Which of the following wildly popular Hans Christian Andersen adaptations and animated Disney films is acclaimed for featuring a strong and independent female protagonist?
A. The Little Mermaid
Given the omnipresent discussion surrounding Frozen's charmingly subversive tale of sisterhood—and Ariel's relatively newfound reputation as a bad example for young viewers—the latter seems like the more reasonable answer. But 25 years ago when The Little Mermaid first came out, Roger Ebert praised her as a “fully realized female character who thinks and acts independently, even rebelliously, instead of hanging around passively while the fates decide her destiny.”