Well, folks, it's finally here - the debate no one asked for.
Film critic vs. Author.
Father vs. Father.
This week, Gene Gosewehr of Let There Be Movies and I go to war. Each day we'll debate a new topic, have at one another's arguments, and allow you readers to decide which of us wins. (Spoiler alert: Frozen fans - expect a frying pan to the head, waking you to the glory that is Tangled.)
Let's get at it!
Tangled vs. Frozen - Opening Arguments
Team Frozen - Gene
A tale as old as time, Frozen is not. It seeks to be something more. It seeks to be something better than that tired, worn out script of princess finds cute guy/prince, they share a kiss and live happily every after.
How many times have we heard that same old tale?
Sure, you can throw in some cute and colorful sidekicks, or a dark and deceiving antagonist, but its really all the same story when you boil it down. What's great about Frozen is it rides the back of that mold only to shatter it into millions of icy pieces once it reaches its pinnacle.
Now I'm usually a very peaceable guy, but when we're talking matters as serious as which animated princess tale is best, my masculine desire to defend the truth is sparked and the battle is on!
I like Aaron. He's a great writer and a nice guy, I suppose. But he is dreadfully mistaken on this matter.
Anyone reading this who is a close friend of Aaron's should be expecting phone calls from him by the end of the week as he scampers to deal with the realization that what he thought was true about his preference for Tangled, is in fact woefully false. I fully anticipate a 'road to Damascus' moment from my friendly foe. I hope you all can be there to support him as his arguments crumble before him and he eventually realizes the truth; Frozen is unquestionably superior to Tangled.
Team Tangled - Aaron
A hearty welcome to you distinguished readers, Disney fans, and especially parents. Much will be discussed this upcoming week on the merits of these two films, and I’m thrilled to debate with such a worthy opponent. Gene is a fantastic writer, a dear friend, and, quite possibly, the best man I know. While Gene’s viewpoints differ from my own at times, as in the case of these two films, his eloquence and willingness to hear opposing arguments only heighten my respect for him.
In this upcoming week of war, I predict my opponent will attempt to sway you with the shadow industry of Hollywood - that is to say, manipulative box office numbers and unworthy award seasons.
Meanwhile, I will prove:
Beware a Frozen heart! #SeeTheLight
That'll do it for today. Come back tomorrow where Gene and I'll rip into each other's Love Story arguments. Oh, and help us out with the below survey question. We'd like to know where you stand before this thing really kicks into high gear tomorrow.
Author. Actor. Rascal.