I was going to write a whole story about why Disney’s Frozen, the latest addition to the long line of Disney Princess movies, is a good film for boys. Common Internet practice suggested that I make a list featuring the top however many clickable reasons. I may have mentioned a slideshow. There was talk of the post going viral. All of the sudden I was living the dream.
And then I talked myself out of it, because of course Disney’s Frozen is a good movie for boys. Why wouldn’t it be? To make a big stink about such a thing is to feed the trolls of the Internet (spoiler alert: not to be confused with the rather wonderful trolls in Frozen) that think little boys can’t like musicals centered around love and princesses. Or that only little girls like matters of the heart as worn on a sleeve.
For some reason there has been too much put on this is for boys, that is for girls, and movies are no exception. People see a film with princesses in the lead role(s) and they declare it a film for girls. They see action, and it is for boys. Aren’t we better than that, Internet?
I’m not raising my boys by stereotype. The are totally capable of appreciating a great story because it is a great story, and Frozen is that. My boys loved it. We all loved it.
Now all of this about feelings is not to suggest that there aren’t plenty of action-packed moments in the film — there are! In fact, there is lots of action, and I bet little girls loved it. There is also a ton of humor and fun. We can all like that, right?
The bottom line is, I’m done with the naysayers of the Internet that think a dress and tiara set bad examples or alienate this group or that. Sometimes a movie about family, love, magic, character, heart, and a talking snowman is just a movie about family, love, magic, character, heart, and a talking snowman; and sometimes it is much more that that.
Of course, the fact that the characters in Frozen are some of the most human, honest, and well-rounded to ever grace a Disney screen helps quite a bit.
Frozen is a movie about princesses, and it is full of action. It is a good film for boys. And girls. And anyone else that enjoys a great story. I’m hoping that’s you.
Disney’s Frozen opens tomorrow in theaters everywhere.
Whit Honea is the author of The Parents’ Phrase Book (January, 2014/Adams Media). Read more at his site Honea Express. You can follow Whit on the Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest (his opinions are his own and do not reflect those of Babble or most rational people).