Dear Holly: Seeing Frozen 2 with Your Cousins During Christmas Break

3 years, 8 months.

Dear Holly,

This Christmas was very special. Not only did you have your two older cousins come to visit from California and Mississippi, but you got to see Frozen 2 with your younger cousins.

You have obviously been very excited to go see Frozen 2- and finally, it worked out for us to see it as a family… alongside your cousins. It was an ideal situation.

The funny thing is, once the movie was over and Mommy asked you what you thought of it, you responded, “I didn’t like it. I wanted the other Frozen.”

Apparently, you were under the impression you were all going to see the original Frozen movie in the theater together… despite you watching it every Saturday morning at our house!

Love,

Daddy

3 Reasons Frozen 2 is Far Superior to the 1st Frozen Movie (Or It Isn’t, Based on the Viewer’s Own Current Perspective of Life)

There are two kinds of people in the world:

Those who prefer an upbeat, easy to follow story… and those who prefer a story that is more mature, mysterious, challenging, and darker.

I feel that I have always been very open about how overrated the first Frozen movie is. Over the years, I have expressed this multiple times in other blog posts.

My biggest beef with the first Frozen is that the true villain is not Hans, but instead, the parents; for psychologically damaging their daughters by ultimately locking them in their separate bedrooms without explaining why, while not allowing them to communicate with each other.

Seriously, that’s messed up!

So as you can imagine, I was not overly anxious to finally see Frozen 2 over Christmas break. It was just simply going to be a movie I sat through as my fatherly duty.

Fortunately instead, I was relieved, surprised, and impressed- to the point I knew even within the first 10 minutes that Disney had made the bold move to give Frozen a sequel that it (and an audience who is now 6 years older) deserves; as opposed to a copy-and-paste-of-the-original cash grab.

Granted, there are many people who do not agree with me on this.  As I’ve been talking to people about Frozen 2 in comparison to the first, this what I have consistently found:

Either you love Frozen 2 and think it is far superior to the first…

Or you don’t like Frozen 2 at all because the first one was so much better.

I have yet to meet a person who believes both movies are equally good. No in-between.

You can even see this on Rotten Tomatoes, where the first Frozen got a 15% higher score on the Tomato Meter, but Frozen 2 scored 15% higher with the Audience Score.

I have come up with 3 reasons Frozen 2 is either much better (or worse) than the original. My theory is that a person’s reaction to Frozen 2 is ultimately a reflection of the individual viewer’s perspective of their own life.

  1. Major Character Growth: Taking place 6 years (in real time) since the first movie, Frozen 2 gives us a realistic look at what “happily ever after” actually looks like. That means we need to see Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf experience the next new challenge to help their growth as individuals. (That’s because happiness requires character growth.) Specifically, Olaf openly encounters a full-on existential crisis, as noted in his song, “When I Am Older.”
  2. More Complex, Introspective Songs: Instead of using the easily likable universal guitar chord progression (G-D-Em-C) exploited in “Let It Go” (similar to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”), Frozen 2’s lead track “Into the Unknown” actually requires much more of the song performer and the listener. These songs aren’t as instantly catchy as those from the first Frozen- they grow on you, just like Frozen 2.
  3. More Challenging Plot for the Viewer: The first half of Frozen 2’s technically falls into the category of a thriller/horror movie, as Elsa follows a mystical and ominous voice only she can hear; which serves as a metaphor of how part of the human experience is simultaneously following our hearts, while not allowing our own questions about the future to turn us into our own worst enemies. Some of my favorite quotes of Frozen 2 illustrate how the characters (and the audience) began to understand the importance of emotional intelligence as individuals:

Elsa: “That’s just your fear. Fear is what can’t be trusted.”

Kristoff: “My love is not fragile.”

General Mattias: “Be prepared, just when you think you found your way, life will throw you into a new path.”

That last quote ultimately reveals the theme of Frozen 2. This sequel forces us to come to terms with whether or not we are willing to move on from what life was like 6 years ago.

That is fundamentally what determines whether a person believes Frozen 2 is superior, or inferior, to the first.

Image credit- Disney.

Dear Holly: You Were Elsa for Halloween 2019… Of Course!

3 years, 6 months.

Dear Holly,

There was never a doubt in my mind that you wouldn’t be Elsa for Halloween this year.

Granted, you already had the dress anyway!

And this year, it was so cold that it felt like it might snow…

So as we walked up to neighbors’ home to trick-or-treat, Mommy would say, “Elsa brought the cold with her this year!”

Plus, we are now just a few weeks away from Frozen II coming to the theaters.

I’m pretty sure you’re going to remember all this Elsa stuff years from now.

Everything really is about Elsa these days!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Finally Got Your Elsa Dress!

3 years, 3 months.

Dear Holly,

I guess the question is, how did it take this long for you to get your very own Elsa dress?

Mommy actually got you one last Christmas, but it fit really weird.

But thanks to Target, this past weekend we found one for only $20.

Obviously, you are very proud!

You not only have a ball coming up at your preschool where all the girls will be wearing fancy dresses, but Halloween is also coming up in a few months.

But even aside from that, in the meantime, you get to wear it around the our house… though you have to take it off before dinner each night.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Spent the Last $7 of Your Birthday Money on the Frozen Soundtrack

3 years, 2 months.

Dear Holly,

A week ago on the 4th of July, our family started out the holiday by going to one of the few stores around that was actually open and still sells CD’s:

Walmart.

We went there to buy a birthday gift for one of your brother’s friends.

While we were there, I headed over to the CD section, as I recently got a new stereo installed in my Jeep.

While I selected the remaining Imagine Dragons albums I still didn’t own yet, you picked up a nursery rhymes CD.

It happened to cost $7, which was the remainder of your birthday gift money from April when you turned 3 years old.

As I continued to thumb through CD’s, I noticed the Frozen soundtrack was available for the same price.

Needless to say, for the past week, you have participating in a daily ritual of sitting down and carefully listening to each song.

It is beyond adorable.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: You Should See Me in a Crown

3 years.

Dear Holly,

Last weekend for your brother’s soccer game, as we watched from the field, you discovered a toy crown that apparently someone had left behind.

Your response was pretty much immediate. You started trying on the crown, inspired from our nightly bed time stories about Anna and Elsa.

You never access to such a realistic looking crown before. So as simple as it was, you had a lot of fun putting it own, as I happen to take several pictures of you having fun with it.

Sometimes it’s those completely unplanned pictures than actually turn out to be the best!

 

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Your Matching Elsa and Olaf Nightgown for Your Jelly Cat Bunny

2 years, 9 months.

Dear Holly,

Three years ago, which was a few months before you were born, I bought you a Jelly Cat bunny with a flower design for its ears: Blossom Bunny Posey.

It has been one of your favorite stuffed animals this whole time.

Well, for Christmas, Aunt Dana got you an Elsa and Olaf nightgown, that also came with a smaller version of itself for a doll.

Needless to say, your bunny was the doll selected to wear the matching nightgown.

Since Christmas, you have been that much more excited to go to bed each night, knowing you get to wearing your special matching nightgown.

You look so adorable in it!

Love,

Daddy