If you thought the “Frozen” mash-ups were going to slow down any time soon, you were mistaken. The latest and greatest – or the ickiest, anyway – combines the dialogue from the trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” with scenes of Elsa and Hans in “Frozen.”
That’s right, our delightful heroine Anna is mouthing the lines spoken by Dakota Johnson in her role as Anastasia Steele. And you know what? Hans as a stand-in for Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey is kind of eerily appropriate. Not that Hans has a Red Room of Pain hidden somewhere in his castle, but just in general they’re both kind of lame. Anna, on the other hand, is definitely one of the coolest Disney protagonists in a long time, so it kind of sucks to see Anastasia Steele’s words coming out of her cartoon mouth.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” comes out on Valentine’s Day. If you’d like to read a cool profile of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and some of her inspirations and influences, check out this New York Times profile.
Gallery | Disney Movies With Positive Messages
Be true to yourself.
Clever, wild-haired Merida is not the least bit interested in dressing like an uptight royal, securing a politically beneficial betrothal, or otherwise acting like a “proper” princess. Much to her mother Queen Elinor’s chagrin, Merida wants to remain independent and free – not forced to marry some rival clan’s firstborn. Although she makes some selfish mistakes (um, like accidentally turning her mum into a bear), Merida (and the Queen) realize that even an honor-bound princess can be plucky and utterly herself. (Also see: “Planes,” “Ratatouille”)
- “Monsters University”
Failure can ultimately lead to success.
It’s rare for a kid-friendly flick to deals with failure and disappointment, but leave it to the folks at Pixar to explore how an unrealized dream can actually be a good thing. Mike Wazowski — as we all know from “Monsters, Inc.” — becomes one of the top scare assistants in all of Monstropolis, but once upon a time the clever little monster hoped to be an actual scarer. That dream doesn’t work out, but he befriends Sulley, rallies the Oozma Kappa brothers, and learns that the path to success is unpredictable.
- “The Princess and the Frog”
Don’t judge others based on superficialities.
Prince Naveen (in frog form) assumes Tiana is a princess, because of how she’s dressed. Tiana thinks Naveen will transform back into a prince and help her buy her dream restaurant space. Both are wrong about each other, but eventually Tiana sees past Naveen’s vanity, and Naveen realizes Tiana is much more than “just a waitress.” Sometimes it’s not an obvious “beast” you have to see beyond, but an initial misconception about a person’s worth or character. (Also see: “Beauty and the Beast”)
Don’t be afraid of your strength.
Like Elsa in “Frozen,” Rapunzel possesses a magical power that she’s not exactly sure how to wield or control. Rapunzel’s “mother” taught her to be afraid of others out to use her magical healing tresses for their own greedy needs. But after Rapunzel meet-cutes Flynn Rider, she seizes her hair to help and protect herself and her new friend. She isn’t frightened of her strength, and for the first time, discovers just how powerful she is without her overbearing Mother around to control her. (Also see: “The Incredibles,” “Mulan”)
Unexpected friends can change your life.
Lonely widower Carl Fredricksen is pretty antisocial in his grief. All he wants to do is travel to Paradise Falls in his beloved Ellie’s memory, and he has zero time to entertain Wilderness Explorer Russell, who hopes to earn a merit badge for assisting the elderly. But when Russell winds up an accidental passenger on Carl’s flying house, the two unlikely travel partners eventually learn to trust, help, and rescue each other. As a result of their unforgettable adventure, the curmudgeon and the scout become like family. (Also see: “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters Inc.”)
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