Ranking Disney: Frozen (2013), Part IV
It must have been two years ago now, when I decided to go through and Rank all the Disney movies. Essentially, I watched all the Disney movies that existed at the time, and ranked them in the order I liked them. It was fun. Pretty simple. Not as complicated as I’d do them now. One of these years, I’ll go through and update them to make them more like Fun with Franchises.
At the time, there were only 51 Disney movies. Winnie the Pooh was the newest one. So when Wreck-It Ralph came out, I figured I had to do that one as well. So now, writing up the new Disney movie has become an annual tradition for me. I’m actually late on this one. I probably should have put this article up back in March. But whatever. It’s finally time for us to do Frozen.
I was all over this movie when it came out last year. We got a screener right after it came out, and I watched it that day, in the office. And by the time “Let It Go” happened, I was certain the movie was a top ten film for me and that both the song and the movie were going to win Oscars. All three of those things happened.
There’s something so joyous about this movie. I’m sure now as I go through I’ll tear it to pieces. But I still love it. We’ll get to my feelings about it within the rest of the Disney canon later, but in terms of a movie, this is the best pure Disney movie the studio has put out in almost 20 years. This harkens back to the Renaissance days. And we’re going to enjoy this movie that it’s one of those for the next few days, before we get into our usual end of the year festivities. So without further ado, here is Part IV of Frozen.
We begin Part IV with Arendelle dealing with its entire royalty being gone and an eternal winter.
So… with Arendelle dealing with an eternal winter. The rest is commonplace.
Also Beauty and the Beast.
Another complicated tracking shot?
Yeah, you carry that wood for no reason other than to move the shot along.
Now you’re pulling out the same tricks for no reason.
Prince Hans, doing good.
“The castle is open.”
How nice. Just let peasants parade through the castle.
That’s how you get ants.
“Here, I’ve done enough for exposition. You take over.”
He only cares about trade goods.
He thinks Anna is conspiring with a “wicked sorceress.”
“So help me, if you question the princess, I will slap you with my mutton chops.”
He actually says he was put in charge and won’t hesitate to protect Arendelle from treason.
Which makes his turn later all the more bizarre.
But we’ll talk about that when we get to it.
He’s right. How can someone who’s from another place be convicted of treason?
He has diplomatic immunity.
Speaking of which, in Lord of the Rings, did Sam’s pony Bill ever make it? Or did he die? I’m thinking dead.
“Whoa boy, easy.”
“What’s going on? Little Timmy fell down the well?”
“Old Man Marker hit his wife again?”
“Anna’s in trouble?”
“Princess Anna is in trouble.”
Which is great, since all he did was look at a frightened horse and up at the mountains.
She could have sent the horse back on her own as a sign that everything’s cool. Maybe the horse has nothing to do with her.
Anyway, he needs volunteers.
“I volunteer two men, my lord.”
Well that’s an about face. Or the most obviously underhanded thing possible.
“Be prepared for anything. And should you encounter the queen, you are to put an end to this winter.”
You know they can hear you, right?
And very Oz.
See what I mean? Very Oz.
I guess Kristoff is the Tin Man?
Her plan to stop the winter is to talk to her sister.
“That’s your plan? My ice business is riding on you talking to your sister?”
How did you not see that coming?
“So you’re not at all afraid of her?”
“Why would I be?”
“I bet she’s the nicest, gentlest, warmest person ever.”
“Oh, look at that. I’ve been impaled.”
Now, the only way is up.
“It’s too steep.”
“I’ve only got one rope and you don’t know how to climb mountains.”
What a great explanation.
“What are you doing?”
“I’m going to see my sister.”
“You’re gonna kill yourself.”
“I wouldn’t put my foot there.”
“How do you know Elsa even wants to see you?”
“You know, most people who disappear up into the mountains want to be alone.”
“Nobody wants to be alone. Except maybe you.”
“I’m not alone. I have friends, remember?”
“You mean the love experts?”
“Please tell me I’m almost there.”
“Does the air seem a bit thin to you up here?”
“Hey Sven, not sure if this is gonna solve the problem, but I found a staircase that leads exactly where you want it to go.”
“Ha ha! Thank goodness!”
“That was like a crazy trust exercise.”
Wait, I don’t get it. I thought they were at the edge of the mountain. They could have gone around this entire time? So that entire interlude was just for a gag and the trust thing?
Fortress of Solitude?
Booby trap that bridge.
Or, you know… get rid of it. Since you can always make another one.
“Now that’s ice.”
“I might cry.”
“Go ahead. I won’t judge.”
What’s with that face?
Reindeer can’t climb stairs, I guess.
“Okay, you stay right here.”
“Just knock. Why isn’t she knocking?”
“Do you think she knows how to knock?”
“It opened. That’s a first.”
“You should probably wait out here.”
“Last time I introduced her to a guy she froze everything.”
That’s an exaggeration. But funny.
“Oh, come on, it’s a palace made of ice!”
And you can admire it from the outside.
“You too, Olaf.”
I’m gonna miss you most of all, Scarecrow.
“Just give us a minute.”
She spent some time thinking about how to decorate.
What’s the heating situation in here like?
How exactly does Elsa not slip and fall in this place? (Come to think of it, how do none of the guys trying to kill her later, either?)
Is this time to sing?
“Whoa, Elsa. You look – different.”
“It’s a good different.”
“And this place, it’s – amazing.”
And a death trap.
“I never knew what I was capable of.”
You still don’t. Not really.
“I’m so sorry about what happened. If I’d have known…”
“No, it’s okay. You don’t have to apologize. But you should probably go.”
“But I just got here.”
And it’s like a whole hike back down the mountain. Show a little hospitality, Elsa.
“You belong down in Arendelle.”
“So do you.”
“No, Anna, I belong here. Alone. Where I can be who I am, without hurting anybody.”
“Actually, about that…”
“Hi! I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs!”
“You built me.”
“And you’re alive?”
“I think so.”
“He’s just like the one we built as kids.”
“Elsa, we were so close. We can be like that again.”
“No. We can’t.”
Maybe just explain the situation to her. And she’ll be like, “Okay, I won’t be crazy reckless around you.” The end.
Haven’t we done this before?
“I’m just trying to protect you.”
“You don’t have to protect me. I’m not afraid!”
“Please don’t shut me out again.”
♫ Please don’t slam the door ♫
♫ You don’t have to keep your distance anymore ♫
♫ Cuz for the first time in forever / I finally understand ♫
♫ For the first time in forever / We can fix this hand in hand ♫
♫ We can head down this mountain together / You don’t have to live in fear ♫
♫ Cuz for the first time in forever ♫
♫ I will be right here ♫
♫ Please go back home / Your life awaits ♫
♫ Go enjoy the sun / And open up the gates ♫
What do you mean. “Yeah, but…”? “Well I guess she’s gone forever and has magic powers. At least the gates are open!”
♫ I know you mean well / But leave me be ♫
♫ Yes I’m alone ♫
♫ But I’m alone and free ♫
♫ Just stay away ♫
♫ And you’ll be safe from me ♫
♫ Actually, we’re not ♫
♫ What do you mean you’re not? ♫
Love when people argue in song.
♫ I get the feeling you don’t know ♫
♫ What do I not know? ♫
♫ Arendelle’s in deep, deep, deep, deep ♫
♫ Snow ♫
Well, yeah, that was the rhyme.
“You kind of set off an eternal winter. Everywhere.”
How do you know it’s eternal? You’re basing this on one morning.
That’s the proper reaction.
“It’s okay, you can just unfreeze it.”
Just because she did something means she can undo it?
“No I can’t. I don’t know how.”
“Sure you can. I know you can.”
Because of song?
♫ Cuz for the first time in forever ♫
“Oh, not with the singing again!”
♫ Oh, I’m such a fool ♫
♫ I can’t be free ♫
♫ You don’t have to be afraid ♫
♫ No one’s safe from the storm inside ♫
♫ We can work this out together ♫
“Try to see things my way. Do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on?”
♫ I can’t control the curse ♫
♫ We’ll reverse the storm you made ♫
♫ Oh please, you’ll only make it worse ♫
This is great.
♫ There’s so much fear ♫
♫ Don’t panic / We’ll make sunshine ♫
♫ You’re not safe here ♫
♫ We can fix this thing together ♫
♫ We can change this winter weather ♫
And now she’s doing her Ariel scales.
♫ Ahhhhh ♫
♫ And everything will be all right ♫
♫ I can’t ♫
“Are you okay?”
“Wait, it doesn’t matter, just – you have to go.”
“No, I know we can figure this out together.”
“How? What power do you have to stop this winter?”
Love. The answer is love.
“To stop me?”
I like how these are all sinister lines, but they’re being spoken by someone who doesn’t want the power, which makes it interesting.
“I think we should go.”
“No, I’m not leaving without you, Elsa.”
“Yes you are.”
He likes warm hugs too.
“Watch out for my butt!”
“It is not nice to throw people!”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, feisty pants.”
I’m a sucker for feisty.
“Okay, relax. Just calm down.”
“All right! I’m okay.”
“Just let the snowman be.”
“Run! I’ll distract him!”
“No, not you!”
Well that’s convenient.
Whoa, he just tally ho’d right down that mountain!
Unnecessary action sequence, by the way.
Ah. The payoff from before we didn’t get.
“Oh, ho ho!”
“I got him!”
Love how pleased she is with herself.
“It’s a hundred foot drop.”
Yes, this shot told us that without you having to say it.
“It’s two hundred.”
All right, well I think we can agree that it’s really bad if you fall down it. Was the point of this all.
“What is that for?”
“I’m digging a snow anchor.”
“Okay. What if we fall?”
“There’s 20 feet of fresh powder down there. It’ll be like landing on a pillow.”
“You tell me when. I’m ready to go.”
“What the –”
I feel like they’ve used that before, but I can’t remember off the top of my head where. But they have.
“Man, am I out of shape.”
This reminds me of the old Disney “gag” mandate, where he’d pay his staff for each gag they came up with.
“Hey Anna! Sven!”
“Where’d you guys go? We totally lost marshmallow back there.”
“Hey! We were just talking about you.”
“All good things.”
The Disney sidekick they initially find annoying but is willing to die for them. That happens a lot.
That’s a broken skull.
“Don’t come back!”
That seems excessive. You could have just said you won’t come back and climbed back down.
“Hey, you were right. Just like a pillow.”
“I can’t feel my legs!”
“Those are my legs.”
“Who’s my cute little reindeer?”
“Don’t talk to him like that.”
Aww… they’re in love.
“How’s your head?”
“I’ve got a thick skull.”
“I don’t have a skull. Or bones.”
“So… uhh.. what are you doing later?”
“What am I gonna do?”
“She threw me out! I can’t go back to Arendelle with the weather like this.”
“And then there’s your ice business.”
“Don’t worry about my ice business. Worry about your hair.”
“I just fell off a cliff. You should worry about your hair.”
“No. Yours is turning white.”
“It’s because she struck you.”
And you saw that?
“Does it look bad?”
“No, I didn’t.”
“Anna, you need help.”
They’re going to see his friends.
The love experts.
“And don’t worry, they’ll be able to fix this.”
“How do you know?”
“Because I’ve seen them do it before.”
And… you haven’t put two and two together there?
“I like to consider myself a love expert.”
“Get it together.”
We’ll also end Part IV here.
– – – – – – – – – –
Part I is here.
Part II is here.
Part III is here.