The protectionist and statist messages of Disney’s Frozen

My kids are now into Frozen. They watch it several times a week now. The only thing unique about it is that true love, in this case, was between two active sisters instead of a helpless girl and Prince Charming. My younger daughter loves the first song. Though I still haven’t sat through the whole thing yet so I’m still confused as to how the beginning fits in with the end. Because I haven’t seen the beginning yet.

But I did see the end. And the end annoyed me.

There’s these two places somewhere in Vikingville called Arendelle and Weselton. At the end of the movie Arendelle imposes an embargo on Weselton, no trade or business of any kind. One of the good guys, Kristoff, gets a special government monopoly on the ice trade, to the exclusion of all competition. And Queen Elsa is accepted as the absolute ruler.

So in the end, the simple people of Arendelle will have less goods with higher prices, and will have to pay more for ice due to the Elsa-imposed monopoly on ice distribution.

And our children are taught to impose trade embargoes on government enemies and bestow government monopolies on friends of the State.

This doesn’t mean I am banning Frozen from my house. I don’t do that kind of thing. But when they’re older, I hope to teach them its statist messages from a liberty perspective, and we should all be aware of how much Love the State is ingrained in all our culture, from cradle to grave, without being threatened by it.

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One thought on “The protectionist and statist messages of Disney’s Frozen

  1. I didn’t like Frozen (2013) unlike the Tinkerbell new series. [I can watch any movie several times and won’t get bored with it – too cute!] I think the story was ripped from Tinkerbell “Secret of The Wings” launched in 2012 (same story – two fairies, sisters, being kept apart because one is a winter fairy and one is a summer fairy and one’s wings break in the other’s world, + a romantic story on the same theme ice vs. fire between a Goddess and a God or something like that, and I am one who loves romantic stories if they are nice, plus a way out of the whole tragedy for all the characters through technical innovation and the pure power of Love – so no state message at end I think since they all continue to do the fairies’ work which is like, you know, keep the Universe in place and the seasons to rotate…).
    I also didn’t like the faces of the two princesses in Frozen – they look witty and mean.
    I also didn’t like, in the same line with Frozen, the Princess Sofia series even if the characters are drawn cute in this one I just don’t get the story – it’s like the noble houses of Europe are sponsoring this series to show there is hidden magic and honesty in princesses. Or something like that. Shame because, like I said, the aesthetics of the show are very nice.

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