Despite Disney recently confirming that Frozen 2 will explain the origin of Elsa’s powers (and more!), it looks like Elsa isn’t going to be crowned Disney’s first LGBTQ+ princess anytime soon.
Frozen 2 songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez has told IGN that, as per the first film, Elsa will not be romantically linked to anyone in Frozen 2 – effectively smashing rumors that a girlfriend was on the cards for the Queen of Arendelle in the highly-anticipated sequel.
“There’s so many movies that define a woman by her romantic interest. That’s not a story that we wanted to tell at this point in time. What we really wanted to tell was if you have these powers, how do you grow and change and find your place in the world and find answers that haven’t been found before?”
(Fair point; the first film was about self-love and acceptance, but we can’t help but feel that Anderson-Lopez is defaulting to discussing heterosexual on-screen relationships – not LGBTQ+ relationships – here, but we’ll let it go).
So, while these comments haven’t exactly closed the doors on Elsa’s coming out in the future, they do suggest that that future isn’t now.
Campaigning for Elsa’s future as an LGBTQ+ Disney princess began in 2016, when the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend cast a digital blizzard over the internet. And that buzz hasn’t gone away.
The film’s director, Jennifer Lee even piped in on the fan buzz early last year and seemed very open to the idea of Elsa identifying as LGBTQ+: “I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people.
“It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.”
Idina Menzel herself even told PrideSource in 2016 she was “really happy” that it was her Frozen character that stirred so much interest in the possibility of a gay or lesbian Disney character.
As far as we’re concerned here at The DisInsider, nothing is concretely confirmed until audiences see it with their own eyes up on the big screen.
So one more time: #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
Watch the trailer for Frozen 2 below:
Frozen 2 will hit theaters on November 27, 2019.