A must read from The Feminist Fangirl blog. Apparently Disney is animating the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, The Snow Queen. The original story features a multitude of female characters and heroines – in fact, they outnumber the men (a rarity in most genres of literature, let alone 19th century fairytales). The main character is a girl named Gerda who has to save her best friend Kai (a boy) from the villainous Snow Queen. She gets help from a slew of other strong and capable of women and anthropomorphic feminine creatures along the way.
So what we have here is a thrilling action-packed story that displays active female agency. As Feminist Fangirl notes, this is probably the only Anderson tale that is not actively misogynistic. It’s even, dare we say, kind of feminist! A boy has to be rescued by a girl! How often do we get to see that?
But guess what Disney has decided to do instead:
So you can imagine that I was profoundly disappointed when I heard that Disney’s adaptation, now called Frozen (a Tangled-reminiscent decision that stinks of avoiding the need to market a film with a female centered title), had cut out every single one of these female characters save for Gerda, now called Anna, and the Snow Queen, who is now Anna’s sister. The women have been replaced with a cast of men, and Anna is now accompanied on her journey by a “Mountain Man” named Kristoff (edit: a helpful anon informed me that his name is not Hans, as I originally stated. Hans is in fact another male character and may be a factor in a possible love triangle for Anna). Kristoff is obviously intended to serve as romantic interest for the now aged up Anna, who as Gerda in the original, felt a love for her friend Kai that was strictly platonic. (Kai, by the way, has been dropped altogether.)
Seriously, Disney? Does no one in corporate entertainment bother to listen to what female viewers want?!
Read the whole piece here. And take a stand: boycott this crappy film!
Update: Want to feel even more aggravated? Read this post from Reel Girl: Animator of “Frozen” says female characters must be pretty and sensitive.
You can also read the Feminist Fangirl’s Q&A about The Snow Queen and Frozen here.