Thursday, June 12, 2014
Father’s Day is a chance to think about what it means to be a father. For me, it’s about enabling two smart, sweet kids to grow into strong, smart, sweet adults. If that means staying awake through a few musicals, then that’s what it means. Thanks, TG.
First viewing, my reaction was like yours. I tend to zone out a bit during songs. But let me tell you, somewhere around viewing number 50, but which time I had memorized the words to most of those songs, I realized that there is actually a lot of character development and subtle stuff that I'd missed the first time. Anna is planning to fall in love and get engaged all in one day before she ever meets Hans, for instance ("And I know it all ends tomorrow, so it has to be today!") When Prince Hans sings "I've been searching my whole life to find my own place" he is being honest -- he's been looking for a place where he could be a king.
Elsa builds a snowman and imagines him saying "I like warm hugs," when she herself is not allowed to touch anyone, which is kind of heartbreaking. Later Olaf repeats young Anna's like from the night he was originally made -- "The sky is awake!" He is like a personification of their childhood innocence.
Also part of the troll song has now become my new personal mantra when dealing with difficult people: "People make bad choices when they're mad or scared or stressed / but throw a little love their way and you'll bring out their best."
Did you know that the director originally wanted to cast Louis C.K. as the regent who ruled the kingdom after the death of the girls' parents and before Elsa's coronation?
Anyway, it rewards repeat viewings, is what I'm saying. If TG wants you to watch again.
Would love to read more of your charming conversations with fourth graders.
Congratulations on the reception on Career Day. And yes, your next book should be about zombies.