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It’s only when the characters learn how to embrace all of their emotions that they can become their true, authentic selves.
A woman and son arrive at the border crossing between Ukraine and Poland.
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Children live through the same wars as adults. The effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on children will have long-lasting effects, and underscores the urgency of a peaceful resolution now.
‘Frozen II’ sees Elsa move towards being herself without fear of harming others. Here, Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel, sprinkling snowflakes on Bruni, a salamander.
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Frozen II teaches children that venturing into the enchanted forest — stepping outside of comfort zones while looking to trusted guides or companions — can be a place of positive transformation.
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff in Frozen II (2019).
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Frozen smashed Disney stereotypes on its release in 2013. But six years later, its sequel will arrive in a very different cultural moment.
Sisters Elsa and Anna are back for a new adventure – but who will they save this time?
In production as the #metoo uprising took hold, the sequel is a real chance for Disney to normalise strong, independent female characters.
Women – and little girls even more so – are desperate to see images and stories that don’t actively oppress them onscreen.
Some time ago my then five-year-old goddaughter began insistently and, it must be said, somewhat repetitively humming a few bars that would quickly become one of the world’s most ubiquitous earworms. As…