For such a successful and expensive film, Frozen's complete lack of diversity (particularly ethnic diversity) really vexed me. Frozen has four main human characters and out of the four:
- Four are white
- Four are all apparently straight
- Three are blonde
Looking at this, you can tell there is very little variation in Frozen's main cast. In ethnic terms, there really is no excuse of this. Frozen needed more POC.
I have heard one main argument (read: excuse) why Frozen didn't have any racially diverse characters (and no: I am not counting black background characters). Some say that Frozen was set in a medieval Scandinavian country, so obviously, everybody there could only have been white, blond-haired and blue-eyed.
This is complete nonsense because firstly - not everybody there looked the same and (believe it or not) other hair colours and races DID exist in Europe. Also, along with other POC who lived in Scandinavia, there were also Saami people and others like them who lived in Scandinavia for centuries. It is my personal view that Kristoff definitely should have been Saami as his role is similar to that of traditional Inuits in the film.
Secondly, Arendelle is only based on a medieval Scandinavia. In reality, it is a fictional. Elsa has a ice powers for god sake! How is THAT more plausible than a POC being royalty or a main character in Frozen?
I hope you can see that Disney really has no excuse for the lack of POC among it's main cast. In the future, hopefully we will have more racially diverse characters that are in the future in EVERY FILM (not just something like Moana).
Thanks for reading.