There’s nothing wrong with the Disney movie Frozen. Really. Nothing. I’m not kidding. It’s a good entertaining movie. Rent it. Buy it. Watch it. Watch it again and again. I saw it. Once. Once was enough for me. But if you want to watch it many many times that’s okay with me. Nothing wrong with that. Really. No kidding. Really.
I probably wouldn’t have gotten into this Frozen post (It’s not a rant. Really.) if I hadn’t started thinking about Jacque and Gus. You remember. The two mice from Cinderella.
Here’s the thing about Jacque and Gus. They have personalities. There are real people. Well, okay, real mice but you get the idea. The characters in Frozen are stereotypes. The strong, self reliant girl. (Nothing wrong with that. Really.) The big, handsome, muscle bound, dumb guy. (I might have a problem with that.) They seem like, well, cartoon characters. No depth. No texture.
Thinking about Jacque and Gus led me to another Disney movie: Lady and the Tramp. Now there’s a movie. There are lots of characters. All those dogs. Remember the bloodhound, Trusty the terrier, the Siamese cats. And Peg, the Tramp’s old flame.
Remember the dinner date?
When I Googled Lady and the Tramp I saw an article about what Lady and the Tramp did in the park that night. Now there’s a romance killer for you. If that’s what pops into your mind when you think of Lady and the Tramp then, well, you’ve got a problem. Another article said the movie was really about class warfare. No no no no. It’s not about class warfare.
It’s a Nora Ephron movie. It’s Sleepless in Seattle. It’s When Harry Met Sally. It’s boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. It’s a simple little story about two people (well, dogs if you want to get technical) falling in love.
They just don’t make movies like that anymore, do they? I remember in the old days…