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This University of Toronto professor says Frozen is propaganda. Heres why
OLAF'S FROZEN ADVENTURE - "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television's "25 Days of Christmas" celebration on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (Disney) KRISTOFF, ANNA, ELSA, OLAF, SVEN - photo by Herb Scribner
University of Toronto professor of psychology Jordan Peterson doesnt like Frozen.

He recently told Time magazine that the 2013 hit Disney film falls flat in its attempt to craft a story around a moral message.

In fact, he said a movie like Sleeping Beauty does a better job at relaying a message to the audience.

It attempted to write a modern fable that was a counter-narrative to a classic story like, lets say, Sleeping Beauty but with no understanding whatsoever of the underlying archetypal dynamics, Peterson said.

You could say that 'Sleeping Beauty' was raised out of her unconsciousness via a delivering male, he continued. Another way of reading the story is that unconsciousness requires active consciousness as an antidote. And the unconsciousness is symbolized in that particular story by femininity and active consciousness by masculinity. I could hardly sit through Frozen. There was an attempt to craft a moral message and to build the story around that, instead of building the story and letting the moral message emerge. It was the subjugation of art to propaganda, in my estimation.

In fact, Peterson, who wrote about his thoughts on Frozen in his recent book 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos, said the Disney film creates a villain to suit the narrative and not one that is particularly powerful.

The most propagandistic element of Frozen was the transformation of the prince at the beginning of the story who was a perfectly good guy, into a villain with no character development whatsoever about three-quarters of the way to the ending.

Peterson also explained to Time how other Disney films, like The Little Mermaid, succeed because theyre based on old folk tales. He also said that the films cost was a major problem because it didn't deliver an adequate story.

Read the full interview at Time.

The Frozen spinoff film Olafs Frozen Adventure received heavy criticism in December of last year, according to the Deseret News.

Critics condemned the 21-minute short film, which debuted before Disney/Pixars Coco, for being too long and, well, not funny. Others criticized the work for possibly being a marketing ploy by Disney.

Most anyone whos seen a Pixar film knows theyll see a short before the film thats not the problem, wrote Alissa Wilkinson of Vox. And if Olafs Frozen Adventure were, say, four and a half minutes long, even those who are sick to death of Frozen would probably have forgotten about it by the time Coco was over. But if youre not prepared for that 21-minute runtime, Olafs Frozen Adventure feels interminable, as if it will never end.

Disney and Pixar, who let fans know that the short was coming to theaters ahead of time, pulled the short film from all Coco showings back on Dec. 8.
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