Spoiler alert: I’m not intentionally giving away spoilers but read at caution. I’ve been waiting for what feels like forever to finally get into and begin unpacking Frozen 2 and honestly I don’t even know where to begin. From themes of land spirits, to Elsa BEING a spirit, to the song “into the unknown”, to the symbols of the elements that are literally blasted everywhere in the film, it was intentionally yet unintentionally one of the most pagan themed children’s movies that Disney has ever released.
Into the Unknown
If you haven’t watched the film yet (or even if you have) take a second to listen to the song “into the unknown”. This song is the embodiment of feelings that pretty much every pagan feels as they begin to leave behind the teachings of their childhood religions to follow the calling of something else that’s unknown. There’s a part of the song that goes:
Or are you someone out there who’s a little bit like me?
Who knows deep down I’m not where I’m meant to be?
Every day’s a little harder as I feel my power grow
Don’t you know there’s part of me that longs to go
Into the unknown?
It was around this point in the song I realized that Elsa was singing to a spirit of the land and from that point on the whole film shifted for me from being a typical Disney film to watching someone enter and struggle through the challenges of discovering land and spirit based paganism.
Overall I went into the movie with high expectations and came out with thoughts about modern paganism and a handful of teaching material. To avoid giving more spoilers (I’ll make another post in a few weeks when everyone has had the chance to see it) I’ll stop there and leave you with this: 10/10 see frozen 2 and make up your own mind on it ❄️
Temperance Alden is an Occultist, Folk Witch, and Author of Year of the Witch (2020). She is based out of South Florida.