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Frozen Friday: A Critique of Fairy Tales?

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We caught up with PBS Idea Channel on YouTube when they did an episode called “Are You a Hipster?”  It’s a show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art. Mike Rugnetta posts new videos every other Wednesday.

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A few weeks ago, the ran an episode entitled, ‘Why Were People & Critics So Infatuated With Frozen?” wherein they posited that much of the aftermarket engagement with the film was fueled by its structural conceits.

Frozen launched all of those think pieces not only because of its beauty, but because of its complexity  Frozen is, in essence, something of a fairy tale, or at least a fairy tale that critiques fairy tale that critiques fairy tales through its use of the usual fairy tale tropes.

Here, I’ll let it speak for itself:

One of the things I like best about it is the dizzying way it continually exceeds my expectations.  I’ve talked about Olaf’s metafictional function within the story, for example.

It helps explain why I’m able to maintain this level of engagement with it when the common position of parents vis-à-vis children’s entertainment is supposed to be one of weary endurance.  Fictive genre metacommentary’s right up my alley.  It can go on the shelf next to The Magicians Trilogy and The Kingkiller Chronicle or even Once Upon a Time.

Interesting comments on episodes are highlighted at the end of the following episode.  Here’s a link to those for “Why Were People & Critics So Infatuated With Frozen?”

 

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