Frozen is one emotionally uplifting film. Its moments of beauty and joy soar with a powerful grace rare even for Disney. You could say the entire movie's theme is heartwarming, and so much of that heartwarming would need full spoilers... there are only a few parts that don't.
The film reveals that Elsa and Anna built Olaf as kids... when he was a regular, non-talkative snowman of course... before Elsa's powers became harmful. So when Elsa flees the kingdom out of humiliation and regret, she fashions her own castle of ice, and subconsciously rebuilds Olaf, now sentient. So... Olaf is the embodiment of the sisters' lost bond they used to share!
Olaf being built at all. For years Elsa had been listening to Anna begging her to build a snowman but never could because she was hiding her powers. The moment she's free, the first thing she does is build a snowman. Really gives you insight to how much she wanted to say 'yes' to Anna for all that time.
"I'm Olaf, and I like warm hugs!" D'aaaaaww.
Little Anna's first reply to that: "I love you Olaf!"
Olaf gets a fantastic one when he gives Anna a much needed pep talk about love after she gets crushed by Hans' betrayal, the whole scene is nothing but this...you can just see the life come back to Anna's eyes when she realizes her feelings for Kristoff are mutual.
Elsa's reaction when she's reunited with Olaf for the first time; whereas Anna's reaction was to kick Olaf's head off because he hadn't said his name, Elsa just looks at her hands and begins to smile at the realization that her powers were able to make something good.
Anna and Elsa playing together as kids is adorable! Building a snowman and then iceskating with it...Is that snow on the ground or sugar?
How little Anna tried (and succeeded) in getting Elsa to play with her. That little Elsa keeps the same smile, and didn't show a hint of annoyance towards little Anna.
"Do the magic!"
Also young Kristoff and Sven, who are adorable in their tiny emulation of the older ice harvesters. Then they're adopted by trolls who find them so cute they just have to keep them.
"For The First Time in Forever" - Just Anna's joy over finally getting to see other people since the death of her parents.
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.
A lot of what Kristoff does throughout the movie can be seen as this after he takes on Anna's request. Sure, he initially trudges on because his personal livelihood is at stake, but in time he puts that behind him and helps because it's the right thing to do. Culminating in the finale where he brings Anna back to Hans and reassures her that he'll be fine. He doesn't impose his feelings on her knowing she's engaged and simply lets her go, only returning when he notices she might be in danger. The man embodies selflessness; even if it takes Sven to occasionally prompt it out of him (which he does, twice). This makes the comparison between him and Hans all that much more jarring.
In the song "In Summer," Olaf fantasizes about having a picnic with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, even though he's literally just met them, and they kicked his head off. Shows what a loving, sweet guy he is.
Olaf: The sky will be blue... and you guys will be there too...
When Kristoff is taking Anna to the trolls, he asks if she's cold, and she responds "A little..." Then he lifts his arms to wrap them around her to keep her warm but awkwardly shuffles around before deciding not to.
Everything about the trolls in that scene. They clearly love Kristoff so much and are just so excited that he finally "brought a girl home"! When Kristoff tries to explain that Anna is engaged to someone else, they instantly try to assure him in return that they don't see a ring on her finger and so it can't be serious enough for Kristoff not to try and go for it himself. They really just want him to be happy.
"Let It Go". The song is for everyone that has ever felt the need to be forced not to be themselves, and then they hear this song that is basically saying, "Be yourself. Don't care about what others think. Be you."
Elsa: I don't care what they're going to say!
Let the storm rage on...
The cold never bothered me anyway.
Just seeing Elsa act similar to a kid in a candy shop, she is just so giddy and excited over making her ice palace. Seeing her able to fully express herself is beautiful. Look at her face when she creates that ice bridge - it's an expression that you thought you'd only see on her sister.
Watch how she moves while building the castle, she's practically dancing.
While there are some sad lines thrown in with the triumph ("You'll never see me cry," "That perfect girl is gone," etc.), it's easy to ignore because... Elsa looks so happy for the first time since the opening scene.
And even those lines could be interpreted as happy ones. She's finally happy and doesn't feel the need to cry and she no longer has to hide who she is (in other words, she no longer has to be a "perfect, good girl" for anyone).
The line "I am one with the wind and sky" makes one wonder what it was like for Elsa inside the castle, with what amounts to elemental magic. When was the last time she was even allowed around ice or snow?
You know how people will say about particularly great movie scenes, "[Insert Scene] made the movie"? Let It Go literally did.note Elsa was originally going to be the villain, but when Idina Menzel sang Let It Go with that vulnerable yet powerful tone, the entire movie was rewritten. When the Honest Trailer for Frozen called it "the feature-length music video for Let It Go," they were actually 100% right.
Hans and Anna's first meeting might count, especially the instantly fond little smile he gives after Anna's left (and he's fallen back in the water.) Too bad he was faking it.
Doubles as a tearjerker, but look at the way Elsa smiles at Anna during "For The First Time In Forever (Reprise)." She loves her sister so much; all she wants is for her to be happy, even if it means Elsa can't be part of that happiness.
The fact that even though Anna was so desperate to escape her life of loneliness and isolation that she agreed to marry someone she didn't even know, she still wanted to continue living at the castle with her husband. She wanted to leave that life behind, but never Elsa.
Doubles as Tearjerker that Anna's pupils actually dilate when Elsa caresses her supposedly frozen solid face, Elsa's tears of love are already starting to thaw her from the inside.
When winter is lifted and summer returns to Arendelle.
The animation on its own is beautiful and heartwarming in that warmth returns to a harsh, frozen land, bringing back life and peace. And it's all because Elsa realized how to control her emotion-driven powers withThe Power of Love which can thaw a frozen heart or a frozen country.
The King's protective nature to his family. It's a brief moment, but when the trolls reveal themselves, you can see the King pull in his wife and Elsa (the Queen is carrying Anna), just in case the trolls were not friendly.
The sisters reunited again after Elsa's powers are outed. Elsa looks so touched to see her sister still loves her, and Anna is so happy to see she's okay.
During the coronation notice that it's Elsa who takes the initiative in starting a conversation by complimenting her beloved sister. Not the talkative and high-energy Anna who up to that point had shown nothing but a desire to connect with practically anyone, no, it was the reserved and poised Elsa who had done everything in her power to keep her sister away who reaches out first when given the chance outside of closed doors. Then much more poignantly, it gets mirrored in the finale when she, again, initiates what's probably the first embrace they've had in years. Its a nice nod to the kind of person she really truly is underneath the icy mask she was forced to wear for so long.
Look close and you'll see, as Anna waves nervously to the crowd. One of the partygoers waves back to her.
Anna. So she's this little girl who absolutely loves her sister. Then for some reason she isn't aware of, her parents isolate their family from the world and separate the siblings for 10 years, with her sister turning cold and distant. To make matters worse, she becomes an orphan. When Anna discovers that Elsa has ice magic that everyone is absolutely terrified of and runs away, she goes after her. When Anna learns that her sister almost killed her as a child, her parents had her memory wiped, and her sister almost kills her again, she still just wants to bring her remaining family home and fix the whole eternal winter thing. That yes, Elsa is responsible for it, but she doesn't blame her and wants to fix it together. It's made clear throughout the entire movie that absolutely nothing will make her lose faith in Elsa. The best part? It's 100% rewarded.
On that note: Elsa. That she clearly adored Anna just as much as Anna adored her, showing no irritation at being woken up and dragged out to play. Then when she realized she could harm her sister, and she loved Anna enough to completely shut herself off from the world and sacrificed any love and comfort she might have found in their relationship, or any joy from using her powers just to keep her safe. Imagine how unbelievably, crushingly lonely Elsa would have been locked in that room, yet she kept her isolation for years. She broke up own heart time after time refusing to build a snowman, all to protect her little sister. It's a brilliant mirroring of how Anna sacrificed herself for Elsa in the climax: Elsa had been sacrificing her life for Anna's everyday.
Just how good, kind and noble both sisters ultimately prove to be despite their flaws, really.
Anna, Elsa and Kristoff are pretty much three of the kindest, noblest and most caring protagonists any Disney film has ever come up with. They pretty much even steal the show even from one of the scariest villains Disney has ever come up with!
Elsa declaring "Yes I'm alone but I'm alone and free!" with a huge, happy smile on her face in "For the First Time in Forever Reprise". It immediately goes downhill afterward, but you can tell that, for...well, the first time in forever, she's actually happy with her powers.
In hindsight, the ice harvesters singing the opening song "Frozen Heart" can be interpreted as already knowing, together with Anna, what Elsa would eventually find out about herself (along with the rest of Arendelle) at the end of the movie a good ten years later:
This is a very minor one compared to all of the above, but when the trolls cure Anna by erasing her memories of the magic, they make a point to "leave the fun". They're good people right from the get go.
The scene where Anna's heart thaws and is brought back from her Disney Death is a literal heart-warming moment note Watch carefully and you'll see when the ice begins to melt, it starts in the shape of a heart right on Anna's heart.
Even The Stinger has a whiff of heartwarming to it. Marshmallow tries on the tiara Elsa abandoned and reigns over the ice palace alone. Now Marshmallow can live whatever life he wishes (just like his creator), getting the freedom he deserves, and even gets to be king of an ice palace! And he's so happy about it that his Spikes of Villainy disappear!
During Fixer-Upper, the Trolls pounce on Anna and give her a very quick 'woodland princess' dressup. And it's quiet, but when Kristoff looks at her, he says "Woah..." He's a mountaineer; he doesn't bother with flashy dresses and gems. The Trolls have shown him something he's a little more used to, and now he can see how beautiful she is. That's so cute...
Double heartwarming when you consider that in every legend told about trolls, they're always the bad guys or just straight out monsters. The fact that Disney, of all people, made them not just good guys but adorable is not only heartwarming for the trolls themselves, but shows just how far Disney has come from their typical stereotypes.
At the party after Elsa's coronation, Anna and Elsa talk for what must be the first time in forever. Despite all the isolation of the past few years, they still have a strong friendship and bond. This little bit caps it:
*Both sisters in perfect synchronized timing make a sniffing motion*
Elsa: What is that amazing smell? [They sniff the air]
Olaf offering to distract Kristoff when they briefly think he's crazy before the trolls reveal themselves is quite touching.
Kristoff taking Anna all the way back to Arendelle to find Hans. It builds to him later realizing that he's fallen in love with her.
When he's carrying her back to the castle and she's starting to freeze, she asks him if he'll be okay and he gives her the sweetest, most loving smile and he tells her not to worry about him. Consider this is a guy who's spent most of the film being anti-social or sarcastic.
Anna even moreso here. Considering that she's dying herself. Both sisters have kindness and nobility to spare.
Kristoff gives Anna his hat because she's turning to ice. It's an adorable gesture, especially because she makes the effort to smile at him.
Made all the cuter simply by how he's carrying her: he's cradling her.
When Olaf rescues Anna after she's left to die by Hans, he tries to keep her warm by lighting a fire. It's here that he discovers that heat will melt and kill him. Despite this, he chooses to stay and help Anna. This line sums the scene up:
When Kristoff is rushing to find Anna in the blizzard, Sven falls into the river. Kristoff waits for him to re-emerge, and when he does, Sven brays at him as if to say "Go get her!" to which Kristoff responds, "Good boy."
Sven, being symbolic of The Conscience for Kristoff does this when he not-so-subtly urges Kristoff to go back to Anna. It speaks volumes of the relationship between the two that he actively refuses to let Kristoff keep up his denial.
The tone in which each character says their line is also quite touching. Elsa's question is spoken with the joy of seeing that her sister has survived, but also a measure of surprise that Anna would go that far for her after how long she spent isolated. Anna's response has the tone "Of course I would; we're sisters".
When Anna is returned to life, the first thing that she's aware of is Elsa's arms around her, when she's wished for her sister's affection for so long.
Near the end, when Olaf begins to melt in the heat, Elsa keeps him alive by giving him a personal flurry above his head. He's later seen enjoying the summer like he always wanted.
Right before Elsa recreates Olaf, she calls him "little guy".
It's just too adorable the way Olaf giggles when Elsa gives him his personal snow cloud.
The look on his face really sells it. He saved someone that he loves, helped a couple get together, met his Creator and earned her approval, and got to see the summer. Fortunately, that snow cloud Elsa made for him kept him frozen indefinitely, so he could actually enjoy the summer.
At the end, Olaf sneezes after smelling a flower, and his nose is propelled into Sven's mouth (carrots are his Trademark Favorite Food, and Sven trying to get the carrot has been a Running Gag throughout the film), and he appears to swallow it. Olaf is dejected for a moment before Sven spits the carrot back out onto Olaf's face and the adorable little Snowlem hugs him!
The scene where Anna shows Kristoff his new sled:
Anna: Do you like it?
Kristoff: Like it? I love it! (he picks her up and twirls her) I could kiss you! I could. I mean, I'd like to. I - may I? We me? I mean, may we? Wait, what?
Anna: (kisses him on the cheek) We may. (Kristoff looks so happy when Anna says that, and goes in for the Big Damn Kiss.)]]
It's also a Call Back to Anna's first meeting with Hans. It's indicative of her growth as a person because now she's the confident one and Kristoff is tripping over his words.
Anna telling Kristoff (after presenting him his new sled and when he tries to humbly return it), that he can't. Why? Because it was the Queen's orders, as in Elsa wanted Kristoff to keep it. Then, Anna goes on to reveal that Elsa has made Kristoff the official "Ice Master and Deliverer". Why does Elsa do such things for him, considering the nature of her abilities renders his job redundant? It's not stated, but it's safe to assume that it's because Elsa is eternally grateful to Kristoff for keeping Anna safe. It could additionally be a sign of Elsa's approval of Anna and Kristoff's status as the Official Couple. To have a job that would keep him coming to Arendelle will also keep him close to Anna. As well, Elsa is an excellent judge of character and knows who is good for her sister.note Plus someone still needs to deliver and handle the logistics of delivering all the snow and ice she makes, or getting ice, since she's the queen and not an ice production unit for daily use. In fact, ice might become their number one export now.
In the end after Anna decks Hans something fierce. The two sisters share a long awaited hug, and for a moment you can see Kristoff smiling as if to say "you two have earned this moment, don't let me stop you." Anna's smile back just drives it all home; after everything the two sisters had to face, they certainly deserved it.
When you think about it, Hans' fate not getting a grisly death was actually kind of heartwarming too. Elsa is probably really mad in his attempts to kill her and all, but if you remember, back when she isolated herself and had to fight the Duke's men, Hans stopped the Duke's men and pleads on Elsa not to become the monster the people thought her to be, which in itself is kind of heartwarming that for as much as a power-grubbing bastard he is, Hans is also capable of genuine humane moments. Elsa took the words at heart, she could have easily given Hans an even more grisly fate for what he did (or would do) to her and her sister especially since she's now in control of her ice powers, but since he was at least responsible for one moment of calming down and an important word that she is not a monster, she just gave him the punishment of 'get sent back home'.
When a redditor on r/Frozen was admitted to hospital for a weekend, the subreddit immediately began making pictures, gifs and videos and sang songs in her name. Not, strictly speaking, related to the film itself but something that shows the sort of atmosphere it is capable of producing.
The nationwide Let It Go sing-along on Good Morning America. Though some were off key, and the song in Times Square is sung at two semitones higher than normal, it really says something as to how much impact Let It Go has had with a bunch of people all across the nation singing together. With Idina Menzel leading it! Arguably one of the cutest moments is the group of kids at Disney World with Anna and Elsa.
Sing-along showings of the film. There's just something magical and heartwarming about a bunch of Frozenites singing happily to the songs they know and love. Footage from the El Capitan theater is a great example of this. There's even a TV spot showcasing it! Just goes to show how much power these songs have, especially Let It Go.
There's the cut song "We Know Better," sung by the sisters as children that shows their close relationship. It includes them playing a clapping game that they probably made up themselves: "1-2-3 together, clap together, snap together, you and me together, knees together, freeze together, up or down together, princess crown together, always be together, you and me!" It's every bit as cute as it sounds.
In that song, Elsa sings "When I'm queen" and Anna follows it up with "And I'm your right hand", and later mentions how she'll travel and "tell them of my sister and the magic things she can do". This is a great contrast to Hans in that Anna never desires the crown, or feels overshadowed by her sister. She just loves her, and looks up to her. Also a subtle Tear Jerker in that it's What Could Have Been if Elsa hadn't accidentally injured Anna.
The last line of the song, "As long as we're together, you and me" is also both Fridge Brilliance and a Tear Jerker, when you consider that both sisters are *only* able to triumph and be at their best when they are together.
Elsa's voice actress, Idina Menzel, is releasing a Christmas album. While that can be ironically Heartwarming in itself, with the snow queen herself singing wintertime songs, there is one song on the album that Idina sings that is not related strictly to Christmas or the holidays. That song? "When You Wish Upon a Star", better known as the Bootstrapped Theme for Disney itself. Heartwarming, Awesome, and a happy Tear Jerker all in one.
A fan-produced example, the Frozen VHS Trailer, which plays some of the most emotional scenes of the movie against Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is." The "VHS" part of the title refers to the use of fuzzy videotape quality and some idents from the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection to add a feel of nostalgia of growing up during The Renaissance Age of Animation. (Warning: The editor also invoked Trailers Always Spoil in order to evoke advertising from that era!)