I’ve seen Frozen twice now, and the first time I kind of wondered if it was being used as metaphor for homosexuality.
Watched it the second time and I was like 90% sure after that.
So I looked it up. And I couldn’t find anything official from Disney saying that that was intentional, but a CRAP ton of other people got the same idea I did.
Elsa has no romantic involvement at all during the movie. Nothing is ever even mentioned about romance concerning her which is interesting because I know a good number of closest gay people (myself included) who would just totally avoid that topic in an attempt to hide, while not exactly lying about their sexuality. Anyways, Elsa never expresses interest in boys or anyone for that matter (which is fine, not everyone needs romance to make a good story, the movie is mostly about family love anyways), but there’s a lot more than that.
Elsa was born with something very different about her. The movie mentions explicitly that she was born with it, not cursed. Only Elsa herself refers to it as a curse. She’s also told, from the time she’s very young, to repress this part of herself because other people will be afraid of her for it and their fear might lead them to attack her.
As a gay dude who’s maybe a little unhealthily paranoid about hate crimes, that concept really resonates with me.
Also, Anna’s quest to find her sister is meant to help bring summer back to their kingdom, but more than that, it’s fueled by Anna’s desire to let her sister know that she loves her regardless of the thing that makes her different.
My guess is that Disney didn’t explicitly intend to make a movie with such a strong gay subtext. The moral of the story, which is the classic “Don’t be afraid of something because it’s different. Don’t pretend to be something you aren’t or lock yourself away, just because you want to avoid upsetting people” was probably meant to be interpreted in different ways.
As a person who’s gay, that’s the way I interpret it- especially considering that people today are actually starting to become really aware of the fact that there are all these gay people out there, fighting really hard to suppress their real feelings and emotions for the sake of others, or out of fear of being attacked.
Not my favorite Disney Movie, but I really like the message, and the way it’s presented means a lot to me.
I like to think of it as a metaphor for homosexuality, which is fantastic, but it could also be a metaphor for anything else that is different about a person and is seen as bad. However, what I love about the story is that it’s not another tale of “accept them for who they are because they’re your family.” As soon as Anna finds out about Elsa’s powers, she realizes that it explains so much, and immediately goes to help her, because she loves her and already accepts her. The lesson to be learned in the story is on Elsa’s part. She feels scared and unsafe in her own regard, and pushes away her loved one because of it. The lesson learned in the story is to accept the love and help of the people around you, even if you’re scared of it. Learn to trust the people who care about you.