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Disney Heroine 9 of 24

YARRRR THAT BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

YARRRR THAT BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

Rock my world, Quirky girl...

Quality of Character 
Anna's popularity is pretty astronomical right now; Disney cannot keep Frozen merch on the shelves. Anna is certainly flawed, but I have trouble holding her flaws against her too much, because they are mostly a consequence of being far too sheltered in her adolescence.  Let me start off with a slight disclaimer: within the first five minutes of the film I was largely predisposed to fall in love with Anna, because little kid Anna reminds me so much of Daphne it makes my head spin (with her wide, earnest eyes, her penchant for drama, and the "Sky's Awake so I'M AWAKE!" line).  Positives: Anna is charming, funny, and quirky.  She's not afraid to sing about being gassy or make awkward/sarcastic jokes, and she babbles endlessly when she's nervous.   Anna's best quality is probably the persistence of her positivity; it's up there with Giselle's terminal perkiness.  Negatively? Of course Anna has to be called out for falling in love with a guy she just met.  There's also a big personal issue I took with something Anna did at the end of the film, and at long last I have the chance to take my soapbox: Anna should NOT have punched Hans at the end.  There was absolutely no need for it.  I'm not saying that Heroines shouldn't ever resort to violence, but to sucker punch a guy? When she could have just as easily given him a little push to send him overboard, thus accomplishing the same comedic moment without resorting to completely unnecessary fisticuffs? Just sayin'. It bugs me. A lot. Obviously. 

Little Anna unfairly sways my emotions

Little Anna unfairly sways my emotions

Overall Film Quality
Alright, bring on the fangirl rage: I am not a lover of this film.  It's not awful, it's just not great either.  Trust me, thanks to my toddler I've watched it 9,000,001 times.  The plot is a little flimsy, I think the story ends up being a little unfocused trying to juggle its two heroines (not spending quite enough time developing or engaging me with either).  The movie does provide a remarkably accurate depiction of the two ways your kids can go horribly wrong if you choose to over-shelter them growing up: one goes nutso and gets engaged to the first guy she sees while the other has rage and trust issues from suppressing her emotions too much.  Shoddy parenting 101, thanks Frozen.  There is a nice message at the heart about sisterly love, but I feel like it's kind of just tossed in at the end; there's little to no relationship between Anna and Elsa leading up to the finale.  So, yes, Frozen's score is just "ok."

Never trust a ginger...

Never trust a ginger...

Love Interest
Like Giselle, Anna is a double dipper.  Here is where I will make another complaint about this film: I think it suffers for not having a proper villain.  Sure, Hans turns out to be a kingdom stealing lying jerk, but it just seems so thrown in there and unnecessary.  I think the issue comes from that, in early development of the film, Elsa was supposed to be the villain.  Disney is smart though and saw her potentially for $$$, so they had to throw something else together at the last minute.  I wish they'd just not bothered with a villain at all instead of trying to make Hans one at the last minute.  What, there's no way he can't be the right guy for Anna unless he's a sinister jerk? What if they just end up not having a lot in common, so they don't get married? There's no need for him to become this murderous... whatever.  Grudge.  Sorry.  Still on that Soapbox.

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As for the second love interest, Kristoff, he helps Anna make up some points here.  He is, by no means, the best Disney has to offer (he smells and has bugs, come on), but he does have a charming (if slightly schizophrenic) relationship with his reindeer, Sven.  He's also brave, funny, and totally willing to call Anna out on her B.S.  

Daphne & Anna at Magic Kingdom

Daphne & Anna at Magic Kingdom

Supporting Characters
Olaf is fun, but sometimes errs too far on the side of weird for me, at least when it comes to Disney movies (my husband would adamantly disagree).  The trolls are... ok.  Cute? I guess? Growing their fire crystals? Then there's the Weaseltown guy, who's just a squirrelly little predictable pain in the butt, not very original or different.  It ends up being a score that's just above average. Especially because Anna's parents make me so mad.  

Whaaat?

Whaaat?

Music
Let me strap on my bullet proof vest really quickly... ok... Here goes... The music is not that great.  *Ducking the volley of stones and rotten tomatoes thrown across the internet* Hear me out: there's not a lot of variety.  There's the opening chorus song, snow man, first time in forever, love is an open door, let it go, some reprises, and the troll song.  The troll song at least sounds a little different from the otherwise predictable show tune offerings, but it's still not particularly good.  Lyrically, some of the songs are reasonably witty/ accomplished.  I'm especially fond of the out of sync/sync lines in Love is an Open Door.  Let it Go (this one's for you, Jessica!) is not a particularly well-written song, it really suffers when it comes to transitioning between parts.  The absolute peak for me is Olaf's bizarre Fred Astaire-esque ditty "In Summer."  It's charming and stands out.  All of Anna and Elsa's numbers just sort of end up mushing together.  The music is OK, but it's far from the best Disney has to offer.

That's right girl, shove ALL the chocolate in your face...

That's right girl, shove ALL the chocolate in your face...

Ensemble
Another double dip for Anna (oooo greedy!).  Disney has been very actively marketing both Anna's folksy mountain hiking ensemble as well as her coronation outfit.  Both are cute and stand out as unique among Disney's line-up, but neither has any particularly exciting flairs in design, it's like they used up all the awesome costuming on Elsa.  Elsa even has a dress similar to the hiking ensemble that she wears to the coronation, yet it's still better than anything Anna gets to wear.  

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