Character growth in Frozen II promotes female independence


Queen of the ice — Queen Elsa places her stance and prepares to protect her country. In Frozen II, Elsa builds character and stands up for herself and others.

Sydney Bigelow, Copy & Design Chief

Six years after Frozen reached the top of billboards across the world, Disney premiered Frozen II, on November 22. The movie built off of the original and provided a new storyline, adding to the $1,000,000 franchise, along with displaying new themes.

Frozen released on November 27, 2013. The story introduces the princesses, two sisters, Elsa and Anna. After the death of their parents, Elsa is crowned queen, but struggles to rule and keep her ice powers a secret. The movie spoke to sisters, along with parents of daughters, as the theme of love through sisterhood was displayed through Anna’s actions.

In Frozen II, the royal sisters and their friends, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, are guided by the spirits in hopes of saving the kingdom of Arendelle. Lessons and memories gained from the original film help the character’s throughout their adventure.

“Let It Go” is the most popular song from the Frozen soundtrack. Quartzy released that the song “Let It Go” has been streamed over 94 million times.

“Into the Unknown” is the response to “Let It Go,” and allows Elsa to sing from a personal view about what she wants and needs, breaking out of the typical ‘queen’ stereotype and causing character development and growth.

“The truth of women being able to save themselves and not needing any male character to come through for them,” actor Sterling K. Brown said to The Hollywood Reporter.

Typically in Disney movies, the princesses get rescued by a hero, not a heroine. In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast saves Belle from Gaston’s violence. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty, the women are taken out of their deep sleeps by the kiss of a prince. However, in Frozen and Frozen II it is Anna providing the heroism, rescuing her
sister and her friends.

“I climbed the North Mountain, survived a frozen heart, and saved you from my ex-boyfriend,” Anna said, “You’ll always have me.”

The responsibility and realizations that the characters face were more complex in Frozen II, tackling themes of female power. Through the adventure of the princesses, people of different genders and ages saw independent women and breaking of gender roles.