Admiral Robert Papp, who is the State Department’s representative for the Arctic, wants to use characters from the hit 2013 Disney film Frozen as a way to teach about the subject of climate change.
According to the National Journal, the admiral told the audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway that he had been in contact with an executive at Disney earlier in the week to discuss the idea. Papp noted that a staff member had suggested the idea that the studio could use Frozen characters Elsa, Anna, and Olaf in public service announcements about the polar region.
Admiral Robert Papp added that he and his two granddaughters have watched Frozen “at least 20 times.” Papp then told the audience about what he and the Disney executive discussed.
“I said, ‘You’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic. Unfortunately, the Arctic that you’ve taught them about is a fantasy kingdom in Norway where everything is nice. What we really need to do is educate the American youth about the plight of the polar bear, about the thawing tundra, about Alaskan villages that run the risk of falling into the sea because of the lack of sea ice protecting their shores.'”
But Papp mentioned that he could tell the executive was not interested in the idea.
“As I continued to talk, I could see the executive getting more and more perplexed, and he said: ‘Admiral, you might not understand: Here at Disney, it’s in our culture to tell stories that project optimism and have happy endings.'”
And while the studio was not keen on the idea of using Frozen characters for climate change awareness, Robert Papp said he’s still interested in partnering with them on an informational project.
“There’s more yet to come there.”
Since its release in 2013, Frozen has gone on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. And even people who haven’t seen the film at least know of its hit song “Let It Go.” Recently, CNN interviewed several psychologists who examined how Frozen has become such a hit with children under the age of 5. Yalda Uhls, the regional director for Common Sense Media, said one reason could be because of the film’s message.
“Despite the sisters Anna and Elsa being separated for so long, the story is ultimately about the bond between the two of them. When you’re little, that is your zone; that’s your group; they define your world.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Idina Menzel recently revealed that it is possible that there will be a sequel to Frozen. But she doesn’t know all the details yet.
“We’ll see. I’m just going along for the ride.”
[Image credit: Walt Disney Animation Studios via Variety]