I'm visiting people for Christmas, people who have small children. Naturally, it's been a decade or more since there's been much in the way of Disney flicks at the Borepatch household, and so this was an interesting comparison of the old Disney and the new Disney. Cutting to the chase, short Disney stock.
I always thought that Disney put out a decent entertainment product, and the kids seemed to think so, too. However you feel for the Empire Of The Mouse, the films were almost always good adventure entertainment, one that would pull the kids in for repeat viewings.
I can't say that's true anymore, based on Frozen. More specifically, it is but only for girls. The ending left no place for boys to aspire to heroics, and so I doubt very much that my kids would have watched it more than once.
What that means is that if Frozen is the new model for Disney films, they're punting half of their target audience. Of course the critics love the tough, you-go-girl theme - as do the Moms, from my experience watching the crowd watching the movie. But the male characters are really pretty irrelevant to the story, and so it's hard to see how boys would bet sucked in to the same repeat viewing pattern that #1 Son and #2 Son had, Back In The Day.
What's quite odd is that the older Disney movies had a ton of strong and compelling female lead characters. It's just that they had good male lead characters, too. That seems to be gone.
It's a shame, really. It makes me glad that my boys are older and don't have to have a load of feminist nonsense pushed down their throats in their formative years.