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Learning to Love 'Frozen,' Repeatedly

“Frozen” was released Nov. 27, 2013, and our daughter was born nearly two months later, so, even before my wife and I had a child, “Frozen” hovered on the fringes of our parental consciousness as something to be avoided and vaguely despised. If the term “Disney princess” evokes, for a certain kind of parent, a distasteful ethos of sparkly dresses, impossible wasp-waists and fables of princely rescue, then “Frozen,” which centers on not one but two princesses, seemed, sight unseen, to be doubly odious. Yet one day, years later, when preschool was canceled and the rain was unceasing, my wife sent me a text: She’d done it. In case of emergency, she’d broken glass. She’d rented, and they’d watched, “Frozen.”

It’s hard for me to say now exactly how many times I’ve watched “Frozen” from beginning to end — 10, 12, 20? —

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