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My Disney Experience

If you woke up this morning hoping to read 3,600 words about a Disney vacation AND see pictures, then you are in luck. Instead of filling an entire week with posts about Disney, all the thoughts, comments, and ideas will be here.

A circle of our friends is in a Disney phase and my wife and I take bets on how quickly someone will bring it up when families get together. Last time it took twenty minutes, I guessed five.

This post has three sections.

Let's begin.

Frozen

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Frozen! Everybody's talking about Frozen at the moment, and I just saw it last night so I thought I would chime in.

The Good: The themes of the movie are interesting and innovative, especially for a Disney Princess film. There are a ton of excellent subversions of Disney tropes. Elsa works as an excellent metaphor for depression and/or being a lesbian. The characters are all fun, interesting, and sympathetic. Even the talking snowman is considerably less annoying than I expected. The animation is what you would expect, which is to say, very good. In particular the ice and snow are gorgeous. The whole thing moves along at a breakneck pace, there's certainly never a dull moment. It's great to see a Disney Princess who is actually the protagonist and isn't just there to be rescued. Anna and Elsa are destined to be classic characters, and the family love theme is dealt with splendidly.

The Bad: the plot is fairly weak. Anna and Elsa don't really have particularly interesting visual design, especially with regards to their (extremely similar) faces. I mean, I know they're Disney Princesses, and I know they're sisters, but really, they look way too similar to each other and to the archetype of a, well, Disney Princess. The world is hinted at being interesting, but isn't nearly as developed and explored as I've come to expect from Disney. This is certainly no Aladdin or Robin Hood or Beauty and the Beast. There are bits of the plot that... don't really make sense, and seem to contradict each other?

Most disappointing, though, is the music! The opening song ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FVfTxNqRWE ) sets a fantastic bar, being thematic, powerful, and having a rather unique sound that looked like it would define the feel of the movie. Instead, all of the subsequent songs, especially Let It Go ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk ) which is to Frozen as Circle of Life is to Lion King and Tale as Old as Time is to Beauty and the Beast, is just really bland insipid pop with a few obvious mistakes in terms of lyrics and instrumentation (the lady with ice powers sings "Let it go, let it go, I am one with the wind and ____" Guess what word goes in the blank. "Snow"? Haha nope, it's "sky"!). None of the music in the movie inspired me or moved me at all, which is actually kind of impressive given how much I liked and cared about the characters!

However, when all is said and done, the thing that is interesting and important about Frozen is the characters and the significant reinterpretation of the Disney tropes. And it succeeds quite marvellously at those.

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