Today is supposed to be Movie Quote Monday. And my intention was to keep it that way, with a quick post that would take five minutes before I get back to organizing my desk.
But then, a distraction.
As I was looking for a cute picture to go with today’s quote, I stumbled upon this fan-made picture.
Have you even seen any Disney movies over two years old?
Have you seen any official Disney Classics?
And if you have, how could you forget this handsome fella?
Or this guy?
And are you going to completely ignore that Meg’s first “true love” dumped her for another girl after she sacrificed herself to Hades for him?
I have been trying to figure out why someone would think this. Now, if they’re saying “The first guy can turn out to be a jerk,” that’s bogus. So did Gaston, though he was more up-front about it than Hans. So was Meg’s nameless boyfriend who dumped her.
If they’re saying, “Sometimes the first guy you meet isn’t the right guy, even though he is a good guy,” then my answer is
” Hi, I’m Prince Edward, I have puffy sleeves, sing, will risk my life for you, and want to marry you.”
The only reasons I can come up with for someone to think this crazy Frozen thought is
a) they are not Disney fans, just Frozen fanatics,
b) they have jumped on the Frozen fanatic bandwagon that states “Frozen is the first Disney movie to prove that a girl doesn’t need a man to save her!” and are trying to see at what else Frozen can be first.
I’m sure you’ve seen those posts about Frozen and men. They are everywhere. “Disney finally made a movie where a girl doesn’t need rescuing!”
To which I say….
…If Kristoff didn’t give Anna a ride, she would have been wolf food.
…If Kristoff didn’t help Anna, she wouldn’t even be able to find the ice palace, let alone get to it. (Remember the sad climbing attempt, and her lack of tracking skills?)
…If Kristoff didn’t have handy rope/hook/pickaxe knowledge, Anna would have fallen to her death when being chased by Marshmallow. Granted, he only softened the eventual fall, but at least they got a little closer to the ground. Really, that was cinematic cheating, everyone should have died right there in real life.
…If Kristoff hadn’t been raised by the trolls and brought Anna to them, he never would have known that bringing her back to Arandelle was the best bet for saving her.
So don’t give me that crap.
And Elsa? Elsa couldn’t save herself. She tried and made the snowstorm worse, trapping Anna as she froze. Sure, her love melted the spell, but… that was a fluke. She didn’t know what she was doing. I love Elsa, dearly, but she’s no hero.
Really, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven prolonged Anna’s life the most. All guys, helping save her.
On top of that, the original Snow Queen story actually has a girl rescuing her one true love from the clutches of the Snow Queen, who has cursed the guy to love/follow the Snow Queen’s every whim, forgetting his lady love. The girl is entirely on her own, with little help along her journey, and actually manages to rescue the guy even when he’s on the Snow Queen’s side due to being cursed. It makes Anna’s feats look rather puny, if still adorable.
But those aren’t even the important reasons Frozen fanatics are wrong. Here are the important ones.
Remember? Pretended to be a boy, got kicked out of the army, saved China anyway, and had the EMPEROR bow to her? After her General/boyfriend said “No way I’m helping you, girl!” she snuck into the palace on a Hun hunt. Remember? No? This was mid-late 1990’s.
Sure, she was in love with John Smith, but she didn’t need him to save her. Pocahontas already had this “please don’t kill each other” and “I do what I want” attitude way before the English landed at Jamestown.
Actually, I remember this small, unimportant scene at the end where she saved his life. Totally didn’t affect the story line, though, right?
Oh yeah, mid-1990’s, almost 20 years before Frozen debuted.
Sadly, I can’t be mad at you if you don’t remember her, even though she is from one of the best. Disney. movies. EVER.
(Treasure Planet, in case you’re still lost.)
Thanks to crappy marketing, this bada$$ Disney heroine is oft forgotten. There was a moment where she needed help, but that was after getting shot while saving her crew, and she still managed to be awesome.
Lilo’s big sister! Not only was she doing her best to raise her little sister, keep a home running, and have a job, she also told her (very handsome and sweet) friend David that she didn’t have time for a relationship. She turned down his help occasionally, only accepting his help finding a job and an invite to relax with a day of surfing. She made it clear she didn’t have time for anything more, and David respected her wishes to try to do everything by herself. Heck, Nani teamed up with aliens who could have squished her in a second just to try to save her sister!
For you youngin’s who might not have seen any of the above movies because you live in a black hole with no Netflix access, you should at least have heard of Merida. It’s much more recent.
She refuses to get married because “it’s what you do,” and instead shoots for her own hand.
She learns how to be a good leader from her mother, and eventually convinces her parents to let her live her life on her own terms, bucking tradition (for the meantime) in order to grow and learn.
And can we not forget how awesome her mother is? Queen Elinor is one of my favorite Disney moms: super protective of her children, powerful in politics, and a really, really cute bear.
I could go on. Ellie from “Up” didn’t need Carl to save her from anything. In fact, you could say she saved him from living inside of a shell his entire life. And once married, they helped each other, as married people should do.
Now, Snow White. She definitely waited for her prince to fix everything. I mean, she has an entire song about it. Granted, she was mostly dead at the end of her story, so she didn’t have a choice. But she did wait around. At least she was friendly and helpful while she waited.
Cinderella. In my experience, the one used most often as an example of “sitting around, waiting for a prince to fix everything.” Really, she was doing the best she could in the society in which she lived. She didn’t want to live on the street, so she stayed with her wicked stepmother. But she never once mentioned wanting someone to save her, or even marry a prince. She just wanted a night off to feel like a normal girl and go to a ball.
It is both incorrect and unfair to most Disney girls to say that Frozen is the first Disney film that shows the first guy isn’t always right, or that girls don’t need a man to save them. Because sometimes, girls need a guy to save them.
And sometimes, a guy needs a girl to save him.
Sometimes, people of the same gender help each other.
It’s called being a decent human being.
And a lot of the time, Disney is just sticking to the original story, which involves a prince saving someone. So blame the Brothers Grimm, if you must blame someone.
Or maybe just appreciate human beings helping other human beings. That’s what we are supposed to do with our time here. So, thank you, Disney, for showing that it goes both ways, for many years.
And for those of you who are still stuck on “Frozen is the first!”?