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Why Disney on Ice Presents ‘Frozen’ is a lesson in feminism for all ages

Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” has its final show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 2 p.m.
Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” has its final show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 2 p.m. Disney on Ice

If you haven’t seen Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, you still have time to check out the show. Tickets are still available for two performances on Saturday and a final run on Sunday. It is based on the 2013 award-winning animated film.

And it is definitely worth seeing, whether you’re a girl or a boy from two to 100. All of your favorite classic Disney characters are there, the skating is top notch and the special effects, especially when Elsa’s guard Marshmallow comes to life, are outstanding.

But there’s a bigger reason to take the family to see “Frozen” — it provides a strong lesson in feminism. And it’s a message that deserves to be heard.

If you don’t know the premise of “Frozen,” and if you don’t it’s safe to say you probably don’t have small children or grandchildren, it’s the tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna. Elsa becomes queen of Arendelle, but she exiles herself from her kingdom because she is “different” — she has magical powers. Anna is determined to bring her sister home and sets off on a journey to find Queen Elsa.

There’s also a beloved snowman named Olaf and a talking reindeer and some magical trolls, but none of the whimsey gets in the way of the message — Elsa is a strong, independent woman and she does not need a man to validate her life. This is different from the Disney properties of yorn when the heroines not only felt validated by men, they had to have one to actually stay alive (“Snow White,” Sleeping Beauty”) and help remove them from abject poverty (“Cinderella”).

In fact, most of the men in the production are only trying to manipulate and exploit Elsa, especially the dubious Duke of Weselton and Prince Hans. But Kristoff and his talking reindeer Sven are solid dudes.

The feminist message is part of a stronger social conscious that has been present in the Disney films of recent years including “Finding Dory,” which makes a strong statement about those with disabilities, the agism and fear of abandonment subplots of the “Toy Story” films and the subject of divorce in “Inside Out.”

“Frozen” is also about the love of family, particularly, the strong bond between sisters. Anna is willing to go to any length to be reunited with her sister, regardless of their differences. In the golden age of divisiveness, we could probably all use a reminder that we should not give up on others just because they aren’t they are different and have different views.

If you wanted to be wowed by dazzling special effects and world-class skating, the definitely see Disney on Ice Present “Frozen” while you can. If you happen to leave a more enlightened human, well, that’s up to you.