This is not the first time I’ve had issues with Disney movies. Nor Frozen. Nor Frozen’s music (learn more here!). But, with Frozen 2 in the works, I’m really hoping they step it up a notch. Sequels already have a tough road ahead of them without having lame songs too.
Here’s the issue: The line, “I don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone.” from the song “For the First Time in Forever.” Don’t get me wrong: I like the movie and the song, but that line has to go! I heard a high school choir perform that song and they changed the lyrics to avoid having to sing that weak line.
I’ve never been a fan of fart jokes anyway. Too easy. It’s a cheap laugh.
It used to be that when Disney put out a song to go with their movies, they were songs that had the potential to make the radio. The only other Disney song I can think of with a reference to a bodily function is Hakuna Matata. But even that is merely suggested by a gross character, not blatantly stated by a princess.
Walt Disney never pandered to children. He made movies that the whole family would enjoy together. I think that lines like this have him rolling over in his cryogenic chamber (according to urban legend). A lot of Walt’s philosophies on entertainment have been pushed aside, but they shouldn’t be. Even cartoon movies can take the high road.
Don’t resort to jokes about bodily functions. Don’t use your animated film to advance your political agenda. Don’t count on shocking your audience with some new way of thinking. Walt used new technology all the time, but he told timeless stories.
And really, don’t do sequels! Fresh material only! “You can’t top pigs with pigs.” – Walt Disney
What are YOUR thoughts about that line? Comment me!