I love animation. I love the beautiful artwork and intricate details that go into an animated film. I love the way a drawing on a piece of paper or computer can come to life and tell a story. And I love Disney. It probably comes as no surprise, then, that I absolutely adore Disney’s newest animated film, “Frozen.”
The movie is everything you could want from Disney: stunning animation, heartfelt music, well-rounded and developed characters, laughs for kids and adults as well, and a wonderful message. And while the music is still going through my head and the characters are not ones that will easily be forgotten, it is the message that sticks with me the most. It is a message that is common in movies; the power of true love. But what is unusual in “Frozen” is that it shows true love as not just romantic love, but places perhaps an even stronger emphasis on familial love.
There is one song called “Fixer Upper” that I particularly enjoyed because of its refreshing look at love. The song starts as a comical look into the perceived flaws of two of the characters before the real message comes across: Nobody is perfect, but true love is about looking past the little things and working together. Take a look:
People make bad choices if they’re mad or scared or stressed
But throw a little love their way, and you’ll bring out their best
True love brings out the best
Everyone’s a bit of a fixer upper
That’s what it’s all about
Father, sister, brother
We need each other
To raise us up and round us out
In our society today, where marriage is often seen as a casual decision and quickly followed by divorce when any troubles arise, this message is quite welcome! What makes it even better is that it takes the definition of true love and applies it within the family as well as within romantic relationships.
This song, this movie, is not talking about an idealistic love that is always perfect and easy. Rather it is talking about actual true love. The true love that we read about in 1 Corinthians 13. A love that is patient and kind instead of envious, boastful, or rude. A love that doesn’t insist on its own way, is not irritable, and rejoices with the truth. A love that always believes, hopes and endures.
Both the familial relationships and the romantic ones are put to the test in Disney’s “Frozen.” But rather than become angry or bitter, this movie shows instead how true love means forgiveness, understanding, and looking past our flaws. It shows how people can be misunderstood and sometimes just need to be shown what true love actually is.
It is a welcome message in our world today. Sometimes families fight. Sometimes couples argue. Sometimes the differences between us seem too big and we are tempted to give up. But true love does not give up. Our Lord never gives up on us despite our mistakes. If we wander away from Him, He still welcomes us back home and in fact rejoices in our return to Him!
We are called as Christians to exhibit this same sort of love. Forgiving, understanding, patience, and kindness shared with our families, in our marriages, in our friendships, and even in the relationships we form with acquaintances and co-workers. We are called to shine true love to strangers, to neighbors, even to enemies. Not a one among us is perfect, but rather than turn away when things get tough, rather than focus on flaws and hurt that we have from the past, we are called to still show true love. Because true love is powerful indeed.“People who love each other fully and truly are the happiest people in the world. They may have little, they may have nothing, but they are happy people. Everything depends on how we love one another.” – Blessed Mother Teresa”