else because they have defined what is “normal” for all.
Frozen was not about some hidden agenda that is too big for the pint sized audience to understand. No, Frozen’s main message was that of love, of family, of inner strength, and of heroism. If Frozen normalized anything it was a child’s right to embrace who they are and love themselves because of their gifts not in spite of them.
I encourage you to see Frozen again. See it with your grandchildren as you've apparently done many times before. But don’t pay attention to what’s happening on the screen, pay attention to what’s happening to your grandchildren as they watch this wonderful movie. Watch to see what they are learning. Watch them smile at the victories, tap their shoes during the songs and see their hearts warm as they learn the true message being told. That true love, family and inner strength can conquer anything.
Leave the secret agendas and the messages too big for little bodies for another time and another movie. In this instance, just let it go.