Beware the Frozen Heart: Is Disney’s ‘Frozen’ An Allegory for Coming Out?

Originally Published: December 2nd, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014

Is Disney’s Frozen An Allegory for Coming Out?

**WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead**

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the brilliant tour de force behind animations greatest cinematic achievements like the use of a multiplane camera to help create the illusion of depth in animation, among others — ahem, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (the first feature-length animated film), Sleeping Beauty (which stood out among it’s predecessors for combining animation with medieval art and music from composer Tchaikovsky), and the studios renaissance era, which produced instant classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, the latter being the first animated film ever nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and both films being among the first to combine hand drawn animation with CGI technology — has released a new animated classic.

Yes, I’m calling it a classic.

Too soon? Maybe.

But I don’t think so.

Disney’s Frozen, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, opened in theaters in the US on Wednesday, November 27th, and in true Disney Fan Fashion, I went to the first showing I could attend post-work. Let me just say: I was completely blown away by everything: the animation, the Broadway-caliber songs and score that reminded me of Wicked, the delightful cast of characters, and the amount of heart. We’ll get to all that in a second, though.

The one thing I couldn’t shake as I watched the story unfold was how strikingly similar it felt to growing up gay and learning to find inner peace and acceptance while balancing the fears you have of what others might think about you. Disney doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to incorporating the voice of minority. After all, it took the company until 2009 to produce a full length animated feature film featuring a black princess, and even then they were criticized for not giving Tiana, the main character in 2009’s The Princess and the Frog, enough screen time as a human — she spends most of the film as a frog in the bayou in New Orleans trying to become human again. Despite Disney’s lack of direct commentary on specific social issues — they are, after all a company whose mascot is a mouse who, first and foremost, entertains and encourages the vast imaginations of children everywhere, of all ages, so a lack of direct acknowledgement is to be expected — most of their animated films have deeper meanings. Animation at its best blends enough intrigue and humor for the kids with complex story elements, succinct writing, and wit for adult audiences. And Frozen does all of that while crafting a story about a remarkable young woman that resembles the struggle anyone who is gay would understand.

Elsa (voiced by Broadway legend Idina Menzel), the eldest daughter of the king and queen of the fictional Arendelle, is the heart of Frozen; she is the center of main storyline and, despite not having the most screen time, is the real protagonist of the film. Elsa possess the ability to create snow and ice, a magical power she was born with. Her family, particular her father, force her to suppress it because “nobody would understand.” He closes the doors to the kingdom, and Elsa is sequestered away from her sister, Anna, the films other protagonist, because her father didn’t want Anna to be exposed to Elsa’s ability.

Elsa spends her life holed up in her room while her sister, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), who represents pure love and innocence, sits on the other side of the door, begging Elsa to come out and play with her; Anna knows not of her sisters abilities, and thus doesn’t understand why her sister is being shut away from the rest of the world.

As a result, Elsa grows up afraid of people, afraid to let people in. Finally, when it comes time for Elsa’s coronation as Queen of Arendelle, her abilities are inadvertently revealed and she everyone shuns her, running her out of her own kingdom.

Sound familiar yet?

In one of Disney’s best songs since the early 90s, “Let It Go” sees Elsa (again, voiced by the incomparable Idina Menzel, because I can’t say enough how exquisite she is in this role) confronting the “lessons” taught to her by her father: “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see / Be the good girl you always have to be / Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.” But now they do know about her. It’s out. She’s out. The secret she had to keep inside is gone, and through this song she begins to feel utterly liberated.

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small / And the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all / It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through / No right, no wrong, no rules for me / I’m free!”

Elsa begins to test her powers, and she realizes that she loves the girl that she is; she comes into her own and now that she’s free of her secrets, she can break through the walls she’d built up all of her life and, well, quite literally become fabulous.

In the last chorus of the song, she sings: “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.”

If that’s not a coming out song, I don’t know what is. Regardless, it’s absolutely empowering. The message here is beautiful, and the animated sequence that accompanies it is breathtaking. As the story unfolds, it’s impossible not to feel what Elsa felt: the pain from being shut away from the world, of being shunned by her kingdom, and of finally being able to let it all go and just breathe.

Disney might not be coming out and saying, “This is Elsa’s version of coming out,” but they don’t need to; it’s evident to every boy or girl carrying a secret around with them that threatens to crush them every day, at any moment; it’s clear to the grown audience members what Elsa is dealing with.

And that may just be enough. At least for now.

Over the course of the rest of the film, love is explored is a lot of different ways, but the most important thread in this  film is the love between Elsa and Anna, and that is where the heart of this film lies; it’s not about romance and marriage, it’s about standing up for your family, and that is extremely important. (Also, did anyone catch the two gay dads during the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post scene?)

Overall, without giving too much more away, Frozen is exactly the type of film I’ve wanted from Disney since the late 90s: a smart musical with complex characters about something more than just “falling in love.” Frozen to me, is exactly what Disney is all about. If I had to compare it to previous Disney films, I’d say it’s a delightful balance between Beauty and the Beast and 2010’s Tangled, and between the latter film, last year’s tour de force Wreck-It Ralph, and Frozen, I’d say that Disney is ushering in a brand new renaissance.

Welcome back, Disney!

Disney Animation has posted the “Let It Go” sequence on YouTube, which of course I’ve watched a zillion times in the last month or so. To relive the magic, watch the video embedded below!

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think? Sound Off Below!

83 Comments

    1. Idina Menzel’s voice is just…everything and more. It’s worth it just for her one solo song in Frozen. I mean, the whole movie is FAB, but her song and the sequence that accompanies it is just…everything.

  1. I just had to come back and comment because I saw this movie based on this blog post and it’s absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! Just a real Disney classic. I fell in love the same way you did! Thanks for the recommendation! I had ruled Disney out after the 90s, but I think you’re right: they’re back now.

  2. I found your blog googling about what Frozen and Elsa was meant to symbolize, and this was exactly what I was looking for. More to the point, I think Else represents all kinds of minorities, people with disabilities, anyone who has ever been marginalized and repressed and misunderstood. She’s such a symbol and Disney really accomplished a lot with this film! Loved this post! Sharing it with everyone!!

  3. I’m usually very wary of going to see movies based on critic’s advice, but I have to say that your review is spot on. I googled reviews and such of Frozen after having seen it, and that’s how I found your blog and i loved what you have to say. I’m definitely sharing this one!

    1. Yeah, I hear you RE: taking critic’s advice on movies. I rarely listen to critics, though I sometimes let Rotten Tomatoes dictate whether or not I see a movie if i’m on the fence.

      Good thing I’m not really a critic 😉

      Thanks for sharing!

    1. OMG we’re like soul mates haha! I’ve only seen it twice and I can’t wait to see Frozen on BluRay (I’m currently tapped out of money, so I can’t see it any more times haha), but I would see it a million more times if I could!

      It’s so funny, because most of the search terms over the last few weeks that have lead people to my blog, specifically this post, have involved some combination of “Frozen” + “gay” or “LGBT.” Guess we’re not the only ones 🙂

  4. Great article! I had a FEW minor gripes about Frozen – but those seem almost minor in comparison to the movie’s accomplishments. Despite some predictability issues, the characters were so well defined, I found myself thinking about the movie days after I saw it.

    I saw this movie in a year where I came out to my family, so Elsa’s reactions and her euphoric reaction to her new powers more than resonated with me. I also loved the final message that “true love” needn’t be only between a prince and a princess. It could come from anywhere.

    And Kristoff – well, where the hell do I begin with him? Unpolished, scruffy, somewhat stocky and thus not your typical “prince” physique – but damn, that smile and that hair, and finally, that heart. I was officially crushing at the end of the movie and wishing for Kristoff to get his own movie (along with Olaf).

    1. CONGRATULATIONS on coming out!! It’s such a huge, huge step forward, and I wish that this movie had come out during the year where I came out (which was 4 years ago.) Did you see Brave? Merida is often regarded by the lesbian community because she vehemently refuses to be courted by men because she’d rather be free to pursue her own loves (which isn’t love for a person, but rather love for herself and the things she finds rewarding, like being adventurous.) Disney, I think, is moving forward in really refreshing ways, and it’s nice to be a part of that change and be able to recognize it.

      p.s., Kristoff, for all the reasons you mentioned, is just #everything. He’s perfect. Plus, Jonathon Groff.

      p.s.s., I’m totes following you on Twitter 🙂

  5. The ONLY flaw I see in the logic though is if this WAS a covert “gay” character by Disney, it would mean that in the end, Elsa would have to learn to “reign in” and “control” her gay, or else her full-on fabulousness would destroy an entire village 😉

    1. Once Elsa stops letting her fear control her and let’s love in – she gets the best of both worlds…. her fabulousness and the support and acceptance of her kingdom and family. And that allows her powers to be a positive force, not a destructive one.

    1. See, I’ve heard that as a criticism of the movie, but honestly, I don’t need to know the origin of her powers.

      The entire first song, “Frozen Heart” describes exactly how Elsa got her powers:

      “Born of cold and winter air
      and mountain rain combining
      This icy force, both foul and fair
      has a frozen heart worth mining”

      In addition to that song foreshadowing the entire plot of the movie, it gives just enough info…her powers came from natural forces. I think it speaks to the idea of Elsa being “born that way” (i.e., why she’s so relatable to anyone who is gay, has a disability, has a special talent and was ostracized for it, felt “outside” due to skin color or anything else we can’t control about ourselves.) Plus, the trolls and her father confirm that she was simply “born with them.”

      I don’t need to know anything more about the origins of her powers. And I HOPE to god it doesn’t get a sequel…Disney Sequels are always sub-par, and it doesn’t need one, if you ask me. I’d love an extended version of the film with more songs, including the cut song written for Jonathon Groff during the scene where he’s racing back toward Arandelle to save Anna. I’d also love a villain song for Hans.

      Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if, due to the films popularity, it becomes Disney’s next Broadway show.

      1. I really hope it becomes Disney’s next Broadway show. Actually, within the first half hour I was already naming parts of the movie that would be awesome to see on stage. Apparently they started out with something like 30 songs and whittled it down to the ones they used… so there’s definitely a lot of material there!

        1. YES! Same! I kept imagining seeing it up on stage as I watched it during my second viewing.

          Plus, I would not be opposed to one Ms. Lea Michele playing Elsa on Broadway (you know, since she’s a mini-Idina, and all…)

  6. AMAZING movie. Just fantastic.

    The message of this movie however is so entirely broad. Coming out song? If that’s how it relates to you.

    But it is really just a song to ANYONE who has ever been told who to be and how to act.

    My parents always told me that being an artist wasn’t a real job, that you couldn’t live off that. They pushed me to be a doctor or veterinarian. But shortly before this movie came out I said, “Screw that! I’ll do what I’m good at and what makes me happy.” I hadn’t done it before because I was afraid. I was afraid what they would think, what my friends and colleagues would think.

    And then I saw this movie. Elsa spoke to me. That sequence “Let it Go” was exactly how I felt. And the animation that went along with it….just brought tears to my eyes and made me realize I made the right choice.

    1. Thank you, Carissa, for your comment and insights!

      I think the beauty of this song, and the movie in general, is that it speaks to anybody who has ever felt marginalized or repressed or, in your case, forced to play a part/role due to other’s expectations. It’s not really a “coming out” song (Disney would never…at least not in our lifetimes), but it’s the closest symbolic representation to the feeling of coming out. And judging by your story, it’s the same idea 🙂

      Thank you for sharing 🙂 I hope everything works out for you! The best things in life, I think, are the ones that make us the most scared. Nothing in life comes easy…there has to be a little fear in order to feel accomplished by overcoming that fear.

      1. Though if things progress well, there will be no need for a “coming out” song. If they made one, it should be in these times. Haha.

  7. I just saw this movie a few days ago after taking my little brother to see it, and I had no idea what I was missing. I felt the same way about this movie and what it represents.

    I also agree with an above comment that Elsa can represent any minority that has felt marginalized and misunderstood, but I have a hard time getting past just how much it feels as though it was directed at the experience gay people go through. “Conceal, don’t feel / Don’t let it show / Be the good girl you always have to be”? The troll’s question of whether she was “born that way or cursed with it”. Being utterly isolated from everyone, including her own family… Not to down-play the significance of marginalization that many other minorities have faced, but the challenges are often different, and this seems to be such a direct nod at the type of challenges gay people face.

    I especially love how the story continues even after Elsa apparently accepts herself after the “let it go” sequence. Even then, she was still afraid to let people in and hiding. I can relate to that well, long after basically accepting myself, still being afraid to be honest and open with family…. sorta the transition between the phase of “Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them in” to “Let it go”, where she opens up but only to herself, and finally to “let them in”. It also gives a great depiction of what it is like for other people… Parents who don’t know how to handle it but are arguably doing the best they know how. The young sister who feels shut out but doesn’t know why. There are many layers to the gay experience, and Frozen does a great job touching on them.

    Defiantly going down as one of my all-time favorites, right behind The Little Mermaid 🙂

    1. Totally agree…there were SO many little hints throughout, from Elsa’s father’s reactions and cautions, the Troll King’s comment, Elsa’s behavior, and how the kingdom treats her that really point to a “coming out” tale.

      One of my favorite parts of this film is at the end of the “Let It Go” sequence when, after singing about finally being free, she actually slams the door on her balcony behind her, effectively shutting herself in, something that she’d done her entire life. She escaped just to shut herself away, but on her own terms. There are SO many layers to this film, and it spoke to me the same way it spoke to you.

      Thank you SO MUCH for sharing, Jeff!!

  8. Hmmm. Your interpretation is quite interesting-I never even considered all of this, but maybe it’s because I am not gay and have never had to struggle with the hardships of coming out. I cried like a baby and Elsa’s story resonated with me in a very different way. I’ve always been a very emotional person and have also struggled with depression and anxiety. I was always told I was too emotional and too sensitive and I needed to learn to control my emotions. What was communicated to me was that I needed to pretend not to feel and shut out/isolate everyone which made the depression/anxiety worse-like Elsa’s powers. I learned at a young age that I “should” put on the good-girl mask and pretend everything is honky dory. Later, in life I learned that being a feeler is not bad if it doesn’t control me, like Elsa’s powers-my emotions can be a powerful gift to other hurting people.

    Maybe that’s why she is such a fantastic character-her layers and depth make her relate-able to many different people in many different experiences.

    1. Absolutely…what makes Elsa so compelling is the fact that she can represent ANYBODY who has ever faced adversity! It makes her, in my opinion, Disney’s most universally relatable character…and that has power to move anybody.

      Thanks for sharing your experience and I hope that, like Elsa, you’ve found the peace that you definitely deserve. We all deserve to “let it go” and not let what others deem a “handicap” bring us down.

      1. Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 yes, I have found peace-sometimes an old struggle will creep back up, but I am learning to continually let it go! I appreciate your story and perspective too-it’s great to hear something I didn’t consider in my limited experience. That’s why I love art!

        1. Art + writing = sharing experiences. That’s why I value the written word so much; it’s easier to find like-minded people that you never knew existed or that you never knew you related to 🙂

          Every day, I’ve learned, is an uphill battle. Face it head-on and let it go, let it go…

          (Ok, that last part was so #cheesy, but whatevs hahaha)

  9. Why do we, as a culture, have to bring sexual orientation into a children’s movie? While I completely understand the idea of feeling free from the pressure/burden/expectation placed on Elsa, I cannot comprehend why this has to be ANY group’s agenda/anthem/political platform. Just let the kids (and adults) enjoy the movie without tagging other issues to it. Good grief. It’s a fantastic movie, with a fantastic message, that doesn’t need controversy brought into it, and because (AGAIN!!!) it’s an innocent children’s story that doesn’t need SEXUAL, adult implications.

    1. And like an above comment pointed out, it means different things to different people, so it doesn’t necessarily mean the movie is a “gay allegory.”

    2. I totally respect your opinion, and I absolutely get where you’re coming from, but I truly think you’re confusing “sexuality” with “sexual preference.” [Gay] Children absolutely struggle with their sexual identity just as much as adults do — I should know, I was one of them; that doesn’t mean that, at say, age 8 I wanted to have sexual relations with a man, but at that age, I absolutely knew that I was different and I that I felt something for boys that every other boy felt for girls. Again, I must stress that I was NOT sexually active, nor was “sex” on my radar at that young of age, but I did feel these so-called “adult” implications at a young age…it’s the idea of feeling like an “other,” like an outcast, a pariah. That’s what Elsa experienced. And the lyrics to the song “Let It Go,” which is what this post is largely deconstructing, speak to the experience of coming out.

      I’m NOT saying that it DEFINITELY is representative of coming out, nor am I saying that Elsa was gay. In fact, I never said that, and I don’t believe at all that Elsa was gay, but that “Let It Go” and the character representation was eerily similar to anybody’s experience who was gay growing up and told to conceal it or taught that it was wrong.

      Also, I have a terminal degree in children’s literature. And, like literature, films often represent something much bigger than just a surface-level visual. The best movies bring about social change, make educated social commentary, or speak to the climate during which they were produced. Frozen was created during a time of great change in human rights, and it’s absolutely indicative of that, I believe.

      It seems to me that you’re stance, (i.e. “Why do we, as a culture, have to bring sexual orientation into a children’s movie”) contradicts your later statement (“It’s a fantastic movie, with a fantastic message.”) If that’s the case, that it has a fantastic message, what message are you arguing, exactly? Isn’t it what you said, “the idea of feeling free from the pressure/burden/expectation”? If so, can’t ANYBODY who has ever been marginalized fit that bill? Doesn’t that apply to me, a gay man who has felt that oppression and pressure and expectations that I couldn’t possibly uphold? And if you’re saying that it CAN, in fact, apply to anyone, then why can’t I have my interpretation?

      I really do appreciate your stance on the subject, but I politely disagree. As someone who writes young adult fiction and studies children’s literature, I know that these themes exist, and to ignore that existence is to go against everything this film stands for. At the end of the day, the objective is self-identity and self-discovery, and NOT a loss of childhood innocence, which is what you meant by “sexual, adult implications.” Sex does not equal sexual orientation. That’s a small-minded statement.

  10. In my opinion Elsa is the best, most 3-dimensional character in a Disney movie. There is SO MUCH DEPTH. Well, done Disney. And you too for capturing the heart of this exquisite film so eloquently that it’s about being different and embracing those differences, whatever they may be.

  11. Frozen is one of those movies that, when you look back on 2013/2014 and everything that happened during this time period, it will perfectly reflect the changing times. It’s not blatant, it’s subtle. It has a timeless feel, but it’s also progressive.

    Never thought I’d say that about another Disney Movie.

    This is a Well-written Op-Ed piece!

    1. Thank you! I agree. Hopefully as time goes on, Disney will become more and more progressive. Hell, Disney Channel DID feature their first lesbian couple last month! That’s progress! I think this film will prove to be a catalyst in the future.

  12. I really enjoyed reading this, and I agree with you completely. I heard a lot of stuff about Frozen and although I’ve never been the type to get into movies with a lot of musical numbers, much less animated ones, much less animated ones produced by Disney, i decided to give it a shot. I fell in love with this movie. Elsa is what hooked me to it, and as a fellow gay man you can understand why. Apart from just being the strong female with an amazing sense of style and a fabulous strut, being a character that we can relate to just gripped my heart. And Let It Go. As soon as I walked out of the theater, I was on iTunes buying the song. Listened to it on repeat all the way home (it was a 40 minute drive).

    1. Thanks man! Much appreciated!

      Elsa seriously is THE MOST fabulous! I’m planning on perfecting it for Halloween next year. In all seriousness, all of her varying shades are what make her so real, so relatable.

  13. I don’t really agree with your interpretation of this movie, but that’s not really what I came down here to comment about. The people in Oaken’s sauna are definitely not his family and are not “two gay dads”. They are clearly visitors to the trading post, and are obviously a man, a woman wrapped in a towel, and a handful of their children. I really do not understand how people are misinterpreting this tiny off-hand joke.

  14. Being a closeted 40 years old single gay male living every day a straight life in a country that could literally destroy me if i “let go”, i saw this movie today (spanish version, i’m in latinamerica) and it resonated in me like no other, and that was entirely unexpected because i just wanted to see a Disney movie without looking creepy so i tagged alone with a female friend and their daughters (she don’t know that i’m gay) and everyone of us liked the movie a lot! I just thought that i was seeing things that wasn’t there but then found your blog and realized that there was that “something” indeed! thanks for your review and sorry for my bad english. Can’t wait to the Oscars to see I. Menzel singing the original theme.

    1. Albert,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are very strong and I’m so happy that you were able to relate to this on a different level than others who aren’t feeling the stress and pressures that you are feeling on a daily basis. Keep on keeping on and hold out hope that one day you’ll be able to live out loud and proud and “let it go”!

      ALSO, I’m seeing Idina Menzel live on Broadway next month, and I CANNOT WAIT!

  15. I usually don’t comment on internet articles, but I just saw Frozen for the first time and upon first viewing and I felt like I was watching something magical. By that, it felt like I was watching my story unfold on screen with Elsa. I wanted to know if my viewing was common, and that’s how I found your article. Really well-written, and I can absolutely see why so many feel this way when they see Frozen. I do think that they were trying to go for something universal with the message, and thats why it works so well. I definitely cried during “Let It Go”! I hope it wins the Oscar for best song Sunday!

    1. I too cried during “Let It Go” Eddy! I love hearing stories like these because it really shows how universal this movie is and I love being able to connect with others over the internet. Nice connecting with you, sir.

  16. This was very well-written! I’m not sure that I agree with your interoperation, but I guess that’s the point of an interpretive analysis: it’s all up to the writer/viewer to determine what it means for them. That’s good art. Both your writing and “Frozen.” Btw, totally loved this movie!

  17. Keep in mind that I am by no means against anyone for their orientation. That kind of thing is part of what defines you. Having said that, I don’t particularly agree with what you’re saying. I do recognize that this song is about relieving yourself of the stress of something that has bothered you for a long time, but not necessarily about coming out. Coming out is something that is stressful and scary, I assume, so it does have that going for it in terms of the allegory you think is there. These are just my thoughts and any thoughts from anyone that reads and wants to respond are more than welcome.

    1. Hey Chris…thanks for adding to the conversation!

      My stance is this: I don’t think that this song is Disney saying “ELSA IS A LESBIAN” any more than I think that this song is actually about coming of the closet. What I meant when I wrote this piece was that, ultimately, this song, and its accompanying film, are products of its time. The US is in the middle of making history right now with the human rights movement, much like the 60s with the civil rights movement. I think Frozen and “Let It Go” are representative of this. 50 years from now, we’ll look back at Frozen and it will speak to what happened while it was being made. Being freed from oppression, which is essentially what Elsa is feeling during this song, is something that any gay man or woman feels when coming out. It’s representative of those feelings. I’m not here to say that it is definitely about coming out, but I am, like you said, pointing out that is an allegory (which isn’t fact, just part of interpretation — which is individual.) I think that’s important to remember here…this this film, like literature, is interpretive; anybody who has ever felt some sort of oppression can relate to this, not just gay men and women, but those with disabilities and who have felt discriminated against for racial or religious purposes. I see it the way I see it because I’m gay and I cried when Elsa sang that song because I felt like it was a window into my soul and how I felt when I came out. I’m in no way saying it’s fact.

      I love talking about this, though, because everyone has their own interpretation. Thanks for contributing! 🙂

  18. The interpretation of “Letting Go” and having a secret that has been suppressed applies to all of us who have sin in our hearts and who pretend to be what we are not. Man looks on the outward appearance and God looks on the heart. This is an age-old struggle. When we let our deception go, and release our self-hatred or rebellion to the loving God who created man and woman and set guidelines for our joy and fulfillment in His perfect design for us, we have true freedom. Jesus is the only perfect man who ever lived, and He was willing to accept the darkness of our self-deceptions and sins in exchange for true freedom as He rules our lives. Whether anyone designed this movie with any other agenda or whether we impose our own aberrations on the movie is not worth arguing about. I appreciate the talent and technical skill that is demonstrated in this movie. After all, we were designed to be creative by the ultimate Creator, and though our creations are not ex nihilo, we give evidence of our being created in the image of God, even when we deny Him or dishonor ourselves. All this has nothing to do with our ultimate destiny eternally, That is a matter for another discussion.

  19. Well in your replies you move away from the idea that this movie is specifically about gays. I too think it can speak to anyone. But to answer the title. No it is not an allegory or if it is one I would be completely offended by it if I was gay.

    Elsa’s secret is her magical powers. These powers can cause harm when fear takes over. She almost kills her sister twice because of this. Not just hurt her feelings but literally kill her. She tries to run away from hurting people and sings a let it go song basically about leaving it all behind and being who she wants all by herself. But that doesn’t work out in the end after all because she her uncontrolled power is still hurting everyone. It isn’t until her sister sacrifices her self in an act of true love that elsa realizes that her fear of hurting (physicaly) people can be over powered with love. Then through love she can create those beauitful things without fear.
    If this power was supposed to be homosexuality then that is saying homosexuality can kill. You can say it is a methaphor or whatever but that is a pretty harsh metaphor. Another thing is sexual orientation should not define anyone. That is the goal. I am who I am and it has nothing to do with being attracted to a male or female. My life is not defined by that. My tastes and prefrences may reflect that somewhat but it is not who I am. And I wouldn’t want my children growing up thinking if they are straight or gay they should be defined by that either. Just my thoughts. I look forward to the day when gayness is so normal that people stop talking about it and it is just the same as a dude loving a woman.

    1. I think you misinterpreted what I was saying. I was not saying that Elsa’s power was meant to represent homosexuality. I was saying that Elsa and her circumstances throughout the film are an allegory for the coming out process. An allegory is, by definition, a literary device in which characters or events in a literary, visual, or musical art form represent or symbolize ideas and concepts. Allegory has been used widely throughout the histories of all forms of art; a major reason for this is its immense power to illustrate complex ideas and concepts in ways that are easily digestible and tangible to its viewers, readers, or listeners.

      I never meant to imply that her magical ability to create snow and ice symbolizes the act of being gay, but rather Elsa’s parents repression of an integral part of who Elsa was, coupled with her fear of letting people in because she grew up thinking she had to hide who she was, feels an awful lot like what it felt like to grow up locked inside of a closet, afraid to come out. And even she she did “Let It Go,” a huge weight was lifted off of her shoulders, yes, but she still shut herself away from the world in order to do it (which is a feeling many gays also feel; I know I did.)

      Anna’s sacrifice for Elsa was, in my opinion, meant to show that Anna loved Elsa no matter what, and that despite her magic, or perhaps because of it, Anna loved her all the same, which is a concept many gay men and women don’t get to feel; this, in my opinion, symbolizes the growth in public opinion about being gay and coming out and that it’s really, in the end all about the human behind the label.

      Plus, it needs to be clear that this is an interpretation, my interpretation, and why I love this film so much; it’s not the gospel truth.

      But anyway, I wish everyone thought like you! Hopefully in time, it won’t matter how anyone defines their sexual preferences. Thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation! I love discussing this movie!!

    2. Having been an English Instructor for thirty years, a lover of literature and people, I understand what presuppositions treated as proven and absolute truths are. “Frozen” can be appreciated and analyzed without using it as an expression of liberation from what is destructive in our inner propensity to treat our aberrations as virtues. Nothing in this excellent movie is an allegory for that. Letting go of fear and of what is destructive in us is possible when love between two sisters wins. The love of God for those He created is the greatest love of all. It heals and enables full expression of who we were meant to be as we release our deification of what destroys us.

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      1. Heather, while I’m appreciate your comment, I do not appreciate you referring to being gay as an “abberation,” especially in the negative tone in which you deliver your OPINION cloaked in God-affirming beliefs.

        Being gay doesn’t destroy me or anybody else. And last I checked, only God has the power to JUDGE. So I suggest you take your judgements and your opinions and stop stalking my blog. I didn’t reply to you the first time for a reason.

      2. Also:

        I am gay. I am an English teacher. I am a free-thinker.

        Being gay does not destroy me. It is NOT a belief. It is NOT a choice. Being gay does not define me. It is not an “aberration,” despite your backwards thinking. As an educator, I expect more from you. Hating is a choice.

        I believe in God, but not the same God you believe in, apparently. If you are the God-loving woman you claim to be, then who are you to come in here and judge? Because that is exactly what you’re doing, judging. He would not tell you to degrade someone else. He would not tell you to make someone else feel unwanted or unloved or “Other.” He would be appalled. I suggest you educate yourself. Get to know somebody who is gay. Understand more about what you claim to fear, what you claim to be aberrant. And unless you can form an opinion without attacking me and my life under a cloak of God, don’t come back.

  20. I think it’s an allegory for living with an invisible disability. Since society says these people can hide them, they do.

    1. Why not! That’s the beauty of art! It’s open for discussion and individual interpretation. That’s why I love this movie so much 🙂 It can stand for so many things and represent so many people.

  21. I was relieved that Disney didn’t ignore Anderson’s message like they did with Ariel in the little mermaid. No greater love hath he then who would lay down his life for his friend. As in romantic love isn’t the be all and end all of the types of love that exist. When they changed the title to Frozen, I realized that it was Elsa who had the frozen heart that melted at the sight of her sister’s sacrifice. The move tricks you on the surface to worry about Anna being frozen, but that is just her physical body, Elsa was frozen the whole time but in the way of her spirit. Frozen with despair fear and isolation. notice how her ice turns dark and red towards the end of the movie. This reveals she is about to fall into a bad way. No right? No wrong? No rules for me? When relativism is ok then it becomes ok to make a huge ice monster because the ends justify the means. We learn that this is not ok.

    1. Love this! I agree about the original message of the fairytale. The creators have said multiple times that they worked to capture the tone of “The Snow Queen” and I think that, even though they changed a lot of the course material, they did manage to capture the main message.

      I also love the title, “Frozen” because it absolutely represents Elsa’s spirit, as you said.

      Wonderful insight, Desiree!! Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Another gay man coming in here

    I hear a coming out song when I hear “Let it go”, especially considering how much I struggled growing up, with accepting myself and facing discrimination from some people who worked it out about me. The lyrics and message of the song suit it PERFECTLY. Any GLBT person, old or young, out or not, can hear themselves in that song.

    As for people saying it can’t be because it’s a children’s film; I don’t know for sure if we’re born straight or gay, but I do know it’s there from childhood. There’s more to being gay than being sexually interested/active. It’s your personality, your perspective on things, your psychology, therefore you’re gay before you become sexual. You don’t realise it as a young child but when you look back in hindsight all the signs were there. Hindsight is 20/20, I was different to other boys I knew growing up years before I realised it.

    1. I’m sorry to hear about the discrimination you faced — we still have such a long way to go, but if more movies like Frozen can exist and expose many more people to its messages of equality and personal acceptance, maybe we can progress a little bit more and future kids won’t face the same discrimination and fear that we have felt.

      There is SO MUCH MORE to being gay than the label associated with the stereotypes. It’s not just about who you sleep with, it’s so much more, like you said. Like you, I knew from a very young age that I was different, and it was there my entire life. I wrote a very humorous, tongue-in-cheek post about this if you want to check it out: https://stevensalvatoreshaw.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/ruby-slippers-western-stampin-ken-and-a-whole-lotta-diva/

  23. I’m really tired of reading this kind of stuff that just INSISTS Frozen is about “coming out”. “It’s about being gay.” “Frozen 2 should have Elsa be in a relationship with another girl.” First of all, these lyrics: “It’s time to see what I can do / To test the limits and break through.” To YOU for some reason, it sounds like she wants to go test her newfound pride and go have sex with a girl. But that’s not what she does, is it? She tests the limits of her abilities, her power, her newfound self-confidence. Considering Elsa LIKES (yes, LIKES) to be quiet and alone, and Anna by contrast likes to talk to anyone and everyone, the sisters are very clearly contrasted with being introverted (Elsa) and extroverted (Anna). Not only that, I know what it’s like to be under the overbearing control of parents who want to protect you from the world while never realizing the harm in what they are doing. And guess what: I’m not a lesbian. So stop thinking you’re so special that the messages in this movie only apply to homosexuals because they can very easily apply to introverted people who have spent their childhood under the foot of overprotective parents. I know I’m not the only person who thinks this movie had absolutely no connection to homosexuality whatsoever, but I’ve seen way more people try to force that view onto it when there is no evidence in the movie for it—at all. Oh, and the last thing: stop trying to shove a girlfriend down Elsa’s throat. She barely likes talking to people, much less wants to find someone with whom to be intimate.

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