Even by the standards of Disney, Frozen is one emotionally uplifting film too. 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.
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!
The fact that the first thing she did with her powers was build him is heartwarming in itself.
"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; she 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 kept the same smile, and didn't show a hint of annoyance towards little Anna.
"Do the magic!"
Also kid!Kristoff and Sven, who are adorable in their tiny emulation of the older ice-cutters. 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.
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 is the first time in ages. 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*
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.
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".
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. In his short life, he saved someone that he loves, helped a couple get together, met his Creator and earned her approval, and got to see the summer. Talk about being able to Go Out with a Smile.
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.
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.
The ending, where Elsa turns the outside of the castle into a skating rink, she and Anna now having mended their relationship while their subjects cheerfully embrace being ruled with a sovereign with spectacularly useful powers.
Elsa teaching Anna to skate by holding her hands at the end is very heartwarming when you think about all the times Elsa stopped herself from touching people in fear of hurting them
The final scene is a wonderful Call Back to the opening. During the scene where they were kids, Anna was ice skating with the then inert-Olaf, while Elsa pushed them around with her ice powers. In the finale, Elsa was guiding Anna around on her skates, while Olaf pushed her from behind while giving her advice. It's a nice reminder that all is right in Arendelle once again. Not to mention that the ice-enhanced design of Arendelle Castle also means that Elsa now has her Ice Palace...just founded on home, love and family.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There's a song that was cut from the movie 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 desired the crown, or felt 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.
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.
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.
Anna. Just...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.
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. This troper thinks that together they pretty much even steal the show even from one of the scariest villains Disney has ever come up with!
The nationwide Let It Go sing-along on Good Morning America. Though some were off key, 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.
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:
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!)
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.