Quality of Character
Elsa. Hysteria. Nothing bearing her likeness can be kept in stock in any store. I have been truly puzzled by it, because while Elsa is cool (huh huh), I don't find her to be truly exceptional. In fact her QC score is identical to her sister's and considerably lower than all the ladies still to come on the countdown. I think I finally figured it out, though: Elsa has magic. Creational magic. Elsa is the Green Lantern without the jewelry: she can will things into existence. Not just snow and Ice, either! She can make sentient beings! And clothes! And I assume some form of sustenance, since she decides to live alone for the rest of her life in a palace made of ice. Does she just eat snow cones forever? Can she make different flavors? Did she also make plumbing for her castle? Does she poop? Am I the only person who was asking these questions in the theater???? In all seriousness, other ladies on this countdown might be magical in some ways, or have magic thrust upon them, but none of them have the abilities that Elsa does.
Speaking of Elsa hysteria, she appears to be winning the battle for my daughter's heart as of the time this list went public. From the moment D sees the mountainside in the movie, she starts hollering "LEH GOOOO! LEH GOOOOOO!" while practicing her magical arm flourishes.
So back to her score, and it being tied with her sister: they both have positive and negative qualities. Whereas Anna is too impulsive, Elsa thinks things through and delivers the totally winning "YOU CAN'T MARRY A MAN YOU JUST MET" line. So on the surface, it's tempting to think Elsa is superior to Anna. However Anna's positive attitude and optimism? Elsa has none of that. In fact she's a serious woe-is-me drama queen. I cite For the First Time In Forever (reprise) (known by my husband as The Drama Queen Song).
Come on, Elsa! Your overprotective, overbearing parents are gone now! Make your own choice! TALK TO YOUR SISTER! Elsa is such a coward, running away like that. She gets better.. sort of. She stands up for herself when the soldiers come to take her away, but then she gets knocked out and taken prisoner. All she wants to do is run away, she never learned to control a darn thing all those years (I don't hold it against her too much, as I mentioned with Anna, it's her parents' fault).
Overall Film Quality
I will not beat a dead horse. Frozen is good, not great. The plot is flimsy, the film is unfocused without a clear protagonist, and it begs for a more solid villain. Enough said.
Double dipping Anna leaves no suitors for Elsa. Neutral score awarded.
Good, not great. For every solid character (Olaf, Kristoff), there's somebody else not so bueno (the parents, Weaseltown).
My husband actually calls all of Elsa's songs the Drama Queen song, if you want to know the truth. I still think the best songs in the film don't belong to Elsa, but this score reflects all the music in the film, and it's a little above average.
So with all this "meh", how did Elsa find herself getting to the top 6? Here you have it, ladies and gentlemen: the only perfect score in this category for any DH.
Elsa's dress is not only entirely made of MAGIC, it's made of HER magic, designed by HER. It's 100% unique to her both in silhouette and construction. Figure flattering sheath with a slit? Oh my. Bizarre but entrancing armpit cape/train thingy? Oooooooo. Sparkles and beads and glitter and SNOWFLAKES from head to toe? Check. It's spectacular. It's also at the center of the Elsa hysteria. The retail price for the dress being sold in the parks (not that you can find it ever) is $65. They are selling on ebay right now for $135. Her little plastic shoes are going for $70! Are you choking yet? The wait to meet Elsa and her sister at MK regularly reaches FIVE HOURS. Let me talk myself down....
I'd also like to point out that Elsa's coronation gown, while very similar to Anna's hiking gown, somehow manages to blow Anna's out of the water. Elsa is the best dressed DH and it helps her to take ok scores and ride her dress to the top 6 of the countdown. Congrats, Elsa.
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