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Frozen is a Disney movie that will come out November 27, 2013.



Plot

The film begins with several ice harvesters collecting ice out in the cold regions of the land. Among them is an 8-year-old boy named Kristoff with his reindeer calf Sven. After collecting enough ice, the harvesters depart to the kingdom of Arendelle late at night. At the same time, 5-year-old Princess Anna wakes her elder 8-year-old sister Princess Elsa to play. Elsa playfully brushed her sister off until it was suggested they build a snowman, to which Elsa delightfully agrees. The sisters head into the castle's throne room and create a winter field of snow using Elsa's snow magic, enjoying their time with plenty of merriment. They build a snowman, who Elsa names Olaf, that likes warm hugs. When Elsa, however, hits Anna with her powers in an attempt to save her little sister from falling, the royal family journeys to the legendary Valley of the Living Rock to seek the help of trolls who remove the magic from Anna along with her memory of her sister's magic ability. Elsa is then ostracized from everyone, including Anna, in order to protect her from the world until she can learn to control her powers, leaving both sisters distraught and lonely. Their despair only escalates when their parents die ten years later, after they go on a ship to sail somewhere when a storm erupts with a wave capsizing the ship.

Three years later, it is the day of Elsa's coronation ceremony. Dignitaries from around the world are coming to visit, including the Duke of Weselton, who wants to run Arendelle's profits dry. Nobody is more excited than Anna as they are finally opening the gates to the kingdom. She is happy to see other people, and hopes for the possibility of meeting that special someone, but Elsa is still concerned about trying to control her powers. As she strolls out onto the streets, she bumps into a horse, which happens to belong to the charming and handsome Prince Hans of The Southern Isles. Anna is instantly attracted to him. The coronation goes off without a hitch, despite Elsa's fears and she even takes time to connect with her sister at the party before Anna and Hans sneak off to spend the evening together, quickly realizing the mutual attraction between them. Hans proposes right on the spot, and Anna immediately accepts. Elsa refuses to grant her blessing on the marriage, setting off an argument between the sisters culminating in Elsa's abilities being exposed to the party guests.

Panicking, Elsa runs with Anna in hot pursuit. As she becomes more stressed and panicked, the weather starts turning colder: snow begins to fall and Elsa races across the fjord, freezing it with each step but turning the whole body of water into ice, trapping all the ships. She makes it to the North Mountain where she laments her failure at keeping the powers contained but quickly becomes more and more at ease and relaxed, free to use her powers as she pleases, creating a snowman (she and Anna built the same one when they were young), an ice castle, and an ice dress. The next morning, Anna is on a hunt for Elsa, determined to return her to Arendelle, end the winter, and mend their relationship. She finds herself at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna where she meets Oaken and Kristoff. Anna convinces Kristoff to take her to the North Mountain where the source of the winter is coming from. After an attack from wolves the pair meet the snowman Elsa created, who turns out to be alive, named Olaf who shares his dreams of experiencing summer and agrees to lead them to Elsa's hideout.

The gang makes it to Elsa's castle. Anna and Elsa reunite, and while both are happy to see each other, Elsa still harbors fears of wounding Anna once again. Despite Anna's promising to stand by her sister and help her, Elsa only grows more agitated and nervous resulting in her magic flaring, this time striking Anna in the heart. Elsa, in desperation to get her sister to safety, creates a giant snow creature (that Olaf calls "Marshmallow") to throw them out. After they outrun the snow monster, Kristoff notices that Anna's hair is turning white, and he takes them to seek help. Kristoff leads Anna (who is slowly freezing) to the trolls. A mix-up occurs, and the trolls insist Anna and Kristoff get married. Before the two can be wed by Gothi The Troll Priest, Anna collapses and Grand Pabbie appears. According to him, only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart or else Anna will freeze solid. Kristoff races back to Arendelle to get Anna to Hans, believing true love's kiss will save her.

Meanwhile, Hans is on a search for Anna after her horse returns to the kingdom without her, and the guards find the ice castle. While Hans battles Marshmallow, the duke's men attack Elsa who fights back, nearly killing them both much to her own horror. At the end of the altercation, Elsa's chandelier comes crashing down, knocking her unconscious. She wakes up shackled in a cell back in Arendelle. Hans pleads with her to undo the winter but Elsa replies that she can't due to the fact that she is unable to control her powers. Anna is returned to Hans, freezing more and more, cold and sick by the minute. She begs Hans to kiss her and break the curse but he refuses, revealing his plan all along was to marry into Arendelle's throne, because he is the youngest of thirteen brothers and will never reach the throne. He leaves Anna to freeze to death and goes to kill Elsa. Also, he puts the fire out to prevent Anna from getting any heat and warmth.

Elsa escapes from prison when she learns that Hans means to have her executed for treason and heads out into the blizzard on the fjord. In the castle, Olaf comes to Anna's rescue and reveals that Kristoff is in love with her. The two then travel together out on the fjord to find him, where he is racing back to the kingdom. Hans cuts Elsa off and tells her Anna is dead because of her. In Elsa's despair, the storm immediately stops, giving Kristoff and Anna the chance to reach each other. But when Anna sees Hans is about to kill her sister, she chooses instead to save Elsa, throwing herself between Elsa and Hans; she freezes solid just as Hans' sword hits her instead of Elsa. After a few moments of despair, Elsa sees her sister has thawed and come back to life because she sacrificed herself to save her sister, constituting an act of true love.

Elsa realizes love is the key to controlling her powers and thaws the kingdom. Sometime later, Anna gifts Kristoff a new sled and reveals that Elsa has named him the Official Ice Master for the kingdom and the two share a kiss. Hans is deported back to his own kingdom in chains where he will have to deal with his 12 older brothers for his deeds and Elsa cuts off trade with Weselton. Elsa promises to never shut the castle gates again and skates on the new ice rink with Anna.

Cast

Differences Between the Movie and the Original Fairytale

  • Elsa is a kind of combination of the characters Snow Queen and Kai.
  • Anna is almost at all based on the character Gerda, but as Kai she have her heart frozen, that only can be cured by a true love act.
  • Kristoff is probably based on the looter girl who helped Gerda in her journey at the original fairy tale.
  • As on the film, trolls also appears at the tale, but they're portrayed as bad ones.
  • At the original tale, the protagonists Kai and Gerda are not part of the royalty.

Songs

Trivia

  • Anna will join the princess line-up, but Elsa's joining is still pending.
  • The film is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen.
  • The four characters Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven, if their names are put together, it sounds like "Hans Christian Andersen".
  • Before the film production, Disney studios have tried to adapt The Snow Queen many times over the 20th century.
  • It is the second Disney film that is based on a work by Hans Christian Andersen. The first was The Little Mermaid. Furthermore, Disney studios also had done two short adaptations of the tale The Ugly Duckling, then the apparently mention of the story The Emperor's New Clothes in the title of the movie The Emperor's New Groove.
  • For a brief part of the song 'The First Time in Forever' we can see the characters Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from the movie Tangled in the crowd coming to Elsa's coronation.
  • 'Love Can't Be Denied' was not in the movie because Alan Menken, the writer of the song, left the project.
  • The movie is probably set in Norway.

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