There has been a lot of debate circulating Tumblr lately about Disney’s upcoming film Frozen. A lot of this debate was sparked by the fact that the character design of the film’s heroine, Anna, is strikingly similar (read: identical) to that of Rapunzel in Tangled. Implications of lazy animation…
I disagree with your points, and your views. It is obvious you haven’t seen the movie because the movie is so much more than that. For one, it is nothing like the other disney princess movies. Disney has broken one if it’s oldest rituals. ‘the true love’s kiss’ plot device. When the troll tells Anna the only way to save herself from the ice in her heart is an act of true love, the whole male population runs around like idiots shouting “true love’s kiss! true love’s kiss!!” In the end it is not true love’s kiss that saves anna, in fact her true love is not a true love at all, and it is shown that people can fall in love with, not only the wrong people, but more than one person, contrary to Disney’s usual route of one true love. In the end, Anna, literally turning to ice, makes the decision to save her sister and not herself. She stops Hans [yes the prince dude] from killing Elsa [the snow queen] and turns to ice in the act, having used the last of her energy. With Anna turned to ice Elsa embraces Anna’s frozen form sobbing. [very much like Gerda embraces Kai in the Snow Queen Palace.] Soon Anna turns back to human form, whether from the act of true love, or Elsa’s tears on her heart, we will never know, but I’d like to think the crying was a tribute to the original Snow Queen. Now, I’m not saying I wouldn’t have loved to see a true Snow Queen adaption, but in my mind, Anna was Gerda, and Elsa was both the Snow Queen and Kai.
From the original story we see that Kai was struck with the ice, and was mean to Gerda, and ignored her, prompting Gerda to feel abandoned. They were foster siblings as Anderson even refers to Kai as Gerda’s ‘foster brother’. Gerda, although Kai has been awful to her, still risks everything and tries to find him, and although they omitted the help of many female characters, Anna is the strong leader the whole time. Frozen is very similar to this, and yet very different. Elsa, who has almost killed her sister before, shuts herself out both at her parent’s insistence, and also to protect Anna from Elsa’s powers. Like Kai, she ignores Anna, and Anna learns to give up on Elsa every playing with her again, but does not loose her love for Elsa, as shown by running off through a storm to bring her home. In the end, with only Anna’s power of love [remember how the second woman told the reindeer the only way Gerda could help Kai was through herself?] Elsa stops the winter, and the two return home as best friends. I think of Olaf the snowman to be a more innocent form of the crow, protecting and loving Anna [Gerda] to the death, and Sven the reindeer and Kristoff to be like the reindeer who helped Gerda in the Snow Queen.
It is not the Snow Queen, but it also not Disney’s rip off, it, in the end has the same message, the power within you is stronger than anything else, and if you find it, and use it for good, nothing is better. It is a toned down, cute-i-fied and wonderfully animated very Disney [and yet very not] version of the Snow Queen and does not deserve the harsh review that you gave it. I encourage you to see it, only to prove yourself wrong, and maybe have a little fun in the wonderful beauty that is a wonderfully done Disney Movie.