Kristoff wins the prize of Best Disney Prince EVER. If you’ve seen Frozen 2, then you’re probably nodding your head along with me. As a mom of two boys, I am always looking for inspiring male characters my children can look up to. Positive role models. And to be honest…most Disney Princes don’t fit the bill. Disney Princes are often portrayed as heroic, masculine, ready to “save the day,” type of men. You might not think there’s anything wrong with that, but Kristoff defies those norms. And as a mom of boys…I’m here for it! Read on to find out why Kristoff is a role model for boys in Frozen 2.
Kristoff is a Role Model for Boys in Frozen 2
At the Frozen 2 Press Junket, Kristen Bell said she had one criticism of the first Frozen…Jonathan Groff doesn’t have a song. Sure he sings, “Reindeer’s are Better than People,” but that doesn’t really give him the credit he deserved.
Lucky for us, the amazing songwriters of Frozen 2, Kristen Anderson Lopez and Bobby Lopez listened. They wrote Kristoff’s power ballad, “Lost in the Woods,” giving Jonathan Groff his moment to shine.
“Lost in the Woods” is so special because Kristoff is expressing his feelings.
Kristoff’s power ballad is really him expressing his feelings about Anna. He’s basically saying he is lost without her, and doesn’t know where to go. He’s questioning if Anna still returns the same feelings he has for her. He doesn’t know what to do.
When was the last time you heard a man so willingly express his true feelings like this and put himself out there? THIS IS HUGE! And it’s a great representation of what a man should be. It encourages our boys that IT’S OKAY TO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS!
“You feel what you feel and those feelings are real.” – Sven
Even our favorite reindeer, Sven, chimes in with this powerful quote. He’s telling Kristoff not to discredit his feelings. THEY’RE REAL AND THEY’RE IMPORTANT! So sing about them. Talk about them. Do whatever you need to do to recognize they’re there, and EXPRESS THEM!!
Kristen Bell says Kristoff has two of the most important lines in Frozen 2
While there is certainly talk of female empowerment because the two main characters in Frozen 2 are women, Kristen says, “the representation that Jonathan (Kristoff) gives for boys is out of this world.”
There are two lines in Frozen 2 that are so subliminal, but they carry so much weight.
Kristen talks about a particular scene where he’s in distress, and he scoops Anna up onto Sven. He doesn’t say, “I’ve got this.” He says, “I’m here. What do you need?” Rather than be your “typical Disney Prince” and save the day, he’s taking Anna’s feelings into account and asking what he can do to help her!
“Kristoff is not Prince Charming. He’s Prince Sincere.” – Evan Rachel Woods
There’s one other line in Frozen 2 where Anna is apologizing to Kristoff. He simply says, “It’s okay. My love is not fragile.”
Kristoff can handle big things. He doesn’t want Anna to apologize for her own feelings. He can take it. He’s here…FOR HER!
Thank you Disney for creating a character with traits I strive daily to teach my boys. Thank you for allowing Kristoff to be vulnerable and openly express his emotions. And thank you for telling our boys having these big feelings is okay and normal!
About Frozen 2
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award®- winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad.
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