We always think of Disney movies as films for children, and often the younger ones at that. But as they are riddled with tragedy, the likes of which William Shakespeare would have written for a grown up audience, I am sure that many of these films leave youngsters asking a lot of questions at the end of the movie.
I love the movie Frozen and by the record box office sales, so does everyone else. When I watched it I noticed something that ties it in with many of the previous animated movies produced by Disney; a central plot device in these films is the death of a character or characters leaving the protagonist/s as orphans or adopted out to mean relatives.
The continued obsession with death is shown by the antagonist’s attempt to kill the protagonist, or someone else important to the plot of the story being gravely ill and dying, or actually dying along the way.
For many, when they think of Disney they think of princesses, but after you take a look at this list I compiled of the Classic Era up to Disney’s first decline in popularity (1937-early 1980s), Disney Renaissance (1989-1999), the Second Decline of Disney (2000s) and the Resurgence of Disney (2010-now), I’m sure you’ll be looking at Disney in a whole new light.
And yes, if you haven’t seen any of these films and are still looking forward to seeing them, take this as a SPOILER ALERT.