Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Frozen versus Tangled by Ananya S.

Tangled vs. Frozen

In the end, it isn’t about which one is better; it’s about how they differ and what they each offer to their audiences. So, let’s take a look.

Tangled: In general, Tangled stayed true to the typical love story: Guy meets girl, girl meets guy, they fall in love, and they get married. However, in this version of “Rapunzel,” the heroine is more developed; rather than a weak, damsel-in-distress princess, Rapunzel is adventurous, loyal, and quirky (although she does become a bit of a damsel in distress towards the end). And her prince isn’t exactly a prince; he’s a thief. Through the characterization and development of Flynn Rider, Tangled explores love in relation to redemption and sacrifice, which is far more refreshing than love by itself. Additionally, many elements of Tangled were developed very well, leaving a good amount of the audience feeling satisfied with the conclusion, even if it was a little trite.

Frozen: Frozen, unlike Tangled, focuses more on the love between siblings rather than the love between a man and a woman. Like Tangled, however, Frozen demonstrates the sacrifices that people make out of love. But while many of the modern Disney princess movies simply create stronger, more complex heroines, Frozen subtly mocks the classic princesses and “normal” fairy tales. It seems to follow the path of a regular love story…and then suddenly takes an unforeseen turn. Additionally, Frozen is musically spectacular. (“Let it Go,” performed by Idina Menzel, received much critical acclaim and won an Oscar). However, it is important to note that Frozen is not as developed as Tangled; there were many opportunities to develop certain elements of the movie, but only some of those were taken.

Overall, Tangled is not better than Frozen and vice versa; they are both good movies, and they both succeed in satisfying most of their audiences. 

~Ananya Swaminathan

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