Do You Want to Wreck Their Childhood?

Posted: August 21, 2014 in Criticism, Movies, Pop Culture, Satire

So, at StreetWraith Press, we have been looking at children’s fiction. As I am getting ready the next review – coming soon, no worries – I was browsing through my Google timeline, and someone shared cute pictures of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. They had come to the realization (as did everyone else who saw the movie I hope) that Elsa did want to play with her sister after the accident, but she was afraid to.

So, before I go on, I should share something. If you have seen it, just giggle again. If you haven’t seen it, this may help you get where I’m going with this.

So, the HISHE people picked up on something that any parent should have right away from this movie. Elsa and Anna have horrible parents! And I don’t mean horrible like not paying close enough attention when baby Alex has a spoon close to a socket and gets a little shock. I mean emotionally abusive.

“The solution to this dilemma is to lock Elsa away, give her no contact with other people, turn her into a social introvert (let’s ignore how this makes actual introverts look … ), make her scared of her powers and social contact, and see if that fixes her.”

We don’t see it (I really did not pay any attention to it) because it is a Disney movie. We aren’t thinking about that.

And that’s not even what I wanted to talk about today. There’s nothing childhood-wrecking in that. After all, we see plenty of Disney movies where people in parental roles do horrible things. Snow White. Cinderella. Sleeping Beauty.

Yeah. Sleeping Beauty.

“Our daughter is destined to prick her finger on the needle of a spinning wheel. What shall we do? Hmm, well, the curse was very specific. Let’s search the kingdom for someone inventive and have them create a new device that will spin thread, a device that will not look like a spinning wheel or function the same way, and whose needle will not be exposed. Then, the fairy’s curse cannot come true. Or … I can just be lazy and hide away all the spinning wheels and hope for the best. I think that idea is better.”

Seriously. When it comes to parenting skills, Disney Animated Movie Parents do not have the best reputation. The best you get is Mufasa and he died for being a good parent. And his wife? Marries Mufasa’s brother.

Yeah. Disney ripped off a Japanese cartoon and turned it into Hamlet, only in this version of Hamlet, he doesn’t drive Ophelia to suicide then die at the end.


But really, I’m not talking about being a bad parent in a Disney film. Honest.

I’m going to talk briefly about being a bad child.

Let’s consider the accident where Anna is hurt as a child. What happens? She wakes Elsa up in the middle of the night and demands she play with her. She knows that Elsa has these powers that lets her freeze things, but demands that an Elsa who is going to be sleepy use them. Then she fails to listen to her sister when she is playing, causing Elsa to slip and hit her accidentally with those same freezing powers.

We also know that later, Anna is the trigger that causes Elsa to lose control. Anna is insistent on marrying a man she has just met and pushes Elsa until she loses her temper, which causes Elsa to inadvertently curse the entire kingdom.

And we also know that Anna is a klutz. Seriously. She is incredibly uncoordinated and always tripping over things.

So considering all of this, I can only come to one conclusion. Anna is also responsible for their parents’ death. We know that the parents die at sea when their ship sinks during a storm. While that is not unheard of, you would think that a ship bearing royalty would either leave with enough time to safely navigate seas that they know can be troubling or be strong enough to withstand the battering storms and deliver the extremely important passengers to their destination.

Unless, of course, a clumsy child is playing around near the ship and breaks something vital just before the voyage is supposed to take place. Now the captain has to rush repairs, which cuts into the voyage time. Rush repairs = not up to snuff. Shortened voyage time means that the captain of the ship can’t go around the storm or cut through it somewhere that the winds and seas are not so rough.

So ship sinks. Parent die. Rest of movie happens.

Hey, why ruin a movie a little by pointing out how horrible the parents are when you can ruin it a lot by suggesting that a child’s carelessness got her parents killed.



Lynn Perretta is a contributing author to StreetWraith Press. If you want to see more of her work, please visit The Writer’s Manifest. You can also check out her published work through Amazon or Smashwords.


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