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IMAGINE FROZEN WITH BLOOPERS THO

  • Elsa exploding at the end of FTFTIF reprise, missing Anna, and hitting a poor gaffer or mic tech instead. and the camera falls to the ground and everyone starts laughing and Elsa’s giggling but also so cutely apologetic like “I’m so sorry, are you okay?? I’m so sorry, oh goodness, let’s help get you up- COULD SOMEONE GET MIKE HERE A LATTE?”

  • Hans farting in the middle of his duplicitous evil-villain reveal speech, and Anna laugh so hard she falls off of the couch she’s supposed to be dying on. And Hans is laughing so hard at himself and then at her laughing so hard that he stumbles trying to go help her up

  • or the Duke dropping Anna in the dip at the Coronation Ball

  • Sven farting all the time and hiding whoopee cushions wherever Kristoff sits  “DAMMIT, SVEN” but by the third time he’s cracking up, too

  • Anna and Hans completely blowing the socks-skating scene in Love is an Open Door, falling over and skinning their knees, sliding off-camera and knocking shit over

  • Kristoff can’t pull the scarf down off his mouth and spends an awkward amount of time yanking and pulling but its stuck and it ends up in his mouth and Anna’s cracking up and Elsa runs out from offstage and they high five bc Anna tied a triple knot and Elsa froze it and Kristoff would be laughing if he weren’t gagged by his own snow-covered scarf

  • Elsa fumbling, missing the door handle when she flees the party, completely does a 180 and smacks right into the door

  • Kristoff hides carrots everywhere

  • Elsa tripping over her cape running away in the courtyard

  • Elsa slipping on the ice and doesn’t catch herself the way she does in the movie and completely face plants across the fjord and they have to stop filming for three days until the makeup crew can cover her black eye

  • The forty-seven takes it takes Sven to get the Kristoff-flip-over-the-ice thing on the fjord during the Whiteout

  • The tree smacks poor Marshmallow in the eye and Anna runs back so apologetic and tries to help but she can’t even reach his knee, let alone his face so she just kind of stands there, rubbing circles on his foot apologizing and shushing while he cries

  • Olaf has the dirtiest fucking mouth, its ridiculous
Anna: “I don’t even know what love is.” This is the most complicated, broken, and profound line in the entire movie that was said by an equally complicated, broken, and profound character. Wait, What?

I know people will most likely agree or notice that Elsa is more glorified and magnified than Anna. Elsa is widely celebrated that she has become a whole franchise on her own singlehandedly. In Disney stores and in other stores carrying the “Frozen” merchandise, I notice that everything with Elsa’s face in it are always sold out whereas Anna’s…you can see that there are always a lot floating around. That she’s only just a spare. If a kid asks for Elsa, and her dolls are out of stock, she settles for Anna. Anna, the princess, not the Queen. Anna, the klutz, not the elegant and graceful character. Anna, the underrated character in her own movie.

What’s my point here? I’m not talking about sales statistics. I’m merely stating the obvious. We see more of  Elsa’s story get more notes and analyses here on Tumblr. She’s this utterly gorgeous muse with a tragic backstory that makes her so complicated and so enigmatic. She’s the one with the anthemic song with the sexy hips and gorgeous ice dress. She has ice powers, which make her so disarmingly hotter, and way more interesting that Anna, the younger sister who’s unashamedly ordinary compared to her sister.

I’m not trying to push Elsa off the pedestal and make Anna outshine her; wrong. That’s just how it is. Anna is underrated and there’s no denying that. But it makes me quite sad when I see people write about how Anna is just this naïve, gullible, and shallow character who fulfilled Disney’s aesthetics by being the typical princess who is love-starved and seeks romance as her main goal throughout the movie; to find a prince, kiss, and live happily ever after. Anna fulfilled that, yes. There was Kristoff, the kiss, and happily ever after. But that all came with a price. But she’s more than that. Way more than that.

“I don’t even know what love is.” My focus is this line because there are so many layers to it. 

Let’s tackle the question with some hypothetical questions and some counter statements that I also thought about, shall we?

1. Anna knows what love is. It’s not like she was locked away like Elsa was. She had her mom and dad. So if anything, Elsa should be the one who would be fitting to say that.

Yes, Anna had more contact with her mom and dad and I’m sure they compensated for Elsa’s absence by being there for her. Anna was free to hug her parents. She was free to play with her mom and dad. They had a good relationship for the most part. Anna loved them and they loved Anna. But honestly, if my sister just stopped talking to me and my parents wouldn’t give me an actual answer as to why, I’d feel pretty devastated.

I’d feel hated by my own sister. I don’t know how much (or if at all) it was emphasized by her parents that Elsa didn’t hate her whenever she asked why Elsa won’t see her anymore, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that they kept her in the dark. Anna was betrayed from the very beginning by her own parents. All these doors. All these excuses. All these unanswered questions. It was unfair. Although her parents meant well, I’m pretty sure Anna had already formed conflicting thoughts about the concept of what love is. Why is Elsa gone? Why won’t Mama and Papa tell me? Don’t they trust me?

2. If Anna is so desperate for love and the company of people, why didn’t she go with her parents on that ship? That could’ve been her chance to explore the world. Heck, she also has a choice of leaving the castle. It’s not like Elsa told her to be locked in, too. 

I’ve seen someone write about this, but I’ve reblogged it a long time ago so I can’t really find it right now. It’s interesting how Anna stayed behind when she could’ve gone with her parents. She was fifteen years old and during that time period, hell yeah, she’s pretty darn legal. People got married even before fifteen. She didn’t need to go with her parents. She had a choice. And her choice was to stay.

Why? Okay, so Mama and Papa will be gone for two weeks. TWO WEEKS. That’s enough time for me to convince Elsa to come out of her room. Hopefully. I’ll even camp out by her door! I’ll bribe her with chocolates! Wait, what? It’s been way too long. I’ll use this time to come up with a plan to make her talk to me without Mama and Papa telling me not to go near her door. Elsa doesn’t hate me. I think. I mean, she’s my sister! Maybe, even for just a few days, Elsa and I can finally have some time for ourselves without anyone telling me not to bother her. I need to stay behind. I need to talk to her. Joan doesn’t say much. I miss Elsa. 

I think that’s how it went down in Anna’s mind. Or close to it. I mean, if she went on that ship, she would’ve died and uhh…there will be no movie. But two weeks became forever. And the door remained shut for another three years although the plan to have it opened did not waver.

She never opened those gates and left Elsa alone because where Elsa is, there she will be, too. Who will embrace Elsa with open arms when she finally opens that door? Anna won’t miss it for the world. 

I think this is the part where Anna’s faith in her sister wavered. God, she was so excited, so nervous, and so desperate to keep her sister’s attention. She standing so close next to Elsa. And Elsa is finally talking to her. They had, max, three minutes of screen time together. Three minutes or so of finally reconnecting. But Elsa and her own version of unconditional love for Anna, pushes her away once again and breaks her own heart again in the process.  Everything was going well….what did I ever do to her?

It’s just so absolutely brilliant how Hans comes in the picture a second after this scene to catch her as she tripped and about to fall. As if he was the one who will save her metaphorically. Hans, who echoes Anna’s pain (or pretends to) captures Anna’s heart immediately. He talks to her, makes her feel important, he…TALKS to her. It wasn’t a painting. It wasn’t her face against a door talking to a voiceless human being that was inside that room somewhere. It was someone finally talking to her and listening to her. Anna could not just let this pass. At this rate, Anna just wanted out. Marriage, whatever it may be, she needed an out. Not necessarily to leave Elsa because she did offer that Hans and her brothers live in their castle. But just…an escape from this gaping hole she was left with in so long. So much void. So much loneliness. Yeah, Anna was pretty naive to just say “YES” to marriage after four minutes of having a duet with a complete stranger. How gullible. But really, how much more loneliness and rejection can a person stomach? She saw an opportunity and took it. She wanted an out.  She wanted to be loved. And that’s perfectly human nature. Maybe this is her chance. Anna has been questioning what love is since that day that door slammed shut on her face. Maybe Hans will prove her wrong. He did, in the most sadistic and unexpected way.

“I don’t even know what love is.”

This is the face of complete defeat. Elsa throws her out of her ice palace after literally getting a near death experience and trekking that mountain for days. She dropped everything for Elsa just to be rejected again. Elsa physically built a monster to throw her out. Seriously, that blows more than anything even though we all know Elsa means well. And then, Hans betrays her. She’s dying and she doesn’t know what love is. She really doesn’t. She has this epiphany and realization that maybe she was just an idiot all this time. Anna, here, is convinced that whatever image of love she has in her mind is nothing more but demented wishful thinking and lies. Her parents kept secrets from her and allowed her relationship with her sister to fester. Plus, they leave her, too. They died with those secrets and those hugs Anna had looked forward to everyday growing up and wishing Elsa can hug her, too. Her own sister who was her best friend and someone she looks up to suddenly stopped being there for her unannounced; kicks her out after she goes on this suicide mission to find her, and accidentally freezes her heart. The one person that she confided in and trusted with her heart leaves her for dead after telling her she was a rebound because “no one was getting anywhere with Queen Elsa” that’s why he picked her. All of this seem to be undermined because of Anna’s radiant personality. But did anyone really actually consider that it may have been a fascade to mask the fact that she’s been crapped on all her life and everyday she wishes someone can make all of that stop?

So yeah, don’t tell me that Anna is shallow.

Anna screams “NO!” and blocks Hans’ sword from killing Elsa. By the time this happens, it’s already been established that Anna thinks Elsa doesn’t want to see her again. STILL, she literally defies that. NO, I will not let you touch my sister. YES, it’s probably true that she doesn’t love me enough or trust me enough to make it work, ice powers and all, BUT I will not let you kill her. This is not how it’s going to end. YES, I may have given up on trying to mend our relationship, but I CHOOSE HER. I may not know what love is, I may not know how it feels like to be loved. BUT I KNOW HOW TO LOVE. AND I LOVE MY SISTER. I CHOOSE HER OVER MY LIFE EVEN THOUGH IT MEANS I MAY NEVER SEE HER AGAIN. 

Guys, Anna died loving Elsa. Anna died forgiving Elsa completely…but she died not really and truly grasping how much Elsa loves her. She died thrown out, rejected, and betrayed.

Anna does not exist to fulfill Disney’s aesthetics to maintain a certain standard of being a Disney princess and a damsel in distress. Anna is none of that. Whatever happy ending she got, she deserves it, in all of its cliche and cheesiness. She has suffered just as much. She has cried just as much. And she deserves happiness and love just as much. She’s been a complicated character since her first screen time and for the next to follow. Sure, she made some really stupid mistakes. But that’s what makes her so relatable and so scarily human. Anna is the epitome of stubborn love. And that’s what makes her so beautiful. 

I’ve seen a fair bit of Frozen meta talking about how tense Elsa holds her hands when she’s trying to appear composed, or how she hunches over and protects her core when she’s scared.  What I don’t think I’ve seen in that is this moment right here, when Elsa’s actually happy and relaxed enough to drop her hands. And look at Anna’s eyes! She doesn’t know what it means, but she notices.

There’s a lot–a lot–of talk about all the terrible difficult things Elsa has to struggle through (and rightly so), but this scene right here makes me think that even in the beginning, there was a bright, optimistic girl wanting to get out. She’s the one who reaches out to Anna because she has to be; Anna’s spent years suppressing her own instinct to reach out. But the way she does it so effortlessly, how happy and open she looks, how she segues immediately into teasing Anna in a way that’s only tolerable because it comes from a sibling you love–there was nothing forced about any of that. It came to her naturally.

Things got messed, and Elsa got messed up too. But that less-than-perfect, perfectly loving girl was always there waiting to find her way out.

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Elsa and Thermodynamics

I haven’t seen anyone touch on Elsa’s body temperature exactly. We know “the cold doesn’t bother [her]” but why is that? How cold is she? How does that affect her when interacting with people in her external world? Also, how does that affect others who touch her? 

Bear with me here, I’m going to science. I bolded the conclusion and the part headers about Elsa if you want to just skip to the bottom.

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She’s got life in her veins, She don’t need no rescuing, She’s okay

❅ Rescue (Anna) | Frozen ❅

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Again, I was dabbling with The Art Of Frozen (which I think is a horrible mistake now because I keep finding these things that are so sad) and found another riveting image in one of the early sequences. The scene from above was from “Sequence 2.0 - Meet Anna and Elsa.” In the drawing board that was provided in this particular page in the book, it can be seen that this image of Elsa was originally part Do You Wanna Build A Snowman/For The First Time In Forever story board.

This is so important because we can draw the conclusion that Elsa was also trying to touch and try to communicate with inanimate objects just as much as Anna did. This adds to the heartbreaking fact that Elsa was truly desperate for human contact and interaction. She was trying her best to control her powers so she can finally be with her family…people…again.

What baffles me is the fact that this shot of Anna shaking the knight’s armor display could have been originally intended for Elsa in the movie.Did the directors find it too morbid and too…heartbreaking to include it in the film? Or were they keen on really keeping Elsa’s life in her room and roaming around the halls in silence a secret and a mystery?

And look at how she actually took off her glove to shake “his” hand.Elsa looks much younger here in this shot, I’m assuming she was around 15 or 18 in this sketch. Because Elsa NEVER takes off her gloves. Not in the movie until she was prompted to by the priest and Anna pulling it off by accident….and voluntarily in “Let it Go” when she was finally “free.” Maybe at a younger age she was still motivated to do so, take her gloves off and practice controlling her power without it..but seeing at how much she’s failed continually, she had eventually given up and made those gloves her haven.

She mustered up the courage to hope, to dream, to try and succeed to do this simple task of shaking someone’s hand, real or not real but…failed. 

Elsa went to a desperate and humiliating length of failing at this task and possibly succumbed to the dreadful realization that she’s really never gonna be able to touch anyone again. 

I wish this sequence was added in the movie to show more of Elsa’s point of view. It’s such a revelation to know that…all the songs Anna sang were also really Elsa’s song. For the first time in forever? Yeah, that was Anna’s anthem of freedom. But wasn’t it also Elsa’s fear and secret longing of being with Anna even for a few seconds? 

“There’ll be actual real live people, it’ll be totally strange…”

This image of Elsa just supports the fact that this song…was also hers.

All of Anna’s pain and struggle was mirroring Elsa’s. It wasn’t just a one-sided thing. They are parallels of each other. 

Lastly, the fear and heartbreak in Elsa’s face after she froze the knight’s hand. Maybe this was a haunting realization and conclusion that…touching her parents and her Mom and Dad…will never happen.

Animation is so beautiful, yes. But the rough drafts, the sketches…I believe that’s the heart and the crux of the characters. 

Why Helsa is a ship that floats

I’ve seen a lot of posts asking people to explain how can anyone ship Helsa or what they see in it, so I’m writing this to explain why I see it as a completely possible thing, even in canon.

Helsa is intriguing to start with because they both have so much damage and baggage from the past and could really help each other grow. They’ve both been brought up to conceal and hide who they really are and how they really feel, feeling lonely all their lives, Elsa for obv. reasons and Hans having apparently been brought up in a very cold, loveless, ultra ambitious environment. (I think his maddening desire for power is a result from an upbringing where only power/position matters, desperately wanting to prove himself etc etc)  Also they both want to rule Arendelle well and Elsa could really benefit from Hans’ palpable people and diplomacy skills - after all he seems to be better at ruling Arendelle than either of the sisters. He can show her the ways of the world and help her gain confidence. She can teach him the value of love and honesty.

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Anna and Elsa    +    Letting Go { insp. }

Both Anna and Elsa have this realization that they’re finally free. For Anna, it’s walking outside of the gates, and for Elsa, it’s letting go of her powers. But the two of them are overcome with joy and this sense of freedom that they both make the same gesture: throwing their arms out and exposing themselves.

Anna shuts her eyes, but Elsa keeps them open. Anna is content with letting the future take her, going where ever she may go without a care while Elsa wants to see exactly what she’s getting herself into and the what the future holds for her.

#i’m dying#it’s also nice to see a fic where kristoff isn’t competent at everything

the guy is good, I mean, he’s obviously a capable mountain man, but let’s not forget who got them out of basically every jam they were in

Kristopher is attacked by wolves and dragged off his own sleigh? No problem, light the blanket on fire, throw it at the wolves, knock Kristopher free. 

Cliff is ending? Tell the reindeer to jump. 

Kristoff is falling off the mountain? Throw him an axe and hoist him back up

Oh the giant snowman is chasing us? Let’s smack a tree into its face and slow him down.

Oh the giant snowman is undoing our escape route? No big deal I’ll just cut the rope and free us. 

Why the Queen of Arendelle is just as misunderstood as Elsa.

Although I loved Elsa and Anna’s mom because she had this gentle and delicate presence that balanced her stern and authoritative husband’s demeanor, I think she remained quiet…way too quiet in regards to her daughters’ new living arrangements and broken hearts. Although her and the king’s actions were reasonable because they only wanted to protect the girls, I wish to have seen more of the queen and how she had come to terms with this. I feel like she didn’t have much of a say in the situation because…well, she never really spoke up. She kind of just let the King decide on everything, even though she knew how much this would hurt the girls. But I know the queen suffered just as much…if not, more because she was there to see her own children ache. She had access to Elsa’s room and she was probably devastated and driven into immense guilt by Anna’s never ending questions as to why Elsa is no longer outside her room to come play with her. She was there to see both worlds. She was there to see both cry.

Twice in the movie, we see her hands fly to her mouth in shock and in fear. But she doesn’t say anything. She doesn’t question or chastise Elsa for what had happened to Anna. This may have been a gesture of surrender or shock due to “lack” of reaction and dialogue…but this action speaks so much in itself. It’s not just shock. It’s also pain. And panic. And desperation. She was the one who gave birth to a magical daughter. She was the one who carried Elsa and Anna in her womb for nine months. Maybe she blamed herself for Elsa’s magic. Maybe she didn’t say much because she was blaming herself for Elsa’s suffering. She was the one who knew her children’s first words, the first time they took their first steps, the first time an icy episode happens…she was there for it all. She was desperate, and any desperate mother wouldn’t be able to think things through rationally and make decisions that they think is best to rise to the occasion.

I think this scene captures the heart of the Queen and how she’s handling the situation, Look at her eyes. Look at how badly she wants to cry but she covers her mouth and looks at Elsa in pain that only a mother can feel. She doesn’t know how to help Elsa. She doesn’t know how to stop Elsa and Anna from hurting. She’s stuck and this is the only option she thinks she’s left with because she was so close to losing Anna and she doesn’t know how she can live with that…even in the expense of Elsa losing herself and living in depression and anxiety. But that doesn’t make her a bad mother. She didn’t mean for any of that to happen. It simply makes her a mother with so much to lose with so little options. Obviously, she wasn’t happy about this. She loved her daughters. She loved them so much that she surrendered to this crazy plan of having them separated so they both can live.

Damn it, Elsa looked exactly like her. And to see a carbon copy of hers suffering so much, and also witnessing her youngest daughter hurting and with no clue with what was happening and why…must have stabbed her heart into a billion pieces.

Many will agree that the Queen placed her hand on the king’s back to somehow comfort him after Elsa told them both to not touch her for their own safety. She was shocked by how Elsa quickly recoiled from her father’s touch. And she was destroyed because it was all her and her husband’s decision and own doing. From what I see, the Queen needed this support to prevent her from breaking down. She needed something…someone to touch to keep her on her feet before she finally loses her composure. She knew she had to respect Elsa’s wishes. And from then on, she doesn’t know when she can hold her daughter again. She never did. She never had that chance again.

She was supposed to be gone for just two weeks. She never came back. No last hugs. Elsa curtsied. She doesn’t give them a hug and she didn’t get one back as well. This was the last interaction between the Queen and her firstborn. Anna was able to embrace them farewell. But this. This is heartbreaking. Elsa and her gloves. Elsa and her fear of freezing her parents. She doesn’t get a single hug, and the first human contact she had after thirteen years consisted of her caressing a dead Anna’s face. 

In the middle of all the chaos that night brought when the accident happened, the Queen loved Elsa. Little Elsa looks at the face of her mother for comfort and the Queen gave her that and more. The Queen smiles at the little girl who has the same piercing blue eyes as her. It’s not a big smile. But it’s there. Her eyes speaks of compassion and of understanding. She has faith in Elsa and she believes in Elsa. And I think this is why Elsa, in the most quiet but ostentatious way, tried to be like her mother. She imitates her mother’s appearance in her own coronation. She wears her hair the same way and she has an heirloom attached to her dress that looks exactly like the Queen’s. She holds her mother’s memory alive because even though she thought she had screwed everything up that night and for the many nights to follow, she knew the Queen loved her. She knew her mom will never see her as a lesser being. Her mom will never see her as a monster. 

The Queen of Arendelle did what was best for her children. Even though it didn’t yield positive results, she damn well tried. But even though she wasn’t there to change it all and mend her daughters’ wounds, she died loving her children. Elsa and Anna knew that. And that’s why they had always attracted each other like magnets and found their way back to each other no matter how many years had passed and how long they have been separated. Because in spite of it all, they knew what a family was. They knew their mother and father loved them.

Guys, this is the King and Queen. Filthy rich and powerful people who would give anything and everything to their kids. It doesn’t make sense for them to separate and inflict pain on their daughters (UNINTENTIONALLY) because they want to. So no, I don’t agree that they are the “enemy” in this story. Not at all. 

sometimes I think about how Elsa cried out “It was an accident!” and that she was once capable of self-forgiveness. but then by the end of the night guilt grips her and doesn’t surrender and she thinks everything is her fault always and doesn’t let go of that thinking for thirteen years, and that she hardens herself to live without allowing herself a shred of grace or mercy

and that her name means Oath of God and Noble Maid and Truth and all of these things imprison her and then free her because she holds herself to all them and I’m just GONE

And that Anna means Gracious and Merciful and Favor and goddamn, if they’re dynamic isn’t written into their very DNA

I have a problem with the King of Arendelle.

(Btw, if you’re gonna use this shitty gif, do so. My gifs suck but they’re enough to convey what I want to be said.)

King: Elsa what have you done? This is getting out of hand! 
Elsa: It was an accident! I’m sorry, Anna…

I think this precise scene was the foundation of Elsa’s self-doubt and self-hatred. I know that the King reacted the way he did because he was scared for Anna’s life, but the way that he accused Elsa was just uncalled for.  I know that everything was just so sudden and they didn’t expect to see what they have witnessed…but for a person to accuse someone like that, there must have been a brewing frustration targeted towards that person. Instead of asking “Elsa, WHAT happened?” the king was fast to point fingers and angrily stated, “Elsa, what have YOU done?” He didn’t even ask if she was okay. And it also bothered me the way he said, “THIS is getting out of hand” with that hard and almost disgusted tone in his voice. What exactly is “THIS?” Why couldn’t he just say, “Your powers are getting out of hand!” or something remotely close to naming it rather than dismissing it at something that is blatantly offensive? 

I know that we can all agree that Elsa and Anna’s parents did what they thought was best. But it doesn’t mean that they did it the right way. How they handled the situation was emotionally detrimental to both of the girls. Although they tried to protect them both, the damage was just as equally devastating. They hid Elsa and Elsa’s powers from Anna without really acknowledging the fact that this would hurt Anna immensely, too. That this would affect her childhood and well-being because there will be so many questions and so much confusion with little to no solace or conclusion. All those years that Anna asked her parents and was given no reason surely took a blow in Anna’s self-worth and confidence with that thinking and belief that her own sister hated her. And Elsa being treated like a ticking time bomb by her own parents and being isolated from the world and from her own sister can make someone truly feel abominable and horrible. And that was Elsa’s assessment of herself in so long. 

Elsa hated herself and Anna thought Elsa hated her. 

Just look at Elsa’s face here after how her father reprimanded her. She looked so hurt…and so betrayed. As if she wanted to ask, “Really, dad? You really think I did this on purpose? You really think I would harm my sister on purpose? Is this how you really look at me?” She was just a little girl born with these powers that no one in her family has and she was trying to make the best of the situation by using them to play with her sister and have a close relationship with her. As the heir, so much pressure was being unloaded to the next ruler of Arendelle. And it didn’t help the fact that she was different. If you listened to the “Frozen” soundtrack’s outtakes, there is this song called “We Know Better” with Elsa singing to baby Anna in the first verse. The lyrics spoke of Elsa’s reluctance to be a princess because of all the things that she was expected to do. She wasn’t really allowed to make that many mistakes hence echoing her father’s words, “Elsa, what have YOU done? THIS is getting out of hand!”

You’re going to be queen. You need to get your act together. You’re supposed to be the big sister and you should know better. You have these ice powers that could possibly ruin this kingdom if people find out and here you are showing them off—-look at what YOU have done to your sister. THIS is getting out of hand.

Elsa: Hello little baby, you’re princess just like me
Bet you’re thinking maybe it’s a pretty cool thing to be
But soon you’ll see that everyone expects a lot from you
They’ll say that there are things a princess should and shouldn’t do
But you and me, we, we know better

(“We Know Better”) [Frozen OST outtake]

But yeah. No wonder Elsa, as Disney had confirmed, is a metaphor for depression and anxiety. There was no room for mistakes. No room to explain herself. Her every act was governed because..well, she was going to be queen. In a kingdom of isolation where her only friends were self-hatred, loneliness, and anxiety with that gnawing echo of her father’s voice, “Elsa, what have you done?” over and over replaying in her mind. The very same question she asked herself everyday after hearing those little hands knocking on her door and pretending they weren’t heard. The very same desperate question she asked herself after hearing Anna cry against her door begging for her to come out and asking her older sister what she did wrong so she can fix it and never do it again. The very same haunting question that she asked herself when her parents died and she could not go to the funeral nor even open the door to comfort her grieving sister.

The very same broken question she asked herself while touching Anna’s frozen face for the first time in thirteen years. 

"You have to love yourself, Emma"

I want to talk a little bit about this moment between Elsa and Emma.

As I watched this moment I remember thinking how quickly this all was, Elsa was saying two sentence and a half to her and suddenly Emma embracing who she is for what she is, loving herself for the good and the bad. Frankly I didn’t buy it, it seemed way to fast, that was until I realized something.

I realized that Emma wasn’t suddenly understanding anything, it was something that she knew all along, just like Elsa realized about herself. The fact is that for a long time Emma loves who she is too.

Elsa thought she needed Anna to control her magic, and then she realized she needed to believe in herself, to love herself. But the truth is that without Anna she wouldn’t have. Anna’s support was crucial not for letting Elsa know that people love her for who she is, but for Elsa to understand that there is a lot to love about her and eventually end up believing it and loving herself. And no doubt, Anna did a great job there.

The thing is, all this time there was someone who was doing the same thing for Emma too. Let’s recall shall we?

I know, those are a lot of gifs, which took forever to make and I probably missed a few, but the truth is that by every compliment, every vote of confidence, every sentence of support, every embracing word, Hook little by little made Emma believe in herself, loving herself. Just like Anna, he not only showed her she is loved by others, he made her love herself.

I know a lot of CS shippers were disappointed that it wasn’t Hook who helped Emma get control on her magic. Although it was well explained by the plot development, a lot of us felt Hook had to be the one to help Emma, but the fact is he sure did.

Even if he wasn’t present at the moment Emma realized she loves herself, he was the one who made her feel this way during a long lasting process (all those gifs above). So it may have been Elsa who made Emma realizing it, but it was Hook who got her there, because after all he is her biggest fan.

    

This gets rambly.  Sorry.  Hopefully it still makes some sense.

So, awhile ago I was thinking about all the symbolism with the ice palace.  In particular how she designs in a certain order (stairs, palace, chandelier) with the intention of never leaving (“And one thought crystalizes like an icy blast/I’m never going back/the past is in the past”).  Then during the fight all three are damaged in the same order, with the destruction of the chandelier being what actually results in her going back.

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You really think Elsa's parents were proud of her? I feel like they were ashamed of her powers.

I do, I really do. Because parents love blindly. And they’re proud of their children no matter what. Especially a child who tries and tries and tries and tries. Who would rather hide herself away than hurt anyone by accident. 

Because it wasn’t a matter of shame it was about safety. It wasn’t hiding Elsa’s powers because they were embarrassed by them, but because Anna might be in danger. Because Elsa might be in danger. From herself and from others who might find out. That’s what they all gleaned from the trolls.

They thought they were doing the right thing. They thought they were helping her. They thought it would get better. They didn’t mean for her to have to hide away forever. It was supposed to get better, Elsa would figure it out and everything would go back to normal. No more hiding. No more separation. No more closed gates.

But it only got worse, spiraling out of control, when Elsa turned “Conceal it, don’t feel it” turned into “Conceal, don’t feel.” From it being part of her life to all of her life. 

They only ever wanted what was best for her, for her to be happy. It killed them to see her so alone and withdrawn. But they never gave up on her. Look at how loving and patient her father is with her, even at the end. “You’ll be fine, Elsa.” He believes in her. He always did.

Let's talk about Kai and how "for the first time in forever," he finally got what he wanted. A review: Kai, Elsa and Anna's unnoticed father-figure.



I know you guys remember this scene where Anna was literally carried and forced to stand close…a little way too close next to Elsa and how your heart broke because it was just so awkward and Anna backed off because she did not want to offend Elsa with the closeness of their proximity since all Elsa really did was push her away. I’ve seen a lot of analysis on this one and how the well-meaning man probably didn’t know the impact of his actions and did what he did to lighten to the situation.

Well, that well-meaning man is Kai. And he knew what he was doing. The character of Kai was originally in the “Snow Queen” as one of the protagonists. And although his role in this rendition is only minor, it speaks volumes to me. 

I don’t think it was only the King and Queen who knew of Elsa’s powers. I don’t think the staff was oblivious to the sudden detachment of Elsa from the world especially her sister since some of these staff servants probably cleaned up that huge snow mess on that ballroom after Anna’s fallout…and the many more snow playgrounds Elsa built as a kid all around the castle. I think some of them knew of Elsa’s powers and had remained quiet in fear of what the King would do (execution, banishment, imprisonment for treason…I mean, they were serving the KING. And if the king wants this secret buried within the castle, it will be buried within the castle.) And I believe Kai knew. I believe the King and Queen trusted Kai with this secret.

I also believe Kai was there to witness little Anna knocking on Elsa’s door and walking away heartbroken when Elsa remained silent. I believe Kai felt guilty, too, all those years, because he knew why Elsa was shut out and he could not tell Anna since he was ordered not to (and he believed it was safer for the younger girl as well). When Elsa and Anna’s parents died, I can only imagine Kai picking up a sleeping Anna in the middle of the night, slumped against Elsa’s door waiting for her to open up, and bringing her back to her room. Kai knew. Kai saw. He probably even offered to play with Anna when she was younger. Anna was probably asking him questions about Elsa and he would tell her that Elsa loves her anyway and not to worry because the time will come when Elsa will finally show up again. 

Guys, this was the last scene of the King and Queen before they died. Kai was the one who sent them off. Kai was the only one from Arendelle who spoke to them last. Can you see how Anna and Elsa’s dad is talking to him? I can imagine him saying, “I trust you with Elsa and Anna. Take care of them while we’re away. Make sure Elsa is in her room at all times and Anna is away from her. It’s too risky. We’ll only  be gone for two weeks. I’ll see you soon, Kai.“ And I’m also pretty sure Kai was the one who told Elsa and Anna the news that they won’t be back. Not in another two weeks. Not ever. 

For the first time in forever,Elsa and Anna will be in the same place. Elsa will finally open her door. Kai took this chance because he knew the girls needed this. He needed this. He raised those little girls and saw how much suffering they had to endure at such a young age. He knew how much Anna missed Elsa and he knew Elsa is yearning for her sister as well. Doing his rounds at night, he would lean his ear against Elsa’s door and hear the muffled cries of the young heir. He knew and it broke him. He knew he was disobeying the king when he let Anna stand close to Elsa. What if she gets hurt again? What if Elsa shuts her out…what if she doesn’t? He took that chance. He owed it to these girls. 

He was beckoning Anna to come closer. No, Anna. Right here. You belong right here. Next to your sister. Next to your best friend. God, how long has it been since I’ve seen you two together? a decade?…Anna, you belong right here. How long has it been since I’ve truly seen you and Elsa laugh and smile again? 

Anna’s face here kills me. How downcast and uncertain she is. How doubtful and unsure. But I don’t want to piss Elsa off. Please, Kai. She doesn’t even like me. I belong down there. I’m just the spare. This is her coronation. I’m just…here. 

Notice how Kai touches Anna. For someone who is pretty much a servant, to touch a royal is a no-no. But did Anna gave him a disgusted look? A superior glance? No. She didn’t. Why? This was the man who carried her when she stumbled off her bike while falling down the stairs. The man who would call her for dinner and pick her up from the art gallery after her long chat with her friend Joan. This was the man who held her close when she needed a shoulder to cry on when her parents died…and all those years she cried when Elsa won’t come out and play. The same man who kept encouraging Anna not to give up on her sister. This is the man who comes close to being her father. Kai loved Anna. And Anna loved him back. Anna didn’t question him and she never did. 

Look at how he backs away carefully away from Anna. Look at how Kai suddenly frowns. Fear. Worry. Longing? Fear that this will backfire. Worry that Elsa will back off and reject Anna in front of all those people. Longing…longing for them to finally talk to each other. To laugh and to enjoy themselves together….for the first time in forever. He missed the laughter of these two that used to give life to the palace. He knew how much they were both hurting. And with this small gesture, he wished to remedy that. Maybe, just maybe…he will be able to see them build a snowman again. Together. Maybe, for the first time in forever, these girls won’t be alone anymore.

"For The First Time In Forever” wasn’t just Anna and Elsa’s song. It was everyone’s song. They weren’t the only one who suffered the silence and the loneliness in that kingdom. Anna wasn’t the only one rooting for her sister’s arrival back into the palace. Anna wasn’t the only one wishing and hoping for Elsa to open up her door. Anna and Elsa were not the only ones heartbroken by their separation. Kai was there, too. So was Gerda. So were the other staff members. 

I’m glad Elsa and Anna got back together. They both got what they’ve wanted in so long. Kai did, too. He sure did. 

That moment when you realize that of courseElsa is snarky and sassy in canon. That style of communication is based off detachment, whether faked or otherwise. It requires any actual emotions to be concealed behind a veneer of emotionless commentary/humor. Elsa couldn’t afford any other style of communication. She couldn’t be like Anna even if she wanted to. It would be too risky.

Sometimes I think about how much of a natural born leader Anna is.

Like the way she effortlessly took control after Elsa ran away at the Coronation Ball. “Bring me my horse! Please,” she demands firmly but evenly, “I leave Prince Hans in charge.” Without even knowing it, she’s confident and slides into her role.

She’s brave and courageous and most importantly in a crisis, she keeps an even head. When the wolves attack she just instinctively reacts to the situation, thinks on her feet, and saves them.

When it matters the most, Anna just knows what to do, its instinctual.

It’s only when she has time to think that she gets nervous and second-guesses herself and I just love her to pieces. She can be every bit as regal and poised as Elsa if need be, but she’s also got the raw temperament and instinct for how to deal with people and the environment around her in times of emergency.

A study of Queen Elsa's Room: [[I STAND CORRECTED. IT'S NOT HER ROOM IT'S THE LIBRARY. BUT. READ THE CORRECTION ANYWAY. :)]]

I couldn’t help but notice this little guitar/banjo thing Elsa has laying around in her room the second time I’ve seen the movie. It makes me wonder how musically inclined she is. We all could assume that she could be a bibliophile (I mean come on, did you guys notice how many books she has in her room and the hours she must have spent studying Arendelle’s history and everything that she needs to know to run her kingdom?…and to kill time since she’s basically in her room 95% of the time?), probably a chess master, and just incredibly smart. But that little instrument. It’s just so fascinating. AND THAT SHIP ON THAT TABLE NEXT TO IT, when she sees is, does she cry because she remembers how her mom and dad died? Why does she have it there in the first place? To keep their memory alive or to keep blaming herself and beating herself up for not being able to do anything about their deaths?

I wonder if she composed songs. Songs about loneliness. Songs of apologies to Anna. Songs for her mom and dad. I wonder if she had a notebook laying around in her room with some of the music she’s written. Or if she allowed a music tutor to teach her how to play. And if she did write songs, I wonder if she would eventually let Anna hear them now that they’ve reconciled. What was life like inside Elsa’s room? There’s that chess board, a plethora of books, and that little guitar. How many times has she frozen those strings in frustration if she didn’t get a chord right just to allow it to thaw back again because there was really nothing else to do but to keep trying? Did she ever try to strum softly for Anna when Anna is slumped against her door, fallen asleep, waiting for her to open it? 

13 years of isolation. Surely, the Queen had ways to entertain herself. Books. Music. Chess. Things that she could’ve been sharing and learning with her sister. Looking out her window, trying to do the things people from outside the gates can do. Sing. Play. Touch. Embrace. But instead, she indulges herself in her books and probably wished and imagined herself as the characters in it and living their lives of freedom and adventure in her head. She probably pictured herself and Anna as those characters so she can feel that they’re together going on adventures and mischief. She created a world of her own. So she can feel normal. Human. Not alone. Not a monster. 

jackfrostismydrug, thank you for the correction. I did go over some clips and also read that excerpt you posted from the screenplay. Minor details…that were not so minor. Hah. THIS is Elsa’s room. You can clearly see the bed frame on the right side and the noticeably lighter shade of purple as her wallpaper. 



I circled the bell in WHITE. If you noticed, this was where Anna was singing “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” hence the grandfather clock and her legs flying up. So no, this wouldn’t be Elsa’s room because Anna wouldn’t be in Elsa’s room at all. That same bell was present during Elsa’s pre-coronation scene as well. And the little guitar thing I pointed out before…is trumped by a bunch of violins. Circled in RED, you can see a bunch of them hanging on the wall. Which makes me want to think that the girls were taking violin lessons. Making them BOTH musically inclined. 


So there! Sorry for the confusion, guys! Regardless, I stand by my imagination that is where Elsa liked to hang out and read books in the wee hours of the night or because this is where she has her lessons (not the same time as Anna has hers, of course.)