Frozen (Disney) – 2013 – PG
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds, Chris Williams
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Summary & Lessons:
There are two royal princesses of Arendelle. Elsa, the oldest, was born with magical powers that allow her to create snow and ice. Anna, her younger sister, has not been blessed with such powers. As children, Anna loves to entice her sister into using her powers to transform the castle into a wintry playground. During one play session, Elsa shoots a snow blast for Anna to jump into, and accidentally strikes the younger child in the head, rendering her unconscious. There parents rush her to the mystical trolls in the forest, who are able to remove the ice from her head, but were only able to do so by erasing all memories of Elsa’s magical powers. The girls, who were previously very close, are now raised separately in an effort to allow Elsa the opportunity to learn to control her powers without anyone else getting hurt. She knows that her powers are controlled by her emotions, so she does her best not to feel anything. She ends up growing up in the isolation and sorrow of her lonely room. Anna, on the other hand, grows up with a bit more freedom, but the castle is still locked to any outsiders, and she desperately longs for the company of her sister.
Once Elsa becomes of age to take over the kingdom as queen, the sisters finally meet again during the coronation, feeling almost like strangers. Elsa is nervous to be in public, and is quite reserved. Having to be in the presence of the entire kingdom terrifies her, for she has never succeeded in mastering control of her powers. The open castle doors create an entirely different feeling for Anna, who is starved for company of other people. She meets a very handsome prince, and instantly falls in love. When she approaches her sister to bless their decision to marry, the two quarrel, and Elsa becomes very upset. She loses control of her powers, shocking everyone around her. The kingdom now looks at her in fear, and the Queen runs to the mountains, leaving a wintry July in her wake. Now that Anna finally knows the truth behind their separation, she pursues her sister. The goal is to bring her back, restore summer to Arendelle, and renew the relationship she once shared with her sister. However, the not-so-valiant goals of others make her task much more difficult than she had anticipated.
Fear can be a very powerful emotion. It can affect a person deep down in their heart, becoming their enemy. It doesn’t even need to be a fear of something physical. Many people are afraid of what makes them different from their peers, and acting out of fear is often the cause of bad life choices, such as isolation. Separating ourselves from the ones who love us the most can intensify fear rather than ease it, since it limits their ability to help. Thankfully, love is also a powerful emotion, even if it can sometimes be difficult to recognize true love over someone who is simply acting out the part for their own gain. Love is when your own needs seem trivial in comparison to theirs. Being the receiver of such genuine affection can “thaw” the cold fear in a heart, and bring out all of the best qualities a person has to offer.
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(Quotes Courtesy of IMDb: Frozen – IMDb)
Pabbie/Grandpa: You are lucky it wasn’t the heart. The heart can be tough to change. But…the head can be persuaded
Pabbie/Grandpa: Elsa your power will grow. There’s a beauty in it and also a danger. Fear will be your enemy
Elsa: I don’t care what they’re going to say. Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway.
Olaf: Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours, like you know how Kristoff brought you back here to Hans and left you forever.
Elsa: Love thaws!