State Dept. + Teaching About Climate Change = Use of Disney’s “Frozen?”

Apparently not.  According to this article in the Washington Post, a senior State Department official approached Disney with a request to use the “Frozen” characters in a series of PSA and related media.

The official, Adm. Robert Papp was quoted in the National Journal:

“I said, you’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic,” Papp said, relaying his conversation with the Disney exec. “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.”

The Post writer continues:

“Papp described the executive as perplexed at the idea that Princesses Elsa and Anna, Olaf the snowman, and Sven the reindeer would star in PSAs making dire warnings about the rapidly warming Arctic. The executive told him, ‘Admiral, you might not understand, here at Disney it’s in our culture to tell stories that project optimism and have happy endings.’ ”

And as the writer concludes:

“So, Disney doesn’t see the whole climate change thing ending well?”

Apparently not.


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