Frozen is a popular 2013 animated film by Disney based loosely on The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen.
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Frozen has attracted attention from the LGBT community for casting an openly gay actor as the romantic lead in a Disney animated film for the first time (Jonathan Groff as Kristoff) and possibly including the first depiction of a gay couple onscreen in a Disney animated film. In the scene at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna, Oaken says he will "throw in a visit to Oaken's sauna" and says, "Hi family," waving at what appears to be a man and four children sitting in the sauna. However, other people have interpreted the scene as a man and wife with three children.
When asked by The Big Issue about whether Oaken was gay, co-director Jennifer Lee responded:
We know what we made. But at the same time I feel like once we hand the film over it belongs to the world so I don’t like to say anything, and let the fans talk. I think it's up to them.
Although none of the main characters of the film are openly LGBT, LGBT fans have pointed out a number of parallels with LGBT themes and issues in Elsa's storyline. Elsa's parents force her to hide her magical powers with lines like "conceal, don't feel". After her secret is revealed, she sings "let it go" in a powerful, emotional song that has been compared to a coming out anthem.
The parallels have resulted in fan campaigns to give Elsa a girlfriend and make her Disney's first official LGBT heroine in an animated film. After the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend trended on Twitter, Idina Menzel responded to a question about the campaign from Entertainment Tonight, stating:
I think it's great. Disney's just gotta contend with that. I'll let them figure that out.
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Frozen is both its own fandom and a member of the larger Disney fandom. It's also often included with Tangled, Brave, How To Train Your Dragon, and Rise of the Guardians in one super-fandom sometimes referred to as "The Rise of the Brave Tangled Frozen Dragons".
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