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- Accidental Innuendo: In the Arabic version of "Let it Go", the part where Elsa originally sang, "Let it go/Let it go/That perfect girl is gone" translates to, "It's not coming back/It's not coming back/I've lost my innocence," with the masculine version of "it".
- Anna telling Kristoff "take me up the North mountain."
- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Hans does raise lots of questions due to the way the plot twist is formatted. Does he genuinely like Anna before turning evil at a chance to seize the throne, or is he just using Anna the whole time and throwing her away when her use was over? Is he actually being a good person by giving the civilians blankets during the winter, or was it a way to build himself up a reputation as a good guy and hide his true intentions? Does he mirror Anna's Adorkableness to woo her in, or is he truly Adorkable and just happens to be evil? Making the conundrum worse, a lot of people seem to be Distracted by the Sexy and ignore his complete sociopathy, insisting that all he wants is to be a beloved king.
- Even This Very Wiki can't decide on whether Elsa is Ambiguously Lesbian. Her lack of a love interest throughout the entire movie (even Hans knew it was pointless to try to woo her, which is why he went for her sister) makes her a Celibate Hero. But the way she hides a secret that she was born with her whole life, finally embracing it and revealing it to the world in her big song, and being happier afterwards makes some people think more than that.
- The Trolls have become subject to this, with people thinking they may be darker than they appear, and their magic may have darker results than shown, as evidenced by the King and Queen's fear of taking Anna and Elsa to them. It probably helps that the trolls in the original story were evil.
- On the other hand if you pay attention, Granpabbie doesn't tell the King to do anything. He just gives Elsa a gentle warning. He tells her that fear will be her enemy. But it's not like he says "Only one kind of fear but I'm not going to tell you which, harharhar." It's ALL kinds of fear. He says she needs to learn to control it. He says right there that there are good things in her power. But it's the King who interprets 'control' as 'suppress' and says 'protect' when he means 'isolate', when they are such different words that to confuse them is sheer idiocy. He gives the orders to lock the doors. He doesn't let the Trolls know the extent to which Elsa will be isolated, or that he'll keep her and Anna from interacting at all, or that Anna will end up being isolated and friendless too. And he certainly doesn't say anything about 'for the next thirteen years and longer if we have to'. Granpabbie's crypticness is nothing to how ambiguous the King is.
- The Duke of Weaseltown (WESELTON!!). His desire to kill Elsa could be interpreted as either religious fanaticism, or maybe it's just his way of protecting the kingdom. Many people seem to think that his concern for the wealth of the Kingdom makes him evil, but upon hearing that Anna has been killed by Elsa, he is clearly horrified that she did such a thing. In the end, he's nothing more than a sneaky businessman.
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- Frozen was ironically not received well in Norway. Initial reviews gave it very low ratings, the general consensus among critics being that of "generic plot and characters" and "forced and obnoxious musical numbers", while one particular review criticized the setting for "not really looking like Norway". It did better with smaller magazines, however, giving it an average 4/6 star rating. Meanwhile, its general target audience, including the president of the Sámi Parliament of Norway, Aili Keskitalo, seem to like it fine, in the end making it more a case of Critical Dissonance.note
- It's been further exacerbated with the news that Disney is replacing the Norway-themed Epcot ride "Maelstrom" with a Frozen-themed ride. Park purists and Norwegians are displeased that an attraction meant to honor a real-life country is being replaced with something based on a fictional country.
- Applicability: "Let It Go" can easily be seen as representing any number of personal secrets, and the relief of not having to hide them anymore, with homosexuality being the one most often brought up.
- Award Snub: To some, the song "Let it Go" losing the Best Original Song Golden Globe Award to "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
- Mitigated when it won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
- There are people who feel that other animated works such as The Wind Rises, The Croods, and Ernest And Celestine got snubbed by Frozen for Best Animated Feature. This wasn't helped by some academy voters saying they abstained from voting in this category as they barely saw any of the nominees (but contrary to what many assume, those who actually did vote for Frozen did see most of the other films).
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Trolls themselves are not a BLAM, having been previously introduced and playing a part in the exposition; however, the song "Fixer Upper" is widely accused of Mood Whiplash and criticized for stalling the movie at a highly dramatic point in the plot. It helps that Kristoff and Anna are both seemingly aware of this and the gravity of the situation and are genuinely trying to stop the whole thing, but the two of them just keep getting swept back into it.
- Then again, Kristoff did mention that he had friends who are "love experts", which foreshadows their Love Freak tendencies...
- Toward the end of the song, there's a section that has nothing too obvious to do with Kristoff, but applies directly to Elsa:
People make bad choices if they're mad, or scared, or stressed,
But throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best.
True love brings out the best!
- Watch Anna smile in response to see that's exactly the way she takes it. She's currently in a bit of a rough spot concerning her sister, so these few words mean a lot to her.
- Base Breaker: Anna and Elsa's parents had the best of intentions for their daughters when they kept Elsa isolated and urged her to keep her emotions in check, but this approach failed to address the problem and proved counterproductive. Some argue that they did the best with the limited information that they had (which may or may not be the trolls' fault), while others argue that a good part of the blame for the events in the film (Anna and Elsa being isolated, Elsa not learning to control her powers, Anna being naive and sheltered enough to fall for Hans' affections) lies at their feet and they are terrible parents.
- On the same note, there are those who believe this was a contrived way of establishing the central conflict of the story by lazy writing poorly disguised as Poor Communication Kills, while others think it fits the narrative just fine, and matches the Fairy Tale tone of the film.
- Broken Base:
- Before it was even released, the film accumulated mixed reactions — either people have admired what's been seen of it and are looking forward to it, or have been giving it flak for not using hand-drawn animation as they had hoped, not being a more direct adaptation of "The Snow Queen", for being another Caucasian European princess, for being another Disney film starring princesses, and/or assuming it was going to be a rehash of Tangled just because they have similar art styles.
- It's even caused some sort of broken base with individual people, who love the film but still can't help but point out problems with it as they gush.
- The reveal of Prince Hans as the villain also left many critics split. While some call it an ingenious twist, others point to the Third Act Stupidity once he revealed he was secretly evil after seemingly having no build up and the Batman Gambit of his overall scheme.
- Kristoff and Anna ending up together. A well-developed romance that subverts the usual Disney tropes or a cheap cop-out that leaves the two of them Strangled by the Red String for the romance between them only fully coming into play during the last act of the film?
- There was (and still is) a lot of frustration over the representation of Sami culture in the film. Although Kristoff is stated to be one by Word of God, actual Sami people are a lot more diverse in appearance, with some even resembling Siberian or Inuit tribespeople, so some people are angry that Disney opted to give Kristoff stereotypical light skin and blonde hair considering some early concept art depicted him with darker skin.
- The prospect of a Frozen world appearing in a future Kingdom Hearts game, which has been covered in countless pieces of fanfiction and fanart at this point, and is looking more and more likely due to the movie's success in Japan. Fans of both franchises love the idea. The reaction among Frozen's detractors and the It's Popular, Now It Sucks crowd is more divided; while some believe that an Arendelle world would help them enjoy the movie more, others think that Frozen is already popping up in too many places (with Elsa even being teased in Once Upon a Time), and that appearing in Kingdom Hearts would be pushing it.
- The heavy use of Frozen at various Disney Theme Parks has been a particular point of division among theme park fans. With an entire event centered around the film currently at Disney's Hollywood Studios and soon at Disney California Adventure coupled with the tie-ins the film is getting with several of the parks' shows, some theme park fans feel that the film is being obnoxiously and tackily shoved into the parks, while other fans heartily embrace the additions. The recent announcement that the Epcot ride "Maelstrom" will be replaced with a Frozen ride has so far been met with venomous backlash, with even fans of the film giving mixed opinions on it.