Three Years Of "Frozen"

Three Years Of "Frozen"

Even after three years, Frozen still has a special place in my heart.

Even though it’s officially December, I want to think back to November for a second – specifically November 27th. November 27th was the official 3rd year anniversary for Disney’s "Frozen." Three years ago this movie came out, and while I was definitely excited for it, I had no idea how much it would impact my life.

For a few months before "Frozen," came out and my life was starting to get absorbed into Tumblr, I noticed the reception towards the film was… less than positive, to say the least. It seemed that every aspect of the film — such as the designs of the characters, the separation from the original story of "The Snow Queen," the comedic relief — spawned nothing but scorn. This movie will flop! It will be nothing but a failure! Disney will ruin the original classic! So on and so forth. No one seemed willing to give the movie the benefit of the doubt — something about "Frozen" just made people angry. It was very stressful. It’s odd to think about, but I felt bad for the movie. There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the movie that I could tell — sure, the female lead same-facing was pretty bad, but other than that, I didn’t understand why this movie deserved all of the hate. I love Disney, and I love musicals, so I was perfectly happy to see it.

Then, the movie came out, and the reviews started pouring in. Critics were going on about how good the film was! A great story about the power of familial love! Amazing songs! Beautiful visuals! Again, odd to say, but I was so proud of "Frozen." It was rising above the hate and turning into something amazing.

Then, finally saw it for myself. It is a little hard to put into words how much the movie means to me without going into some really personal stuff, and the article is already about to get pretty sappy, but as I sat in the theater, every single part of the movie resonated with me in a way I did not expect. Everything about the characters — Anna’s belief and optimisim, Elsa’s journey to work past her mental illnesses, Kristoff’s sarcasm and growth, even Olaf’s humor — all stuck with me after I left the theater. These characters were an inspiration to me, were all people I wanted to be. Special mention goes to Elsa — as I said, the movie showed her fight through her anxiety over her powers. Obviously I do not have ice powers, but around the time the movie came out, I realized I have my own mess of anxiety to work with. If Elsa could have these problems, and yet still find a way through them, maybe I could too. And all this came from a princess movie that everyone was sure would fail. On a personal and a public case, it has done the complete opposite. Three years later, "Frozen" has made over a billion dollars and is on its way towards a sequel. Of course, it still gets its fair share of hate. People still complain about the designs and such; and now a new complaint is that it is too popular. Myself, I cannot complain about its overexposure. If there is anything I can take from this, it is that no matter how much hate someone is received, they still have the potential to do amazing things.

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11 Realistic Strategies To Be Able To Attend The Royal Wedding

7. Sneak in

If you’re at all like me, you’ve been (im)patiently waiting for your invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding at St. George’s Chapel on May 19. Sadly, my invitation will more than likely never arrive, but if you happen to fit one of these descriptions, an invitation might end up in your mailbox.

1. Be royal or a head of state

This goes without saying, but royals and heads of state from all over the world will be receiving invitations to reiterate and inspire their country’s bond with the United Kingdom. 45 foreign royals from 20 countries attended William and Kate’s wedding in 2011, so similar is expected for Harry’s.

2. Be almost royal

The extended family of the British Royal family will be in attendance as well along with those in England who hold a royal title. (Earl, Duke, Knight, etc.)

3. Be a sports star or musician

The likes of Serena Williams, David Beckham, Posh, and Sir Elton John will all be receiving invitations. If you’re a world-class athlete or musician, you could be attending as well.

4. Be a royal plus one

Princess Eugenie’s fiance Jack Brooksbank will get an invitation this year, as will Pippa Middleton and her husband James Mathews. While boyfriends/girlfriends don’t typically get invitations, fiancés and husbands can expect to be in attendance.

5. Work with a royal while in combat

Harry’s career has been built around his years of service in the British Royal Air Corps so it’s expected a few of his buddies will be there as he walks down the aisle.

6. Work at the royal wedding

So maybe you won’t be sitting in the pews at the church, but at least you can say you were there.

7. Sneak in

While it’s highly unlikely that you could actually pull this off considering the amount of security detail that will be on the premises, if the guys in Wedding Crashers can do it, who says you can’t?

8. Go on a class field trip

100 local school children are going to be invited to attend the wedding. Sounds like a pretty good reason to wake up early on a Saturday.

9. Be a representative of one of Harry’s charities

Harry is known for his servant’s heart, and 200 of those who help out with his charities will be in attendance.

10. Be a staff member of the Royal Household and Crown Estate or the Windsor Castle community

Over 1000 staff members will be invited to the royal wedding, and it’s not too late to work for the Royal Family. Just make sure you get hired before May 19!

11. Be selected by a Lord Lieutenant

The Queen has nine Lord Lieutenants – one for each of the counties in England. Kensington Palace explained to Elle UK, “In deciding who to nominate, [The Lord Lieutenants] have been asked to give consideration to include people from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities, but otherwise have left it to them.”

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“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball

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