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Cartoon Friday Watercooler: How Frozen Should Have Ended


It’s Cartoon Friday, again!

A pale cold woman with frozen lips and a frozen tear leaving crystals below her eye

After a particularly difficult session with the psychoanalyst …

Last year, the series How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) showed us a better ending for Return of the Jedi. Tonight they are back to comment on Disney’s Frozen. 

Anna and Elsa’s parents just don’t get it. Please enjoy our alternate ending to Disney’s hit Frozen.

Though Disney’s latest offering is widely adored and highly profitable, there are a few contrary opinions like that of Dani Coleman, who called out Frozen on its “false feminism” earlier this year on Medium.

Just like The Princess and the Frog, I felt like Disney had started with some admirable intentions, but lost their gumption halfway through and covered up with cheap storytelling tricks and a lot of audience pandering. […] It was, therefore, a huge surprise to me just how many people loved Frozen. Not just loved, but slavered over it. Critics have been downright competitive in their effusiveness, calling it ‘the best Disney film since The Lion King,’ and ‘a new Disney classic.’ Bloggers and reviewers alike are lauding it as ‘feminist,’ ‘revolutionary,’ ‘subversive’ and a hundred other buzzwords that make it sound as though Frozen has done for female characters what Brokeback Mountain did for gay cowboys.

[…] Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. I certainly love some movies other people loathed; I’ll even be referring to one of them in a few paragraphs. If your reason for liking Frozen is that it’s fun, or the songs are catchy, or the animation is beautiful, or Olaf the Snowman is funny, then more power to you. But if you like Frozen because you think it is some revolutionary step forward in the way animated films portray women, then I think you’re wrong. […]I’m going to go through, point-by-point and in no particular order, the top handful of reasons people have given for thinking Frozen is a feminist triumph, and I’m going to debunk them all.

And she does, in a lengthy article far too long to summarize here. It even features charts. Still, that song is pretty damn catchy isn’t it?

Cartoon Friday will be on hiatus next week while I’m at Burning Flipside. Share links to some of your favorite cartoons in the comments below and I might use them when I return.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and