To the dismay of my IRL bff Nicky, I have indeed watched Frozen in the cinemas.
Actually, watching the movie had been quite an adventure on a standalone layman basis. The soundtracks were fun, there were pretty graphics, and echoes of many (I mean, MANY) literature sources (I haven’t followed the production process all the way, but from what I heard, Disney’s stopped calling it an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. It’s definitely not the worst offender in terms of adapting stories (The Lion King** cough)). But, with most stories in the comedy and fantasy genre*, there are often difficult or uneasy questions that remain unanswered. After doing a post-mortem analysis of the movie, it does raise a lot of questions, and we’re about to discover them.
1. Where are Kristoff’s parents?
In the intro of the film, we see a young Kristoff and Sven trying to harvest ice, and immediately I thought he belonged to the other mountain men who were working there, and one of them had to be his father. But instead, his family is a whole pack of trolls, which is cute and all, but what really happened to his parents?
If this story was elaborated a bit more, he could connect with Anna better. Since Anna and Elsa’s parents died in a tempest, he could also bring up how his parents died in a snow storm or something among those lines. Misery loves company, but instead we have this left unanswered and tons of speculation (cue woobie Kristoff fanfiction, oh yey)
2. How in the world did Elsa get ice powers?
Disney failed in part to create a suspension of disbelief on this aspect. All we know is that she was born with it. But why? How? Is there something in their ancestry that caused this anomaly? JUST EXPLAIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!!
3. Anna and Elsa’s rather unnatural sisterly relationship
It was understandable that they have to see a tribe of magical trolls to cure Anna’s frozen head, but to make her forget that her sister has ice powers and isolate them? It’s a little uneasy on the parent’s part. Not only has it made Elsa a nervous wreck in front of people, it also poses a difficult question on sibling relationships.
If one was to say that Anna really loved Elsa as a sister, the way they isolate themselves after that incident was unnatural. If Anna was close to Elsa, she would eventually find out of her powers, right? It’s the same if you had a sibling whom you suspect was suffering from a mental disorder or is a closeted case, and being a good sibling you would try to be supportive of them. But the time period between Anna finding out about Elsa’s powers seemed too long.
The other end of the spectrum is that Anna and Elsa were isolated from each other altogether, which would make Anna’s love for her sister a bit unnatural, and to really push the envelope, incestuous. Some medieval English*** characters indeed had incestuous relationships after living apart from each other for so long ie: Emare and her dad - the dad wants to marry his own daughter (screwed up, I know). So, by living a part for a long time, it could induce a form of romantic love in Anna - observe her behaviour around her sister: she compliments her, acts awkward, only Elsa has a bigger conversation barrier than Hans and Kristoff. Do take into account that bisexual double dating is a possibility too - it has happened IRL.
All of this leads to an uneasy slope to justify the Anna-Elsa relationship. God forbid there’s actual fanfic on them being a romantic relationship.
4. What’s next for Hans?
All we know is that he gets a big uppercut to his face after Anna’s heart was thawed. But the problem is, he doesn’t die, or face any other consequences. Sure, Weaseltown has an official notice to cease trading altogether, but there’s no mention of what happens to the relationship between Arrendale and the Southern Isles. Unlike Gothel who actually dies at the end of Tangled, he is still alive and free to do all the evil shits and giggles to satisfy his megalomania.
Hans may be the unconventional villain, being the I’m a good-looking villain disguised as Prince Charming, but he can’t be compared to the complexity of Silver in Treasure Planet, and it makes Silver more deserving of being alive than Hans. Silver has human complexities and does develop a genuine relationship with the protagonist, and the Jim setting him free from the gallows is because he is indebted to him and his life lessons throughout the journey. Hans, on the other hand, is just a pretentious asshole. Anna should’ve really done more than punching him in the face. Would you really think this one-time violence would cause introspection on his part? Nope. He might actually think of getting back at them, maybe even declare war. It’s an unsatisfying villain ending from Disney. What are you planning to do with him, Disney?
5. Where the hell do the trolls live?
Maybe I’m being nitpicky, but the scene where Kristoff finds the trolls again doesn’t snow. I mean, there isn’t any snow at all in the ground.
It could be a cold area, but Disney could’ve made more effort to show that the place is cold enough for Olaf and green moss to exist simultaneously****!
Look at the contrast in colour in this one! Is it spring already?
With that, I now open the discussion to fellow tumblr users.
Bonus question: Could anyone pick up any Nordic literature references from this movie at all? Other than an appreciation of mother nature, which is a common theme with Nordic lit and the Romantic era in the 18th century.
*I do NOT accept this film as an epic genre, I’ve studied Beowulf and The Faerie Queene to know what makes an epic. Wikipedia is a liar!
**Disney’s press kit states that it was inspired from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, however, it has more semblance to Kimba The White Lion. Then again, most of Shakespeare’s stuff isn’t original, there was a Hamlet before his Hamlet.
***The cultural context in Frozen seems more English/American than Nordic. There’s definitely more pop culture references in this movie ie: the awkward puppy love stages, than there is Nordic references.
****As far as I know, snow isn’t as slushy or marshmallow-y once it hits a certain temperature, and it will melt beyond 0 degrees Celcius. But I live in a tropical climate with very minimal exposure to snow. Someone out there has to clarify this.