By Jade Wong,
STAHP IT. STAHP IT. For the last time, NO. I do NOT want to build a stupid snowman. And NO. Not even if it’s “really cold outside”. Beg me one more time and I will SCREAM.
If you haven’t been asked if you want to build a snowman on social media through your friends’ posts or face-to-face, you are possibly a very lucky person who either has absolutely no access to the internet (in which case, you shouldn’t even be reading this online article) or you are simply living under a rock.
I’m sure I haven’t any need, really, to explain this “Do you wanna build a snowman?” craze, but for the benefit of those blissfully oblivious people who have no idea what I’m talking about, this is part of a song’s lyrics. But even Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball didn’t cause as much of a storm as this. So how did this phrase become such a generic term amongst teens? I mean, for Pete’s sake, it’s always summer here. Well, I blame you Frozen.
As far as Disney Princess movies go, Frozen is not your typical “Prince-Charming-kisses-the-girl-awake” type of show – that would be Sleeping Beauty. Disney Animation Studios has really gone out of their way to create a film void of the typical Prince+Princess+TrueLove-Baddie=HappilyEverAfter formula, and for that, they must be duly commended. I mean, there wasn’t even a wicked witch involved! (think Little Mermaid, Tangled, Snow White and the list goes on…)
The twists and turns during the course of the movie were completely unexpected and unlike previous Disney Princess movies, the antagonist was not obvious until the end of the movie. Although, they still maintained the signature “Happily Ever After” – Disney would get sued if they did otherwise – they managed to stray away from the predictable kiss-saves-all ending, which was probably why it was so enjoyable (hopeless romantics, please don’t kill me.)
Moving on, how often do you find a Disney Movie which has your friends and yourself singing its song for weeks after that? I mean, you didn’t hear people saying that “Flipping your fins, you don’t get too far…” like how you hear people saying that you should “Let it go”; you didn’t hear people asking if you can feel the love tonight like how you hear them asking if you want to build a snowman; you didn’t hear people duet-ing “…And at last I see the light..” like how you hear them duet-ing “Love is an open door”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the previous movies were lousy. I’m saying that Frozen is indeed Disney’s best marketed and most successful movie.
The songs were undoubtedly the highlight of Frozen and for most parts, narrated the story line. Unfortunately, not all managed to capture the attention of the audience; there were one or two which I even forgot were in the movie! Also, some scenes were not given enough time to progress and were, in a way, neglected to make way for the songs (i.e. the shipwreck scene was less than a minute to accommodate a reprise of ‘Do You Wanna Build A Snowman’ allowing no time for the emotions to pour.)
Ignore those minor flaws and you have yourself the perfect Disney movie suitable for toddlers, great-grandparents and anyone in between. This is the sort of film you wouldn’t mind re-watching over and over again. Definitely a winner!