Why Do We Love ‘Frozen' So Much? Caitlin Fitzgibbons

Let’s talk about Frozen. The recent Disney release, which is still in theaters, has received rave reviews since its opening in November of last year and has made more than $980 million in box offices worldwide. While animated movies are usually geared towards kids, even adults can’t stop talking about it.  As someone who actually hasn’t seen it yet, I wondered what all the hype was about. So I set out on a mission to see why people love Frozen so much.

My curiosity first began this Christmas season when I asked my little cousin about one of her favorite toys from Santa, a plush talking snowman. I felt so out of the loop not knowing that this wasn’t just any snowman, but Olaf, the comedic hero of Frozen. Duh. Those kinds of moments make me feel old. I find the only way to combat the panic-inducing feeling is to embrace the unknown and do what the kids are doing… you know, as long as it’s not something completely reckless, like bath salts.

There has been nothing but praise for Frozen since its release. It received an Oscar nominations in the Best Original Song category for ‘Let It Go’ and was nominated for Best Animated Feature. First off, that song is SO. GOOD. It was really my starting point into understanding the Frozen hype and from my “research” (aka listening to it more times than I’d like to admit on Spotify), it’s definitely a gateway to #obsession. Based on my personal experience, you start with listening to the Demi Lovato and Idina Menzel versions. You intend to listen to each once, but soon enough, you don’t care how many of your Facebook friends are going to see the number of listens posted to your news feed and then it gets worse. You remember YouTube, as if you could really forget, and all of a sudden you’re traveling down a wormhole of covers by a children’s choir, by sistersthis guy and this lady in her house. Then you start listening to a cover in Spanish because ‘Libre Soy’ still sounds just good as ‘Let it Go’. And even though you should probably stop, you round it off with one more and it pays off because you find the best version of the song yet.

Or something along those lines.

Sorry if that felt like a departure from the point of this post, but sometimes you have to figure out if you like the music from a movie first, and I think I successfully figured out that people do. Including me, but I still didn’t go see it. Mostly because a movie that, from light reading, seemed to be entirely about an eternal kingdom of ice wasn’t completely appealing to someone like me, who’s from Chicago and has experienced the Polar Vortex a total of three times now.  I felt like I was already living the plot of Frozen without the added Disney whimsy and with more wondering how long it would take for me to feel my face after being outside for 10 minutes. So I put it off.

It’s now been months since Frozen opened and people are STILL talking about it. I heard of a woman who took her kids to see it 15 times. 15 TIMES!!! That was really hard for me to relate to, mostly just financially speaking, but I figured I’d read some reviews to try and further figure out why people are so into the movie.

Here are some of the highlights :

“If you thought there was only so much to be done with ice and snow as visual fields, think again, along the lines of prismatic crystals, epic storms and fantastical structures built on water’s gift for freezing itself into see-through art.” -Joe Morgenstern, WSJ

Very serious description of a Disney movie!

“The action is set in a chilling landscape but Frozen warms the heart.” -John Millar, Daily Record

Simple yet compelling.

“A true fairy tale that I would say could very well be The Little Mermaid or The Beauty and The Beast of this generation. ” CarrieJa, IMDB

Seems too good to be true?

You know, regardless of whether I had seen this movie or not, the world continued to see it and I think it’s clear that Disney finally got it right. They’ve got a great plot, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, and have incorporated fabulous music to accompany a visually stunning film. I couldn’t continue to ignore it. So, I timed it perfectly. Just as I was finishing writing this post AND starting to get a horrible cold, Disney goes ahead and gives me a gift: the Disney Movies Anywhere app. So I watched Frozen. What did I think? I really can’t even explain, but I loved it SNOW very much.

If you still haven’t seen it, I would love for you to share your thoughts and feelings… If not, watch it before the Oscars® this Sunday!

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  1. I think I just really identified with Elsa’s struggle of letting fear control your life. I think she is a very smart, independent character, which I don’t think we’ve seen enough of in Disney movies. Sure, Mulan and Merida were brilliant independent women who didn’t need a man to save them, but I could just identify with Elsa the best. I had my “Let It Go” moment about 4 years ago and my life significantly changed after that.

    On a more superficial note, I think Frozen is the most aesthetically pleasing movie, to me, personally. The visuals are just phenomenal and I always find myself glue to the screen. Plus, each of the characters are so funny in their own individual ways, although Olaf totally stole the show. Not to mention the music; why did Disney take this long to make Idina Menzel a princess? Or rightfully so, a Queen?

    Last, but not least, I’m obsessed with Elsa; she’s GORGEOUS. She’s beautiful as a young girl, then grows up to be a gorgeous young woman, and then when she comes into her own as The Snow Queen, hot damn, she’s flawless! Plus, she’s the only Disney character to give me seriously unrealistic expectations about hair.

  2. It also doesn’t hurt that the theme fits in perfectly with this generation’s struggle of accepting yourself and others for who they are. Accepting the things that set you (or others) apart and embracing that. And how acting out of love versus out of fear, anger or greed (looking at you Hans!) is much more beneficial for everyone involved and can even thaw the most frozen of hearts :-)

    I could spend hours gushing on the theme and the symbolism of the ice (and how it grows more dangerous, the more fearful she gets etc etc). But I shall refrain, haha!

    Couple that with the kick-ass visuals, the fact that the act of true love for once wasn’t focused on romantic love (and yet it was still part of it), the quirky, oh so loveable characters (who keep the story light and funny), the beautiful songs and you get this wonderful movie.

    I just really love this movie, a lot. Everything about it really.

    • Jenny! You are so right. I didn’t even touch on those themes because I had just seen the movie as a finished the post. However, I LOVED the message of acceptance and the refreshing take on the “Disney Princess.” Certainly, a bit more focus on the modern girl/woman.

  3. I’ve seen it five times and I’m OBSESSED. I’m dressing as Elsa for Halloween. Such a great movie!

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