My two cents on frozen 2:
Anyone who has seen my blog knows I am an Hans stan (and also a former Helsa shipper) and yes I was kinda disappointed when there was absolutely no Hans in the new movie. But above all the discussions I’d like to tell all those who are much more disappointed than me (and posted complaints and eventually started arguments about it) what happened and why it’s important.
So what happened exactly in Frozen 2:
most of the female characters wore trousers. This sounds like nothing I know, but the only others disney female characters who had this privilege were Jasmine in aladdin (1996) and Mulan (1998). So yes it took 23 years for a Disney princess to wear pants again.
ok lets forget about the trousers, what I’m trying to say is that we live in a ridiculously awful time (ridiculous because one would think that in the 21st century people understood the basic human needs):
-right wings are being more popular than the last 30 years with them there’s growing racism, xenophobia, all minorities (lgbt+, ethnic minorities, religious ones.. ) they are living one of the worse possible scenarios.
-Also the rising of the feminist movement create a public backlash of those who consider women nothing more than housewives.
-Climate change exists and is our fault.
Frozen 2 touched these 3 major arguments in a fairytale way and it was the best thing they could ever do.
-They explicitly address the fact that the supposedly good side (Arrendellians) have committed slaughter towards a peaceful native tribe. What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had this year, where the usa couldn’t hide behind the turkey.
The grandfather It is not even the main villain, the villain in the story are the consequences of hatred and lies, how it destroyed the forest, caged those who were not able to make peace and ultimately how it hid the truth about Elsa’s magic origins.
- both Elsa and Anna are incredibly 3 dimensional character, they have passions, interests, ambitions, things they hate, things they love. They are NOT there to be pretty and poised. They have their own will in the second movie much more than the first.
Please dont forget the scene where the little girl asks Elsa for a scientific instrument instead of a toy, it was subtle, but how many women can’t get close to sciences and math because they believe that is something for boys: Too many.
In Frozen 2 Anna faces the death of whats left her family and still has the strength to destroy the dam
flint had problems with water too i guess which was the symbol of the oppression of the nourthuldras. She doesn’t free Arrendellians, they might loose their houses, but they are already free. They can leave if they want, they can rebuild, they have possibilities. The Northuldra don’t and she chooses to give away even her own house to fix 30+ years of unfair inprisonment in a magical forest without being able to see the sky
Elsa instead goes on a journey to find her true self, which is different than not believing yourself as a danger to others (see plot of frozen1). She finds she had much more power than she thought, show yourself is canonicaly an empowerment song. After that she finds her own freedom too. The freedom to choose where she wants to live, how and in which terms. Although she might even be siuted for being queen, she choses to live a different life than the one paved for her by her parents. And she does it without closing doors.
- how they addressed climate change, it was subtle yes, but it was there. The elements of nature dont answer anymore to the humans will. Well in truth they never did. But they didn’t even rebel too much either.
In frozen 2 nature rebels willingly towards the people (Arrendellians, Northulrda, all of them). The spirits are clear: you either make peace with each other and fix the damage you caused to the forest, or f* you, we can’t live without humans, humans without us, let’s find out.
Elsa sacrifices herl life to find the truth on how to fix their relationship with the Northulrda.
I’d like to point out that granpa was all about killing the Northulrda, and not about killing the forest, but he ended up damaging nature in his way of genocide, because guess what, that’s exactly what happens when you try to damage a population of any kind, you start by damaging their land.
Eventually being able to make peace with other humans was also the key to make peace with nature, as if not trying to destroy each other could bring benefits.
-and least but not last, the question far too many people ask about: Elsa sexuality. THE MOVIE DOESN’T EXPLICITLY ADDRESS IT. But the writers and Idina Menzel and probably the whole cast were totally cool with the giveElsaaGirlfrien hastag.
If they ever going to address it directly I don’t know, but I glad that disny stopped teaching girls that their final goal is to find the love of their life.
Marrige is not your first purpose.
You can do anything in the world before choosing to be with someone. Im not saying do things alone, but do it knowing that you don’t have to have a love interest to be happy. Find what you love to do for yourself, your passions your interests, everything that brings you joy, dont just end up with someone because movies shoved romance in your brain since you were 3. Have fun with your life. For yourself.
After this long rant, back to the starting point, having Hans in the movie would have made me a much happier human, but that’s just not what the world needed. Writers knew hundreds of thousands would go watch the movie, and they will re-watch it again and again; it was their chance to make an impact on the audience, and those little boys who will grow up having Kristoff singing he missed his love maybe will be more open, maybe they won’t have so much toxic masculinity in them because movies are changing the way they portrait even strong men. And maybe girls will identify with a powerful goddess who has a gentle heart of maybe they will find more inspiration in a very brave and loving new queen, who could chose to do the right thing despite losing all she had.
Hans would have taken away too much of the message they are trying to make.
Maybe there will be a Frozen 3 one day, who knows. But if I had to pick between a favorite character and a movie with a real impact on youth that is about changing the way we see ourselves as a society and how we can cooperate to make a better world. I’d pick the latter.
Hans is a rounded character, has personality and everything, but he’s just not worth the world
So please stop bagging about hans not being in frozen 2 and stop insulting the authors.
Im referring to those in the hans fandom who are rude and act like spoiled brat. The others know they didn’t do nothing wrong.