Now I’m not jumping on the gender debate here.
My gripe is just with toys.
Mainly from a boy’s point of view cos you know I haven’t got girls at home, just boys.
Here is my annoyance:
My son Max has discovered a love of Frozen ( or let it go as he calls it). I don’t know what subliminal messages Disney put in that film but he blooming loves it. Before our trip to Disneyland Paris last year he wasn’t overly bothered. If you have been to DLP then you will know that Frozen feature heavily.
It’s been Disney’s best seller for a while now.
Google says it is the most lucrative movie from Disney of ALL time.
I’m not sure how accurate a statement that is, personally I don’t think it’s a patch on the renaissance period (titles such as The little mermaid, Beauty and the beast, Aladin and The Lion King) but that’s probably because these are the soundtrack to my childhood.
Why do Kids love Frozen so much?
Personally, I don’t think it’s the storyline, like most of Disney’s flicks it’s pretty basic a tale of two sisters. I think it’s the songs that draw the kid’s in. They are ridiculously catchy, in fact I can admit (sadly) we had this soundtrack downloaded way before we had kids ( if you are friends with my husband you will not be surprised).
The film is what my hubby would call a “girls film” because of the empathises on the female leads. This doesn’t bother me in the slightest and I am happy for Max to fall in love with this movie it clearly makes him feel happy enough to sing along.
A Girls Film?
What pee’s me off hugely is the merchandise accompanying the film, it’s all VERY feminine and is definitely geared up more for girls than boys. A quick stop in the Disney store at the weekend confirmed this. We found frozen dolls, dress up items, etc but nothing really for Boys. Maybe a puzzle or some stationary but like most things the girls “stuff” outweighed anything that may appeal to my boy.
Sure they have a whole wall dedicated to Star Wars which is what I expect is meant to be a “boys” film, but come on girls like star wars maybe they would like something a little more than light sabres and masks.
It comes back to the old ” girls toys and boys toys”. I do agree that toys are toys but I have a boy who likes to play with trains and cars but also loves Frozen and the sisters Ana and Elsa. He might not want to play with dolls, maybe he would like to play with something a bit more boyish but in the theme of his favourite movie.
He might not want to play with dolls, maybe he would like to play with something a bit more masculine but in the theme of his favourite movie.
I’m aware I’m probably rambling and I highly doubt any of you will agree with me on this. It’s something that has been bugging me. It’s quite therapeutic to have a little rant.
You can read about our Disney trip here – http://maxandkai.co.uk/category/the-disney-series/