Note: I’m typing this quickly on my phone, so please excuse any typographical or grammatical errors or factual inaccuracies. I’ll swing back around with links, videos, and more thoughts.
Q and I sat down together to watch “The Making of Frozen” last night. Normally I would have DVRed it and not watched an hour long show on a school night, but we recently gave up cable.
The directors and producers were discussing how Frozen is based on the story “The Snow Queen,” which was vindication for Q who thought that all along. They were saying that Elsa was a villain but it just wasn’t working. They decided that the two lead female characters shouldn’t be peasant and queen, but should be sisters. (And in true Disney fashion, they killed off the parents!!)
While they were working out the motivation behind Elsa, executive producer John Lasseter said he thought of his son who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 10. He said his son asked “Why me?” He talked about all the needles.
Lasseter equated Elsa’s condition–turning everything she touched into ice–with type 1 diabetes. She was born that way. There was no reason for it and she couldn’t change it.
(People aren’t born with type 1 diabetes but he was making the point that there is no cause and no prevention.)
He described the song “Let It Go” and the transformation she makes as she climbs the mountain. She embraces it. She becomes empowered.
While the song “Let It Go” and movie Frozen may not be about diabetes specifically, it is pretty darn cool that Elsa was in part inspired by a child with diabetes and that the song “Let It Go” might be used as a metaphor for embracing diabetes and thriving despite it.
I’m glad I let Q watch it with me!