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Disney's Frozen represents a landmark for the animation giant due not only to its immense popularity but also its introduction of the studio's first disabled princess. In order to make Elsa's story possible, the animators use a combination of narrative devices including the introduction of a second princess, whose story fulfills the audience's expectation for a traditional "princess journey," their patented aesthetic of cuteness, and the encoding of disability as fantasy.

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

After Elsa inadvertently freezes her sister's heart, Anna must seek true love's kiss to save her life. Of course Quasimodo has quite a few problems. Marketing Elsa's Disability as a Universal Identity Thus far, we have seen how the powers that be at Disney use a pattern of rhetorical devices including their familiar princess genre, the encoding of disability as fantastical power, and the aesthetic of cuteness in order to persuade viewers to empathize with the company's first disabled princess. After all, our ability to empathize with characters like Elsa is tied up in our ability to see the character as "like us," or in this case, a more spectacular version of us to which we can aspire.

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Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Disabled disney characters

Make her strong, a fighter, someone ALL women would look up to, not just girls with disabilities. When Lasseter realized that Elsa's condition was not unlike his son's, he stopped trying to villainize her difference, and instead encouraged his staff to embrace it.

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