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Frozen is one powerful movie; here are some moments that show just why.

ALL spoilers on this page are UNMARKED. This will give away what happens in the franchise.

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  • The big one: the song sequence of "Let It Go" where Elsa unleashes the true potential of her power, effortlessly building a massive ice fortress for her to reside in. The scope, the camera angles, all the details Elsa adds to the fortress, conjuring her new dress, it's genuinely awe-inducing. All scored with Idina Menzel's powerful voice.
    • You would think there would be a steep learning curve for Elsa, as she has obsessively suppressed her powers for nigh on thirteen years. Yet upon seeing her conjure such an impressive castle on a whim, on her first attempt, it begins to sink in just how powerful she can be. The scene isn't just beautiful and poignant; it's a stunning display of Elsa's strength, talent, and creativity, showcasing just what an incredible girl she can be when she believes in herself.
    • From what we see of the castle Elsa creates, there are no foundations or load bearing support, just hundreds of tons of ice clinging onto a steep, precarious slope on the edge of an abyss (and ice isn't the best building material to begin with). Yet she keeps it standing, with no discernible effort, for days. Even in the 21st century, mankind couldn't construct and maintain a building like that, but Elsa created it all by herself without breaking a sweat.
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    • “Let It Go” is one of the most critically acclaimed songs released in Disney history, ever.
    • As well as being 100% awesome music, "Let It Go" is 100% awesome story-wise. After years of pressure to hold her power back she manages to throw it off and do awesome things. Without practice.
  • Anna taking down a wolf with a lute. When more wolves grab Kristoff, she lights a sleeping bag on fire and throws it at them.
    • Kristoff taking down a wolf by repeatedly kicking him. With one foot! It's a really cool demonstration that he is genuinely a strong, rugged mountain-man.
    • Shortly after, Sven's leap across a gorge.
    • Kristoff putting Anna on Sven's back and cutting the harness when he sees the ravine, making sure that even if he doesn't make it, his best friend and the young woman in his care will. That's a crowning moment, an Establishing Character Moment, and a Heroic Sacrifice all in one, folks.
  • The set-up for the above: Due to severe anxiety, Elsa has just lost control of her powers and accidentally frozen their home. Anna has only learned about her sister's powers in this moment, after a whole childhood of estrangement from the sister she loves, and now Elsa has disappeared into the mountains. So what does Anna do? Go after her, of course, not only to save their home, but to save her sister from her own fear and loneliness. In a way, the entire main part of the film is an act of love from Anna.
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  • Seeing Kristoff's design for the first time. There's something awesome about his physical build. Compare him to other Disney heroes. They're mostly slim and just tall enough to embrace a princess and kiss them without overshadowing them. Hans is a perfect example of this. Kristoff is significantly taller than Anna and the other main characters, broad shouldered, rugged and muscular, with big feet and hands. Upon his first adult appearance, he is given slightly ominous music as he enters Wandering Oaken's Trading Post & Sauna, and he's almost a full head taller than Anna is. They want you to know, "This guy works outdoors. He'd better look like it too." He can lift Anna right off her feet without blinking, and he performs quite a lot of physical exertion in the movie. For once, a guy who is strong also looks it.
  • Anna rescuing Kristoff from falling over the cliff by throwing him the pickaxe and rope.
  • Hans and his men fighting against Marshmallow. Hans wins his fight by cutting Marshmallow's leg off with one slice! Possibly more awesome is Marshmallow's attempt to grab Hans and drag him into the chasm.
  • Elsa's awesome fight scene against the Duke of Weselton's lackeys, nearly killing them with her impressive ice powers. Despite the relentless attacks, Elsa doesn't let up either. It shows that anger and man's basic survival instinct gives Elsa even better control of her powers than fear.
    • And then Hans pleading with Elsa to not become the monster everyone thinks she is by taking their lives. Granted, it's in his own interests but it at least helps Elsa to not take a life.
    • Oh, and speaking of this scene, just a second, Hans diverts the Duke's Guard's crossbow from being aimed at Elsa to being shot at a small ice chain holding up the chandelier. It's clear that Hans was deliberately trying to kill Elsa without actually aiming for her, by aiming for the chandelier because you actually see him glance upwards briefly before running to redirect the arrow. You'd have to have amazing marksmanship to pull that off. He's a goddamn good sniper.
    • The two guards themselves put up one hell of a fight. They take Elsa on at the same time, they make several attempts to get behind her and flank her, they never keep their eyes off her, they stagger their slow-loading crossbows bolt shots so at least one of them can cover the other (like modern army soldiers do with automatic weaponry), and they just don't give up (which would be easy to do going up against, what amounts to, a demigod). One of them actually lines up a fatal shot after being pinned to the wall and almost being impaled.
  • The Reveal: Hans is the Big Bad, a carefully researched Sociopath. Disney didn't go around dropping an orgy of foreshadowing; it's only in hindsight that you see it.
  • When Anna sees Hans is about to kill Elsa, she intercepts his sword just as her body turns into ice. When the sword hits her now frozen hand, it's the sword that shatters. This ends up being the "act of true love" that breaks the curse.
    • Just as Hans' sword is about to strike Anna, it grows frost on it, just as it was about to shatter. Any metalworker knows there must be a proper balance of heat and cold when forging a sword, otherwise the metal grows too brittle to effectively use. Anna was so cold, she fucked with the molecular structure of metal.
    • There was no way Anna could have known that her hand would turn to ice at that exact moment. She was so intent on protecting her estranged sister that she was willing to shield Elsa with her own body against a fatal sword blow. Anna came close to getting her hand split down the middle, yet Anna herself was reaching to grab the blade even as it fell.
    • Anna has been frozen by Elsa... so just how cold are Elsa's snow powers if they can shatter metal? Normal snow and ice cannot do that under normal circumstances... Elsa's snow powers are either as hot as lava (which is one of the few things that can melt metal) or made of something extremely powerful. "[...]stronger than one, stronger than ten, stronger than a hundred men"—those ice-miners at the beginning of the movie really knew what they were talking about.
  • Kristoff marching his way to go throttle Hans for what he did. Luckily (however you look at it), Anna stops him. What makes this moment awesome is that it shows that you NEVER want to mess with the people Kristoff loves.
  • Anna then punches Hans in the face. Notice her hands? No bruises. Anna is made of excruciatingly strong stuff.
  • Sven and Kristoff galloping across the frozen fjord in a huge ice storm to save Anna, as the frozen ships begin to collapse around them.
    • Near the end, Sven looked like he'll just drown, and Kristoff is already worrying for his buddy's survival... Sven climbed right back up to the surface. For a reindeer, Sven's really tough!
    • You mean even for a reindeer, he's tough. Sven's depiction throughout the film is an Awesome moment for his species, which for too long has been depicted as cuddly, twee and diminutive. But every Arctic-adapted animal is as tough as they come, and real reindeer are no exception.
  • Olaf saving Anna from freezing to death alone, thus Hans only failed in his plan because he didn't even know Olaf existed.
  • It may be a small one, but the way that Anna and Elsa's parents ride on their horses to save Anna's life. They don't stop riding. Their horses are going fast. Just seeing these two parents riding on their horses to save one of their two daughters is just awesome.
  • The opening scene with the ice harvesters. Seeing them do their professional work, while singing, is just awesome. That had to have been the manliest Disney song since "I'll Make A Man Out You".
  • The Great Thaw. Heartwarming and Awesome combine into Tears of Joy for Elsa. And quite a lot of the audience.
  • Massive points for Disney for straying away from their Obviously Evil villain path and making Hans a completely different but extremely well-done type of Disney Villain: A sociopathic Jerkass Woobie who is clever and calculating while being able to hide his evilness from the characters and even the viewer!
  • It may be Villainous Awesome, but Hans' performance as a grief-stricken widower for the council of the ambassadors is a tour de force. When he passes the death sentence on Elsa, you can just make out tears in his eyes. He's an appalling man, but Santino Fontana Really Can Act.
  • Just as good is when Anna has one final word with Hans:
    Hans: Anna? But she froze your heart.
    Anna: The only frozen heart around here is yours. [POW!]
  • Kai telling off the Duke of Weselton when he starts making trouble again at the end:
    Kai: Oh, I have a message from the Queen. [opens a documented scroll] "Arendelle will henceforth and forever no longer do business of any sort with Weasel Town."


  • The movie is packed with Visual Effects of Awesome.
    • This is snow, guys. They animated snow. And it is awesome.
    • The scene where Elsa raises her ice palace is a technical marvel in computer animation. It took fifty effects artists and lighting artists working together to create the sequence. It was so complex that it took 30 hours to render each frame, with 4,000 computers rendering one frame at a time. According to the ABC documentary, it took nine months to complete that single shot.
  • This movie had the biggest box office opening of any Disney movie, even beating out the previous record holder, Toy Story 3. And its box office rose between its third and sixth weeks, which is unusual for any film. It's the highest-grossing animated film ever, the first Disney animated film (not counting Pixar or Marvel) ever to gross more than a billion dollars worldwide, and the fifth highest-grossing film (not adjusted for inflation) of all time. To put it into perspective, this movie was still at #9 at the US box office the weekend before the DVD came out. And then during awards season, the film swept all the major Awards for Best Animated Feature (from the Oscar and Golden Globe to the Kids' Choice Award), not to mention a clean getaway at the Annie Awards!
    • After the Golden Globe win, on January 13th, word was announced that probably a large number of fans had been expecting and hoping for: Frozen is heading to Broadway! Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger said, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence." Regardless of how long it takes, it's good to hear that the team is hoping to put as much effort into the musical adaption as was done for the film itself. Even better is that the songwriters and directors of the film are helping out. Under four years later after the announcement, the Broadway production began a out-of-town tryout in Denver, Colorado in August 2017 that ran for a month and a half, before heading to Broadway in spring 2018.
    • Jennifer Lee is the first female director of a Walt Disney Animation Studios film, and the first writer at any major animation studio to become a director. And that movie surpassed a billion dollars worldwide, won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, and won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
  • Anna and Elsa are insanely popular at Disneyland/World. On a Wednesday morning after Easter (with most schools' Spring Breaks over) in 2014, 10 minutes after Disneyland opened, there was a 4 1/2 hour wait to see them! When they were at the Norway pavilion in Epcot at Disney World, the wait reached as high as 6 hours.
  • Demand has been so great the Disney Store often has little or literally no Frozen merchandise available. In Spring 2014, a weekly lottery was been set up for the chance to buy the most popular costumes and plush. Disney later announced that they wouldn't make the mistakes they made with The Little Mermaid's merchandising a quarter-century ago.
  • Surprising that the announcement came after the Broadway announcement, but while fans waited for the latter, Frozen on Ice starting making rounds in summer 2014. The ice show itself retells the movie, you can sing-along, there's awesome skating and orchestral score and effects. And then there's the finale: as if Idina Menzel singing "Let It Go" with the lyrics for the credits version wasn't cool enough, the song is arranged as a dance-party-style remix AND an Audience Participation Call-and-Response Song!
  • Disney Hollywood Studios. Summer-long Frozen party all day every day from July 5th to September 1st, 2014. And it's indeed awesome, with multiple sightings of Anna, Elsa, and for the first time Kristoff, sing-alongs, Elsa using her powers, a snow play area and ice skating rink, a store where you can buy Frozen merch at non-jacked up prices, and a paper Olaf that if you tweet pictures of yourself with him around the park during the day, you might be included in the slideshow before the fireworks.
  • The Last Sleepless City's cover of "Let It Go". The guitar and singer's voice are both truly incredible.
  • Two more awesome covers of "Let It Go": The Piano Guys' cover, incorporating passages from Vivaldi's "Winter", and an African-tinged version by Alex Boye and the One Voice Children's Choir.
  • More Let It Go-related awesomeness— a CD set was released called "Let It Go: The Complete Set". which is a set of 50 international recordings of Let It Go - that's over 3 hours of listening to the same song translated into multiple languages! (Unfortunately, calling it The Complete Set can be considered inaccurate in terms of the one released in America because the Menzel and Lovato versions are conspicuously absent. And yet the versions released on the Japanese iTunes and on CD in the UK do have Idina's version, bringing the track total to 51, though seeing as Demi Lovato's version isn't on either release it's still technically not a "Complete Set". Why that was done is anyone's guess.)
  • And then, on May 19th 2014, an album of 4 remixes of Let It Go hit iTunes! One wonders if that song holds the record for "Most Variations of a Song on iTunes"!!
  • As if Frozen wasn't popular ENOUGH, it was honored with a special edition PlayStation 4..... but only in Japan.
  • The songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez were honored with a written piece by Trey and Matt for Time's 2014 100 Influential People article, talking about how the film soundtrack's popularity was well-earned and that the skill they used was what they themselves attempted with the songs on The Book of Mormon, Team America: World Police, and South Park.
  • Male covers of "Let It Go" are nothing new, but this one comes with an awesome animation! Notable is that the animated King looks and sounds quite awesomely villainous. It's like an insight into what "Let It Go" was initially going to be.
  • The Word of God explanation for Elsa being born with ice powers (that is, unless the sequel Retcons it or Jennifer Lee says otherwise since it was going to be in the film but was cut) is absolute genius.
  • The sing-along edition of Frozen was finally released as an official DVD in November 2014, just in time for the holidays!
  • "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic", a documentary that aired on ABC on September 2nd, 2014 (and a few more times during the subsequent holiday season). It has interviews from the cast and crew, some What Could Have Been trivia, and even a lot of the original storyboards for the original Villain Song-version of "Let It Go" (we even get to hear Kristen Andersen-Lopez singing the first couple lines)!. The documentary also has its Funny and Heartwarming moments as well.
  • Semi-accurate talking plushies of characters are common things. The Frozen ones at Hot Topic follow this trend. So why is it on this page? Because of the Elsa one. With the (possible) exception of, "Thank you" and "Give me my glove!", all of the things Elsa says are lines from when she was meant to be a villain!. Even cooler? That's Idina Menzel herself saying those lines!
  • Even though "Let It Go" didn't get nominated for Best Single for the American Music Awards, Kohl's still managed to get the song played during the commercial breaks, with 10 fan covers, with the store promoting themselves as a Frozen Merch HQ for the holiday season.
  • Just when we thought Frozen has spread just about everywhere in the world, NASA thought that they could go beyond that and send it to space!
  • Several months after the movie's initial release, The Living Tombstone made a remix of Let It Go. AND IT. IS. GLORIOUS.
  • How about some love for "For the First Time in Forever" with a gorgeous piano cover and a viola serving as the vocals? The key change is simply divine, and it makes the song much more intense than the original!
  • This deleted scene shows a glimpse of a more villainous Elsa. And it is AWESOME.
  • In Winter 2014, Arendelle, the North Mountain (including Elsa's ice castle and the trolls' home), and Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna became the first new locales added to Disneyland's Storybook Land since Agrabah and the Cave of Wonders almost 20 years earlier.
  • With Let It Go, Robert Lopez became the only person to complete the EGOT awards roundup (an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony Award) in competitive categories within a decade.
  • How many animated shorts get their own trailer? Well, Frozen Fever is one!
  • The day before Frozen Fever was released in theaters, a feature-length sequel was announced!


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