And it’ll probably be fixed when I actually see Frozen, but…
In my brain, Idina Menzel is not Elsa. And it’s not because I hate her voice or her acting, because I don’t. I love Idina Menzel.
But I keep seeing her as Elphaba. And it doesn’t help that I’m drawing comparisons between Elsa and Elphaba.
Both have a strange power: Elsa’s snow/ice power, Elphaba’s magic and ability to read the Grimmerie
Both are the eldest child and have a younger sister they want to protect. (In the book, Elphie had a younger brother, too, but the musical ignores him)
Both go to great lengths to hide their power.
Both eventually are discovered following an emotional outburst.
Both are outcasts.
And both get a super-belt-y “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me anymore!” song in which both get a gorgeous-as-fuck dress. (I mean seriously, has no one else seen the parallels between Defying Gravity and Let It Go?)
So basically my brain is saying:
And it’s just causing this HUGE disconnect in my brain between Idina’s voice and Elsa’s body. And I’m conflicted ahhhh
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”
“Seek out the heroines who show real courage and bring people together… A real man is someone who trusts his sisters and respects them.”—Colin Stokes From The Hidden Meaning in Kids movies, TEDxBeaconStreet 2012 (via newwavefeminism)