Let the storm rage on!!!
is one powerful movie; here are some moments that show just why.
The Disney film
- The movie is packed with Visual Effects of Awesome. Tangled did a lot with hair and textures for dresses. But this is snow, guys. They animated snow. And it is awesome.
- The scene where Elsa raises her ice palace is a technical marvel in computer animation. It took fifty effects artists and lighting artists working together to create the sequence. It was so complex that it took 30 hours to render each frame, with 4,000 computers rendering one frame at a time. According to the ABC documentary, it took nine months to complete that single shot.
- Anna taking down a wolf with a lute. When more wolves grab Kristoff, she lights a sleeping bag on fire and throws it at them.
- Kristoff taking down a wolf by repeatedly kicking him. With one foot! It's a really cool demonstration that he is genuinely a strong, rugged mountain-man.
- Shortly after, Sven's leap across a gorge.
- Kristoff putting Anna on Sven's back and cutting the harness when he sees the ravine, making sure that even if he doesn't make it, his best friend and the young woman in his care will. That's a crowning moment, an Establishing Character Moment, and a Heroic Sacrifice all in one, folks.
- There's something awesome about Kristoff's physical build. Compare him to other Disney heroes. They're mostly slim, about 5'7" or 5'8", just tall enough to embrace a princess and kiss them without overshadowing them. Hans is a perfect example of this. Kristoff is at least six feet tall, broad shouldered, rugged and muscular, with big feet and hands. When driving the sled with Anna, he takes up over half of his side. Upon his first adult appearance, he is given slightly ominous music as he has to bend down to enter Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna, and he's almost a full head taller than Anna is. They want you to know, "This guy works outdoors. He'd better look like it too." He can lift Anna right off her feet without blinking, and he performs quite a lot of physical exertion in the movie. For once, a guy who is strong also looks it.
- Anna rescuing Kristoff from falling over the cliff by throwing him the pickaxe and rope.
- Hans and his men fighting against Marshmallow. Hans wins his fight by cutting Marshmallow's leg off with one slice! Possibly more awesome is Marshmallow's attempt to grab Hans and drag him into the chasm.
- Elsa's awesome fight scene against the Duke of Weselton's lackeys, nearly killing them with her impressive ice powers. Despite the relentless attacks, Elsa doesn't let up either. It shows that anger and man's basic survival instinct gives Elsa even better control of her powers than fear.
- And then Hans pleading with Elsa to not become the monster everyone thinks she is by taking their lives. Granted, it's in his own interests but it at least helped Elsa to not take a life.
- Elsa running from the guards before fighting them becomes this when you realize that she's running in heels made of ice, up stairs made of ice, while skipping steps!
- The two guards themselves put up one hell of a fight. They take Elsa on at the same time, they make several attempts to get behind her and flank her, they never keep their eyes off her, they stagger their slow-loading crossbows bolt shots so at least one of them can cover the other (like modern army soldiers do with automatic weaponry), and they just don't give up (which would be easy to do going up against, what amounts to, a demigod). One of them actually lines up a fatal shot after being pinned to the wall and almost being impaled.
- The Reveal: Hans is the Big Bad, a carefully researched Sociopath who managed to fake being nice so well that... well, it's awesome that Disney doesn't drop an orgy of foreshadowing and spoilers and clues, okay? You only see it in hindsight, and even then you need a degree in psychology or something. It comes right out and punches you right in the gut.
- While we're on the subject of Hans, he's notable for not having an Evil Plan — just a goal, a lot of chutzpah, and a lot of adaptability, to the point of Xanatos Speed Chess.
- When Anna sees Hans about to kill Elsa, she intercepts his sword just as her body turns into ice. When the sword hits her now frozen hand, it's the sword that shatters. This ends up being the "act of true love" that breaks the curse.
- Go back and watch the sequence again. Just as Hans' sword is about to strike Anna, it grows frost on it, just as it was about to shatter. Any metalworker knows there must be a proper balance of heat and cold when forging a sword, otherwise the metal grows too brittle to effectively use. Anna was so cold, she fucked with the molecular structure of metal.
- Kristoff marching his way to go throttle Hans for what he almost did to Anna. Luckily (however you look at it), Anna stops him. What makes this moment awesome is that it shows that you NEVER want to mess with the people Kristoff loves.
- Sven and Kristoff galloping across the frozen fjord in a huge ice storm to save Anna, as the frozen ships begin to collapse around them.
- Near the end, Sven looked like he'll just drown, and Kristoff is already worrying for his buddy's survival... Sven climbed right back up to the surface. For a reindeer, Sven's really tough!
- Olaf saving Anna from freezing to death alone.
- It may be a small one, but the way that Anna and Elsa's parents rode on their horses to save Anna's life. They didn't stop riding. Their horses were going fast. Just seeing these two parents riding on their horses to save one of their two daughters is just awesome.
- The opening scene with the ice harvesters. Seeing them do their professional work, while singing, is just awesome. That had to have been the manliest Disney song since "I'll Make A Man Out You".
- The Great Thaw. Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Awesome combine into Tears of Joy for Elsa. And quite a lot of the audience.
- Elsa's refusal to bless the marriage of Anna and Hans could be a huge Wham Line to die-hard Disney fans, but ultimately she was right.
"You can't marry a man you just met."
- Massive points for Disney for straying away from their Obviously Evil villain path and making Hans a completely different but extremely well-done type of Disney Villain: A sociopathic Jerkass Woobie who is clever and calculating while being able to hide his evilness from the characters and even the viewer!
- It may be Villainous Awesome, but Hans' performance as a grief-stricken widower for the council of the ambassadors is a tour de force. When he passes the death sentence on Elsa, you can just make out tears in his eyes. He's an appalling man, but Santino Fontana Really Can Act.
- Just as good is when Anna has one final word with Hans
Hans: Anna? But she froze your heart.
Anna: The only frozen heart around here is yours. [POW!]
- Elsa's aide/servant/whatever-his-official-title-is telling off the Duke of Weselton when he starts making trouble again at the end:
Aide: Arendelle will no longer be doing business with *very deliberately* Weasletown!
- This movie had the biggest box office opening of any Disney movie, even beating out the previous record holder, Toy Story 3. And its box office rose between its third and sixth weeks, which is unusual for any film. It's the highest-grossing animated film ever, the first Disney animated film (not counting Pixar or Marvel) ever to gross more than a billion dollars worldwide, and the fifth highest-grossing film (not adjusted for inflation) of all time. To put it into perspective, this movie was still at #9 at the US box office the weekend before the DVD came out. And then during awards season, the film swept all the major Awards for Best Animated Feature (from the Oscar and Golden Globe to the Kids' Choice Award), not to mention a clean getaway at the Annie Awards!
- After the Golden Globe win, on January 13th, word was announced that probably a large number of fans had been expecting and hoping for: Frozen is heading to Broadway! Granted, there's no set date yet, but Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence." Regardless of how long it takes, it's good to hear that the team is hoping to put as much effort into the musical adaption as was done for the film itself. Even better is that the songwriters and directors of the film are helping out.
- Jennifer Lee is the first female director of a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, and the first writer at any major animation studio to become a director. And that movie surpassed a billion dollars worldwide, won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
- Anna and Elsa are insanely popular at Disneyland/World. 10 minutes after Disneyland opened, there was a 4 1/2 hour wait to see them! When they were at the Norway pavilion in Epcot at Disney World, the wait reached as high as 6 hours. Other characters' wait times have been reduced to as little as 15 minutes.
- Demand has been so great the Disney Store often has little or literately no Frozen merchandise available. As of May 2014, a weekly lottery has been set up for the most popular costumes and plush. Disney later announced that they wouldn't make the mistakes they made with The Little Mermaid's merchandising a quarter-century ago.
- Surprising that the announcement came after the Broadway announcement, but while we wait for the latter, Frozen on Ice is making the rounds as of summer 2014.
- The ice show itself retells the movie, you can sing-along, there's awesome skating and orchestral score and effects. And then there's the finale: as if Idina Menzel singing Let It Go with the lyrics for the credits version wasn't cool enough, the song is arranged as a dance-party-style remix AND an Audience Participation Call-and-Response Song!
- Disney Hollywood Studios. Summer-long Frozen party all day every day from July 5th to September 1st, 2014. And it's indeed awesome, with multiple sightings of Anna, Elsa, and for the first time Kristoff, sing-alongs, Elsa using her powers, a snow play area and ice skating rink, a store where you can buy Frozen merch at non-jacked up prices, and a paper Olaf that if you tweet pictures of yourself with him around the park during the day, you might be included in the slideshow before the fireworks. The celebration was since extended to September 28th - which coincidentally was the same day the fourth season of Once Upon a Time premiered... which is themed around Frozen!
- The Last Sleepless City's cover of "Let It Go". The guitar and singer's voice are both truly incredible.
- More Let It Go-related awesomenessó a CD set was released called "Let It Go: The Complete Set". which is a set of 50 international recordings of Let It Go - that's over 3 hours of listening to the same song translated into multiple languages! (Unfortunately, calling it The Complete Set can be considered inaccurate in terms of the one released in America because the Menzel and Lovato versions are conspicuously absent. And yet the versions released on the Japanese iTunes and on CD in the UK do have Idina's version, bringing the track total to 51, though seeing as Demi Lovato's version isn't on either release it's still technically not a "Complete Set". Why that was done is anyone's guess.)
- And then, on May 19th 2014, an album of 4 remixes of Let It Go hit iTunes! One wonders if that song holds the record for "Most Variations of a Song on iTunes"!!
- As if Frozen wasn't popular ENOUGH, it was honored with a special edition PlayStation 4..... but only in Japan.
- The songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were honored with a written piece by Trey and Matt for Time's 2014 100 Influential People article, talking about how the film soundtrack's popularity was well-earned and that the skill they used was what they themselves attempted with the songs on The Book of Mormon, Team America, and South Park.
- Male covers of "Let It Go" are nothing new, but this one comes with an awesome animation!
- Notable is that the animated King looks and sounds quite awesomely villainous. It's like an insight into what "Let It Go" was initially going to be.
- The Word of God explanation for Elsa being born with ice powers is absolute genius.
- The sing-along edition of Frozen was finally released as an official DVD in November 2014, just in time for the holidays!
- "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic", a documentary that aired on ABC on September 2nd, 2014 (and a few more times during the subsequent holiday season). It has interviews from the cast and crew, some What Could Have Been trivia, and even a lot of the original storyboards for the original Villain Song-version of "Let It Go" (we even get to hear Kristen Andersen-Lopez singing the first couple lines)!. The documentary also has its Funny and Heartwarming moments as well.
- Semi-accurate talking plushies of characters are common things. The Frozen ones at Hot Topic follow this trend. So why is it on this page? Because of the Elsa one. With the (possible) exception of, "Thank you" and "Give me my glove!", all of the things Elsa says are lines from when she was meant to be a villain!. Even cooler? That's Idina Menzel herself saying those lines!
- Did you think that "Let It Go" couldn't get any cooler? Well, take a listen to "Let It Go" with the backing track stripped out so that you have JUST the movie's sound effects and Idina Menzel's voice. You can even hear Elsa's heels clinking on the floor of her ice palace as she walks out to the balcony! And just the sound of the ice palace being created and raised with only the sound effects and Menzel's voice...is definitely something else. Although, it has a tadge of Tear Jerker as this REALLY emphasises that much more just how isolated Elsa really was on the North Mountain in her ice palace.
- Someone in the comments section for that cover version said they worked with the people who animated Frozen and he noted that the Tear Jerker status is true: "in all Disney movies the characters don't hear the music we hear when they sing, so this is actually what Elsa experienced during this scene and it's freaking awesome!"
- That particular user has actually stripped the percussion out of several of the other songs as well, creating voice-only versions of "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?", "For the First Time In Forever" (original version and "Reprise"), and "Love Is An Open Door".
- And here's a version of "Let It Go" from the same user with just the sound effects. Ever wanted to do a Let It Go cover and have it seem like your voice is the one actually in the movie? Now you can!
- Wonder what Idina Menzel has been doing lately? Wonder no more! In October 2014 she released a Christmas album, so you can hear Elsa singing Christmas Songs! This made for an amusing moment involving the tracklist: One of the songs on Holiday Wishes that doesn't have to do with Christmas or winter is "When You Wish Upon a Star" - as in, Disney's all time Bootstrapped Signature Song. While several people experienced cries of "Coincidence? We think NOT!" in response to Menzel performing that song, it is considered a Christmas song in the Nordic countries and Japan, and the "star" in this context may refer to the one that led the Magi to Bethlehemnote . A number of artists such as Celtic Thunder and Mary J. Blige have also recorded that song for Christmas albums.
- Someone managed to make "Let It Go" into a male-female duet, so that Idina Menzel sings it as a counterpart to a male singer. Its execution is brilliant.
- For the 2014 edition of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, the Castle Dream Lights lighting ceremony had Anna and Elsa taking the stage and Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace! While the castle's been turned into a wintery ice palace during the holidays for years now, it was always done by the Fairy Godmother. It seems that our beloved Snow Queen will be taking the reins from now on.
- Someone digitally pitched Idina's voice down to make a "male" cover of "Let It Go." And by "pitched down," they did a HUGE amount of work to make it sound like a realistic tenor. Combined with the genderbent Elsa fanart, endless jokes of "Germany/Denmark/Norway/(P)Russia?! IS THAT YOU?!" ensued.
- Even though "Let It Go" didn't get nominated for Best Single for the American Music Awards, Kohl's still managed to get the song played during the commercial breaks, with 10 fan covers, with the store promoting themselves as a Frozen Merch HQ for the holiday season.
- Just when we thought Frozen has spread just about everywhere in the world, NASA thought that they could go beyond that and send it to space!
- Several months after the movie's initial release, The Living Tombstone made a remix of Let It Go. AND IT. IS. GLORIOUS.
- How about some love for "For the First Time in Forever" with a gorgeous piano cover and a viola serving as the vocals? The key change is simply divine, and it makes the song much more intense than the original!
- This deleted scene shows a glimpse of a more villainous Elsa. And it is AWESOME.
- In Winter 2014, Arendelle, the North Mountain (including Elsa's ice castle and the trolls' home), and Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna became the first new locales added to Disneyland's Storybook Land since Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders almost 20 years earlier.