It was November 2013 when the initial Disney Frozen film was released in theaters. The film followed two sisters of Arendelle-ian royalty- Anna and Elsa (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)- and their strained sisterhood and sense of self coming to full realization and healing. Frozen (2013) captured an essence of magic and familial bonds. Elsa, the new queen of Arendelle, struggled with her self love and repressed emotions, pushed at the hands of her parents because of her unnatural, frozen powers. And Anna suffered, because her sister suffered. Especially after the death of their parents, the two sisters went through painful isolation, from the outside world- and even more detrimental- from each other.
As the story carries on, the two sisters- with mountains and snow separating them- must find their way back to each other, not just physically but also emotionally.
Through the many themes explored in the first film, and even the second one, family and most importantly the bond of sisterhood remains the most prominent. The relationship between Anna and Elsa makes up the left ventricle of the heart of this film.
With that being said, the film has many moments between multiple characters of the film that show the true bond between this unconventional family- Olaf, Elsa, Anna, Sven, and Kristoff- but the bond between our two sisters show some of the greatest moments of the film and the greatest strengths of the two characters. So without further ado, I would like to present the four best moments in the first Frozen film that set a foundation and truly portray the blessing that is sisterhood.
Anna and Elsa as Kids
The opening scene of the first film shows a sweet bonding moment for the two, young sisters. It starts with a rambunctious Anna waking up her big sister to participate in some late-night, snowy fun. She says sweet things like, "The skies awake, so I'm awake." And she says possibly one of the most memorable lines from the entire film franchise, "Do you wanna build a snowman?" This scene is meant to show you how close the two sisters were, before their relationship was strained. They love each other, and it's their adventurous times that make Elsa's powers feel worth having and good. When these moments are lost, so are our two characters. It's the perfect sequence that reminds you of magical moments with your own siblings (minus the ice powers, of course.) Being able to make my sister laugh and enjoy life the way Elsa does for Anna in this scene is truly a feat as an older sister.
Elsa's Coronation Party
Even though it's kind of a short-lived moment, the beginning of Elsa's coronation party was another beautiful testament to the bond that sisters have. The audience knows that Elsa and Anna haven't talked or even been close to each other in years, not even after the death of their parents, so this moment was seemingly awkward for them both- Anna especially. But, they are able to joke and laugh like nothing has ever changed. There is a shell covering Elsa, but this scene shows that Anna has the ability to get through it if given the chance. They both revel in the party scene and the smell of chocolate, and they are reminded just how much alike they actually are. It shows that no matter what, they will always be sisters and have a special bond that cannot be broken.
For the First Time in Forever
Although the sisters are showing a true divide in this moment- as Elsa pushes Anna away- this scene is definitely one of the most heart-wrenching moments between the two sisters. In this moment, you want them to run into each other's arms and work towards a solution together, but alas, reality is much harder. Elsa knows isolation too well, and even though Anna is there showing unconditional love and acceptance for her sister, Elsa hasn't been able to do that for herself. So she can't accept it. Every time Anna tries to push closer to her older sister, Elsa just pulls farther away. It's really a hard moment to get through without tears for me, because there is so much love between them, but also so much pain from Elsa that the love can't break though the barriers.
Anna Saves Elsa
Obviously, the greatest act of love shown in this film was Anna saving Elsa. After Elsa puts ice in Anna's heart earlier in the film, Anna is in a race to save her own life, and only an act of true love can fix it. She should be running to Kristoff for "true love's first kiss," but instead she put her sister's life before her own. It was the greatest act of heroism and love for her sister. It is the saddest but also the bravest moment for the entire story. Anna chose her sister over Kristoff and even herself, and without any powers, she saved Elsa and in turn Arendelle from Prince Hans.