- “It is not nice to throw people!”
- ―Anna yelling at Marshmallow
Princess Anna of Arendelle is the protagonist in Disney's 2013 animated feature film Frozen, voiced by actress Kristen Bell. She is the fearless and optimistic younger sister of Elsa the Snow Queen and embarks on a dangerous quest to free her kingdom from eternal winter. She will join the Disney Princess line-up as the twelfth princess.
Anna is based on the character of Gerda, one of the protagonists from the fairytale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen.
- Anna is an 18 year old young woman more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she's also the most optimistic and caring person you'll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.
- “A character who is willing to stand beside you and stand up for what’s right. Her sister was born with a condition that’s shaped a world where Anna doesn't belong.”
- ―Paul Briggs
Role in the Film
From a young age, both Anna and Elsa enjoyed their lives as princesses, spending much of their time together and using Elsa's magic to create winter wonderlands for their mutual enjoyment. One fateful night, young Anna walked over to Elsa's bed and begged to play as she was wide awake and unable to sleep. As she quoted in the movie ,"But the sky is awake, so I'm awake. So we have to play!" Elsa playfully brushed her sister aside until Anna suggested building a snowman, to which Elsa happily agreed. The sisters raced down to the castle's spacious throne room and created a field of snow, enjoying this time with much merriment until Elsa accidentally struck Anna in the head with her magic, rendering her unconscious. Fearing for her sister's safety, Elsa frantically called out to her parents, the king and queen, who burst into the icy room. The king hurriedly looked through the royal library, eventually locating a map that led to a valley inhabited by magical trolls whose magic was capable of saving Anna.The king, queen, Elsa, and Anna then departed for the valley, where the king of the trolls, Pabbie, informed the family that Anna could be healed, but added that they were lucky she wasn't struck in the heart, for "the heart is not so easily changed." In the process of healing Anna, Pabbie recommends that all traces of the magic, even memories, should be removed to be on the safe side but he chooses to leave memories of the fun intact. He then turned his attention to Elsa, saying her powers will only grow stronger and though they are beautiful, they are dangerous if not controlled; he ominously noted that fear would be her greatest obstacle. The king assured Pabbie that they could help Elsa control her powers but until then, in the interests of the kingdom and her own safety, Elsa was to be separated from everybody, including her sister, and to close the gates of the castle.
During their forced separation, Anna and Elsa were kept within the castle walls for many years, with limited contact with the outside world. During these years, Anna and Elsa's relationship slowly deteriorated with Anna's constant attempts to reconnect with her sister in "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" resulting in Elsa's refusal every single time. The denial caused Anna to believe her sister despised her, leaving her parents as her only company. However, one day, the king and queen were killed at sea in a powerful storm while on a two week trip, with their ship sinking beneath monstrous waves. Anna was devastated by the loss and tried once again to reunite with Elsa, needing her company more than ever before. Unfortunately, Elsa remained hidden in her room, even during her parents' funeral, adamant in her desire to keep her powers from hurting anyone. Anna and Elsa thus both mourned the loss of their parents alone.
- ―Anna to Elsa
Three years later, Elsa had come of age and was old enough to be crowned Queen of Arendelle. The entire kingdom was abuzz with excitement, expressing joy at the opening of the long-closed castle gates. Visitors from other lands share this enthusiasm, with the Southern Isles and Weselton having sent representatives to attend the coronation. Within the castle, Anna awoke from sleep, visibly thrilled at the sight of open doors and windows. The princess hurriedly dressed and ran throughout the castle, expressing her exhilaration. Having been shut out for most of her life, Anna expressed her desire for a companion, with even a simple chance to rid herself of loneliness being enough to lighten her mood. Simultaneously, Elsa prepared for the coronation proceedings feeling anxious about her powers; however, she told herself it was just for one day, and then ordered the gates open. The instant the guards opened the gates, Anna was outside, exploring the streets and glancing at the visitors when suddenly, she bumped into a horse owned by the handsome Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, losing her balance and landing in a boat by the docks.
Initially angered by the clumsiness of the stranger, Anna calmed down almost instantaneously upon catching sight of the prince's appearance, immediately becoming smitten. After introducing himself, Hans and Anna take a few moments to become better acquainted only to be interrupted by the ringing of bells, heralding the commencement of Elsa's coronation ceremony. Anna is forced to rush off, bidding Hans farewell shyly. At the chapel, Anna stood by Elsa's side during the crowning and noticing Hans in the crowd, gave a cute wave, confirming their new friendship. Moments later, Elsa is officially proclaimed queen of Arendelle and a ball is held in her honor for that night.
At the ball, Anna and Elsa stood side by side, watching over the celebrating crowd. Elsa took this moment to speak with Anna in what appears to be the first conversation they've had in some time, based on Anna's surprise at being addressed by her sister. They both delightedly seized this opportunity to reconnect but are interrupted by their steward, Kai, who introduces the pompous Duke of Weselton. The Duke of Weselton proceeded to offer Elsa her first dance as queen but she declined the offer, playfully volunteering Anna to dance in her stead. The delighted Duke then whisked Anna away, performing a comical dance. As Elsa observed the scene, she couldn't help but chuckle at the sight of her sister having to deal with the Duke's over-the-top dancing skills. Afterwards, Anna returned and despite having been stepped on, comments on how nice the night has been and how she wishes it was like this all the time. A smiling Elsa agrees and for a moment, it almost seemed things would return to the way they were, but suddenly, Elsa's smile faded and she forcefully denied Anna her wishes. Feeling disheartened once again, Anna excused herself, walking away from a similarly saddened Elsa.
- ―Anna and Hans
As she walked off, Anna suddenly bumped into Hans yet again, who offers a dance. Anna is only too happy to agree and the romantic dance quickly escalates into a date where the two bond over their common interests and similar sibling experiences. Anna is overjoyed to have someone she feels she can connect to and falls in love with Hans, truly believing she can leave the pain and loneliness of the past behind her. Apparently, Hans felt the same way and by the end of their date, he proposed to Anna, to which she eagerly agreed. The happy couple returned to the ball with the hopes of having Elsa bless the marriage. Their previous discussion forgotten, Elsa turned to face her sister once again.
Though Elsa had a calm and composed demeanor when Anna first introduced Hans, upon hearing about their engagement, she became visibly shaken. She then not only refused to bless the marriage, she ordered the gates closed and declared that the party was over. Anna, not able to bear the thought of being isolated once again, begged Elsa not to close the gates saying she couldn't live like that anymore. Though it seemed to pain her greatly to say it, Elsa nonetheless replied, "then leave."
Elsa's Flight and Anna's Pursuit
- ―Anna to Hans
Upon hearing Elsa's remark, a hurt Anna grew increasingly frustrated, demanding Elsa explain her cold, detached demeanor and reveal her fears. Unable to control her anger anymore, Elsa accidentally lashed out with her magic, projecting massive ice spikes from her hand that nearly strike the guests, including Anna. It is a moment of clarity for Anna, who suddenly seemed to have forgotten her anger upon realizing Elsa was greatly burdened by her powers. Elsa, horrified at having almost hurt people, wastes no time and decides to flee. Despite Anna's attempts to stop her, Elsa ultimately managed to flee from Arendelle but unknowingly froze the fjord and brought winter weather upon the land.
Feeling it was her fault, Anna placed it upon herself to pursue her sister, leaving Hans in charge during her absence. With no idea where to go, Anna eventually lost her horse and was forced to wander alone. Misfortune fell upon her again when she lost her cloak and fell into an icy river, freezing her dress solid. Fortunately, not long after, she caught sight of fire and stumbled across Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna where she met the kindly store owner, Oaken, who happened to have winter clothing in stock at the moment.
At that moment, Kristoff, a rugged mountain man, covered head-to-toe in snow, entered the store. Kristoff took no notice of Anna and was purely focused on business, hoping to buy carrots for his reindeer Sven, along with a pickaxe and some rope. When Oaken asks about the winter storm and its origins, Kristoff mentions that there seemed to be a magical phenomenon coming from the North Mountain, providing a hint to Elsa's whereabouts. Unfortunately, Kristoff couldn't afford Oaken's prices and insulted the storeowner, who immediately adopted a malevolent disposition, violently throwing Kristoff out of the premises. Anna realized Kristoff could guide her to her sister and pay for his supplies along with her winter clothing. After receiving his supplies and carrots for Sven, Kristoff agrees to take Anna to the North Mountain and the trio swiftly departed in search of the Queen.
An Unexpected Journey
During their journey to the North Mountain, Kristoff took the time to curb his curiosity regarding Elsa going "ice-crazy." Anna explained how the situation was her fault since she provoked Elsa after the latter refused to bless her engagement to Hans due to the fact they had only just met that day. Kristoff, shocked that anyone could make such a rash decision, questions Anna and Hans' supposed "true love" and comedically shows Anna how little she actually knows regarding Hans' background, making him essentially a stranger, though Anna continues to maintain the contrary.
But before the debate could continue, the trio was attacked by a pack of savage wolves. Fortunately, they were able to escape but at great cost: Kristoff's sled and most of their supplies were lost in the chase. Feeling guilty, Anna
promised Kristoff a new sled and vowed to replace all the other items lost with it and decided to continue on alone, feeling the mountain man could not possibly want to continue onward after having lost all his possessions. However, Sven, acting as Kristoff's conscience, attempted to convince the ice harvester to accompany Anna, saying she would die without a guide. In the end, Kristoff's soft side prevailed and he reluctantly agreed to carry on with Anna.
The following morning, Anna, Kristoff, and Sven reached a vantage point where they were able to properly view Arendelle at a distance and they were completely shocked to see that Elsa's magic had taken effect, transforming the once beautiful kingdom into a frozen landscape. Kristoff began to express doubt that Elsa would reverse the spell, but Anna remained positive, having utmost faith in her sister. The trio continued forward, encountering a pristine forest covered in snow and ice. Enchanted by the beauty of winter, the three slowly traversed the forest, taking time to fully take in their surroundings.
But suddenly, a voice rang through the forest and to the trio's shock, it came from an enchanted snowman. Initially, Anna went into a panic but she calmed down upon realizing the snowman was harmless. Moreover, the snowman is revealed to be Olaf, a snowman Anna and Elsa built when they were children and their relationship was still strong. Anna proceeded to ask Olaf if he could lead them to Elsa, to which he said yes, though he wanted to know why they wanted to see her. Upon hearing that Elsa was needed to bring back summer, the snowman happily agreed to lead the trio to her, for his greatest dream was to experience the summertime.
Olaf led the group the rest of the way and before long, they finally arrived at Elsa's ice palace, awed by its magnificence. Anna is awed yet again by the sight of Elsa, who arrives wearing a beautiful ice dress upon hearing her sister entering the palace. Elsa was initially happy to see Anna, but fear overwhelmed Elsa once more and she ordered Anna to leave for her own safety. Anna protested, insisting there was no reason to be afraid, but Elsa refused to listen, telling Anna to return to Arendelle to live the free life she always wanted. At this point, Anna revealed to Elsa that in her flight from Arendelle, she had "set off an eternal winter everywhere."Horrified and disappointed in herself, Elsa panics, completely losing control over her powers in spite of Anna's continued attempts to calm her down. In a sudden emotional outburst, Elsa unleashed her powers in an unstoppable wave of deadly ice magic, accidentally striking Anna once again, but this time in the heart. At that moment, Kristoff arrived on the scene, helping Anna get up though no one is aware of the immediate danger.
Realizing her sister would not leave unless forced to, Elsa conjured up a new snow creation, a behemoth named Marshmallow, to expel Anna from the palace. The snow monster chased Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf from the palace, warning them to never return. After the group had reached relative safety, Kristoff noticed that Anna's hair beginning to turn white and realized that it was a grave side effect from being struck by Elsa's magic.
Fortunately, Kristoff believed he had a solution for Anna's problem and led the gang to the Valley of the Living Rock, his adopted home. Kristoff continued to show concern for Anna's state, and even guided her to a geyser for temporary warmth, though he continued to worry about his family's tendency to be overbearing. Upon realizing Kristoff had returned home, the trolls eagerly greeted the ice harvester and they were delighted to see Anna, having immediately assumed that she was Kristoff's girlfriend. Though the two denied any romance, Kristoff's adoptive mother Bulda and the other trolls attempt to convince the pair otherwise, insisting that they were meant for each other.The trolls manage to arrange an entire wedding ceremony but before it's completed, Anna succumbed to a sudden fit caused by her frozen heart curse. At this moment, Pabbie appeared, having sensed strange magical forces at work. Pabbie gravely informed Anna that her life was in great danger and that the ice put in her heart would cause her to "freeze to solid ice forever." Fearing the worst, Kristoff asked if Pabbie would be able to heal Anna, but the old troll sadly replied "only an act of true love can thaw of frozen heart." Realizing what had to be done after Bulda suggested "a true love's kiss," Kristoff immediately set off for Arendelle with Anna, Sven, and Olaf, believing Hans to be Anna's only hope.
Return to Arendelle and Betrayal
- ―Anna to Olaf about Hans
Kristoff raced back to Arendelle, continuing to show his concern for Anna when he gave her his cap in a desperate attempt to slow the effects of the frozen heart curse. Upon arriving at the gates of Arendelle castle, Kristoff s lowly carried Anna over and despite her worries about him, he insisted, "don't worry about me." Kristoff delivered Anna to a surprised Kai, telling the steward to find Hans immediately. Just before the gates closed on him, Kristoff demanded Kai to make sure Anna was safe. After glancing sadly at the gates one last time, Kristoff left with Sven. Acting on Kristoff's instructions, Kai found Hans, who had just returned from Elsa's ice palace having successfully captured and imprisoned the Snow Queen, and brought Anna to him. Anna quickly explained to Hans about how Elsa struck her heart with ice magic and that she needed an act of true love to survive.
However, Hans refused to kiss her, revealing his true manipulative and power-hungry self. Pleased with the turn of events, Hans decided to torment Anna, saying he originally intended to marry Elsa to assume control of Arendelle's throne. However, he heard that she was unapproachable and so decided to marry Anna instead, opting to kill Elsa sometime later to be crowned king with Anna as his consort. But now since the whole kingdom believed Elsa to be a monster, Hans felt Anna to be expendable; Hans entertained the delusion that even if Anna died, so long as he killed Elsa to restore summer, Arendelle would embrace him as its hero and then, he would have the entire kingdom to himself. Anna tried to stop this plot but was too weak and could only watch helplessly as Hans locked her in the library to freeze to death.
Afterwards, Hans delivered the news of Anna's "death" at the hands of Queen Elsa to the dignitaries and Duke of Weselton, who reacted with alarm. At that moment, Elsa's treachery was agreed upon and Hans, claiming to have married Anna before she died in his arms thus making him king, charged Elsa with treason and sentenced her to death.
What is Love?
In the dungeon, Elsa managed to escape imprisonment upon hearing the approach of Hans and the royal guards, but her fearful state causes an icy curse to overtake the castle resulting in plummeting temperatures, accelerating the effects of Anna's frozen heart curse. Fortunately, help arrived to Anna in the form of Olaf, who immediately tends to the princess upon seeing her lying on the floor. The snowman managed to light a fire and moved Anna close to the heat source despite her protests that he stay away, proving Olaf valued her life above his own.
Once Anna was reasonably safe, Olaf took the time to ask Anna as to what happened with Hans and he is disheartened to learn about the betrayal. However, the snowman maintained an optimistic outlook, saying they would come up with another act to save Anna instead. However, Anna was feeling utterly defeated, claiming to not even know what love is. Quick to keep Anna's spirits up, Olaf taught Anna that love —real love — "is putting someone else's needs before yours," using Kristoff as an example as he ignored his true feelings in the interests of Anna's happiness, believing Hans to be her true love. Filled with new hope, Anna realizes Kristoff is her true love and she and Olaf embark to find him, though Olaf is eventually blown away by winds, leaving Anna to fend for herself.
In the meantime, Kristoff and Sven realized a deadly blizzard was forming over the castle, and fearing for Anna's life, Kristoff wasted no time in rushing back to Arendelle with Sven only too eager to assist. The two are separated in the blizzard but Sven urged Kristoff to go on without him. As she continued to slowly freeze to death, Anna cried out for Kristoff, who frantically continued to navigate the blizzard. Though Anna and Kristoff don't know it, fate had played its hand, as Elsa and Hans were not too far from their location.
An Act of True Love
Hans managed to catch up to Elsa, maintaining a benevolent demeanor so as to manipulate her. He told Elsa her attempts at escaping the damage she wrought were futile. Elsa, having concluded that she truly was a danger to those around her, accepted the consequences but requested that Hans take care of Anna. However, Hans sought to hurt Elsa as much as he could in her final moments, telling her that she had frozen Anna's heart and though he tried, his efforts weren't enough to save her and she was dead. Elsa was devastated by Hans' news and broke down in shock and heartbreak, her grief causing the storm to come to a complete halt, thus allowing Anna and Kristoff to finally catch sight of each other and rush forward. But with the storm's end, the fates of the four characters finally converged.While Anna rushed towards Kristoff, she heard the distant sound of a sword being drawn. Noticing that Hans was preparing to kill her sister, Anna had a split second to make a decision: to save herself or rush to her sister's aid. After a final glance at Kristoff, Anna made her choice, and ran towards her sister, throwing away any chance of her survival. Just before Hans managed to strike Elsa, Anna intercepted the blow, completely freezing to solid ice in doing so. The impact was enough to utterly destroy the sword and generate a shock-wave that blasted the treacherous prince off his feet, rendering him unconscious upon landing.
As Anna's last breath escaped her frozen lips, Elsa noticed what happened. Upon seeing what she had done to her sister, Elsa broke down in sorrow, sobbing on Anna's frozen form. Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf arrived shortly at the scene and together, they silently mourned for Anna, along with the dignitaries and guards, who managed to witness Anna's sacrifice from the castle wall. However, Anna's sacrifice constituted an act of true love and her frozen form thaws out, reviving her from death, to everyone's complete joy.
The Great Thaw
- ―Anna to Elsa
Along with Anna's rebirth came the thawing of the entire kingdom as Olaf helped Elsa to understand how Anna was restored to health: "an act of true love will thaw a frozen heart." Realizing that love was the key to controlling her powers, Elsa cast away the winter spell over Arendelle and even conjured up a small cloud (a personal flurry) to keep Olaf cool and thus survive the summer. Following this, Hans regained consciousness, prompting Kristoff to attempt to attack him but Anna intervened, opting to personally deal with Hans by punching him in the face. Anna turned once again to her sister, their embrace demonstrating their bond to be stronger than ever.Arendelle had finally been restored to peace and Elsa was once again accepted as queen, for the citizens came to understand that she was not a wicked sorceress and that her powers could be used in a beautiful way. Anna purchased Kristoff a new sled and revealed that Elsa had named him the "Official Arendelle Ice Master and Deliverer." Modest Kristoff attempted to decline the offers, but Anna responded by saying they were the "queen's orders." At that, Kristoff gave in and told Anna how much he loved the sled, saying he "could kiss her." Embarrassed at having revealed his feelings, Kristoff began to stammer nervously until Anna kissed him on the cheek. Emboldened, Kristoff kissed Anna, beginning their relationship at last.
Later that day, to celebrate the joyous happenings, Elsa turned the castle courtyard into an ice rink, giving the entire kingdom an opportunity to have winter fun. Reunited with her sister at last, Anna remarks that she likes the open gates, and Elsa vows to never close them again. The two sisters then began to skate alongside all of their friends, rekindling their bond.
Relationships with Other Characters
From a young age, Anna and Elsa were the best of friends and greatly enjoyed each other's company, with Elsa often using her magic to entertain both of them. However, during a night of playing, Elsa accidentally struck Anna with her powers, nearly killing her. Though Anna was healed, this event traumatized Elsa, making her fear her powers could cause harm to those she loved, thus resulting in her voluntary isolation from others. Though Elsa's decision to lead a sheltered life was a noble act of love, it inevitably caused Anna to feel distanced from her sister especially with her repeated attempts to reconnect with Elsa.
The coronation party initially appeared to be a step in the right direction, as the two estranged sisters finally began to reconnect, enjoying the celebration together. Emboldened, Anna even suggested things could return to the way they were. Unfortunately, Elsa was still traumatized by the accident and firmly asserted that things could never be the same. Shortly after, an argument between the sisters caused Elsa's powers to be revealed to the kingdom, which in turn caused Elsa to flee Arendelle. Feeling responsible for the events, Anna placed the responsibility of finding and returning Elsa home upon herself despite concerns for her safety, saying loyally, "She's my sister. She would never hurt me." When Anna finally located Elsa, she attempted to persuade her sister to return home and to reverse the eternal winter she had unknowingly cast over Arendelle. Unfortunately, Elsa adamantly refused to return, feeling the kingdom was safer in her absence and that she was incapable of repairing the damage she had inflicted.
Ultimately, Anna valued the relationship with her sister above all else, forfeiting her own chances of survival to shield Elsa from Hans' killing strike. Anna's sacrifice conveyed the extent to which she cared for Elsa and was such a pure act of true love that it was able to reverse the effects of Elsa's accidental curse, reviving her from death. Upon Anna's revival, Elsa realized that love was the key to controlling her powers, as it is the warmest feeling of all. Summer returned to Arendelle, with Elsa taking her rightful place as queen and restoring her bond with Anna.
Anna and Elsa's love for each other was undeniable; despite Elsa appearing to be cold and distant, her actions were to ensure Anna's well-being. And though Anna seemed quick to accept romance, this was merely an attempt to fill the void left by Elsa, as shown when Anna left both Hans and Kristoff in the interests of reaching her sister. Both proved themselves willing to do anything for the sake of the other's happiness.
At first, Kristoff opted to accompany Anna as a business arrangement; she purchased the pickaxe, rope, and bag of carrots that he himself was unable to afford at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna. He found Anna's rash decision to marry a man she just met absurd, causing him to openly question her judgment. And after having lost his sled following a run-in with some savage wolves, Kristoff was unwilling to see the journey through, continuing only after Sven convinced him otherwise. However, as the two spent more and more time in each other's company, Kristoff gradually developed feelings for Anna, admiring her fiery yet sweet character though he suppressed his feelings due to Anna's engagement to Hans.
Kristoff's feelings for Anna became more apparent when he expressed concern at Anna's deteriorating health due to Elsa's curse and chose to take her to the trolls, hoping they would be able to heal her. Unfortunately, it is revealed that the only cure for Anna's ailment was an act of true love. Galvanized into action, Kristoff immediately set off for Arendelle, believing Hans to be Anna's one chance at survival. Upon returning Anna to the castle, his concern was still visibly evident though he was far too dense to realize his feelings. Suddenly, as a storm developed over the castle, Kristoff realized Anna to be in peril and without hesitation, rushed to her aid.
Both were caught in the storm with Elsa and Hans and just moments from reaching her, Kristoff watched despairingly as Anna turned away to save her sister from Hans' killing blow, sacrificing herself in the process. Afterwards, he lamented Anna's death alongside Elsa, Sven, and Olaf but was overjoyed when she is revived, as her decision to save Elsa was an act of true love. When Hans awoke from his subverted attempt on Elsa's life, Kristoff was angry enough to attack him but was stopped by Anna who chose to deal with her fiancé personally. The lesson about love's ability to thaw learned, Elsa manages to restore summer, during which Anna and Kristoff finally begin their relationship.
Anna and Kristoff's relationship was a wonderful example of a friendship developing into romance. Though they hailed from two completely different worlds, with Anna being royalty and Kristoff being a mountain man, Anna was able to see past Kristoff's tough exterior and gaze upon his sensitive and sweet interior; likewise, Kristoff was able to overlook Anna's impulsive and reckless nature, coming to admire her due to the forces that drove her to act, faith and love.
Olaf was originally a snowman Elsa and Anna built when they were young; following her flight from Arendelle, Elsa recreated the snowman as a reminder of the happy times in her childhood spent with Anna, but unknowingly imbued him with life. When Anna first encountered Olaf, she was initially disturbed by the talking snowman but realizing that it was the same snowman from her childhood, she quickly offered Olaf her hand in friendship. Anna cared for Olaf deeply as she refused to allow Kristoff to ruin the snowman's dreams of experiencing summer. She also was quick to defend Olaf after Elsa's bodyguard, Marshmallow, threw him out of her palace.
Olaf was quick to return Anna's friendship, attempting to stall Marshmallow so that she and Kristoff would have time to escape. He also showed concern for Anna's safety by telling her to run when he believed Kristoff to be a lunatic. However, his greatest service to the princess was in her moment of peril following Hans' betrayal. Seeing Anna freezing to death on the floor, Olaf risked his life to create a fire to keep Anna warm and stall the frozen heart curse while simultaneously working to keep her spirits high. When Anna was at her lowest point and ready to give up, Olaf taught her the meaning of love, providing her with the strength to search for Kristoff. The snowman once again proved himself to be a love expert following Anna's death and resurrection, realizing her sacrifice for Elsa to be an act of true love.
Despite being a typical Disney "sidekick character," Olaf's significance is clear: he is the physical manifestation of Anna and Elsa's close bond, the focal point of the film. Though Elsa was ready to embrace her own identity, rebuilding Olaf symbolized that part of her still yearned to be with Anna, in spite of finally being able to live free. Following his conception, the snowman was then able to find Anna and lead her to Elsa's location. And though Olaf's dreams of summer are widely viewed as comic relief, they are also an expression of Elsa's want to reunite with Anna and rekindle the warmth they once shared.
Although he was Kristoff's best friend and pet reindeer, Sven appeared to be just as loyal and friendly to Anna as he was towards Kristoff. Sven appreciated Anna's purchase of the carrots that Kristoff was unable to afford from Oaken's store and was quick to help Anna rescue Kristoff from falling off the edge of a cliff. Like Olaf, Sven is a sidekick character but has a large impact on the film's events. When Kristoff began to have doubts with regards to helping Anna, Sven acted as Kristoff's conscience and convinced the rugged mountain man to reconsider for Anna could not possibly surive on her own. He was also instrumental in helping Kristoff realize his feelings for Anna; after the ice harvester delivered Anna to the castle, Sven saw Kristoff's miserable and concerned expression, and went so far as to try to physically carry Kristoff back to Arendelle atop his antlers. Though Kristoff admonished Sven for his behavior, he stopped when he caught sight of a storm forming over the castle and, realizing Anna was still in danger, he rushed back to Arendelle atop Sven, who determinedly ran as fast as he possibly could.
Though Pabbie is not the most recurring character in Anna's life, he's had a significant backround role since her childhood. Pabbie was responsible for saving the princess' life on two occasions. On the first occasion, Pabbie helped to heal an injury to the young princess' head caused by Elsa's ice magic though she had no recollection of the event. On the second occasion, Anna was older but similarly hurt; she was struck by Elsa's powers but this time in the heart. Though Pabbie was unable to heal an injury of that magnitude, he still provided Anna with the means to thaw her frozen heart. Though both interactions were brief, Pabbie showed himself to be somewhat of a grandfather figure to Anna, displaying a sense of pure concern and love, as if Anna was part of his family. Interestingly, this could be related to the fact the wise troll was Kristoff's adoptive grandfather.
Anna was immediately infatuated by Hans' physical appearance and charming disposition during their first meeting. Building on this initial attraction, Anna connected with Hans further through their shared lonely pasts and following a romantic duet, Hans proposed to Anna, which she gladly accepted in a heartbeat, even though she had known him for less than a day. Anna was quick to trust Hans, even placing him in charge of Arendelle in her absence. Hans appeared to genuinely love Anna as well, deciding to pursue her when her horse returned without its rider. Unfortunately, when Anna returned to Arendelle hoping to receive a true love's kiss to thaw her frozen heart, Hans revealed himself to be a manipulative sociopath, planning only to marry her to become king of Arendelle after killing Elsa.
After revealing his dark plans, Hans left Anna to die while he prepared to set off and kill Elsa, leaving Anna in a state of despair, feeling the most alone she had ever felt. Fortunately, Anna was able to interfere with Hans' plans and save Elsa by intercepting Hans' strike with her frozen body. Once she thawed out, Anna settled things with Hans once and for all, punching him off the ship they were standing on.
Anna and Hans' relationship was purely superficial, with Anna's feelings based primarily on Hans' outward appearance and attitude and fueled by a desire for human company. Hans chose to be with Anna for purely selfish reasons, wanting to install himself as king of Arendelle no matter the cost to others. Ultimately, he proved himself to be a dangerous individual without any capacity for human emotion as he openly mocked Anna's naivety as she was dying on the floor: "You were so desperate for love that you were willing to marry me just like that." It is worth noting that Hans appeared to be the antithesis of Olaf as he represented the breaking of Anna and Elsa's relationship, literally driving them apart after proposing to Anna. His character was a clear representation of the age-old adage, "All that glitters is not gold."
When Anna refused to leave the ice palace without her, Elsa was forced to create the snow monster Marshmallow, who had the physical strength to remove Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf from the premises. When Marshmallow threw Olaf out of the palace, Anna was angered at this mistreatment and angered the snow monster by attacking him with a snowball. Though Anna bought some time to escape off a cliff by launching a spruce tree in Marshmallow's face, the behemoth nonetheless managed to catch up with Anna and Kristoff, threatening them, "Don't come back!" Anna was then forced to cut the rope tethering Kristoff and herself to the cliff, and they both fell two hundred feet into the snow below.
Marshmallow was important for being another one of Elsa's snow creations that represented an aspect of her relationship with Anna. While Olaf represented their need to be together, Marshmallow represented Elsa's desire for separation in the interests of Anna's safety. However, Marshmallow also represented the fact that regardless of Elsa's intent, she ultimately ended up hurting Anna anyway, both physically and emotionally.
Initially, the Duke of Weselton was polite towards Anna and her sister, having even danced with Anna during the coronation party. During the dance, he attempted to discover why the castle gates were closed for so long, but Anna replied she didn't know. Not long after, Elsa's powers were revealed and the Duke was openly hostile towards Elsa, calling her a "monster," though Anna was quick to defend her sister, prompting the Duke to think Anna was conspiring with Elsa to destroy Arendelle and its population.
When Anna volunteered to pursue Elsa, the Duke immediately said, " Yes!" showing a complete disregard for Anna's safety. However, in the end, the Duke showed that he may have cared for Anna to some degree, as he expressed shock and disbelief at Hans' declaration that Anna had been killed by Elsa, "her own sister." At that point, the Duke asserted that he was right all along, that Elsa was a monster and needed to be put down.
The Duke played an important part in the story; due to his greed and open distrust of Anna and Elsa, he provided the perfect cover for Hans to operate in the background and work to accelerate his plans for usurpation, causing both Anna and the viewers to place their trust in the wrong individual.
Collider.com writer Matt Goldberg referred to Anna as a character who "can go from cute to melancholy to odd to defiant and never miss a beat." Emma Koonse of Christian Post described her and Elsa as the "most lovable and charismatic characters yet," while Tony Hicks of San Jose Mercury News wrote that both Anna and Elsa were depicted as devoted from the start, and "[Anna's] confusion and Elsa's anguish as she shuts herself away from the world — and her sister — is palatable." Deepanjana Pal from First Post commented that Anna "is very much a child who needs to grow up and she does in the course of the film." The Wall Street Journal suggested that the character become more endearing for being "exactly the free spirit she seems to be." Noah Lee of The Coast News was impressed by the heroine duo Anna and Elsa, and enthused, "I never lost interest in the drastic measures Anna took or the tribulations Elsa faced." Travis Bean, a reviewer of Community Newspaper Group put emphasis on the lessons that kids could perceive from the film, saying, "Children can also root for Anna to race through the forest and break through Elsa's icy walls and prove that love conquers all fears." Linda Barnard, The Star film critic, described the sisters as "engaging female characters" and particularly praised Anna for her funny and iron-willed characteristics. Sabina Ibarra from Geek Exchange commended that the directors had crafted two very real girls "who come into their own and also come together in this amazing tale."
Kristen Bell was lauded for her performance as Anna in the film. Michelle Im, writing for the Eye of the Tiger referred to the character as "bubbly and spirited," and commented, "Not only was [Bell] able to nail those vibratos and belting notes in her songs, it was actually her singing them." The Coast News review of the film wrote that Bell "earns top marks" for instilling a spirited sensibility in the clumsy but well-meaning Anna. Cinenerd, a film critic for Blogcritics, commended the actress' singing ability, stating that she and Menzel "sing their hearts out, with two showstoppers in 'Let it Go' and 'For the First Time in Forever.'" Colin Covert of The Gazette considered Bell's performance as a "flawless delivery." Matt Goldberg extolled the relationship between Anna and her elder sister Elsa, writing, "There's so much to love about Frozen, but at the top of the list is the emphasis on [Anna] and Elsa's relationship. Anna still has an infatuation with the charming Hans and romantic chemistry with the flustered Kristoff, but her greatest love is for her sister. [Elsa] is mostly scared and guilt-ridden. She's an incredibly sympathetic character, and it's a fresh spin on depicting estrangement between siblings. Anna has so much life and enthusiasm, and we want to see her share it with Elsa." Magdalena Lachowicz of The Heights referred to this sisterly bond as "what truly makes the film and the moral that comes with it," commenting, "the plot is set up to lead the viewer into thinking that it needs to be true love's kiss—something which Anna then goes to seek. This journey sends her on a diffucult adventure in which she learns about both sacrifice and love." Debbie Lynn Elias of Culver City Observer commented, "Females driven with confidence and positivity, Elsa and Anna are like two sides of a coin, both strong, albeit one through power and confidence and the other through clumsy sticktuitiveness and love," while Stephen Holden from The New York Times appreciated that instead of a romantic attachment, it was a sisterly love and devotion that drove the story, which departed greatly from traditional Disney formula. Noah Lee described Anna and Elsa's relationship as "genuine," saying, "watching those themes of family and love versus isolation and fear touched my heart in more ways than one."
- Anna's name means "full of grace." However, Anna was exactly the opposite, being more bubbly and daring than she was graceful.
- Anna's character is based on Gerda from the original Snow Queen fairy tale.
- Anna was the first Disney Princess to have a biological relative as an antagonist, not counting Ariel, who was originally going to have Ursula as her aunt.
- However, Elsa was not the villain, since contrary to how most adaptations portrayed her, the Snow Queen was a more multifaceted character whose seemingly bad actions stemmed from fear and vulnerability. The real villain of Frozen was Prince Hans.
- Anna is the twelfth princess in the official line-up, and is the third freckled and computer-animated princess after Rapunzel and Merida.
- Anna is the third princess to have her movie be released in Disney Digital 3D.
- Anna is the fourth Disney Princess to have blue eyes (the first three being Cinderella, Ariel, and Merida).
- Anna is the third Disney Princess to have any siblings (first is Ariel, second is Merida), and the first to only have one. She also will be the second Disney Princess to be the youngest sibling, Ariel being the first. Anna will also be the first Disney Princess to have a fellow Disney Princess as a sister.
- Anna's Disney Princess franchise outfit will probably be her coronation gown, with her travel outfit being a less likely possibility.
- Anna is the third Disney Princess to wear boots, the first being Belle in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and the second being Pocahontas in her sequel film.
- Anna is the second Disney Princess to have her hair in pigtail braids, with Cinderella being the first.
- Anna is the second Disney Princess with strawberry-blonde hair, the first being Cinderella.
- Anna is the third Princess to have a green dress. The first was Belle and the second was Tiana.
- Anna's voice actress, Kristen Bell, was pregnant during the making of Frozen.
- Anna was said to have a little crush on Kristoff in Frozen: The Junior Novelization while they are adventuring.
- While Anna was a princess who had two love interests, it can be noted that her love for Hans was more out of desperation and naive infatuation, while her true love was Kristoff all along.
- According to the director, Anna was 18 during the events of the film.
- Anna is the first and so far the only Disney princess to have a duet with the villain.
- Anna is the first princess to be revived with sibling affection and not true love's kiss.
- She used Kristoff's lute as a weapon when she helped Kristoff defend the sled from wolves. She is the fourth Disney Princess to have a unique weapon after Mulan with her sword, Rapunzel with her frying pan, and Merida with her bow and arrows.
- Anna's favorite food is krumkake, though it is shown in Frozen that she and Elsa were both fond of chocolate.
- It is unknown as to how Anna paid for the items she bought from Trader Oaken since it is unlikely that she carried money with her. However, it is possible that she sold off her green dress to pay for the items she bought, which is supported by the fact that her ballroom dress didn't make a further appearance. But she may have also sold her greenish-gold pendant bearing Arendelle's symbol, which could actually be quite expensive because it was jewelry belonging to royalty.
- Anna's black outfit, which she wore during her parents' funeral, looked similiar to her winter outfit.
- Anna's winter outfit shared uncanny similarities with Elsa's coronation gown:
- Detachable magenta cape.
- Adorned bodice with a V-shaped waistline (black on Anna and teal on Elsa).
- Bluish gloves (that they eventually took off).
- Tight fitting sleeves (black on Elsa and light blue on Anna).
- Anna seems to share some similarities with Merida.
- Both have fearless personalities.
- Both set out to make right a mistake (Merida turned her mother into a bear and Anna aggravated her sister, which caused the latter to freeze the summer).
- Both had blue eyes.
- Both had freckles.
- Neither was weak as they both knew how to defend themselves.
- Both had desire to not be locked up in their castle and enjoyed being outside.
- Both have biological siblings.
- Both survived being attacked by monsters (Mor'du for Merida and Marshmallow for Anna).
- Both used a weapon in their film (Merida used her bow and arrows multiple times and used her sword to save her mother, Queen Elinor, from her father, King Furgus. Anna used a lute to help fight off the wolves and used Kristoff's knife to cut the rope they were tied to in order to escape Marshmallow).
- Both wore capes.
- Both were horsewomen (Angus for Merida and an Anna's Horse for her).
- The design of Anna's hair streak is similar to Queen Elinor's hair streak. However, Anna's was due to Elsa striking her and wasn't natural like Elinor's.
- Anna also has several strong similarities to Rapunzel:
- Both had dreams of being outside their home. Anna, as depicted in "For the First Time in Forever", sang about her dream of escaping her lonely life in the castle, connecting with the outside world, and meeting that special someone. Rapunzel wished to leave her tower to see the floating lanterns and, after learning of her true identity, wished to be free.
- Both princesses were 18 years old during their respective films.
- Both were locked up indoors: Anna in a castle due to the gates being closed because her parents wanted to keep her sister Elsa and her icy powers hidden. Rapunzel in a tower.
- During the "For the First Time in Forever" sequence when Anna dressed herself with a curtain, she struck her face, similar to how Rapunzel hit herself with a frying pan.
- Both had their hair color changed (Anna's hair turned white, while Rapunzel's hair turned brown). However, Rapunzel's hair changed to its natural color, while Anna's changed into a different color.
- Anna has a tendency to touch her hair whenever she was nervous.
- When Hans asked Anna about the platinum-blonde streak in her hair, she replies that she "was born with it" and she dreamt that she "was kissed by a troll," indicating that she recalled being healed by Pabbie to some degree.
- Anna originally was supposed to have platinum blonde hair and she, revealed in "Halt, You Swine!", was wearing a winter hat and clothing in summer.
- "Elsa... Psst! Elsa!—ugh!—wake up, wake up, wake up!"
- "I can’t! The sky’s awake, so I’m awake. So we have to play!"
- "Do you wanna build a snowman?"
- "Do the magic! Do the magic!"
- "I love you, Olaf!"
- "Ready for what?"
- (Half asleep) "My sister's.... corn-eration....."
- "You're gorgeous. Wait, what?"
- "You look beautifuller! Not fuller, I mean, m-more beautiful."
- "Elsa, please, please, I can't live like this anymore!"
- "She's my sister. She would never hurt me."
- "She's a stinker."
- "Snow... It had to be snow... She couldn't have tropical magic that covered the fjords in sand and warm...fire!"
- "Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold..."
- "I like fast."
- "It's true love!"
- "Olaf?... That's right! Olaf!"
- "Wow, Elsa, you look different. It's a good different, and this place..."
- "I just fell of a cliff, you should see your hair!"
- "Hans, you have to kiss me!"
- "I love you."
- "I knew you could do it!"
- "We may."
- "Kristoff...loves me?"
- "I like the open gates."
- "Elsa, they're beautiful, but you know I don't ska—"
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