Since almost everyone (but us until recently) has seen Disney’s new movie, Frozen, we’re letting our discussion have some spoilers in it.
MIME: When you mix Disney and ice and sisters and great hair, what do you get?
CAIT: Cold cold cold cold.
MIME: Yeah… I guess. Not exactly what comes to mind… I was thinking more “A revolutionary Disney movie with epic plot, great songs, and a different slant on true love!”
MIME: A little more heartfelt than that.
CAIT: I’m really impressed with Disney. Once upon a time, if you’re a Princess — you see a guy, you just gotta kiss him. But now? They actually employ common sense about marrying-the-first-guy-you-meet-after-having-one-musical-number-with-him. Don’t do it.
MIME: Woah, Cait! Settle down there! You are missing the laws of childhood movies. If you have a musical number with him, it’s true love. Right?
CAIT: What about Snow White? She was dead. Did they even have a musical number?
MIME: I can’t remember. I wasn’t born in the thirties. But anyway! Speaking of musical numbers, Frozen had some pretty good ones.
CAIT: Yeah, it’s a pity isn’t it?
CAIT: What? All that singing! Sometimes the joins between songs weren’t even smooth.
MIME: That’s kind of true. I hate to agree with you, Cait, I really do. But, like most Disney movies, there were a lot of songs at the beginning and not many in the middle/end. The end didn’t suffer because of it (not much. There was room for a heartbreaking reprise of Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? but we won’t hold that against them.) No, the beginning just felt a bit cluttered because of the quantity. Another thing was, have you noticed how a lot of Disney movies have a sort of melodic motif they keep?
CAIT: No. I pretty much don’t care.
MIME: Or a cultural theme? For instance, Mulan sounds just a scrap Chinesy, and The Little Mermaid had that repeated Jamacan syncapation. And the Hunchback of Notre Dame has that church music feel, with lots of accompanying choirs and church bells, in most songs. I don’t know much about Norse music, but I felt like there could have been a little more of a reoccurring melody.
MIME: Anyway. The songs themselves were really good. Let it Go was the best, I think, sung by Elsa. Very cool visuals, too.
CAIT: I prefer humour. And Olaf. Mostly Olaf. Oh, and woohoo! Big summer blow-out! I liked that too.
MIME: I thought you might.
CAIT: What? You are the Sven to my Olaf.
MIME: You are the Anna to my Elsa.
CAIT: Seriously? Can you see me jumping on you while you sleep and saying, “Wanna build a snowman?”
MIME: Yes. In fact, you do it all the time. “Do you wanna write a blogpost? Or eat breakfast and –“
CAIT: Breakfast is important.
MIME: That’s why we finish each other’s —
MIME: Can we get back on topic?
CAIT: Fine. Miss Grumpy Gills. Everything about the movie was quite revolutionary! One of the “love-songs” (where the trolls played match-maker between Anna and Kristoff) talked about love not being about “changing” people. They danced around insulting them! It was great!
MIME: I really liked the overall theme and message. It was kind of built off the theme in Brave. You know. Girl power, almost. And finding the perfect prince is absolutely optional. I don’t think anyone can honestly say that Disney is belittling to women, racist, unrealistic, or makes women passive. Their last 5 or so Disney princesses have been anything BUT, and they just keep getting better.
MIME: I rest my case.
CAIT: And everyone is so incredibly ADORABLE when they’re babies!! Even baby Sven!!!
That is so stinkin’ adorable!!!
MIME: Okay. Calm down, Cait. I’m not sure anyone can beat Baby Merida in cuteness.
CAIT: HA. But people are calling Frozen the next Tangled. I understand in a way, like with the cuteness and the snarky relationships and the fantastic hair. BUT, Tangled is still my favourite! I feel like the song transitions were smoother and the relationship of Flynn and Rapunzel (gusenheuit) was the funniest. While I loved everything (except all the dang singing) in Frozen, I still think Tangled is better. By the way, what is it with Disney and all their introvert Princesses? I love it!
MIME: Technically, it was forced introversion, keeping everyone locked in their towers/castles. Anna was definitely NOT an introvert.
CAIT: Well, Kristoff was weird.
MIME: You of all people shouldn’t be calling people weird. Considering, you know…yourself.
CAIT: AT LEAST I DON’T SING TO MY REINDEER.
MIME: Yeah, yeah. Whatever you reckon. I wouldn’t put it past you.
CAIT: Well, reindeers ARE better than people, you know.
MIME: This is going nowhere good.
CAIT: So, to finish, we will leave you with the question: what DO frozen things do in summer?
MIME: I’m going to tell them.
CAIT: Don’t you dare.