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Frozen is the Snow Queen's Origin StoryThat both stories have the Snow Queen in them really IS all that connects the original tale to this movie. This movie will show her rise to power and eventually become the Snow Queen of the original. Gerda and Kay haven't been altered or replaced; their story happens later.
Guesses based on this image:
Frozen will be a commercial failure that will convince Disney to go back to traditional animation
Alternatively, Elsa's curse is Disney's way of sneaking in the mirror shard from the original story
Anna has ice powers too.
This movie will be more like the original story than thought
Elsa is being manipulated into cursing her sister and kingdomIn the trailers, after Elsa runs away to the mountain, the person who is probably manipulating her says:
The movie will receive similar reviews to that of Pixar's BraveBased on the various and dubious previews, it will be the first in Disney's line of fairytale movies to not be considered a masterpiece, but will be to the franchise the same thing Brave was to Pixar a.k.a mild disappointment/average. (Though I sincerely hope I'm wrong.)
Olaf is Elsa's only friend after the country gets frozen.
At the start of the movie, the Disney castle........will look like an ice castle.
Elsa's ice isn't waterIt doesn't thaw and the only way for her to remove it is to send it way, not to mention that it often has weird colours. Maybe she uses frozen oxygen or nitrogen, or maybe it is hell ice.
Elsa was born on the winter solstice.It probably doesn't explain her powers, but it couldn't hurt.
Elsa is actually a Time LordWhat? It just HAD to be said. There's a reason I put it in Jossed!
Sven will be a Cute Mute.A lot of animal sidekicks in Disney films have been following this trend. From the description of being "mangy" with only one antler, he'll probably fall under Ugly Cute, but will be oddly endearing. (Pardon the pun.) It goes without saying that Sven plushies will be all the rage in Christmas 2013
Hans being evil wasn't in the original scriptFirst he was supposed to like Anna, but it would not be true love, he would kiss her but it would have no effect. Then the scene became Hans revealing he was more interested in the throne then in Anna, but still liked her.
Elsa & her Powers
Elsa saw right through Hans from the beginning.Elsa knew all along that Hans was a Jerkass who just wanted to marry into Arendellian royalty so that he could eventually rule Arendelle, and she also knew that Anna would never believe that (especially coming from someone who had been so cold to her for most of her life). And after she told Hans that she didn't know how to end the endless winter, she knew that he was going to try to kill her, and that's why she escaped from the dungeon.
Elsa is going to marry an ice miner.The ice miners, as shown in the beginning of the film, have a greater respect for Elsa's powers than most of the rest of the people of Arendelle. Kristoff in particular was fascinated by her ice palace, but he's already taken by Anna. Nevertheless, he isn't the only ice miner in Arendelle...
Elsa's situation, if her sister hadn't intervened, would have led to her becoming a wicked witch for real.She's already convinced she can't undo what she's done to Arendelle, she gets a lot of innocent pleasure out of creating her palace/making over her wardrobe and feeling like she can let her powers flow freely, but she's already begun creating sentient life, both by accident (Olaf) and on purpose (Marshmallow). She's already under the impression at least (though it doesn't seem to be the case) that the townspeople are horrified by her powers (rather than just surprised/astounded). If not for her sister, she wouldn't have gone back, and after so long having to keep her feelings tightly bottled up and under cover, it's easy to imagine those negative emotions bubbling up in isolation and souring her entirely.
Magic hairIt's also interesting to note that both Rapunzel and Elsa have different hair colors than their respective parents. Both have parents with brown hair, but Rapunzel (whose magic relates to the sun) has golden hair, while Elsa (whose magic relates to ice and snow) has almost white hair. Also, her sister Anna has red hair which slowly changes to white once she's hit by Elsa's magic. Assuming that Tangled and Frozen both take place in the same universe (which is not too far out, considering Rapunzel's cameo in the latter), it's quite possible that one of the "symptoms" of (elemental) magic in this world is indeed hair color. Also, Grand Pabby asks the king whether Elsa was born with the powers or cursed, which means that magic in this world can 'just happen' like with Elsa or originate from an outside source like with Rapunzel (who was technically born with her powers and not cursed, but still got them from an outside source)
Turns out, Elsa is a goddess.She can freeze over an entire nation and create sentinent snow creatures. She's at least as powerful as any one of the Greek deities.
Elsa is gay.
Elsa is, at least to begin with, sexually repressed.She initially doesn't want to get close to people for fear of hurting them. Seems like a logical extension. Plus, there's that fan service during "Let It Go", the scene where she first feels comfortable expressing herself.
Expanding on the ideas above Elsa has incestuous feelings towards Anna.Now I'm not trying to sell the shipping here, that's not it at all, but the king and queen locked them away in the castle separately until they were teenagers. They basically isolated Anna and Elsa from the outside world and family as well as the only real friends they've known for their entire lives. They've basically hammered in that Elsa should be afraid of herself and repressed her emotions for years instead of helping her through them. Then they died and she had no emotional guidance at all until the coronation when she was let out. Humans are social creatures and need contact with other people and so sometimes people in extreme isolation or even extremely stressful situations can form strong relationships with who or whatever they can, even sometimes romantic ones. Take Stockholm Syndrome when people in an extremely stressful situation (being abducted) form a romantic relationship with the person who abducted them. Same principle, it would make sense that Elsa would attach almost almost all of her emotion to Anna because that's pretty much the only person that she is close to in this world aside her parents and I would definitely say that being in extreme isolation just paved the way for it. That could include the romantic feelings she never learned to express properly on her own. Plus the subtext between them is amazingly strong!
Elsa is going to run into the exact opposite problem.OK, so Elsa's powers are fueled by love and other happy emotions, right? But Elsa logically can't be happy all the time, something that she's probably aware of. So she'll try to emulate her sister as a Stepford Smiler in the hopes of controlling her powers.
Elsa has Magical Ancestry that ties in with TangledAt the same time the drop of sunlight fell in Corona, a drop of the icy moonlight fell in a kingdom near Arendelle. The king absorbed it and he and his descendants had powers just like Elsa, and eventually there was an unrelated war between this kingdom and Arendelle. The dispute was settled by 1400, with a marriage for the heirs of each kingdom. Since the King of Arendelle didn't want his children to have powers over ice and snow, the trolls made sure for "400 years, shall the powers be dormant", cue 400 years later (Frozen is set in the early 19th century?) when Elsa was born, the first royal birth in the family after the curse was broken- explaining why her parents weren't surprised that she had powers and accepted them at first.
Elsa's heart was 'frozen'.In the film they say and sing "BEWARE THE FROZEN HEART" which means having their heart frozen like what happens but also in the movie, Elsa is repressing her emotions and trying not to 'feel', it's once she thinks Anna dies that everything stops and she has some semblance of control. Her heart was also 'frozen' because she wouldn't let herself feel or relax.
Elsa is going to get a boatload of marriage proposals very soon.Once word of a young, unmarried, female WMD with a petty kingdom of her own gets out every crowned head in Europe that does not feel their pants growing tight at the prospect of unleashing Elsa's power against their enemies will be soiling them at the prospect of their enemies unleashing said powers on them note . The young, unmarried, and female aspects will make the means of alliance or control obvious; although with any luck the incoming bridegrooms will be more straightforward and less ambitious than Hans.
Elsa literally froze her own heart.When Elsa was told to conceal her powers she internalised them and froze her own heart so as not to feel anything. This is why she goes from "Conceal it, don't feel it," to simply "Conceal, don't feel." This is why her ice can't melt or be thawed. Her own tears after Anna freezes melted her heart and allowed her to thaw the neverending winter. Also ties in nicely with the original tale.
Elsa's behaviour in the three skipped-over years was partly a result of being unable to face her parents' death- and the King had already accidentally given her a lesson in denial tacticsAs well as the pain of anyone having such a terrible loss, Elsa is left devastatingly lonely by her parents' sudden death- she's estranged from Anna and the powers that control her life completely are now secret from anyone but her. Her father was at least seeming the guide her in her struggles for control- now she's alone. How does she deal with it? She conceals as much evidence of their passing to herself as she can, to try to avoid feeling it.
Elsa is the daughter of Loki and Anna's father (the king) is descended from Thor.The Queen had an affair with Loki and then Elsa born, or Loki impersonated Elsa's father at some point just to mess with some of Thor's descendants for kicks.
Elsa's epiphany in the finale is a reference to Albert Camus."In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
Elsa, being as selfless, fragile, emotionally strong, and feminine as she is, will be a revival to the Classic-Era type Princesses she's so similar to.Anna of course is completely like most of the modern princesses- she's kind but spunky, adventurous, fearless, and a total Badass who saves the day. However, Elsa is unique and refreshing in that she isn't an outspoken Spirited Young Lady, Tomboy, Badass who "don't need a man's help!" or anything else the typical heroine is nowadays, which has become a cliché, and paradoxically, the "traditional" type of heroines who lack fighting skills, spunkiness, and/or adventurous sides are now unorthodox. Elsa is particularly similar to Aurora- a lonely Proper Lady who is reserved, demure, obedient, and ultimately selfless and dutiful for her people. She can't tell anyone "no" because she knows doing what's right is more important than following one's dreams. Elsa herself even becomes a Distressed Damsel as the Classics have always been negatively accused of being (and interesting that many fans ship her with the Prince-Charming-like Hans although unfortunately that never happened. It is very telling that most people preferred ladylike, responsible, quiet Elsa to tomboyish, independent, spunky Anna (although she rightfully has her own fanbase). TL:DR you could read this fan's post, which describes it more eloquently.
Elsa is a reference to the Queen in ChessThe Queen is the most powerful unit (and Elsa is most certainly the most powerful character in the story), but she too is KO'd in one hit (like how Elsa gets knocked out by a Falling Chandelier of Doom).
Elsa still becomes known as The Snow Queen.However, instead of a negative term crafted by fear, it's an affectionate moniker given to her by her people.
Elsa is asexual.Firstly because why not. And secondly because it kinda works with the ice theme?
Elsa is going to really get around now.She is going to make Catherine the Great look like chastity personified. Think about how repressed she was at the time of her coronation. This is a young woman who has not had physical contact with another living being for well over a decade. Consider that one of the first things she does during her self-imposed exile is let her hair down and change into a much more revealing outfit. Now think about what she's going to do now that she realizes she can touch other people and let them touch her. The palace gates aren't the only royal portal that'll be open all the time from now on.
Elsa's powers are like Rapunzel'sShe didn't necessarily acquire them through the ice/sea/whatever crying and accidentally consuming a tear or anything (though it would be a clever nod to The Snow Queen), but they're part of the same set, and probably make them the physical manifestations of Yin and Yang in that planet.
Alternatively...Elsa's powers are satanic. The King and Queen made a deal with the Devil - I mean Chernabog - to acquire something, and Elsa was blessed by the hell ice powers. This means she is inherently damned to an eternity of suffering.
Alternatively alternatively...Elsa's powers comes from either Dagr, the norse god of Day, or his mother, Nótt, the goddess of night, given the reccurence of "dawn" and "day" in "Let It Go"'s lyrics and the fact that Nótt's horse has a frost mane.
Elsa's powers are BECAUSE of Rapunzel's.Rapunzel's powers are from the sun. Maybe Elsa's ice powers were given to her as a balance? Yes, Elsa is 3 years older, but we don't see her at any age younger than 5. What if her powers didn't develop until she was 3? Also, while Rapunzel's power is healing, not fire, Elsa can freeze someone's heart, causing them to slowly die. Alternately, Frozen is simply set 3 years after the events of Tangled. We already know it's set after Tangled, due to Rapunzel and Eugene appearing together in a cameo.
Elsa is a human incarnation of a Physical GodI mean she is powerful enough to be a physical god as is. So the incarnation of the goddess of ice or something similar isn't unreasonable.
Elsa's powers are fueled by her stress.Trying to keep them concealed only heightens the stress, making her power more uncontrollable.
Arendelle is in Westeros and Elsa and Anna are descendants of Night's King and his Other bride.Thus, Elsa's ice powers are genetic.
Elsa's powers were inherited from her fatherHer parents tell the trolls that Elsa was born with her powers, and her father seemed to know a lot about how to control them.
Elsa's power came from a magic shard of iceTo draw the "snow queen" angle in a little more, When Elsa was still a baby, she had a magic ice shard enter her heart, freezing part of it. Ala Dreamworks' Turbo, now her blood is partially ice powered, hence the ice manipulation, but also drawing on the traditional fairy tale where that was an instigator of that plot.
Elsa's powers are an allegory for mental disorders.Several people believe that disorders must be concealed and not let anyone see, also the people who suffer from them are told to fear it, (at least around where this troper lives.) seeing it as a destructive force to your career, your reputation, and everything. And several of the people who suffer from it are extremely talented. They are also told to be a 'normal person'. Sometimes they reveal their disorders in times of fear or stress. Can't this be more obvious?
Elsa's powers aren't limited to being An Ice Person, they're theoretically limitless Reality Warping with emotional triggersHence why she can create clothing like the dress and the skates, create sentient life, turn people into ice instead of just coating them with it, and make her ice glow. When she accidentally discovered her powers, she may have been outside in the snow or otherwise thinking of cold things, (Which is not unlikely, considering that the movie is set in Fantasy Sweden) and a combination of assuming she could only control snow and ice and her cold and isolated personality lead to her not trying to use her powers to do anything else.
Elsa is a Jotun/Frost Giant.Which is the source of her ice powers. Either she was glamoured and switched for an infant princess, or she's a descendant of Loki.
Elsa's powers are a metaphor for everything.Yes, even that.
Elsa has ice powers because Rick traveled to the Frozenverse and experimented on her, then he wiped her memory.
Elsa gained her powers from Ice King's crownElsa came into contact with that strange crown one day and, by touching it, gained her powers of ice and snow. Sometime after the Great Mushroom War, the crown's next victim would be no other than Simon Petrikov (better known as Ice King).
Elsa's powers aren't just Ice-based, but control the seasons themselvesSince the wintery powers were the first to noticeably manifest (having ice suddenly appear indoors is a lot more obvious than plants acting strange), and were doubtless the most enjoyable for her little sister, she never had reason to explore the other aspects or even think that she had them. Unfortunately for her, their empathic nature caused the years of being cold and distant following the accident to stunt the development of the other three seasons far more than winter. There were probably quite a few unusually harsh winters during that time because of this. It isn't until her Love Epiphany at the end of the film that her Spring powers awaken in any meaningful manner, resulting it the rather sudden and flowery end to her two-day "Eternal Winter" in addition to signaling the end to her long emotional winter. Now that she's returned to a more-or-less normal emotional state, her other seasons will start to catch up. Plants will grow faster and flowers start blooming when she's happy, the sun burns brighter when she's mad (or something else often associated with heat), if she's tired or bored the skies could cloud over somewhat, and the ice would only come out on its own when she gets depressed. Of course, she will be able to control these new powers so that they don't become disruptive, and if she tries she will be able to conjure and control plants, fire (which can be combined with her ice powers to make other states of water, and winds ranging from a light breeze to full gale-force and bring or disperse storm clouds as she wishes, possibly even being able to call lightning from them. But on the other hand if she ever gets scared, there's a whole lot more to go haywire...
Elsa is a Muggle-born.There was just no Wizarding School like Hogwarts for her to go to, at least not that she knew of.
Snow and ice magic are seen in a different (and more negative) light than other forms of magic.The setting of Frozen appears to be somewhere in Scandinavia, where traditional associations with winter and the cold were almost entirely negative. The far north tended to be seen as the realm of the dead, because of inevitable associations between the dangerous, frozen region and human mortality. While magic may not be entirely unheard of in the universe of Frozen, ice magic would likely take on a negative connotation in northern regions, particularly in a case where the wielder has the ability to make Westeros' winters look like a nice trip to the Mediterranean. It's likely that people from the region immediately surrounding Arendelle (including the Duke of Weselton, a region that appears to be a fantasy counterpart to Sweden) would live in a cultural milieu where the ability to control the cold is seen in the same way as the ability to control darkness or death. Even if the winter no longer holds as much danger as it formerly did thanks to the progress of technology, that sort of association would take a very long time to wear off. This would explain why most of the people at the coronation are simply frightened, while the Duke of Weselton automatically assumes that sorcery is involved. For people living in the far north, Elsa's powers may have a mythological connection to evil or the devil that they just don't have elsewhere.
Ice magic isn't necessarily genetic, but the right conditions have to be met. Elsa just happened to fit those criteria.This is confirmed by Word of God in an interview with Jennifer Lee. Initially, it was going to be explained by a troll narrator that every thousand years, a child would be born with ice magic when Saturn was in alignment with something-or-other, but she eventually decided to just say she was born with them and leave it at that. Whatever Saturn was supposed to be aligned with on her birth, this actually leads to Fridge Brilliance (no pun intended). What are Saturn's rings partially made of? Ice. Even more significant, what is one of Saturn's major moons? Enceladus, a world covered entirely in ice. See for yourself!◊
Anna & Her ‘Powers’
Anna is not the first princess Hans tried to marry.Since Frozen is in the same universe as Tangled, it's not hard to imagine the Prince of the Southern Isles wanting to marry the recently returned Princess of Corona. He went to the kingdom celebration (that lasted two weeks) with the hopes of wooing her. However, he had no way of knowing that Rapunzel was already in love with Flynn, ruining his chances. Then he hears that there's a coronation for two isolated sisters in Arendelle...
At some point in the film's development, Anna was going to have Fire Powers:It would have been suppressed by the Troll's magic at the beginning. She wouldn't have started manifesting them yet, and after the Troll removed all magic she wouldn't have access to them. These would have manifested near the end, leading to an Ice and Fire/Winter and Summer motif. There are a lot of foreshadowing left in, such as "You almost burned me!"/"But I didn't." and "What power do you have to stop this?" It may have been cut for time.
Or, there is going to be a sequel involving Anna having fire powersThink about it. My dad says that he believes Frozen is similar to the Marvel Universe and that you can't have one 'mutant' and not another. Anna could very well have been born in the winter (consisting of December January and February, therefore born in either January or February in order to make her eighteen by the time of her sister's coronation in the summer) and be born with fire powers that only exert themselves when she's extremely angry. Also, for all we know, the two sisters are going to be made to test their love for each other by having to fight now that both have come of age (in modern terms eighteen is of age).
Anna was touched by Summer, just as Elsa was touched by Winter.Anna's red hair, green dresses, and general sunny disposition (and sentimentality) are all side effects of Summer's influence. When the trolls wiped Anna's memory of Elsa's powers, they accidentally blocked Anna's power from ever consciously surfacing. This also explains why Elsa's winter magic is so powerful and uncontrollable-she and Anna were supposed to act as mutual Power Limiters, allowing the two to keep their powers controlled until they were old enough to use them properly and responsibly.
Anna has Earth related powersAnother troper mentioned something similar above but, yeah, Anna has powers but they're not fire. She hasn't awakened them yet.
Anna is the one with the power to grant life.Elsa is a representation of winter, so she got ice, wind and snow powers. Anna is a representation of spring, the season everything comes back to life or is reborn. Notice how there's no indication Olaf is alive when Elsa builds him but is walking and talking when Anna shows up? Notice how Olaf's body parts can be moved around but don't really change, meaning his parts are specific and can't be added or subtracted by surrounding materials... except for the carrot Anna gives him, which somehow works like a real nose? Notice how Elsa had no idea she could create life, despite roughly two decades of having powers she can't control she's never done anything like that before. Notice how the only other living snowman is created in Anna's presence? Also notice that despite the magical ice storm that lasted for days there's absolutely no noticeable damage to any plants or animals when Elsa thaws everything at the end? Elsa's powers have never been depicted as harmless before so why the sudden change? Unless it's ANNA who healed the land by accident as Elsa thawed it. If their powers worked similarly then Anna's powers would also be linked to her emotions but Anna spends most of her time being positive and loving instead of scared and distant like Elsa so she gets better results without realising it.
Anna has Super Strength.
Anna will become the "Sword" half of a Sword and Sorceress team.
Arendelle and Politics
The imperial future of ArendelleFollowing the events of the movie, Arendelle will use the godlike powers of Queen Elsa to conquer neighbouring nations and become the preeminent global superpower.
Elsa, and Arendelle, by extension, will gain a great deal of influence in the politics of the realms.Considering the size of its capital, Arendelle appears to be a fairly minor kingdom, albeit a fairly prosperous one. Now, however, its queen is a Person of Mass Destruction with terrifying ice powers. None but the most moronic rulers would want to piss off a woman who can impale you on icicles with a gesture, summon massive Snowlems to do her bidding, and plunge an entire nation into deepest winter during the middle of summer.
A near obsessively precise census and survey of Arendelle's countryside will be ordered by Queen Elsa
Elsa's reign will mark the widespread acceptance (and return) of magic.As shown in Tangled and ''Frozen'''s opening sequence, magic still exists, but not many people know about it. note The implication is that magic did exist, a long time ago, but has now been reduced to a few magical beings hiding themselves away, and a few superstitions that nobody resorts to except in times of crisis.
''Frozen'''s finale essentially smashes this attitude to bits. A powerful mage rules Arendelle, at least one magical creature openly lives in it, and the country's populace is on the way to accepting magic as part of their daily lives. Additionally, the movie's has a strong theme of accepting magic and using it for the good of others. I theorize that Elsa isn't a throwback- she's a herald.
Elsa's refusal to allow Anna to marry Hans was at least partly politically motivated.Think about it: Hans is the youngest of thirteen brothers, meaning that, at best, he's twelfth in line to the throne, assuming that his father is dead and none of his brothers have any sons of their own. Anna, by contrast, is first in line to the throne of Arendelle. Moreover, she and the rest of the world think she's just the heir-presumptive, but as far as Elsa knows at that point, Anna will definitely inherit the throne. After all, Elsa believes that she can never let another person touch her, so she has to assume that she can never wed or bear children. As such, Anna will definitely, as far as she knows, inherit the throne, and must therefore marry to greater advantage than Hans. Elsa's willingness to contemplate a romance between Anna and Kristoff at the end may be at least in part because she realizes that she is not condemned to lifelong celibacy and chastity herself.
The Troll Hunter is set in the same Universe as Frozen.Partially out of a desire for revenge and partially to prevent their terrible, vague advice from hurting anyone else in the future, Elsa and Anna decide that the best policy for dealing with the trolls living in the Kingdom of Arendelle is to kill them all. Over the course of the next two centuries, this results in the decimation of the troll population and, as a result, an extreme tendency toward in-breeding. The population of trolls in The Troll Hunter is so dumb that there is no way that they could have survived that way in the long run, and coupled with myths and legends suggesting more human-like behavior in the past, it seems that something like this is the most likely explanation for why they are now dumb enough to attempt to eat their own tails. Hans, the troll hunter, is almost certainly wrong when he suggests that an animal like that could live for 1500 to 2000 years. All of the trolls seen in the movie were born during the 20th century. During the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries, policies turned more toward containing what population of trolls remained in the kingdom that became Norway, since the monarch who ordered the policy is long dead, and since the trolls have lost the ability to dispense terrible wisdom. This, of course, competes with an attitude that is still generally destructive, leading to troll-hunter Hans being forced to wipe out an entire population to assist in the construction of a tunnel. Regardless of any policy attempting to keep them alive, however, it seems likely that the trolls will eventually die out due to their stupidity.
There's a rumour in the international community that Queen Elsa secretly has Victorian Novel DiseaseIt's very prevalent in this period, especially among people who are quite young, and for people in comfortable circumstances could be in temporary remission for years. If you live in a society where you see this often, there's lots of clues when she appears on her coronation day that would (misleadingly) point to this.
The Royal Family
The whole royal family is really bad at long-term planningThis is partly based on a headcanon from this really interesting fanfic that posited that the 'isolate Elsa' thing was originally something meant to last a few weeks, but because of Elsa's issues ended up dragging on throughout her whole childhood. But it does fit with canon:
Elsa and Anna are actually half-sisters.This is just to explain why Elsa has powers and Anna doesn't. They both share a mother, but Elsa's other parent is someone with ice powers. Personally, my bet's on Ithaqua
The King and Queen
Elsa unwittingly killed her parents
The King and Queen survived the storm and are Tarzan's parents.
Elsa and Anna's parents died while their ship was on its way to a wedding — specifically, the second wedding of the king's brother Roland II of Enchancia.
Elsa's and Anna's parents aren't deadThey were lost at sea and survived. Probably rescued by merpeople.
Elsa and Anna's parents' ship didn't sink in a squall.I know we saw it go down in a squall, but here me out. What if that was what was said to happen? In my eyes, the real story is that it was sunk by a Southern Isles warship as part of the plan to annex Arendelle (part two was to send Hans to woo Anna). Arendelle was fed false information that the ship was sunk in a squall. By Southern Isle spies, no less.
Ancestors & Descendants
Elsa's descendant will be Bobby Drake. AKA IcemanHey, mutants are born with the gene. Who's to say that Bobby didn't inherit it from his frost wielding ancestor?
Elsa and Anna are Distant Relatives of Cheryl Heather Mason.In the 2009 re-imagining of the first Silent Hill, the player character (Harry Mason) is revealed to be a manifestation of the tormented psyche of his daughter, Cheryl, who has been controlling (to some extent) both his actions and the environment as she comes to terms with his death in a car crash. Distinct similarities exist between the worlds that Cheryl's father explores and the one created by Elsa in Frozen. While the climate of the region where most of the Silent Hill games are set (Maine) would obviously allow for winter weather in the middle of the winter, the snow that falls on the town in Shattered Memories is exceptionally heavy. In addition, it appears to have fallen since Cheryl arrived for her appointment with Dr. Kauffman, because there would be no way for a person to travel if it hadn't. In some places, it is piled up over the road to a height of around ten feet. While this could be accepted as just a psychological manifestation, there is really no indication that the events of the game don't take place in the physical world, and some fairly strong evidence that they might (including some tapes and messages left by individuals who Cheryl would have no way of knowing). Cheryl's Snow World and the eternal winter that Elsa brings to Arendelle are facially very similar. At certain times in the game, when Cheryl is abnormally stressed, the Snow World turns to an icy Otherworld similar in aesthetics to the versions of Elsa's ice castle and Arendelle that are visible when Elsa learns that she has plunged the city into everlasting winter and when she wakes up after being knocked unconscious by a chandelier, respectively. Jutting, sharp outcroppings of ice appear and the general atmosphere changes dramatically. Finally, the last portions of the game, when Harry Mason is nearing the end of his search for his daughter, occur in an area sometimes called Nowhere, where the environment is twisted enough to play fast and loose with the laws of physics and spatial placement. An analogous environment exists in Frozen on two occasions, one near the beginning of the film when Elsa and Anna's parents die and one near the end when Elsa believes that Anna is dead. Although in these instances there isn't any spatial distortion, the environment becomes highly distorted, and snowflakes freeze in midair. Although the creatures in Shattered Memories appear to be flesh and blood, Harry Mason's turn to solid ice near the end of the game makes it distinctly possible that they are formed from ice and snow, and given "fleshy" features by Cheryl's delusions. So, to recap, Elsa and Cheryl both have the ability to create blizzards. The ice and snow that they generate changes its attributes along with their moods. Beyond that, they can apparently create life from snow. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is set in the present, while Frozen is set in around the 1840s. The idea that Cheryl could be a distant relative (or possibly even a descendent) of the two main characters of Frozen definitely puts a darker spin on what would have happened to Arendelle had things turned out a bit differently.
Elsa is a descendent of Nancy and Edward from Enchanted.Her power, like Elphaba's, originates from having ancestors from two different worlds. (Basically, every Idina Menzel character is connected somehow.)
Elsa's crown had an enchantment that counteracted her powersConsidder that Olaf got impaled through the torso with an icicle and impaled through the head with a carrot and neither one really bothered him that much. (He didn't even notice the icicle at first) Of course this makes sense because he's made of snow, and like any snowman, his body material can easily be rearranged to fix any holes or dents that might appear in him. But when Marshmallow steps on Elsa's itty-bitty crown, he recoils as if it really hurt him. This doesn't make sense, especially when you consider how much smaller the crown is in proportion to him, compared to the icicle and Olaf. So it would seem that something about the crown makes it more painful to magical snowmen then icicles and carrots. Perhaps it was enchanted by an ancestor of Elsa's who also suffered from Elsa's snow magic, and enchanted their own crown in order to keep their powers suppressed. So why is Elsa able to use her magic when she's wearing it? Well perhaps the enchantment has substantially weakened over the centuries, or perhaps the original owner's powers were far weaker then Elsa's. Either way, something about it makes it painful to magical snowmen. Pain is usually a primal indicator for something that threatens our health or lives, so the fact that Marshmallow finds the crown painful may indicate it's damaging to the magic that gives him life.
Kristoff & Sven
Anna and Kristoff will be rivals before they hook up.I think it would be a coo... neat dynamic. Instead of being friendly they would rather do it by themselves. Then as the cold world proves too dangerous to survive in alone, they decide to help one another survive and then they grow to love each other more than anything else. I just think that would be a nice dynamic that still seems like Disney.
Elsa only appointed Kristoff "Official Ice Master and Deliverer" to give him a good reason to stay in Arendelle aside from Anna and so that he wouldn't feel useless until he and Anna can confirm that yes, they are truly in love.After all, a job that involves delivering ice is kind of redundant and unnecessary in a kingdom where its queen can quite literally produce all the ice they could ever actually need. Once Kristoff and Anna presumably get married, he'll inevitably get some other, less redundant position and title.
Kristoff is a Changeling Child.In the intro he's seen as a child going off to work with the adults. and while child labour laws were... laxer... before the industrial revolution, he would still be working with his father as an ice collector. given that the troll says that they'll "Keep" him and Sven it's fitting when you know mythology this would then make Kris a changeling. this also opens up a can of Whatever Happened To The Mouse as to the possible troll-child that may have replaced him.
Sven is actually a girl.At the very beginning of the movie, we see Kristoff and Sven already together as young children; they are still together years later, when Kristoff looks to be in his early twenties. But male reindeer only live about ten years; female reindeer live about eighteen to twenty years. So given that Sven is still alive and in robust health well over ten years after the opening of the film, Sven must be female. Also, among Scandinavian reindeer, older males' antlers fall off in December, while younger males' fall off in Spring; only females keep their antlers into Summer, which is when the movie is set. So, clearly then, Sven is a girl.
Kristoff's real job is going to be as ambassador to the trolls.Ice Master and Distributor? That's not a thing. It's really just a cover for Kristoff's real assignment, which is to be Arendelle's ambassador to the trolls. It makes sense for Elsa to keep his real job a secret, because she doesn't want the rest of the world to know of the trolls' existence, or where they're located. Having a monopoly on that information could be strategically useful for her.
Sven is actually telepathic.When Kristoff speaks "for" Sven, Sven's facial expressions are spot-on in time with Kristoff's words. There doesn't seem to be any delay as if Sven is miming along with Kristoff (or the other way around, where Kristoff makes up Sven's words to match his expressions). Perhaps after so long together, Kristoff can actually hear Sven's voice in his head and speaks aloud for him. He may not even know it consciously; it's possible Sven speaks to Kristoff with subconscious ideas which then form Kristoff's ideas as to what Sven should say.
Olaf and Marshmallow
Olaf and Marshmallow are manifested aspects of Elsa's personality.Olaf clearly represents the love Elsa has for her sister, a childish thing that somehow still persists even when he should melt. Marshmallow is her sense of responsibility, overwhelming and scary but happy to put on the tiara in The Stinger complete with a cute little smile.
The living ice, like Olaf and Marshmallow, is unstable.It doesn't look like the rest of Elsa's magic actually melts when it comes in contact with heat, except the things that never fully froze in the first place (the candlestick and the container when she was practising for her coronation ceremony, as well as the actual items themselves at the coronation). It can only be melted by Elsa herself. Case in point, her dress, her castle ice rink, and her entire winter don't melt, despite the fact that it's summer. The castle likely has all of its fires going, yet it's insides still freeze completely; we even see it freeze a room where a fire is lit. The ballroom unfroze after the incident with Anna no doubt subconsciously, because at the time, Elsa didn't have control over her powers. Likely they unfroze in her sleep, where she can't control her feelings, which is how her bedroom unfroze. It's also why she didn't know how to undo it; she never did it consciously and thought it all unfroze of its own accord. Living ice however, is an unstable part of her magic, perhaps because they're built from stronger, possibly unstable emotions than anything else she makes. Olaf was built absent mindedly in a giddy fit of joy where Marshmallow was built consciously out of a desperate fit of her desire to protect people from herself. Neither time was Elsa really thinking straight when she intentionally used her powers. There are four times Elsa's power really varies and they have relatively consistent results:
Olaf and Marshmallow will die once Elsa diesIt's totally possible that the two Snowlems' life force is tied to Elsa'; Should she die, the two will cease to live. Taking this further, it may also be possible that her death will cause her ice palace in the mountain to crumble, although considering its solid design and its location (up in the cold mountain), this is less likely.
The reason behind Olaf's dream to experience summer is because of Elsa.
Olaf was supposed to melt permanently, but this was cut.It seems very odd that they foreshadowed a snowman melting numerous times, even in song, and then didn't go through with it. Maybe the focus groups disliked it.
Olaf has real, flesh and blood eyeballs.It certainly looks that way. What would happen if he melted?
Olaf can always locate the sisters, no matter what.Building off the idea that Olaf is a manifestation of Elsa's bond with Anna, Olaf will always know where they are. He knew exactly where to go to lead Anna and Kristoff to Elsa when they asked. And while that occasion can be attributed to the fact she made him and thus he was just retracing his steps, he is later able to find Anna in the palace. Rather than wandering around the place blindly and likely sparking off some more panic about the living snowman, he finds the exact locked door that had Anna behind it. He probably doesn't think there's anything special about the fact he can always find the girls, so he never mentions it.
Olaf wants to experience summer because he likes warm hugs.And doesn't understand the difference between literal warmth and metaphorical warmth.
Olaf was envisioned by young Elsa to be a snowman who loves summer.
Olaf is not wise about love.While his definition of love is good, putting the other persons needs ahead of your own he has a very narrow belief about how it is expressed. He believes if you love something you let it go and remove yourself from the picture, and does not understand that this is not always true. This is demonstrated by the one selfless act he chose to represent love Kristoff taking her to her true love and leaving her life forever, and the fact that he believes Kristoff coming back lessened it.
The reason Olaf is so fascinated by summer is because he was born in summer.It's summer when he was created, so perhaps that's why? He inherently knows that right now it's summer, and he knows what summer is like because Elsa does (or perhaps because Elsa herself was born in the summer does he know).
Olaf knew all along what would happen to him in the heat.He's not a Death Seeker, nor a masochist, he simply wanted to experience summer/heat because of the aforementioned WMG and to test if the same would happen to living snow. He's not even a little surprised that he's melting, and when he experiences the heat, he's not surprised he's fascinated. Even when he accidentally sets himself on fire, where he's about as startled as someone stumbling over their cat. He knew full well what would happen if he lit the fire for Anna, but his love and adoration for her made him want to do it anyway for her.
Olaf is not quite the symbol of love between Elsa and Anna.Marshmallow is apparently the symbol of Elsa's wish to be left alone, but his duty as the protector of the ice palace may be a bit more literal: He may have been a symbol of Elsa's need to protect herself. With that in mind, it's possible that Olaf is more like the symbol of Elsa's wish to protect Anna. Let's consider a few things:
Olaf is a 'safe' object for Elsa's repressed urge to love something small and vulnerablePossibly going with the idea that Elsa is sexually repressed and certainly has a lot of unacknowledged affectionate, semi-maternal feelings (mostly towards Anna) that she has difficulty expressing without it seeming dangerous and wrong: one of the first things that she does when she 'lets go' and creates her own safe place is to create a being who's innocent, affectionate and vaguely built to the proportions of a toddler... and incidentally is something that Elsa could cuddle without worrying she'd hurt him (and one of the few things he knows is that he likes warm hugs...) She doesn't realise it and events take over before she can do so (though there's every chance they have an affectionate relationship after the film.)
Marshmallow is actually female.This is partially because it wore Elsa's tiara in The Stinger, and partially because Marshmallow didn't feel like it had to have a specified gender.
After the events of the film, Marshmallow goes on to become Arendelle's equivalent of the Yeti
Hans is a repressed fire mage.Hans has fire powers that are kept in check only by his frozen heart. Since by the end of the film he has seen Anna's act of true love thaw her frozen heart, there is a possibility that his own frozen heart might also begin to thaw at some point, unlocking his fire powers and subjecting him to the same hardships that Elsa had endured. (Or more severe harships, since his conscience will be much heavier with guilt than Elsa's.)
Hans has a couple of those mirror shards from the Original story in his eye and heart.And if and when he ever gets those shards out, his guilt is going to hit him like a freight train.
Hans originally was supposed to dieDuring the climax where Hans was about to kill Elsa and Anna's Heroic Sacrifice shattered Hans' sword, Hans was originally meant to turn to ice as well and shattered upon impact. But the writers changed possibly because it will cause a Plot Hole when one of the Princes of the Southern Isles is dead.
Hans is gayIt would explain why he's so adamant in gaining power, to be in a position where he can feel safe from persecution, and to make up for being an "embarrassment" to the Southern Isles royal family. Besides, his shared hidden identity motif with Elsa has to run deeper than simply being a duplicitous jerk. There's also the whole theory regarding fraternal birth order and homosexuality. The more brothers a man has that are older than him, the more likely he supposedly is to be gay. Hans has 12 older brothers. I found the implications of this study to be hilarious for Hans.
Hans believed that Elsa intentionally froze Anna's heart.Anna only vaguely says that she was wrong about Elsa not ever hurting her and doesn't explain it was a stress-induced accident, if I recall correctly. Hans, being a big jerk that isn't familiar with loving sibling relationships, interpreted this to mean Elsa attacked her sister on purpose, though she now regrets either her actions or the extent of the damage. This theory's truth or falsehood doesn't really have any impact on anything else, but I think the idea makes sense and is kind of interesting.
Hans came to believe both sisters were sorceresses, even if Anna didn't knowSince Anna doesn't know what happened, had a witch lock, and was locked away with her sister. And As much as Elsa's personality is ice, Anna's is fire. Hans was too afraid that he would trigger Anna's power. Remove fire when it would be an easy way to destroy the statue. Don’t kiss Anna, (why not he's not her true love, but her passion might light the fire).
A few interrelated WMGs regarding Hans' birth:Hans is the youngest of 13 brothers, and this is just counting male siblings — it's possible this is just a humorously large Disney family, and it's not outside the realm of possibility, but consider how many other Disney princes and princesses seem to be only children or at the very least have an unremarkable number of siblings, unless they have stepsiblings, sometimes wicked, sometimes benign, such as in the WMG that Ariel's sisters in The Little Mermaid are her half-sisters by multiple moms. Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) are perilous for the mother, even today, and even noblewomen in a still-vaguely-medieval milieu would experience quite a toll on their health from carrying a great number of children to term. Either some of the siblings are adopted, giving Hans a possible Loki complex, or they are all by the same mother, making Death by Childbirth a very possible reason why Hans is the youngest at 18 or so, or they are by different mothers and there is perhaps an inherited reason why Hans sees women as insignificant, replaceable, and functionally interchangeable. Alternately, might he be the closest thing Disney will get to showing a Bastard Bastard?
Hans will reappear in a later movieUnder a pseudonym and with a slight alteration to his appearance of course (like a goatee or shaving his sideburns), but he's one of the few Disney villains whose only comeuppance is that he's sent home in disgrace. Given his determination to off both Anna and Elsa for a throne, what's stopping him going to a further off kingdom where fewer people are likely to recognise him and try again? (Actually thinking about it, who's to say that he hadn't tried this small scale somewhere else before?)
Hans' brothers are the Wild SwansSince it's also a Hans Christian Andersen story. (The number is off by one, but there are multiple variations of the story.) They're actually his stepbrothers: his mother cursed them into turning into swans in order to give him a chance at the throne. However, his stepsister reversed the curse, but he doesn't know she was responsible, and when the brothers returned, the queen got her comeuppance. Hans learned from her mistakes, and won't go so far as to use magic and curses to achieve his ends, instead using subtle manipulation. Third Act Stupidity. The trolls openly sing 'Get the fiancé out of the way and the whole thing will be fixed' in Fixer Upper. After Hans is imprisoned, Anna dates Kristoff, or at least shows a romantic interest in him, as the trolls hoped for. The trolls have already shown to have questionable morals and ability to rewrite human brains. Hans' evilness kicks in directly before he kisses Anna which would confirm/deny whether or not they share true love. Taking Hans' seemingly genuine fondness for Anna, his efforts to be a good leader and his heartfelt plea for Elsa to avoid killing, this suggests a possibility that Hans was trying very hard to balance his ambitious nature with a desire to be a good person, and the trolls had a hand in pushing him down the slippery slope to make sure their OTP became canon.
Hans is the mirrorAs detailed here.
Hans and his family are related to Prince Charming.Hans has a similar colouring to Prince Charming from Cinderella, and his uniform is very similar too. Since Hans is an inversion of the Prince Charming archetype, I think there may be some connection. Perhaps one of his oldest brother is Prince Charming, or Hans' family are the direct descendants of the Prince. That may explain why Hans was able to mimic the "Prince Charming" character so well, because it's so well-known; he heard stories of his ancestor and his marriage to Cinderella (a girl that he only met once, not dissimilar to how quickly Anna and Hans got unofficially engaged) from his parents and it may be part of his kingdom's legacy, so he was able to look, act and dress the part of the perfect suitor while hiding his real motives. Charming's ideals may even be something of great importance to Hans' kingdom, which is why Arendelle knew that sending him back to his brothers would be a perfect punishment, as Hans betrayed the image and ideals that he was raised to follow (just not like that).
Hans heard his mother say the same words he uses on AnnaOr even worse, she used it on him.
Hans as not working on his own agenda.His older brothers staged a coup, and are threatening to publicly execute the king and queen unless Hans covertly takes over a kingdom to prove his worth to them. Hans genuinely loved Anna, and his evil acts were nothing but a show. He never actually intended to kill Elsa, only make it look like he killed her. When he returned to the Southern Isles, he was declared useless and executed, along with his parents. The Southern Isles eventually became part of modern day Germany, and an offspring of one of Hans' brothers, under the pseudonym Adolf Hitler, started World War II.
Hans' brothers aren't all neglectful.With the exception of the few eldest, Hans' brothers are all quite fond of each other. They find solace in each other because their parents focus only on the princes who are old enough to hold the throne at some point. This is why he sought power in another country, rather than interfering in his own country.
Hans is Hans Christian AndersenWhen he returns to the Southern Isles, his family disowns him and he is forced to make his way in the world as a traveling storyteller. Writing The Snow Queen was his way of getting a petty little revenge against the sisters who foiled his master plan.
Hans's The Wise Prince act isn't entirely an act.He's a backstabbing manipulator, sure, but that's all politics and business. Outside of his efforts to seduce Anna, his various Pet the Dog moments are all genuine because he's that sort of guy. Which of course, still leaves him plotting to seize the throne of Arendelle because he wants his own kingdom and he knows he won't get it being the 12th Spare To The Throne back in the Southern Isles. Compare to the Duke of Weselton, who is a greedy fear mongering miser, but has no intentions of trying to launch a coup of a sovereign nation. Assuming these to be true in both cases, they make for a very interesting set of foils for each other.
Hans was acting on orders from his parents/brothers/the primary political power of the Southern Isles.A fairly-prosperous, politically-vulnerable kingdom with important stakes in trade is always nice to have, and the Southern Isles are either successful enough to harbor imperial aspirations or sufficiently-taxed to deem usurping a sovereign nation an acceptable risk. (They have thirteen male heirs, they're going to run out of land and titles fast.) As the youngest son, Hans is the least likely to gain a legitimate inheritance, and the most expendable; when the Isles heard about Arendelle's only royals, both unattached young women, Hans was the natural representative. This doesn't change anything about Hans' goals or character, and he would almost definitely have tried to make Arendelle his base of power instead of just part of the Southern Isles hegemony; it just means that while he might be jailed or executed, his brothers won't be surprised by his attempted coup. will be none too pleased to hear about his impersonator.
Hans is at least distantly related to the sisters of ArendelleCheck out any shot that shows Anna and Hans together in profile. Sure, his features are heavier- men's are- but there's definitely something of the same basic structure of the nose and forehead.
Elsa never liked Hans from the startShe instantly had him tagged as a Gold Digger, or at least someone who was mostly interested in Anna for the wrong reasons. Maybe she's less pissed by what she suspects are his motives than the fact that she suspects he's mislead Anna about them.
Hans is at least in part a Heroism AddictDoesn't excuse, or even explain, all of his behaviour, at least not towards Anna, but at least explains why his The Wise Prince act is so effective. And many features of the trope actually sound strikingly like Hans.
Hans is a Time Lord.As Big Hero 6 reveals in a Freeze-Frame Bonus, he is wanted by the police in San Fransokyo. Clearly, he is a time-traveling maniac out to cause chaos in as many points in time as he can.
The Duke of Weselton
Prince Hans and the Duke of Weselton are related.It has been revealed that Hans has twelve older brothers. The Duke has two bodyguards◊ that somewhat resemble Hans, albeit much older. The Duke could be Hans's father, uncle, grandfather, or even an older but authoritative cousin. In addition, Hans grew up "feeling practically invisible", which could suggest that the Duke forgot Hans existed, and therefore never bothered using Hans as his yes-man.
The Duke is a Control FreakPeople born with magic is obviously a well-known (if rare) phenomenon, so clearly, his mistrust of Elsa after she's outted isn't due to irrational hatred, but because he has no magic of his own, and given how he is focused solely on the acquisition of wealth (and status if manageable), it stands to reason that he wouldn't appreciate anything not under his control.
The Duke is as much a sovereign as Elsa, and her father before herWhile it's true that a Duke is a noble rank, it can also be a monarchical one. See The Other Wiki for more details.
Fred Best is the lost heir to Weselton.The man we know as Fred was misplaced as a child (or deliberately pilfered by one of his father's trading rivals?) and left in a basket on the front steps of a printshop; he grew up an ink-streaked urchin unaware of his true birthright. Pointy features, slight stature, devious and resourceful nature, and magnificent mustache — how clearly he bears these signs of his heritage!
The trolls' prophecy wasn't referring to Anna and Elsa......but rather, to the infamous Saint Seiya anime scene involving Andromeda Shun warming up Cygnus Hyoga with his Cosmo at the Libra Temple.
Also related to Saint Seiya: Elsa is an ancestor of the Crystal Saint, and the first ever user of ice Cosmo.
A stone/earth mage used to live in Arendelle.That's how the trolls were created, and why they have so much knowledge of magic- their creator taught them about it. The speed with which Anna's parents realize, 'Oh, our daughter has been wounded by magic, we must take her to the trolls' implies that magic powers, though rare, are not unprecedented in the film's universe.
The Trolls are psychicOkay so, since I saw Frozen I've more or less been listening to the soundtrack on repeat in my car, and I've discovered something: The trolls have the power to know everything about you by looking at you. And they give super cryptic hints about everything. In the opening of the movie the King takes young Anna and Elsa to the trolls, and the elder troll immediately knew that he was the king, Anna had a shard of ice in her brain, and Elsa had ice powers. There was no questioning done, he just knew these things. He then told the King that fear was going to be Elsa's worst enemy, which the king takes to mean other people being afraid of Elsa, but what the troll meant was Elsa's fear of her own powers. Which brings us to later in the film: The song 'Fixer Upper'. At the start of the song the trolls just assume that Kristoff brought Anna home to meet them so they go into the tradition of families everywhere by embarrassing him in front of his date. That is, UNTIL he tells them she's engaged. Then they all use their power to look at her for the first time to figure out what she's doing there. The next verse is about how Anna needs to dump Hans, which would be a SUPER rude thing to say to someone, especially someone you just met. But the trolls know he's evil, so they're telling her to get rid of him "Get the fiancé out of the way and the whole thing will be fixed". Sure, Elsa and Kristoff both told Anna she can't marry someone she just met, but they seemed to be telling her 'get to know him better' where the trolls outright say 'dump this guy right now'. The next line is 'We're not saying you can change him 'cuz people don't really change' sung to Anna. At first it would seem that this line is about Kris, but why would Anna want to change anything about Kris? I think this line is about Hans, and it’s the trolls way of saying 'Don't stay in a relationship with him after you learn he's evil, it won't do any good'. The trolls can't see the future, just everything about your own past. After that you get the lines 'We're only saying that love's a force that's powerful and strange. People make bad choices if they're mad or scared or stressed, throw a little love their way and you'll bring out their best'. This and the next verse is their advice about Elsa. Anna needs to forgive her for being a jerk on top of the mountain, and the only way to end the eternal winter is to make Elsa feel love - the selfless act of love Anna does for her at the end. Finally the song ends with a rushed marriage between Kris and Anna. The trolls were never serious about this; they just wanted to drive home the point of how silly it is to marry someone you just met to Anna. Then Elder troll dude comes out again and gives Anna some more cryptic advice because they can never tell things straight. But they know things.
The rock trolls can see the Red String of FateKristoff says his family is made of "love experts" yet they try to force him and Anna into marriage immediately. This is because they can tell that the two are soulmates, and so whoever Anna is engaged to is obviously not the right guy for her. They don't bother explaining this because they think that everyone can do it and Anna is simply turned off by some minor flaw. The fact that Kristoff can't do this is one more reason they think he is "socially impaired".
The King and Queen didn't misinterpret Pabbie's advicePabbie wanted Elsa to repress her powers. Think about it: Out of all the images he could have shown Elsa, why would he show her an angry mob attacking her? He was trying to convey that Elsa needed to learn to control her powers. Why not show her an image of her losing control? His treatment for Anna was to remove all memories of Elsa's magic. So he wanted Elsa to keep her powers a secret, at least from her sister. Also, the King discussed his plans to keep Elsa cut off from the world in earshot of Pabbie. Pabbie could have set the King straight right there, but he didn't. Either he didn't realize what the King was planning to do, or he agreed with him.
Oaken, the trading post owner, and the guy we see with his kids in the sauna are married.Hoo-hoo! Family!
Oaken is gay.When he waves to his family in the spa, we get a quick shot of them waving back. Oaken's family seems to be comprised of a big blond guy who's a match for Oaken in size and assorted children and teenagers.
Oaken told Olaf about SummerOaken was making a huge fuss about his "Big Summer Blowout", and just absolutely needed to sell the idea to anybody. It could be possible that before meeting up with Anna and Kristoff, Olaf came across Oaken's trading post and Oaken told him all about the joys of Summer, but not about what heat does to snow. He was hoping to finally sell away his summer items, but couldn't since Olaf obviously doesn't have any money.
Oaken is a Time Lord.Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna is his TARDIS!
Frozen / Tangled Connections
Frozen will subvert several Tangled plot lines and tropes.
Kristoff was robbed by Flynn and his gang, explaining why he hates people."People will beat you and curse you and cheat you!"
The King and Queen died en-route to the celebration of the return of Rapunzel seen at the end of TangledSince Rapunzel and Eugene's appearances show that the two share a universe and the two had to travel there by ship, probably the King and Queen went to celebrate the return of Princess Rapunzel, but then got caught in a freak storm. The timeline certainly lines up: Elsa's coronation is when she turns twenty-one, three years after her parent's deaths. Assume that she and Rapunzel are the same age- Rapunzel returned to her rightful place at eighteen years old. Also, "See you in two weeks."
The Queen of Corona and the Queen of Arendelle are sisters, and Rapunzel is Anna and Elsa's cousin.Many have commented that the girls look similar. Some complained that this was laziness on the animators part, but since it takes place in the Tangled-verse, it stands to reason that everyone is part of one big happy royal family.
Alternatively, the Queen of Corona and the King of Arendelle are siblings
Because of Rapunzel and Eugene's cameo during the coronation this will lead too....An Avengers style cross over where Snow White assembles Belle, Elsa, Cinderella, Merida, Princess Aurora, and Ariel to fight against some insidious threat.
Frozen and Tangled occur in the same universe as ShrekThey all take place in fairytale-type settings filled with mythical creatures and magic spells. How cool would that be?
This universe's version of the Hapsburg Lip is the condition known as Anime Eyes.The girls' eyes are larger than normal and spaced far apart. They are also royalty, and Rapunzel and their mothers share the trait. No other human character seems to have this trait. It's a good thing we consider it attractive rather than, well, what the Hapsburg Lip looks like.
The Original Tale
Frozen is set after the events of "The Snow Queen"In the script, a pair of characters named Gerda and Kai are prominent members of the royal court. It could very well be they decided to live with their friends the Princess and Prince (now the rulers of Arendelle) of the original story at some point, only for history to repeat itself in a new generation.
Frozen is happening simultaneously with a version of the original Snow Queen story.In the original, Kai is affected by the mirror's shards and given a task by the Snow Queen, who promises to 'make him his own master' and 'give him the world,' both of which seem like just the kind of thing Hans is after. The Snow Queen made him the same promise, sans the fairytale's skates, but instead of solving a puzzle, Hans was tasked with killing Elsa: The Snow Queen could sense Elsa's power and didn't want such a powerful rival, but was barred from acting directly due to her status as a supernatural (not human-with-magic) being, plus she likely didn't want to risk herself. Since Hans failed, of course, the Snow Queen has probably lost interest in him, though that might not stop her from trying again.
The story of The Snow Queen will still take place, just differently now that Elsa is good.If Elsa had remained in her ice palace, she would have become the Snow Queen from the story. Since she came back though, it will play out differently. Kai and Gerda live somewhere on the outskirts of the kingdom, or in a neighboring kingdom. One day, the mysterious Snow Queen Elsa comes and takes Kai away. Gerda sees this happening but is too late to stop it, and nobody will tell her why this has happened. She comes to the conclusion that Queen Elsa must be evil and has kidnapped Kai, so she sets out to rescue him. Along the way she encounters the trolls, Olaf, Rapunzel and Flynn, and others who help her on her way. She eventually runs into Kristoff and Sven. Kristoff knows that Elsa isn't really evil, but plays along and brings Gerda to the palace anyway so she can find her friend. When they get there, Kai is there but he's acting cold and stoic instead of like a normal boy. It turns out that he was under some kind of wintery spell - maybe he developed the same powers as Elsa, maybe he got hit by a frost spell, maybe he got a shard of ice stuck in his heart - and Elsa took him away because she wanted to try and help him. Gerda's love and devotion ends up being the key to finally curing him, and they go home together.
Frozen is the sequel to The Snow Queen.The Greta and Kai extras are actually the Greta and Kai from the story, and the Queen of Arendelle is... somehow, the snow queen? But somehow stripped of her powers because they went into her firstborn. Or something.
"The Snow Queen" story happened long ago, and it became a legend to the people of Arendelle.Kai and Gerda were named after the two in the original legend, and the ice harvesters singing "Beware the frozen heart" could also be a reference to the mirror shards in the eye and heart that happened long ago, especially because some of those shard pieces could still be out there. It is also possible that due to the Snow Queen's influence, some people are born with ice powers as she was. Hence Elsa. Perhaps the legendary Snow Queen is still alive?
The Snow Queen was the previous child "born under an alignment of Saturn" as Elsa was, 1000 years earlier.A millenium difference is plenty of time to have the original story happen and it to become legend later, tying in with the above.
Other Disney Properties
Ariel and Eric are the monarchs of the Southern Isles.Let's say that the human city seen in The Little Mermaid is Copenhagen (where Hans Christian Andersen lived, and which has a statue of the Little Mermaid in its harbor.) Copenhagen is located on the island of Zealand, part of the archipelago that makes up the eastern half of Denmark. Denmark is south of Norway, so the Danish Archipelago is the Southern Isles. (Presumably, in this universe Denmark became partitioned so that the Southern Isles and Jutland are separate countries.) And Hans has red hair, so either:
Elsa knows of Ariel and EricThe Little Mermaid probably takes place 10 - 20 years before Frozen.
Ariel and Eric ruled over what eventually became the kingdom of the Southern Isles.Seeing as The Little Mermaid takes place about three centuries before Frozen, Ariel and Eric's kingdom expanded over the generations. It eventually led to The Southern Isles becoming a kingdom.
The next Disney Princess movie will include a mention of the "weird blizzard last July".Just to tie it in with this movie like this one gets linked with Tangled.
This movie takes place in the same universe as The Incredibles.
The movie was written to gel well with Kingdom HeartsHearts play a significant role (to the extent of true love being defined in terms of the heart rather than its own context as usual), villains are sufficiently minor and unrelated to events that Xehanort can be squeezed in into quite a large role with minor fuss, and the Anna/Elsa pair appears so startlingly similar to Sora/Riku that interacting with them may well serve a character development role for the latter pair by showing them where they/the other were/was pre-character development and that not having a 'Sora and Riku are split and each follow one sister for this world' would practically be a plot twist.
The similarity and fit seems too great to be an accident. Thus, it must be by design. They knew it'd show up eventually, so they made it work well for it.
If Frozen appears in Kingdom Hearts 3 and D-links return from Birth by Sleep, Elsa will be one.She'll basically grant every Ice ability in the game, with the "limit break" being, what else, "Let it go".
Likewise, we're going to see an alternate universe version of the sisters in Once Upon a Time.Elsa's abilities are very dangerous, and have the steep price tag of social isolation. Anna was saved by Troll magic, but at the cost of her memories. First rule of Horwitz and Kitiss's take on Disney canon? Magic always comes with a price. The feminist themes of Frozen and Hans's nasty subversion of Disney Prince also would fit right into a universe where Alice is swinging a sword, Snow White is a deadly archer, Red Riding Hood is a werewolf, and the "wicked stepmother" is a deeply screwed up mess under all the grandstanding, murder, and sorcery.
Disney, the Polar Vortex and Reality
Disney has been pursuing a long-term strategy to sabotage Universal's chances of making Wicked into a movie.Universal bought the adaptation rights to Wicked and funded the production of the stage musical with the intent of making it into a film. It's taken them so long to do this that Disney has now co-opted the setting and timeframe of Wicked in Oz: The Great and Powerful, and co-opted the plot, character arcs and star (Idina Menzel) of Wicked in Frozen, so if a Wicked movie does come out, audiences will feel like they've seen it all before.
There is no coincidence that Frozen was released before the 2014 Arctic blast.
Disney executives made a pact with Satan for this movie to have the success it hasNot that it doesn't deserve it, but damn this has achieved far more than even The Lion King. Also possibly as means to justify their decision to extinguish traditional animation. Because of this, all characters in the movie are doomed to go to Hell when they die.
Disney knew...Disney used their psychic powers to see Winter Storm Titan before it happened. Knowing that it would increase viewership of a fitting movie, they made Frozen.
A possible sequel will deal with a fire princess and further play with Disney Princess traditionsWhile Frozen deals with the horrific possibility of a princess becoming a villainous witch and Malevolence will go full cycle with it, it's foreshadowing about the ugly side of things in the Disney Universe are starting to show up after so long. Case in point, magic is seen as something evil by society which leads to isolation and madness of otherwise kind and pure hearted girls. Like many people here stated that Elsa could have become the Snow Queen or that she could use her powers to lay waste to other countries, there will be another powerful magical princess with pyro kinetic abilities being used for war and who Elsa as the protagonist must return to the light of reason. Bonus points if said Evil Counterpart is voiced by Kristin Chenoweth.
The sequel is going to be a massive Crisis Crossover
The sequel will be a retelling of The Wild Swans
In the "redemption of Hans" story angle, the first of the heroes to reach out will be...Olaf! Elsa and Kristoff don't know him, and, although Anna is an All Loving Heroine, she was personally hurt by Hans and will have trouble accepting that he's more than a villain. Olaf, however, will want to learn Hans' side of the story and make friends with the prince, because that's just who he is. The snowman's kindness to the enemy will be what inspires the others to give Hans a chance.
The Nature of Magic
Every planetary alignment in a set number of years ends up granting someone powers at birth.With Word of God stating that Elsa's powers are due to being born 1,000 years after the last, and during an alignment of Saturn. Maybe each of the planets' have a sort of elemental power that activates during certain alignments at certain years? Jupiter, for instance, often represents thunder and lightning, and Io, one of its primary moons, is really hot and has volcanos—maybe an alignment at the right time grants someone lightning/fire/heat powers?
All the celestial bodies of the Frozen universe (or at least in the solar system) are Physical Gods.Seeing as 1000 years passing plus an alignment of Saturn's icy attributes gave Elsa ice powers, and a drop of sunlight gave Rapunzel healing/reversal abilities, maybe the planetary bodies are in fact sentient entities who have the ability to grant magic to specific individuals?
Everyone is gay
The inevitable Frozen Ever After short will focus on Elsa getting a consort.And she'll discount every potential suitor as false and/or inadequate. One of them will be Hans's big brother.
Elsa's Ice Palace will be properly refurbished, and there will be a Snow Queen there 24/7/365.The ruse will not draw off all the adventurers wandering in to "Free Arrendale From The Ice Witch's Grasp" (the Incident is bound to get severely distorted in the retelling without steamships and telegraphs in wide use); but the more gullible ones that bypass the capital to head straight for a lair in ice-bound reaches where it never thaws can chase some simulacra around a bit, smash something vaguely female & menacing heroically, and head home none the wiser as 'she' pulls herself together.
Frozen takes place later then we thoughtNot in the 21st century but sometime in the early-to-mid 20th. It's set in an AU universe which explains the Anachronism Stew.
The prison cell which Elsa is thrown into was built on her parents' orders years ago as a precaution in case their daughter ever went out of controlMany fan fiction writers point to the manacles she's made to wear as proof that the room was designed especially for her.
Elsa is a Conduit, and a very powerful one at thatLike her eventual successors Cole Macgrath and Delsin Rowe, Elsa is one of the small percentage of humans with the Conduit gene that allows for amazing abilities. Her abilities manifest as Ice/Snow, much like Lucy Kuo, though she seems to have a wider range of abilities. The only problem is that she seems to have a wide range of abilities even after suppressing them for more than a decade. As Augustine tells Delsin during their final battle, right after he copies her concrete powers, it takes years to focus and strengthen a Conduit's powers; Delsin (and Cole, incidently, at least in this timeline) only developed their powers due to their exposure to Ray Field energy (Cole's powers were activated specifically BECAUSE of his exposure, Delsin's manifested naturally but were never seen because he'd never met another Conduit). It's entirely possible that Elsa was exposed to a large amount of Ray Field energy when she was a child (it would have to be, as she already expresses an amazing amount of control over her powers that early) or she could just be a gifted Conduit like the Cole from the original timeline (alias Kessler). It would certainly explain how she got her powers if no one else in her family has any abilities, as the Conduit gene's distribution is seemingly random.
Frozen is the birth of Disney Princess TheoryThis isn't at all a concrete theory, but rather a pretty large series of coincidences. Disney has gone through some pretty interesting lengths to keep the Disney Princess franchise fresh in people's minds lately. Consider these points: 1. Tiana is the first African American princess, the most modern Disney princess, and the first official Disney Princess since 1998. Disney wants to draw in a new target demographic, and expressed regret that they did not draw in a good male audience, leading to an effort to capitalize on branding Flynn in Tangled. 2. The last four princesses have all been animated in CGI rather than Disney's typical style of 2D animation. Disney has played a lot recently with special effects in these movies, and the result is pretty good. The fact that Brave is a Pixar movie, however, may or may not mean that Merida will be left out of this new direction. 3. The princes in The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Brave all started out as being jerks. This could be some type of theme, or it could not be. Besides the fact that this goes directly against Disney's past standards, Hans is a subversion of this line of thinking, so this isn't my strongest argument. At least until the end of course! 4. Disney has two live action movies slated for the next two years, Maleficent and Cinderella, both of which are reduxes of Princesses they've already covered. These movies will probably retcon in events tying together the older set of Disney Princess movies. Maleficent will be told from the POV of the villain as well, which may prove to be good in terms of theory storytelling. They may also prove to be a good chance to tie in with the movie Enchanted. 5. See the WMG above on the Rapunzel cameo, as well as this link to the site, current home of Pixar Theory discussion. This is why I believe Frozen to be the birth of Princess theory, because it is the first obvious effort to tie multiple princesses to the same universe. The fact that they are so close together in the timeline also hints that they may be part of a certain subset. 6. Pixar Theory itself seems to be waning. Monsters University was a prequel that lent nothing to the greater timeline. Planes was created by John Lassiter, but was handed off to Disney Toon Studios. There is no Pixar movie slated for this year, and the next two, from what we know so far, just don't seem to fit. The Good Dinosaur is explicitly stated to be in an alternate dimension, which actually may hurt Pixar Theory in general. Unless they do work out, I think we can safely assume that Brave was the last of Pixar's great vision (which makes sense, seeing as it was decided to be the first and last movie in the timeline).
Elsa is the reason the Mushroom War happenedBecause her army of "feminist water elemental warrior lesbians" took over Scandinavia, and Finn went back in time to stop her.
Elsa accidentally cursed Anna.Elsa hits Anna with the ice blast, Anna freezes, does her act of true love, and thaws. But does that mean the ice, let alone the magic is out of her system? Not to mention that Pabbie and the King had a conversation communicated that Elsa's powers could be cursed onto someone else. Anna has been cursed with Elsa's powers, but it's not a big deal because they know how to thaw most accidental freezes (and Anna's rarely scared anyway). The last scene of the film could be before or after that revelation.