Disney Frozen Cupcakes
In the end it’s the feisty, maverick women who save the day instead of some hot-looking prince who by the way turns out to be a murderous despicable villainous love-rat. The best part is not having to kiss him or any other man as ‘an act of true love’ to break a formulaic Disney fairytale curse, but instead, the antidote was a selfless act of sacrificial true love. My kind of cartoon chick flick, the same kind I watched more than twenty times with my little B as a form of mum-daughter bonding, singing along to the theme songs. You gotta love Disney’s behemoth $1.2 billion winner—FROZEN, perhaps the most victorious animated movie of all time.
Whether you’ve seen the film or not (and if you haven’t, shame on you, which planet have you been on and you must be working much too hard), if you don’t know who Elsa is or her sister Anna, or the tune to “Let It Go”, you do need to chill. Pun intended. Maybe a vacation to connect with the rest of the planet, preferably somewhere in the snowy alps where you can get in touch with your inner Elsa.
If you feel my cold stare, it’s only because FROZEN happens to be the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time and by far the highest-grossing animation. Not to mention it snapped up two Academy Awards, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a soundtrack that’s amassed more than 1 million album sales and 7 million Spotify streams. Its official YouTube video views have garnered hundreds of millions in clicks, and it boasts a DVD that became Amazon’s best-selling children’s film of all time based on advance orders alone.
Elsa’s icy powers have managed to freeze everyone in their tracks—the grip of FROZEN transcending all age groups from toddlers to adolescents to teenyboppers to adults.
What is it about this animated Disney film that’s captured our popular culture to the extent that it has? Perhaps in the way that it has personal appeal to every age group, with a great unique storyline that shatters every stereotype. Firstly of the archetypal Disney princess. Instead of damsels-in-distress, a pair of royal sisters unite to save the day. They are both, though still fairytale-beautiful, also created to be flawed and imperfect. As with the other surprises that smash its predecessor Disney stereotypes.
The one born with magical powers is the heroine instead of some usual wicked witch who tries to wreak havoc. Instead, Elsa tries to hide her powers to prevent misuse and harm to others. Anna is a princess who’s a little clumsy, awkward and excitable, not unlike some of us when we’re feeling shy at a party. The trolls are the good force rather than evil, the reindeer Sven has strong moral codes, best articulated in the lyrics “Reindeers are better than people”. Comic relief is provided in the character of endearing Olaf the wacky funny snowman—the snowman who loves Summer, completely unaware that it melts him; which is why he represents unbridled innocence and childlike joy.
I could go on, but you get my enchantment with FROZEN. I love any story that empowers females in roles that portray them as independent, intelligent, proactive beings that carry their femininity with grace and dignity. In saying that, I approve of my little B’s enrapturement with anything that has to do with her favourite characters from Frozen. I think Disney has nailed it with the moral education embedded in this wonderful magical tale.
On B turning 6 earlier this February, I didn’t think twice. It was akin to asking me the obvious question “Do you want to build a snowman”(also one of the famous Frozen soundtracks), one that would yield the obvious answer.
Not only did I build her a couple of Olafs, I went the whole shebang with caricature cupcake toppers of Queen Elsa and Anna, Sven the reindeer as the star topper on a mini heart-shaped fondant cake and a mixed collection of snowflakes. The birthday girl? On seeing my creation, she broke into the biggest grin and gave me a kiss and hug so heartfelt and special that…I melted of course.