By now, you’ve seen various blogs dissecting Academy Award winning animated movie Frozen and its pro-gay theme and messages. And in watching the movie over and over again—of course often getting distracted in pure enjoyment because I love the movie so much—it’s hard to feel guilty in even being a little like that idiot Dinesh D’Souza in mining details that fit my needs.

 

But beyond the obvious ones that have pointed out, there are other subtler symbolisms that may not be so obvious.

What’s been mentioned

Oaken’s Family En route to find Elsa, Anna enters Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post… and Sauna. If that wasn’t gay enough, the proprietor Oaken brings attention to “Family” in said sauna. Four young people surround a handsome man who respond to Oaken’s “Yooohoo” in similar tone and fashion. On the wall, there’s a photo with a large family. It’s easy to surmise that that is Oaken’s family—Oaken says himself the only ones crazy enough to be out in the storm are Anna and Kristoff. If the family were his customers, he’d have to include them as being outside in the storm. (No one’s mentioned that last point) Since no other character Yoohoo’s like Oaken other than that family, this surely represents Disney’s first gay family.

 

Hans Comment When showing his true colors, Hans tells Anna why he chose her instead of the obvious choice, the queen. “No one was getting anywhere with her.” Elsa does indeed show no interest in romance or a suitor. In fact the representative for Weaselton is shoved off onto Anna. While the entire movie is subversive in spinning the fairy tale romance upside-down (over the top “Love is an Open Door”, Kristoff chastising Anna for falling in love with a person she just met), the comment does support Elsa’s feelings that are akin to those who sport upside down triangles.

“Let it Go” The Oscar winning song is more than just an empowerment anthem. It’s been taken to heart by all those who have had to suppress aspects of themselves to fit into societal restrictions. Particularly for LGBT, Elsa’s freedom—and the fact that Disney did not make her the villain—from these chains is an affirmation of self-respect and acceptance.

The Heart is Not so Easily Changed But the Head Can Be Persuaded This one’s not brought up so much, but in the beginning, Grandfather Troll tells this in healing Anna who was accidentally struck by Elsa’s power. This underscores the message that people’s antiquated ideas about people can be changed, but what a person is born to feel seldom changes. Grandfather Troll also asks if Elsa was “Born with powers or cursed.” Her parents say, “Born with them.”

The trolls also reinforce messages of love and acceptance in their song, “Fixer Upper”: People don’t really change/We’re only saying that love’s a force that’s powerful and strange.”

The song also is a call out for acceptance of the haters when it says that “People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed./Throw a little love their way and you’ll bring out their best.”

That song also has a very gay joke about Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven: His thing with the reindeer/That’s a little outside of nature’s laws.”

Tiara Turn The end-credit button has the ice monster trying on Elsa’s discarded tiara. Suddenly his mean spikes disappear, and a gleeful—err, gay smile brightens his face.

That Weren’t Mentioned

This is where I feel like I’m being D’Souza because there are so many images—it is an animated film, after all—but some are hard not to say that it supports the pro-gay themes of the movie.

The Cliffs I’ve already mentioned that Frozen reinvented the fairy tale trope, following in the lines of Enchanted, Tangled, and Brave. One story that has been the source of several paintings was that the Greek poet Sappho threw herself off the Leucadian cliffs. Scholars believe that this is a myth itself but Sappho, from which the word ‘Sapphic’ is derived from, nonetheless has been unjustly linked to cliffs. Elsa climbs to the highest mountain, but does not throw herself off the cliff even when her life is threatened. Instead she learns to stand up for herself.

Joan of Arc In “Do You Want To Build a Snowman”, Anna speaks to a painting of Joan of Arc, saying, “Hang in there, Joan.” It works on so many levels (a hanging painting, fire, hero defeating men) but while there’s considerable debate about Joan’s sexual orientation, she is seen as a gay icon nonetheless.

Sapphires Among the jewels on her crown are prominent blue ones. Okay, they could be any blue stones, but sapphires are most thought to be blue.

XX and Triangles Yes, there are a lot of shapes used, and I did spend an inordinate time looking at Oaken’s sweater and building and other shapes and buildings. I’m not particularly good at finding things like hidden Mickeys (there was that giant Mickey cloud though) but there were a handful of XX and upside down triangles to make me excited.

 

Whether any of these symbols and messages were intentional or not, Disney has always made it a point to “Love who you are” and ultimately whether noticed or not, everything results in a uniquely enjoyable movie.

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