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The Third Glance: Disney's Frozen and Autism

I’m not saying that Elsa is an autistic character. I’m not saying that autism is a superpower like the magic in the animated film (obviously it is totally different!) All I’m saying is that Elsa’s childhood and coming of age experience that is portrayed in the film has a number of parallels to my own life, especially based around my being autistic. And I wanted to recognize that, because it made me really really happy. I almost never relate to movie characters that way, but I did, and it made me smile.

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Date: 2014-04-01 04:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] infiniteandsmall
Oh man thanks for posting this. I really liked it. Even though I saw parallels to growing up queer before I saw the how it could also fit other things, I love reading people who could feel their stories and narratives--be it growing up non-neurotypical, in a patriarchal fundamentalist family , or what-have-you. I think that's the true measure of Frozen's success, arguing about whether it was feminist or not aside: that so many people could see their stories in it.

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Date: 2014-04-01 05:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vass
YEP. I saw that parallel too. What really struck me was when Elsa loses control in a crowd and there are all these people around coming near her, including her sister whom she loves, and most of them are well-meaning and friendly, but everyone's trying to touch her and interact with her, and it's all too much and she melts down.

I've had that happen. Hell, I've had that happen at a science fiction convention! I didn't turn anything to ice, but I sure did embarrass myself.

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Date: 2014-04-16 03:28 am (UTC)
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Date: 2014-04-01 08:08 am (UTC)
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I think that one of the strengths of Frozen (and Brave, and Tangled, to a lesser extent) is that they have done an absolutely AMAZING job of hitting chords with just about EVERYONE that sees them, in all sorts of different characters.

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