Announcement: Thoughts on the “Frozen” ABC Special, Update on Video Review
A few nights ago, ABC broadcast this special on Frozen entitled “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic” (though, frankly, I think they missed a great opportunity to use the more accurate title “The Story of Frozen: This Movie Had a Story?!”). Cast and crew member interviews abound, detailing their process and inspirations. I truly enjoyed the descriptions of the more technical challenges, especially regarding the character animation. Unfortunately, that occupied maybe fifteen percent of the special’s focus. More time is devoted to everyone’s tear-jerking testimonies of how personal the process was and the product are to their lives. Not that their feelings aren’t genuine, and least of all unearned: they made a movie that has touched many, many, many people like so few have (even the more deserving ones, tragically). Besides, their sincerity was probably exaggerated by the inanely sentimental soundtrack of the special (I don’t know about you, but I am really sick of hearing a finger-picked guitar everything someone says something remotely emotional).
So how exactly am I supposed to even suggest that Frozen is less than perfect? That the story doesn’t hold up under scrutiny, that the flimsy nature of the tone muffles our experience and our expectations, that “Let It Go” is probably one of the most boring songs ever written? Even if I did tell them, would they listen or simply dismiss me as a “hater?” Would they take it personally? On top of that, why should I even explain why the story stinks if Frozen proves that a good story is no longer (and probably never has been) necessarily to make a hit film?
There were some of the thoughts I had while watching this special. I don’t remember the last time I felt so old and so alienated in my current existence. I just don’t understand the power that this movie has on people. Am I missing something? Is there a whole train of life experience that I somehow missed for over twenty years? What am I missing? Why is this movie so popular? And what does that mean for the future of American animation? Will every studio be trying to make their own Frozen for the next five years? (I’d blow my brains out if that were the case.)
I just do not understand, and it makes me feel alone. So very, very alone.
As for the review, let’s just say that I’m looking forward to a lot more thinking, more writing, and more thinking. So much more thinking…