Frozen 2: A Feministic Fairy Tale

When we talk about a typical fairy tales by Disney, such as Cinderella or Tangled, the characters that come up to mind are usually a distressed damsel, an evil king or queen, and a savior (mostly prince charming).

Now, Disney is revolutionizing the concept of fairy tales by introducing movies such as Frozen, Brave, and Moana. Frozen came into theaters in 2013 and won hearts with its story and collected $1.27 billion. Same was expected from its sequel, which was released on 22 November 2019.

Performance in the Box Office till Now

Disney said that the sequel has set a new record of the biggest opening weekend for an animation movie. It earned a humongous amount of $350 million. It surpassed the expected forecast and the box office debut of the parent film. The sequel made almost £15 million in the UK and Ireland and $127m (£98.9m) in the US and Canada.

According to Reuters, Frozen made $93 million during its first five days in the theaters in 2013, and ended up making a whopping amount of $1.27 billion.

The Buzz around the Plot

Frozen 2 tries to grow beyond any typical Disney movie: as there’s no prince, no evil monster, and definitely no damsel in distress. Disney’s freshly iced Frozen 2 has gotten more matured from its first part, which was launched seven years ago. While the first one melted the audience’s heart with its innocence, the second one is breaking the ice with more confident and nuanced writing.

Elsa is a Queen now and Arendelle is a safe and loving place to be. Kristoff and Sven are trying hard to keep up with the royal ways and the funny snowman Olaf is living his life to the fullest by taking sunbaths. Anna too is the same, careless, exuberant, and still wants to live in harmony.

A twist takes place when Elsa is summoned by a mysterious voice, which takes the characters through a unique journey.

Frozen 2 focus on the bond both Elsa and Anna share along with their family history. It reveals how did Elsa get her powers, truth about their family, and what happened to their parents. Things they have to do to restore peace in Arendelle. The movie does not have a figurative monster, it is the circumstances that turn out to be major antiheroes. Olaf is a comic relief amid all this chaos and mystery.

Jennifer Lee, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios, said: “If Frozen was happily ever after then Frozen 2 is the day after happily ever after.”

“Life gets in the way. It throws you curve balls. So, this is about learning to fight for your place in the world, do what’s right – all of the grown-up things you have to do.”

She added: “There’s still fun and humor, but it’s a deeply emotional story about finding out who we are meant to be.”

SOURCES:

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50541494
  2. https://www.wsj.com/articles/frozen-2-thaws-box-office-cold-streak-11574620507

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