Frozen is one emotionally uplifting film. You could say the entire movie's theme is heartwarming.
- The ending to the teaser trailer.
- Olaf himself is looking to be an example. People were kinda split on him once the teaser came out, but then Disney posted his introductory scene online, and now most of the commentators are squeeing at how cute he is!
- Elsa and Anna built Olaf as kids... when he was a regular, non-talkative snowman of course. So when Elsa flees the kingdom, she fashions her own castle of ice, and subconsciously rebuilds Olaf, now sentient. So... Olaf is the embodiment of the sisters' lost bond they used to share!
- Olaf being built at all. For years Elsa had been listening to Anna begging her to build a snowman but never could because she was hiding her powers. The moment she's free, the first thing she does is build a snowman. Really gives you insight to how much she wanted to say 'yes' to Anna for all that time.
- Not just any snowman, mind you: an animated snowman who goes by the name she gave his predecessor while playing with Anna, and who wants to be friends and play with everyone. And she didn't even realize she had done, or could do, such a thing at that point! Even subconsciously, her powers expressed that wish - to go back and be happy playmates with her little sister and their snowman, Olaf.
- Even more Heartwarmingly? In Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Anna always made an Olaf-related gift for Elsa each Christmas.
- "Hi, I'm Olaf! And I like warm hugs!" D'aaaaaww.
- Little Anna's first reply to that: "I love you, Olaf!"
- And the part where he builds a fire to keep Anna from freezing to death. It's warming a heart, both literally and figuratively.
Anna: Olaf...you're melting.
- Moments before that, Anna is barely conscious, freezing more and more, when she realizes Olaf is lighting a fire for her. Her first reaction is to tell Olaf to get away from there, so he won't melt.
- The fact that Olaf isn't phased at all when Anna & Kristoff first react scared/unsettled by him when they first meet him (Anna screams and Kristoff calls him "creepy" at first); he just keeps being his charming self and wins them over within a minute of meeting them.
- Olaf gets a fantastic one when he gives Anna a much needed pep talk about love after she gets crushed by Hans' betrayal, the whole scene is nothing but this...you can just see the life come back to Anna's eyes.
- Elsa's reaction when she's reunited with Olaf for the first time; she just looks at her hands and begins to smile at the reminder that her powers were able to make something good.
- Anna and Elsa playing together as kids is adorable! Building a snowman and then ice-skating with it...Is that snow on the ground or sugar? This gets replayed in the ending.
- How little Anna tried (and succeeded) in getting Elsa to play with her. That little Elsa keeps the same smile, and didn't show a hint of annoyance towards little Anna.
- The way Anna frowns thoughtfully before lighting up and mischievously asking Elsa "Do you want to build a snowman?" You can tell this is one of Elsa's favorite activities, and that Anna knows it. Better yet? When they do build that snowman, it's clear that "Do you want to build a snowman?" was code for "Do you want to play with your magic?" Little Elsa clearly loved her magic, and so did Anna.
- "Do the magic!"
- Also young Kristoff and Sven, who are adorable in their tiny emulation of the older ice harvesters. Then they're adopted by trolls who find them so cute they just have to keep them.
- "For The First Time in Forever" - Just Anna's joy over finally getting to meet other people since the gates closed when she was small and the chance to form new relationships after the death of her parents.
- Kristoff putting Anna on Sven's back and cutting the harness when he sees the ravine, making sure that even if he doesn't make it, his best friend and the girl with him will.
- A lot of what Kristoff does throughout the movie can be seen as this after he takes on Anna's request. Sure, he initially trudges on because his personal livelihood is at stake, but in time he puts that behind him and helps because it's the right thing to do. Culminating in the finale where he brings Anna back to Hans and reassures her that he'll be fine. He doesn't impose his feelings on her knowing she's engaged and simply lets her go, only returning when he notices she might be in danger. The man embodies selflessness; even if it takes Sven to occasionally prompt it out of him (which he does, twice).
- The Triumphant Reprise of "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" in the ending music.
- The fact that, yes, Elsa did want to build a snowman.
- In the song "In Summer," Olaf fantasizes about having a picnic with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, even though he's literally just met them, and they kicked his head off. Shows what a loving, sweet guy he is.
Olaf: The sky will be blue... and you guys will be there too...
- When Kristoff is taking Anna to the trolls, he asks if she's cold, and she responds "A little..." Then he lifts his arms to wrap them around her to keep her warm but awkwardly shuffles around before deciding not to.
- Everything about the trolls in that scene. They clearly love Kristoff so much and are just so excited that he finally "brought a girl home"! When Kristoff tries to explain that Anna is engaged to someone else, they instantly try to assure him in return that they don't see a ring on her finger and so it can't be serious enough for Kristoff not to try and go for it himself. They really just want him to be happy.
- At one point during "Fixer-Upper," several trolls hug Kristoff - and even though he's annoyed with them and trying to get them to listen to him, he takes a moment to hug them back before continuing.
- Kristoff also tells the trolls, "[Anna] is engaged to someone else!" By not mentioning himself in his reason why the trolls should stop shipping them, he proves how much he cares for Anna.
- "Let It Go". The song is for everyone that has ever felt the need, or has been forced, not to be themselves, and then they hear this song that is basically saying, "Be yourself. Don't care about what others think. Be you."
Elsa: I don't care what they're going to say!
Let the storm rage on...
The cold never bothered me anyway.
- It doesn't even have to be interpreted as a don't-yield-to-social-pressure ballad, either: it's as much her own fear that Elsa is casting off, not just others' judgement. She's been so terrified of harming others that she couldn't use her powers, test them, show them, or even risk touching anyone in dread of them bursting out. Now, alone in the wilderness with only the cold for company - no one around her to get hurt - her fear no longer cripples her, or bars her from indulging in and taming her ability. Anyone who's felt stifled by their own doubts or insecurities can take joy in that release: in all that passion and creativity just exploding out of her. And the storm she's always dreaded comes gusting forth to take shape around her ... and it's beautiful.
- Just seeing Elsa act similar to a kid in a candy store, she is just so giddy and excited over making her ice palace. Seeing her able to fully express herself is beautiful. Look at her face when she creates that ice bridge - it's an expression that you thought you'd only see on her sister.
- During the song she recreates Olaf from her childhood and then lets down her hair to the same braid she wore as a child. She really was longing for the joy of her childhood, and it subtly shows.
- Watch how she moves while building the castle, she's practically dancing.
- While there are some sad lines thrown in with the triumph ("You'll never see me cry," "That perfect girl is gone," etc.), it's easy to ignore because... Elsa looks so happy for the first time since the opening scene.
- And even those lines could be interpreted as happy ones. She's finally happy and doesn't feel the need to cry and she no longer has to hide who she is (in other words, she no longer has to be a "perfect, good girl" for anyone).
- The finale to the Japanese version of the song.
I want to shine, I've already decided
I'm fine as I am! I'll come to like myself!
I'm fine as I am! I believe so myself!
- You know how people will say about particularly great movie scenes, "[Insert Scene] made the movie"? Let It Go literally did.note When the Honest Trailer for Frozen called it "the feature-length music video for Let It Go," they were actually 100% right.
- Hans and Anna's first meeting might count, at least on the first watch, especially the instantly fond little smile he gives after Anna's left (and he's fallen back in the water.) Too bad he was faking it. In fact that was probably a self-satisfied 'that went well' smirk.
- Doubles as a tearjerker, but look at the way Elsa smiles at Anna during "For The First Time In Forever (Reprise)." She loves her sister so much; all she wants is for her to be happy, even if it means Elsa can't be part of that happiness.
- The fact that even though Anna was so desperate to escape her life of loneliness and isolation that she agreed to marry someone she didn't even know, she still wanted to continue living at the castle with her husband. She wanted to leave that life behind, but never Elsa.
- Doubles as Tearjerker that Anna's pupils actually dilate when Elsa caresses her frozen solid face, she's already starting to thaw from the inside and can feel her sister's love for the first time in forever.
- When winter is lifted and summer returns to Arendelle.
- The animation on its own is beautiful and heartwarming in that warmth returns to a harsh, frozen land, bringing back life and peace. And it's all because Elsa realized how to control her emotion-driven powers with The Power of Love which can thaw a frozen heart or a frozen country.
- The King's protective nature to his family. It's a brief moment, but when the trolls reveal themselves, you can see the King pull in his wife and Elsa (the Queen is carrying Anna) protectively.
- During one scene in Elsa's childhood, when she shows difficulties to control her powers and has covered part of a wall with ice, his first reaction is to try to hug her, until she tells him to not. He shows absolutely no fear towards her.
- The sisters reunited again after Elsa's powers are outed. Elsa looks so touched to see her sister still loves her, and Anna is so happy to see she's okay.
- During the coronation notice that it's Elsa who takes the initiative in starting a conversation by complimenting her beloved sister. Not the talkative and high-energy Anna who up to that point had shown nothing but a desire to connect with practically anyone, no, it was the reserved and poised Elsa who had done everything in her power to keep her sister away who reaches out first when given the chance outside of closed doors, even though it comes off as rather awkward, like two strangers on an elevator. Then much more poignantly, it gets mirrored in the finale when she, again, initiates what's probably the first embrace they've had in years. Its a nice nod to the kind of person she really truly is underneath the icy mask she wore for so long.
- Look close and you'll see, as Anna waves nervously to the crowd. One of the partygoers waves back to her.
- Anna. So she's this little girl who absolutely loves her sister. Then for reasons she doesn't know (because of the trolls erasing her memories), her parents isolate their family from the world and separate the siblings for 10 years, with her sister turning cold and distant. To make matters worse, she becomes an orphan. When Anna discovers that Elsa has ice magic that everyone is absolutely terrified of and runs away, she goes after her. When Anna gets her heart struck by her sister, she still insists on bringing her back home and fix the whole eternal winter thing. That yes, Elsa is responsible for it, but she doesn't blame her and wants to fix it together. It's made clear throughout the entire movie that absolutely nothing will make her lose faith in Elsa, like she knows in her heart Elsa is just frightened out of her skin.
- The best part? It's 100% rewarded.
- Anna returns from their parents' wake alone. She has to attend her parents' funeral without Elsa, and face all the citizens in mourning without her only remaining family, and as the only member of the royal family facing the public. The only remaining member of her once-close family won't even answer her when Anna says people have been asking about her and lets her know she's there for her. She's fifteen years old. Yet Anna shows no bitterness that she's been left alone to cope with the death of her parents. Nearly all of her verse is taken up with begging Elsa to let her give support.
- On that note: Elsa. That she clearly adores Anna just as much as Anna adores her, showing no irritation at being woken up and dragged out to play. And the look she gives Anna after her coronation is so fond.
- Just how good, kind and noble both sisters ultimately prove to be despite their flaws, really. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff are pretty much three of the kindest, noblest and most caring protagonists any Disney film has ever come up with. They pretty much even steal the show even from one of the scariest villains Disney has ever come up with!
- Elsa declaring "Yes I'm alone but I'm alone and free!" with a huge, happy smile on her face in "For the First Time in Forever Reprise". It immediately goes downhill afterward, but you can tell that, for...well, the first time in forever, she's actually happy with her powers.
- In hindsight, the ice harvesters singing the opening song "Frozen Heart" can be interpreted as already knowing, together with Anna, what Elsa would eventually find out about herself (along with the rest of Arendelle) at the end of the movie a good ten years later:
- Olaf saying that "the sky is awake".
- This is a very minor one compared to all of the above, but when the trolls cure Anna by erasing her memories of the magic, they make a point to "leave the fun". They're good people right from the get-go.
- Also note, all the while Anna is unconscious, her facial expression is clearly uncomfortable, perhaps even in some kind of pain. But when Pabbie alters her memories and they seem to reply, her expression from that point onward is a warm smile, clearly reliving the joy of playing with her sister.
- The scene where Anna's heart thaws and is brought back from her Disney Death is a literal heart-warming moment note
- That scene is also ridiculously adorable. Most people wouldn't catch it the first or even second time watching, but look closely. Elsa feels Anna move, wordlessly says "Wha...", sees Anna's braid fall, and then realizes that, yes, her beloved sister is alive. She also grips Anna's arm when she feels her move before she actually looks up at her, like it's almost too good to be true Anna is alive, but if it is, she wasn't letting go.
- Elsa asking why Anna would sacrifice herself for her. Elsa was so filled with thoughts that she was a monster, that even this puzzles her, but Anna assures Elsa, "I love you."
- And we can see how much Anna fought to beat the curse. She knew what was happening to her thanks to the Trolls and was fighting right to the end to break it. And with salvation in sight, she then made a decision of her own free will to sacrifice her life to save her sister instead of herself.
- Of all the characters in the movie, Anna had wanted to get out and experience life more than anyone else (Much of "For the First Time in Forever" is dedicated towards this longing.) Yet in spite of the burning passion to live, she didn't even hesitate to throw herself in front of a fatal sword blow in a desperate effort to shield her estranged sister. She didn't just put Elsa's needs before herself, she threw away all the hopes and dreams she had been nurturing for the last thirteen years in a split-second decision.
- On top of how utterly selfless and brave Anna is when she blocks the sword, it also shows how forgiving she is. We, the audience, were aware of Elsa's personal conflicts and difficulties, and could fully sympathize with her. Yet by Elsa's own design, Anna has no idea what kind of person her sister is. Elsa had shut Anna out without explanation for thirteen years, had seemingly abandoned her to bury and mourn their parents alone, had her locked up in the castle for years, and then imperiled the entire kingdom. After Anna has risked wolves, exposure, and hostile terrain to find Elsa, while keeping faith that Elsa was not malicious and that the Endless Winter was a misunderstanding, Anna finally finds Elsa. But Elsa creates an ice monster to chase Anna away, and accidentally strikes her in the heart with ice, which is killing her bit by bit. Worse, Anna doesn't see the look of shock on Elsa's face after she's struck, only the guilt, so she doesn't even know that it was an accident and that Elsa didn't strike out of temper. Elsa may have had good reasons for all of this, but had we seen the movie purely from Anna's perspective, we could have easily been misled into concluding that Elsa was a villain. Yet in the end, Anna's love for her sister and faith in her is even greater than all the pain caused. Anna is willing to throw her life away for the sister who had seemingly ruined her life.
- Even the funny post-credits scene has a whiff of it. Marshmallow tries on the tiara Elsa abandoned and reigns over the ice palace alone. Now Marshmallow can live whatever life he wishes (just like his creator), getting the freedom he deserves, and even gets to be king of an ice palace! And he's so happy about it that his Spikes of Villainy disappear!
- During Fixer-Upper, the Trolls pounce on Anna and give her a very quick 'woodland princess' dress-up. And it's quiet, but when Kristoff looks at her, he says "Woah..." He's a mountaineer; he doesn't bother with flashy dresses and gems. The Trolls have shown him something he's a little more used to, and now he can see how beautiful she is. That's so cute...
- The trolls. Though they kinda go crazy trying to push Anna and Kristoff together, they seem really nice, with Kristoff viewing them as family, and they do their best to help Anna with her curse. They are kinda cute too, whether curled up into boulders or as their normal selves.
- Double heartwarming when you consider that in every legend told about the trolls, they're always the bad guys or just straight out monsters. The fact that Disney, of all people, made them not just good guys but adorable is not only heartwarming for the trolls themselves, but shows just how far Disney has come from their typical stereotypes.
- At the party after Elsa's coronation, Anna and Elsa talk for what must be the first time in forever. Despite all the isolation of the past few years, they still have a strong friendship and bond. This little bit caps it:
*Both sisters in perfect synchronized timing make a sniffing motion*
Elsa: What is that amazing smell? [They sniff the air]
- The common folk of Arendelle are so happy when their queen leaves her palace to walk among them, then they realize there is something very wrong.....
Woman with child: "Your majesty? Are you all right?"
- Kristoff asks if Anna is cold when she's obviously unwell, and you can see him almost touch her, as if to set an assuring hand on her shoulder or his around her, though he hesitates, just as he does when he asks to kiss her. Kristoff may be a grump, but he's incredibly respectful and surprisingly chivalrous and caring when he grows to love Anna.
- The fact that familial love, not romantic love, was the key to saving the day.
- "I'm not leaving without you, Elsa."
- During the song before the above line is spoken, Elsa and Anna are singing theirreprise of "For the First Time in Forever". When both sisters make it to the top of the stairs, Anna is just finishing the line "For the first time in forever/I will be right here." How does she end the line? She presses a hand over her heart. Signifying not only that she would always be with her sister, but in her heart, she and Elsa would always be together.
- Olaf offering to distract Kristoff when they briefly think he's gone insane before the trolls reveal themselves.
- Kristoff taking Anna all the way back to Arendelle to find Hans. It builds to him later realizing that he's fallen in love with her.
- When he's carrying her back to the castle and she's starting to freeze, she asks him if he'll be okay and he gives her the sweetest, most loving smile and he tells her not to worry about him. Consider this is a guy who's spent most of the film being anti-social or sarcastic.
- Anna here, too. Considering that she's dying herself. Both sisters have kindness to spare.
- Kristoff gives Anna his hat because she's turning to ice. It's an adorable gesture, especially because she makes the effort to smile at him.
- Made all the cuter simply by how he's carrying her: he's cradling her.
- Despite telling her "it doesn't sound like true love" earlier, he is the person to immediately think of taking her to Hans when they're told she needs "an act of true love." He may have valid doubts, but he's come to respect her judgment.
- When Olaf rescues Anna after she's left to die by Hans, he tries to keep her warm by lighting a fire. It's here that he discovers that heat will melt and kill him. Despite this, he chooses to stay and help Anna. This line sums the scene up:
- When Kristoff is rushing to find Anna in the blizzard, Sven falls into the river. Kristoff waits for him to re-emerge, and when he does, Sven brays at him as if to say "Go get her! I'm fine!" to which Kristoff responds, "Good boy."
- Sven, being symbolic of The Conscience for Kristoff does this when he not-so-subtly urges Kristoff to go back to Anna. It speaks volumes of the relationship between the two that he actively refuses to let Kristoff keep up his denial.
- "You sacrificed yourself for me?" "I love you." Dialogue that could easily be said between love interests said between sisters.
- The tone in which each character says their line is also quite touching. Elsa's question is spoken with the joy of seeing that her sister has survived, but also a measure of surprise that Anna would go that far for her after how long she spent isolated. Anna's response has the tone "Of course I would; we're sisters".
- When Anna is returned to life, the first thing that she's aware of is Elsa's arms around her, when she's wished for her sister's affection for so long.
- Near the end, when Olaf begins to melt in the heat, Elsa keeps him alive by giving him a personal flurry above his head. He's later seen enjoying the summer like he always wanted.
- Right before Elsa recreates Olaf, she calls him "little guy".
- It's just too adorable the way Olaf giggles when Elsa gives him his personal flurry.
- The look on his face really sells it. He saved someone that he loves, helped a couple get together, met his creator and earned her approval, and got to see the summer. Fortunately, that snow cloud Elsa made for him kept him frozen indefinitely, so he could actually enjoy the summer.
- At the end, Olaf sneezes after smelling a flower, and his nose is propelled into Sven's mouth (carrots are his Trademark Favorite Food, and Sven has really been trying so hard to get that carrot throughout the film), and he appears to swallow it. Olaf is dejected for a moment before Sven spits the carrot back out onto Olaf's face and the adorable little Snowlem hugs him!
- The scene where Anna shows Kristoff his new sled:
Anna: Do you like it?
Kristoff: Like it? I love it! (he picks her up and twirls her) I could kiss you! I could. I mean, I'd like to. I - may I? We me? I mean, may we? Wait, what?
: (kisses him on the cheek) We may. (Kristoff looks so happy
when Anna says that, and goes in for the Big Damn Kiss
- It's also a Call-Back to Anna's first meeting with Hans. It's indicative of her growth as a person because now she's the confident one and Kristoff is tripping over his words.
- Anna telling Kristoff (after presenting him his new sled and when he tries to humbly return it), that he can't. Why? Because it was given on Elsa's orders, as in Elsa wanted Kristoff to keep it. Then, Anna goes on to reveal that Elsa has made Kristoff the official "Ice Master and Deliverer". Why does Elsa do this? It's not stated, but it's safe to assume that it's because Elsa is eternally grateful to Kristoff for keeping Anna safe. It could additionally be a sign of Elsa's approval of Anna and Kristoff's status as the Official Couple. To have a job that would keep him coming to Arendelle will also keep him close to Anna.
- In the end after Anna decks Hans something fierce. The two sisters share a long awaited hug, and for a moment you can see Kristoff smiling as if to say "you two have earned this moment, don't let me stop you." Anna's smile back just drives it all home; despite everything the two sisters had to face, the Happy Ending is all the more satisfying.
- Just before she decks Hans, Kristoff starts advancing to give him the ass-whooping he deserves for what he did to Anna and Elsa both. He only relents because Anna wanted dibs on the honor.
- When you think about it, Hans' fate not getting a grisly death was actually kind of heartwarming too. Elsa is probably really angry about his attempts to kill her and all, but if you remember, back when she isolated herself and had to fight the Duke's men, Hans stopped the Duke's men and pleads for Elsa not to become the monster the people thought her to be, which in itself is kind of heartwarming that for as much as a power-grubbing bastard he is, Hans is also capable of genuine humane moments. Elsa took the words at heart, she could have easily given Hans an even more grisly fate for what he did (or would do) to her and her sister especially since she's now in control of her ice powers (like, I don't know, freeze him up and then shatter him into lots of pieces), but since he was at least responsible for one moment of calming down and an important word that she is not a monster, she just gave him the punishment of 'get sent back home'.
- Hans' appearance in Frozen Fever is all the more heartwarming in that it shows that perhaps his brothers are not as heartless as it seems...
- When Anna thaws, Elsa smiles in relief and she squeezes Anna's arm as if to check if she's truly there. Anna immediately gives a little smile upon seeing her sister not only holding onto her but squeezing her arm as soon as she comes back to life, after dying not knowing whether anyone loved her.
- When Anna first appears in Elsa's ice palace, Elsa looks at Anna in surprise and awe, with slightly wide eyes. Its kind of like she is saying, Is it really you? with her eyes. She cant believe that Anna has found her and her palace. But its a positive feeling of surprise. Elsa cant believe that, after everything, Anna still wants to reach out to her. She cant believe that Anna has come all this way just to see her. Then as she takes some more steps towards Anna, Elsas surprised expression gradually turns into a warm smile, then grin. She is delighted and pleased to see Anna, the person she loves most in the world. Even though she wants to be left alone for the safety of others, especially Anna, Elsa cannot help feeling happy right now since Anna is here. The more steps she takes towards Anna, the more her happiness to see her sister grows. Elsa probably thought that when she left Arendelle, everyone, including Anna, feared and despised her. But seeing Anna here tells Elsa that her sister has not given up on her and does not hate her, despite everything they have been through.
- Elsas smile here is so genuine. Shes overwhelmed with happiness. For just a moment, Elsa forgets herself. She forgets the fears which have controlled her life. She forgets the time she accidentally hurt Anna. And for one fleeting moment, all she can see is Anna, and the love which theyve always shared. Elsa still doesnt fully comprehend the power of that love, but later, Annas almost inconceivable sacrifice will finally convince Elsa that she can conquer her fears.
- Anna's confidence to Elsa throughout the Dark Reprise of "For the First Time in Forever", especially the final chorus. No matter how worried Elsa is, Anna is sure she will control her powers and end the winter. When Elsa finally does so in the climax, Anna says to her, "I knew you could do it," proving she was right all along.
- Listen closely to the background music when she says the following quote; a horn plays a rather lively rendition of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?".