Not sure how to say this…but I am in love with a Disney movie

As we walked to the car both kids were singing and skipping with huge smiles.

“Mom,” my daughter says climbing into her booster seat. “I think that is the best movie ever.”

“Really?” I ask.

“I agree,” my boy says as he climbs in next to her.

“Really?” I ask again.

“I think it had a great message,” my daughter says while buckling up. “About opening your heart and letting people in.”

“Yeah,” her brother says. “You know…some people are kind of frozen.”

“Yeah,” his sister adds getting excited. “It was like frozen in both ways.”

We talked all the way home about the film. About the silly snowman, the great music, how beautiful the snow looked, the amazing ice castle and even more about the message.

This is the first time my kids, ages 6 and 9, have analyzed a film at great length. We talked about the important role music plays in a film, the characters motivations both good and bad, how fear can cause someone to shut others out, the bond between siblings and the notion of “true love.”

Thank you Disney.

frozenIf you haven’t taken your kids to see Disney’s new film “Frozen,” you should. I don’t say this lightly. I am VERY protective about what my kids watch and in general find “Princess” movies to be a bit offensive and possibly damaging to girls. But Disney got this one right in so many ways.

We have now seen the film twice (three times for my daughter) and purchased the soundtrack. This is something I simply never do.

It is that good.

The story is about two sisters, Anna and Elsa. The eldest, Elsa, is born with the ability to magically create snow and ice, but she can’t control it and almost kills her little sister. Her father tells her to “conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.”

Fear runs her life and she hides away from the world. When she comes of age she must face everyone at her coronation as queen. Things get out of control and she accidentally shows her powers. Fear and shame cause her to run away into the mountains.

As she runs away, she sings the song “Let it Go,” which recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.

Let it go, let it go.
And I’ll rise like the break of dawn.
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand, in the light of day.
Let the storm rage on!
The cold never bothered me anyway.

I have never heard of Idina Menzel before, but her voice is so strong and powerful that I’m not ashamed to admit, I sobbed like a baby listening to the CD alone in my car.

So much of the imagery and messages from this film hit home for me in ways that are a bit uncomfortable. I know many people who put up closed doors and can’t imagine letting others see them for who they are. There is so much fear in being vulnerable. There is also so much freedom to be gained…and so much love.

I know that I am gushing about a kid’s movie, but I can’t seem to help myself. I am swept up in the Disney magic of this film more than I have ever before.

We can’t get enough.

“I could totally see this on Broadway.”

“Yes! The trolls need another song for sure. That would be awesome!”

“I think they could make a whole movie just about the trolls.”

“What if they made that ice palace at Disneyland?”

“Awwwwsome!”

“It could snow in the castle and they could have Olaf there?”

“Yes! That would be so cool!”

So it goes. We are in deep here folks.

Part of me, the skeptical “hippy” side, is all analytical and keeps screaming that Disney has brainwashed me and that I’m being sucked into their marketing machine.

Oh, shut it. I just like it OK. Geez.

If you need me, I’ll be in my car singing along with the “love expert” trolls and smiling.

Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper
That’s what it’s all about
Father! Sister! Brother!
We all need each other
To raise us up and round us out!

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