8 Things That Prove Frozen is Deeper Than We Think And For Valid Reasons

Published Aug 28, 2020

By  Noor Afsar Siddique

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It’s been seven years since Frozen came out and it made quite an impact at the time of release. It became the highest-grossing animated film of the year. Any little girl you could imagine were singing the iconic ‘Let It Go’ all the time. The hype was real.


To most eyes, Frozen is a fantasy movie primarily targeted to little girls. But it’s definitely not entirely true. There are things that come up upon deeper inspection and those facts are mesmerizing. Let’s get right to them.


Everything has Flaws

There's no doubt that the characters in Frozen have gone through impeccable development. The personalities are crafted very carefully. One of the reasons behind such amazingness is the imperfection of the characters. No one is flawless and each of them fights relentlessly to overcome their flaws.

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Elsa features a very complicated personality and has been through it all, trying to measure by the principles she could never slot in to. She was raised seeing her strengths as weaknesses and her uniqueness as something that ought to be hidden and ashamed of, like many of us nowadays.


The Master Manipulator

Hans is a classic example of a manipulator who “mirrors” anyone he interacts with, allowing him to behave differently with each people. With Anna, he’s funny and goofy and feeds her words she wants to listen to. He’s brave around soldiers, kind with citizens, and malicious round the Duke of Weaseltown.

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We could find many subtle details that reveal his actual nature. When he was singing "I've found my place", he didn't point to Anna. Instead, he was pointing at Arendelle. The castle rescue scene was supposed to look like he saved Elsa. But all he wanted to be the hero who tried to save her but kill her at the same time.


"Let It Go" Means More than it Seems

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At first, Elsa was planned to be evil, but the administrators completely changed her personality once they heard the song, “Let It Go”. They saw the character from a special side and loved the song most, they didn’t want to vary it. As a result, the character itself was changed and Elsa was created.


But it’s not the sole way the song is crucial for Elsa- it’s also the precise moment she becomes herself. Before that, she was constantly trying hard to be the type of girl her parents wanted to determine — she even dressed and styled her hair exactly like her mother accustomed to make love. Once the escape was done, she was behaving like her own self.


Break the Norm

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Frozen definitely challenges standards, including those Disney always followed. Although there are some Disney clichés within the movie, many of them are later challenged and questioned.


For example, Anna definitely lacks royal perfection and behaves more like a normal girl and Elsa literally slams the door to the concept of the “perfect princess”, deciding to be herself instead of succumbing to standards.


Sisterhood Matters

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Anna is a true hero in this movie. She treks out alone, putting herself at the mercy of the freezing woods- good thing she finds the mercantile establishment, or she might freeze to death!


Then, when she sees that Hans is on the point of kill Elsa, she runs before his sword, saving her sister's life. The willingness to die for her sister is that the film's central act of true love, putting sisterhood above everything, which saves both of their lives. She even runs far from Kristoff, one of her love interests, to try and do it.


Colours Matter

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Colours reflect things and therefore the characters’ personalities and feelings. as an example, Anna has red hair and frequently wears green or “warm” colours, whereas Elsa’s hair is white and he or she is usually in a reminder “cold” blue. The sisters’ coronation outfits are literally of Arendelle’s national colours: purple and green.


What’s even more interesting, is Elsa’s ice castle changes colours consistent with her mood. You'll see blue when she's chilling. It becomes red when she's scared and yellow represents anger.


Elsa’s Power Represents Suppressed Feelings

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It’s very clear in the movie that Elsa is scared of her own powers. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone, especially her sister, Anna. So, she cuts herself instead of confronting the fear and doing something about it.


It’s a very strong metaphor for not confronting our feelings in general. Suppressed emotions often erupt with consequences. Elsa was hurting the people she loved even more until she broke free of her fears.


Olaf is More than Who You Think He is

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Olaf is a symbol of Anna and Elsa’s innocence and sisterly love. It’s one of the main reasons why he is so funny and childlike. He was broken apart when Elsa hit Anna with her power. The song ‘Do You want to build a snowman’ is a muffled cry from Anna who wishes to revive the spark between the sisters. Elsa did want to build the snowman after all and that’s what she did once she escaped.