Ok! So here is my review of Frozen's characters! I've already reviewed the music of the film, which you can read here (just copy and paste the link: link
I'm just going to say right now....Frozen has some of the best characters of any Disney film. Why? One word: DEVELOPMENT. The characters are all so well developed, and they all have such great and complex personalities (yes, even you Hans). I found that as I watched the film, I realized every character symbolized something. Olaf represented the bond between Elsa and Anna...and Hans, the villain, represented the breaking of their bond. BUT I WILL GET INTO THAT LATER!
Anna is the main protagonist of Frozen. She would also be one of my favorite Disney princesses. Anna is quirky, awkward, and a little clumsy. Most importantly: she's flawed. "FINALLY!" I can hear the feminists cry. A Disney princess who isn't perfect! Of course, there have been others. But Anna's flaws are emphasized...I mean, they show her snoring and drooling out of her mouth for God's sake. I think girls in particular will relate to Anna very well. I thought Anna could be a little rude and obnoxious at times...I think we see the sweeter side of her towards the film's end (when her primary concern is the safety of her loved ones). Anna also becomes less self centered as the film progresses. This is explained in reprise of the cut song "Life's Too Short." Anna was so desperate to be loved, that she only focused on her own feelings. During the scene on the fjord, Anna finally matures. She does NOT go to Kristoff to save herself. She goes to Elsa. Although, I was confused about one thing....after Hans reveals himself to Anna, Anna doesn't go to save Elsa. She doesn't even mention Elsa's life being in danger. She only thinks about Kristoff. But then I realized, this is still the immature Anna. She was only thinking about saving her own life at that point. When she sees Elsa in danger, this is when the switch flips. She sacrifices HERSELF in order to save her sister's life. I thought this was a great climax, probably one of Disney's best. And it goes along with the film's theme: love is putting someone else's needs before your own! One part of this scene in particular broke my heart: when Hans is standing over Elsa with his sword drawn. Anna looks hurt and confused, because her sister, who was usually cold and withdrawn, looked VULNERABLE. It probably broke Anna's heart as well, seeing her sister defeated like that. Moments before that, she said very boldly to Hans that he was "no match for Elsa." But now she saw her beautiful, powerful sister about to be slayed by his sword! Overall, Anna's character goes along with Disney's traditional coming of age films. Yes, almost every Disney princess movie is about COMING OF AGE. Notice how almost all of the princesses are teenagers. During all of their films, they go through the things most people go through when becoming adults: they become less selfish and naive, and they slowly begin to understand how the world works. Most importantly: they find TRUE LOVE! And Anna's character shows that it doesn't have to be romantic love, it can also be repairing a broken bond with a family member.