frozen meta

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. 

Okay… it’s 2016. Can we stop pretending Frozen is the epitome of feminism and mental illness representation in Disney?

It’s not even a good blanket “mental illness” rep; it’s representing depression, maybe anxiety. It certainly isn’t helpful or representative of personality disorders or the schizo spectrum. And it had a super ugly message – if you’re just LOVED ENOUGH, if you just TRY hard enough, your illness will be managed and under control! – that many of us, including me, don’t relate to.

It’s not the first or only Disney film to depict mental illness or grief. (Hello, Eeyore.) Big Hero 6 and Inside Out also covered grief, depression and PTSD. But Big Hero 6, despite its diverse cast, was pushed aside so that Frozen could get merchandise out. Frozen still has lots of merchandise out while Big Hero 6 does not, despite fan desires. Is it “ableist” to point out that blatant racism?

It’s not “ableist shit” to want the princesses of color to be recognized because when Frozen came out, everyone screamed “feminist!!” at it, despite having no people of color and whitewashing Kristoff, who is based off the Sami people of Norway. A white lady with a metaphorical, not even literal, mental illness is not and will not be more progressive than women of color and their struggles (like Tiana or Esmeralda) and characters with actual mental or physical disabilities (Hiro.)

Like, Christ, it’s been three years we can stop pretending you can’t critique Frozen or else you’re an ableist piece of shit. (And for those who feel they need to know so they can cry ableist at me, I’m bipolar and psychotic spec.)

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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Elsa Headcanon: She has Asperger’s Syndrome

(Tagging counterpunches, searlait, let-it-geaux, and makingtodayaperfectday because they’re the biggest Elsa fans on my dash and I think they’ll like some meta.)

(Also, I used the movie, Frozen Fever, A Sister More Like Me, and the Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic books as reference points.)

As anyone who’s read my fic Trials and Miracles knows, I personally think that Elsa has Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a mental condition that affects the way someone thinks, better known as the milder form of autism. 

Why do I think that Elsa has it? To answer that question, I’ll be listing some common symptoms of Asperger’s and showing how Elsa’s personality lines up to each one.

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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. 

oh my god okay I was reading an article about how Frozen is false-feminism cause I was like I need to read this and then CRUSH IT because I will defend Frozen til the death

and in the article the person that wrote it is talking about how Anna’s “I want” song, For the First Time in Forever, is just about her wanting to find a man and find true love, and reveals nothing about her wanting to be closer to Elsa and I’m just

lol you must have missed the point of the entire movie also I JUST REALIZED

For the First Time in Forever ISN’T Anna’s “I want” song

ANNA’S “I WANT” SONG IS DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN? THE TITLE OF THE SONG LITERALLY HAS “WANT” IN IT, ALL ANNA’S AMBITIONS TO GROW CLOSER TO HER SISTER ARE SPELLED OUT FOR YOU IN THAT SONG, LITERALLY ANNA’S ENTIRE LIFE AND ALL HER GOALS HAVE REVOLVED AROUND WANTING TO SPEND TIME WITH HER SISTER CAUSE THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE WHOLE DAMN MOVIE

ANNA NEVER WANTED LOVE OR FREEDOM OR TO BE NOTICED BY OTHER PEOPLE OR FIND TRUE LOVE HALF AS MUCH AS SHE WANTED TO BE NOTICED BY AND LOVED BY ELSA

just as Love is An Open Door is Hans’ villain song disguised as a love song, For the First Time in Forever is just Anna being excited about seeing new people, Anna’s ambitions to get closer to and love her sister disguised as Anna wanting to be closer to people in general

Anna is so big and bubbly and loving she just wants to love and she projects that love onto the very first person she literally runs into when she leaves the castle and bumps into Hans’ horse

had it been a beautiful young princess on that horse, Anna would have either instantly become her new best friend, or have been just as giggly and awkward and questioning her sexuality; had it been an old man, Anna would have apologized and befriended him immediately and invited him into the castle; Hans just happens to be the first outlet for Anna’s love that she finds and she’s spent so many years not being able to love Elsa properly that she just wants to love someone 

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? is Anna’s real “I want” song; For the First Time in Forever is just how she chose to reflect those ambitions in the real world, long after she had given up befriending and becoming close to her sister because Elsa wouldn’t let her love her so she just wanted someone to love

I love you.

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Oh Anna, if only there was someone out there who loved you.

[X]

Crazy theory time.

For me, Hans wasn’t very convincing as the villain of the story. From the moment they met, he and Anna seemed to make a genuine connection. When Hans hit her with his horse, he didn’t know yet who she was. She could’ve been any simple farmer’s daughter, and yet he as a prince (someone of significant importance), wasn’t at all arrogant and even concerned about the person he just hit. There was an immediate interest in each other from both sides.

I agree the proposal thing was sudden, though it didn’t strike me as that strange, since this is a fairytale and they are young and impulsive. And you can’t tell me you didn’t ‘awww’ at that point. I’m not denying that the possibility of getting the throne played a part in him asking Anna to marry him, but that doesn’t take away that the connection was still there. Throughout the film, Hans seems to really care about Anna’s safety and the people of her kingdom. He even cares for Elsa, urging her not to become the monster the people fear she is, and locking her in the dungeon instead of killing her right away.

Then the moment of their true love’s kiss arrives, and he completely snaps in the other direction. I don’t buy it that all of the things he did before were merely part of his act. I don’t think he’s that good of an actor. Besides, even when Anna or Elsa aren’t around, he is still good to the people of Arendelle, so I don’t believe he’s an inherently evil person.

Now for my theory. What if Hans did kiss Anna? What if it didn’t thaw her heart, since the act of true love had to come from Anna herself (as we saw when she sacrificed herself for her sister) opposed to from someone who loved her? What if she fainted and Hans thought her to be dead and went to tell the others? And what if Olaf wasn’t the first to find her in that room?

From the things discussed in this post we can conclude that the trolls are rather creepy. Now we know that the trolls have the power to mess with memories, and that they’re very eager to set Kristoff up with someone (their first choice being Anna, since that’s probably the only girl he’s ever brought home). So what if one of the trolls followed them to the castle? They could have easily snuck into the room while she was passed out and changed her memory of that moment.

Meanwhile Hans, just having lost his fiancée, sentences Elsa to death for treason. In a situation like that, that’s not an unusual decision to make. And then the rest of the story plays out.
I know it’s a bit farfetched, and I do love Anna and Kristoff as a couple. I also love the jokes being made about how much of a jerk Hans is, but I really wish they would have done something more with Hans as a character instead of making his whole motivation “I want the throne, so everyone must die”. So, you know. My two cents.

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
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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As a quick aside...

And I doubt many people care, but I’m a little disturbed by the idea that the things in Frozen were “parallels to mental illness/anxiety.”

They weren’t parallels, IMO. They were. I thought it was pretty clear throughout the entire film that Elsa struggles with anxiety and even after the film ends, she’s not going to just get over it. Yes, her anxiety might lessen because the biggest thing that she’s afraid of is easier to control (her gift for magic), but she’s never going to be 100% anxiety-free, and she’s never going to be an extrovert because that’s just not who she is.

This post is targeted specifically at Elsa; I don’t know if people are drawing metaphorical hints toward other illnesses from other characters or not.

I just. The anxiety thing isn’t a metaphor and it isn’t a parallel. It’s real. That’s a part of the film. Everything Elsa says and does tells you she has some serious problems with anxiety. And it’s no wonder, considering everything that happened to her.

(Elsa’s really grown on me since I first saw the movie. Every time I re-watch I swear I see new things about her that just really strike me.)

I guess people could say her gift for magic = anxiety, but in reality the movie shows us that the gift for magic is a partial cause of her anxiety. (Maybe even the vast majority cause of it.) While this (magical power causing issues) isn’t true for people who actually suffer from anxiety in reali life (most of my family, actually), to say it's only a parallel kind of negates the impact that the anxiety has on Elsa.

I think in order for her to be as bad as she is in the film, she almost has to be an anxious person by nature. Others may disagree with that and think that without her gift for magic, that she wouldn’t have the anxiety at all, but I think it makes sense that it would be a natural inclination for her to be a more anxious person.

(She struck Anna with her magic, but not everyone who did that to a sibling, even one they loved, would react the way Elsa did. Granted, part of it was the fact that her parents kept the sisters apart afterward, which probably reinforced all of Elsa’s ideas that it was her fault and that she’s dangerous, but real life isn’t so black and white. And yes, I know Frozen is a film and not real life, but if we’re going to claim “parallels” to real life mental illnesses and conditions, we might as well be speaking on the same level.)

It just bothers me to see “anxiety” listed as a parallel or metaphor when it’s…really…not. I mean, you can consider it a metaphor outside of the context of the movie (handling anxiety, feeling fear, how difficult it is to try and control it, how having a support system helps), but claiming that it’s only a metaphor is saying Elsa doesn’t actually have issues with anxiety, and there’s nothing in the film that will ever make me think that she doesn’t suffer from anxiety. She is a terrified young woman: afraid of herself and hurting other people and a thousand other things.

(I’ll just leave my Elsa feels at the door. Cough.)

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. 

I have to wonder if part of the reason Elsa lost control at the party was because they were in the ballroom.  Because for the entire evening she looks around the room and thinks “that’s the spot where I almost killed my sister”.  People talk to her, congratulating her, and while she smiles and thanks them in the back of her mind she’s noticing how he’s standing right where a snow pile was, and she’s in the spot where they built Olaf, and that couple is dancing where Anna fell.  And there’s music playing, but she just hears “Catch me!” over and over again.  She looks up at the tapestries on the walls, and sees them covered over with frost.  The big double-doors are sealed with ice, and she hears her father on the other side, throwing his weight against them.

Even without the crowd, simply being in that room would have put Elsa on edge.  If the party were being held anywhere else then maybe, maybe she would have been able to stay in control.  Anna’s questions still would have hurt, and she might have still yelled at her to just stop it already, but perhaps the magic would have stayed, even without the glove.  But in that room?  The room where Anna nearly died?  The room where Elsa’s whole world came crashing down?  She didn’t stand a chance.

But can we talk about how, while Elsa was locked away and told not to ever show her feelings, the inverse kind of happened to Anna? She wasn’t locked away in her room, and no one told her what to do, but she was always alone and never had any reason to hide her emotions. She could rant on and on about whatever she wanted for hours because no one was listening, and I find that incredibly sad. On the one hand, it’s good to not bottle everything up, but on the other hand, oversharing is something that happens too, and it’s clearly affected her by the time we see her in the movie. She says everything she thinks, (Remember her awkward faux meet-cute with Hans?)

She just doesn’t get the social rules of conversation and I find that so interesting and so sad

I need to share the most emotional, exhausting conversation with clickingshut about FMA and Frozen, specifically Elsa as Al.

(its not entirely crucial to know about FMA to follow the discussion because its all the same characters being their stupid, awful selves. but if you don’t care and want a quick summary to understand the context, its at the top under the cut. mild spoilers ahead for FullMetal Alchemist)

heads up: this is really awful. (in the best, most heartwarmingbreaking way possible, but still.)

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Speaking of Fixer-upper as someone was:

This is just rambling brought on by something bri-ecrit just happened to have as a throwaway line in one of her fics, but…

There’s one line in ‘Fixer-Upper’ I never quite saw as being germane which was: “is it the way that he runs scared?” about which I was never sure but guessed it was just there because it rhymes with 'socially impaired’ which is slightly more justified. I was like: 'does he? I guess he ran from the giant snowlem but wasn’t that just common sense?’

Then it hit me: who doesn’t run from Marshmallow, merely responds with surprise and then changes in? Hans does…
…and then it hit me, Hans doesn’t seem to really get scared by anything (you can understand why I’ve been noticing this recently.) The other place this was drawn to my attention recently is his 'smooth’ behaviour courting Anna (the adjective everyone seems to have for it). True, as is often pointed out on the internet, trying to romance a girl is not a dangerous situation, but it’s normal for a guy to get at least slightly nervous. But Hans? It wasn’t nerves well-hidden, they were actually not there- even in genuinely awkward situations. (Reminded me of listening to some friends’ husbands and fiancés talking about the irrational terror of proposing marriage in the real world. Yes, I do have several, I’m at that age.)

It’s not just that his feelings are fake: Hans actually has a marked lack of anxiety generally. Now, you know what I’m going to say, but isn’t fearless bravery one of the marks of the classic 'handsome prince’ archetype? (Presumably why the troll in question worries that Anna finds 'running scared’ a turn-off.) It just happens that actual fearlessness is a cognitive abnormality and one of the diagnostic features of Antisocial Personality Disorder, colloquially known as sociopathy. (Makes you wonder about a lot of fairytale heroes really, doesn’t it?)

I know holding up the contrast between Anna’s two love interests isn’t the point of that song, but it is another way in which the two of them are total foils to each other.

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.

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. 

Thinking about the scene where Elsa strikes Anna has lead me to think about the scene after, where Elsa’s pacing back and forth trying to turn off her powers by making her self not feel anything, and I just–my heart.  My heart.  That scene is like a punch to the gut.  She’s trying so hard to fix everything, but it can’t work.  It can’t.  There’s no way she’s going to be able to have perfect control over her emotions (nevermind how incredibly unhealthy that would be if she managed it, she’s not going to be able to do it to begin with, as the events of the movie prove).  So she’s trying to do an impossible task, and then she feels guilty when she inevitably fails.  And to her it probably seems like it should be easy.  

And hell, prior to Anna showing up she had control.  She was figuring it out.  And then suddenly, when she needs that control, it’s gone.  She must have felt like such a complete failure at that point.

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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.

anonymous asked:

Can we talk about the expressiveness of the eyebrows in "Frozen"? I was extremely impressed with how they looked and reacted like a real person's would. Elsa's just about slayed me every time. Especially because they were almost always contorted upward in anxiety, fear, resignation, despair... You didn't even need the audio, just looking at the eyebrows told you everything about what they were feeling.

The character acting in Frozen is just all kinds of ridiculous. Every character bleeds emotion off the screen, its really unbelievable. Every actor, every character is wonderful, that’s without question, but hands down, Elsa’s character comes alive through her animation. Anna is alive through Kristen but Elsa’s emotes purely visually and its an absolute testament to the team that her body language (and everyone’s, everyone’s) comes alive purely through the magic of animation. 

Elsa’s magic is nonverbal. It’s in her eyebrows, her shoulders, her hands. I’m a wreck thinking about it plz stop