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What Frozen Is Really About

There’s been a lot of talk about Frozen lately. Kudos to the marketing people at Disney, because Frozen is EVERYWHERE. (Although, if I see another “most amazing cover of ‘Let It Go’ EVER!!” on Facebook, I might claw my eyes out. I’m not sure hooooow many people on the planet can record the best version of this song EVER……….but it’s getting old.) 

Anyway. There’s also been a lot of talk about the “hidden” negative messages in the movie. I’m not super interested in discussing that here. What I DO want to talk about is the extremely positive and uplifting message that I got from it.

 
And that is the lesson of SISTERS and ICY HEARTS.
 
 
 
Anna has an icy heart. 

There are many times when we create our OWN icy hearts– but this wasn’t Anna’s case. She had ice placed in her heart by her sister, Elsa. This was not Anna’s fault, and it was unfair and undeserved. And although Elsa doesn’t do this on purpose (and until the end, doesn’t even realize she’s done it at all), the ice in Anna’s heart IS real and will destroy her if it doesn’t melt.

Here’s the clincher: 
Although this is essentially Elsa’s doing, Elsa cannot make it better. 
 
Only Anna can.

I’ve thought a lot about this. I’ve thought about the people in my life, and I’ve thought about myself. I’ve started to realize that many hearts of my loved ones are icy because (as in Anna’s case) a friend or family member PUT the ice there. A sister. An in-law. A co-worker. A spouse. Sometimes the ice is thrown on purpose. But usually it’s not. And in so many cases, there’s a lot of
waiting around for the Ice Throwers to melt the ice.

Frozen teaches us that this isn’t the way.
Only WE can melt the ice in our hearts REGARDLESS of who put it there. Regardless of whether or not we deserved it, or if it was our fault, or if it was intentional. Frozen teaches us there are more important things than justice, fairness, consequences, or retribution. The most important thing is your heart. And if, in the end, you become bitter, hardened, unforgiving, stagnant, and cold– the ice has won.So how do we melt the ice? Anna thaws her icy heart by performing an act of unselfish love FOR the one who put the ice there in the first place. She has no hidden agendas.

No ulterior motivations of validation or secret hopes of receiving an apology. And if I’m remembering correctly, Elsa never does actually apologize. But that doesn’t matter. Because that’s not what Anna was after.


I was deeply moved by Anna’s example of unselfish Christlike love, which ultimately saved her life. She didn’t need a hero with a sword, the magic of trolls, or even Elsa to remove the ice. She herself had the power all along.
The gospel of Jesus Christ gives us each this same power. He constantly had ice thrown at Him, but His heart could never be made cold. Following His example of humility, service, compassion, patience, charity, and forgiveness protects our own hearts from becoming frozen.He teaches us that relationships are the most important thing on earth, and often they are in need of repair. Many times they can be mended. Sometimes they cannot. And often it’s the frozen heart of another that causes us great pain. While we would do anything in the world to thaw someone else’s ice, all we can do is patiently wait for Christ to step in and help them, as He has helped us.

 
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ” (2  Thessalonians 3:5).

Ultimately, Frozen teaches us to be more worried about the condition of our hearts than our pride or our need to be right. These things will freeze our ability to progress, our happiness, our peace, and our character. A frozen heart will most certainly distance us– not only from our siblings, our parents, our neighbors, and our friends– but also from God.

“Love thaws a frozen heart.”
 
So find someone who’s hurt you…
 
and give them a warm hug today.
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  • Ready1 - THIS IS THE BEST COMMENTARY ON THE MOVIE TO DATE. Wonderful! Thank you for throwing out your 2 cents…because it’s worth WAY more than that.ReplyCancel

    • kronzimotto - Let’s keep it simple folks it’s about sisterly love not a prince to save the day but a sister lolReplyCancel

      • David - Tho the commentary is good and at most accuratebut the movie stated in the beginning that “A WARMING HUG” was what was best and that coupled with LOVE is what melted her Heart and the rest of her body as well. A Christ Like HUG is best to warm all those frozen hearts and souls out there. I can not remember any particular scripture but I am sure there are a few. Still a great movie with a great message.ReplyCancel

  • Unknown - What a great perspective! You are right on! Your thoughts have inspired me to do some melting on my own heart and give lots of warm hugs!ReplyCancel

    • Olaf - My name is Olaf and I like warm hugs. C’mon – someone had to say it! Great perspective, too.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie M. - Seriously I LOVE this!! It really is one of the best commentaries I have read on the movie.ReplyCancel

  • Messenger - I love you Whitney, this is amazing article, thank you for writing it and sharing it!!!! I miss you!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Johnson - Amen! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Dave Heywood - Yeah, Yeah. That’s all well and good, but the burning question is when will Mercy River record the BEST COVER EVER! of Let It Go?ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - I agree. I also feel that the ability to overcome any adversity was a powerful message in this. Add to that the humility and soft heart of Anna and it’s a beautiful message.

    Thanks for sharing, Whitney.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Woodland - Thank YOU THANK YOU! With all the controversy I was questioning my own thoughts on this movie. I’m so grateful you shared this! At least I know I’m in good company with my thoughts. Can’t wait to see you all in Richfield TOFWReplyCancel

  • Rob & Emily Willardson Family - Seriously great! And I totally agree with you about everyone making a video of this…specifically at the Midway Ice castles…they are great, but it is overkill?ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Thank you so much for helping me feel the Spirit this afternoon! This is what I need to apply in my life to thaw my icy heart.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - Thanks so much for taking time to use your influence for GOOD! As members of the church, we should try to find and magnify the light around us. Only by lifting each other up can we glorify God instead of tearing down the good trying to find fault. Thank you for your example.ReplyCancel

  • MIRIAM - Thank you for offering your perspective on this movie. I am appalled by the “other” mormon blogger who posted about this movie.She may not have intended to give the LDS a black eye, but that is what has happened. Thank you for being cognizant of what message you were portraying to the world. I loved the movie Frozen too. PS I love your music :)ReplyCancel

  • Rachel L. Bayles - Thank you for pointing this out! I have not gotten caught up in the “conspiracy theories” surrounding this movie, (which I found deligtful if a little disappointing in some of its choices). But one thing I really missed was the part of the original “Snow Queen” where the little boy has the shard of glass in his eye/heart that makes him see the world as ugly, and his little friend has to rescue him and help him overcome that. Disney does it slightly differently, and I had kind of seen that, but it took this post to really apprciate the beauty behind their changes.ReplyCancel

  • eve - Absolutely beautiful thoughts! Now I had better see the movie.
    Mercy River music has lifed me and kept my heart from freezing from the ice thrown at it. Love all of you!!ReplyCancel

  • PLBecks - WOW! Just WOW! Very profound and awesome. I Love it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal - Love this, Whitney. Thanks!

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  • Katrina - Thank you so much for sharing this! You have no idea how perfectly this applies to my life today and how much I needed to read this in THIS VERY MOMENT! Please know that you are inspired and that your message is reaching much farther than you can possibly know.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Thank you for sharing these inspired and beautiful words.ReplyCancel

  • Dizzy Angel - I’m gonna be the one that probably poos in the parade but here it goes:

    I am honestly sick of people using the forgiveness= reconciliation, whether the person is sorry or not, did it on purpose or not. Sometimes, we not only have to let IT go, we have to let THEM go. No huggy wuggies, no kissie wissies, I love you’s or I forgive you’s, or friendships, because you know what else is important? Healthy non-abusive relationships.

    Sometimes we have to turn away and slam THAT door.

    And that’s ok too.ReplyCancel

    • brian sanchez - That’s very, very true. I’ve had this same argument with others who seem to have a problem with me not wanting to be around someone who reminds me of nothing but anguish and pain.

      I can forgive that person, but that doesn’t mean I have to be willing to be around that person.ReplyCancel

    • Rebekah Jackson - I loved what she said and agree 99%. I’m with you on the reconciliation part. There are people and situations where the forgiveness is for our own “frozen heart”, but to be emotionally, mentally and sometimes even physically secure, we need to walk away.ReplyCancel

    • Sara Jane - “He teaches us that relationships are the most important thing on earth, and often they are in need of repair. Many times they can be mended. Sometimes they cannot.”

      I think this is what you are saying, just less elaborate.

      I agree with what you said. It is very important for our own hearts to let go and forgive. That doesn’t mean to forget and keep taking abuse or mistreatment. Sometimes people are too wrapped in their own ice, to be able to treat anyone with love. They need Jesus, but you can’t make them receive or even believe.ReplyCancel

    • Souris - “Sometimes we have to turn away and slam THAT door.
      And that’s ok too.”

      …So who are you saying this applies to in “Frozen?” Seems a little harsh, considering the actual plot.ReplyCancel

    • Anastasia Beaverhousin - You are exactly right.
      Not all forgiveness means reconciliation. Getting to the point of indifference is important. Yes it is true, we must forgive, but we do not have to have that person in our lives. We simply must let whatever “IT” is go. It is very freeing to come to the place of, “I don’t love you, I don’t hate you, I feel nothing for you, at all. Go have a wonderful life, somewhere else”
      Some people are not meant to be in our lives, to be clear…people don’t get to treat us any way they want and stay!
      Haven’t seen the movie, probably wont…but forgiveness is necessary to move on, just not with some people.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Cheney - Thank you. This is EXACTLY what I got out of it too. And I too, realized the importance of looking for my own “frozen.”
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  • CodeShark - Your thoughts are very well written. If I might add two more musings: 1st, the Mom & Dad solution to hide the problem and ignore it for so many years, not the best solution, eh? And 2nd, there wasn’t a forgiveness point nor reconciliation needed. Though Anna was hurt, in neither case did Elsa try to inflict the wound. But Elsa had to forgive herself, and learn to let love flow through her along with her gifts. There’s a lesson for all of us.ReplyCancel

  • *Aliese* - Thank you SO MUCH for your insight(s)! Best ever. I appreciate how you focused on the familial relationship and the positive lessons which can be learned. There truly are not enough words to express my gratitude.ReplyCancel

  • ...You May Say I'm A Dreamer - BRAVO!! Your post is brilliant, timely and very needed in our world. I too, have heard the negative takes on hidden meanings…and maybe they’re there, but it’s all how it affects you, the individual. Thank you for this beautiful post.ReplyCancel

  • Cara :) - Yes yes yes! … I hear a family home evening coming on! thank you for posting this! Talk about “seeing the good!”ReplyCancel

  • colorado mom - Amen Whitney!! Thank you…I couldn’t have said it better myself!!ReplyCancel

  • Jones L - Perfect! Just perfect! I so appreciate your post! I was flabbergasted by the other post on another blog. I thought the movie was beautiful, and so was your take on it! Thank you for expressing it, and so perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Stevenson - Thank you, Whitney. So many of us needed to see a positive post. There was so much good in the movie. I think we need to remember Paul’s admonition to look for the things that are virtuous and lovely and think on those things.

    When I saw the movie, the theme was summed up for me in one small statement: “Fear freezes; love thaws.”ReplyCancel

  • SB - Thank-you for this commentary. It’s much better than one made by a member of my own faith, sad in itself, and I appreciate the positive outlook. I loved how the movie showed that true love within family saved the day :)ReplyCancel

  • A F - I’m teaching our Relief Society lesson this week on meekness, specifically Elder Soares’ talk from the October General Conference. A lot of what you said lines up with his observation of what it means to be meek. Elder Maxwell’s article from the March 1983 Ensign and Elder Bednar’s talk about choosing not to take offense from October 2006 conference also touch on the same themes. Bottom line, we can’t let others actions and our own pride prevent us from seeing ourselves and others as Christ would, and acting accordingly.
    Honestly, I adored this movie for so many reasons. I got far more good out of it than the naysayers saw to be bad.ReplyCancel

  • RobertandHeidi Shomaker - Thank you. There are a million positive messages in this movie, I just absolutely Love it to pieces. Last time we saw it, I cried at least 5 times because of how powerful some messages were to me! (Although maybe it’s just cause I’m pregnant… :) ).ReplyCancel

  • terina - thanks for this…because after seeing it…I had a very similar feeling…family is the most important. I appreciate the positiveness of this post and shared it with others <3ReplyCancel

  • Kindiah - Very well thought and said. Unfortunately for me, Frozen just brings up a lot of hurt. I had a sister who I loved dearly growing up and I sacrificed myself for her with the thought, “if I love her, the ice will melt.” Sadly, that was not the case and she used my tender forgiveness and open heart as a punching bag. To this day I don’t hate her, but my heart bares the wounds created by loving her. I allowed her to abuse me constantly because I loved her and still do. For me the message of frozen is a sad one that few understand.ReplyCancel

    • Linda - I too have several sisters who have hurt me to the very center of my soul. One is just beginning to converse and show an interest in her little sister, barely, and the other,…well..unless I say I am wrong about everything, including the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there will be no relationship. Sadly our worlds have splintered and are shattered beyond fixing… I felt the pain so incredibly when I watched the movie with my granddaughters. I was able to share with them the pain of the loss of two wonderful sister relationships and the hope of getting them back someday….maybe…Thanks, Whitney, for sharing beautiful words of strength and power AND hope. There is hope.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Bird - Also, there is controversy about the “let it go” song and it being rebellious and defiant, not how i saw it. To me it represented forgiving yourself for past mistakes and moving forward.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - I’m glad you mentioned that as well. My initial message from the movie was that while Elsa’s parents were well – intentioned, reacting to the first accident by forcing her to hide herself from her sister and community because of a skill she had ultimately created a perception of something to fear. And she never learned how to use that skill positively. Anna’s persistent love forReplyCancel

  • mepureandfree - This is WONDERFUL. Honestly, thank you for bringing this message to light. I think that so many people loved Frozen not because we were seduced by the devil, as it would seem some people believe, but because it speaks to something inside each of us…struggles we’ve been through and universal truths like what you speak of. Thank you for sharing such a positive and influential message.ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Goertzen - I was about to say, “Ugh, another post about Frozen…” but I’m glad I took a second to read yours. Made me tear up a bit because I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this message. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Ambur Bradley - Thank you so much, I needed this to melt my own heart. May your home always be full of the light of Christ.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Loved this blog and I haven’t actually even seen Frozen yet. I do believe in this principle, though. To Dizzy Angel, I want to say that I don’t think you have to keep someone abusive in your life to forgive them. However, I do think that people who have been abusive have potential for good in them and we should never give up hope that Christ can heal their hearts, even in the worst cases. It may not happen in this life, but I know God still loves them and it is possible that we were very close to that person before this life. My attitude toward abusive people is that I feel sorry for them and I pray for them. Anonymous service for them is a way to come to our own healing. Prayers are a form of service. As we pray for others who are lost to find their way, and realize they have probably gone through their own hard trials and have made poor choices (like we all do), we will be able to feel God’s love for them and be able to truly let it go.ReplyCancel

  • aaronandsharla - This was so well said and written. THis is what I have felt it was about, but I could not say it as eloquently as you did. Thank you. It has made me want to be more concerned with my own heart than with being right. ♥♥♥ReplyCancel

  • Penni Orchard - I agree with the positive aspects you found within the movie. But I respectfully disagree with some of the reasons. Anna is, rightfully, made out to be the heroine of the film. The wrong is that everyone views Elsa as the villain. As a child of abuse, I related so much to Elsa. The ice that was put into Elsa’s heart (because I won’t see that the ice put in Anna’s heart was the fault of Elsa)was the neglect and blame of and by her parents. The psychological and emotional abuse that was placed upon her for a gift that was given to her was a huge burden for one to have to bear. There is a big difference with guilt (I’ve done something wrong)and the need to apologize, and shame (there is something wrong with me). As with most abused children, there are the feelings of “isolation” because of the shame, something bad, that makes us the villain for who we are. Not only did Elsa suffer with the physical isolation, but the mental one as well. Those were both the wrong doings of her parents. She never knew her true worth until she realized the unconditional love her sister had for her; love that should have been given to her by her parents. Why should Elsa, the real victim, have to apologize for what she went through and the actions that were created because of the lack of nurturing. Anna knew that her sister was not the villain, did not need to apologize, and just needed to be loved because she was her sister. That is the true beauty of the movie. No victim of abuse should have to apologize for what has been done to them.ReplyCancel

    • Ro - I agree 100% unless you have been a victim, like Elsa, this may be hard to see. Both women are true heroines in this movie for discovering their own power from within and not letting others, including their horrible parents, find it for them.ReplyCancel

    • Eolia Disler - I agree with you too! I love both Anna and Elsa’s characters. They have both been deeply hurt in their yout: Elsa from shutting down her magic (her talents, and her true self) and be kept away from everyone; and Anna from being alone, without her older sister she loved so much.
      When Anna thawed, Elsa thawed too. She understood that her sister loves her, no matter what. That she doesn’t need to live in isolation to be appreciated. And Anna understood why her sister didn’t want to be near her.
      Their love, their sisterly relationship was locked away (by the parents, thinking it was the best) and at the end, they were able to feel it again, to be themselves again (more so for Elsa).
      I love this movie. And I’m going to explain it to my children so that they see the beauty of it.
      To the author: thank you so much for this post. I felt the spirt very strongly while reading it!ReplyCancel

    • Shelley - To say that Elsa was abused is utterly ridiculous. Her parents did what they thought was right for their child, to protect her. They didn’t want the world to see her as a monster. And they didn’t want to risk her hurting Anna again and her having to live with that.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Bee - I haven’t seen the movie yet, but really want to. This is such an amazing post and point of view. I think we all need a little bit of heart warming and Jesus is the only one to see us through!ReplyCancel

  • Shakira Cluff - This is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. I love Frozen, but never really saw the connection. Thanks to you, I know have!ReplyCancel

  • amandahuz - I really enjoyed your insightful article. Your thoughts on Christ can change our hearts also reminded me of Ezekiel 11:19, “…I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh,” which has helped me at times in my life when I’ve struggled with matters within my own heart! Thank you!

    AmandaReplyCancel

  • NE Cottrells - LOVE. I’m so sick of people always trying to seek out the negivitive in Disney movies. I’ve heard so many things about Frozen and what is wrong with it. Some people are so harsh. What a refreshing prespective. Well written.ReplyCancel

  • miss kristen - THANK YOU. That other “Mormon” blogger gave us a big black eye, you my friend are the steak.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Thank you for this. As a marriage and family therapist, I think there is a really important relationship piece in there too. This blog post Frozen and Couples Therapy discusses what we know in the field of couples counseling related to the same dynamics we see in the movie.
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    • Mindy - Kim, I saw your post here so I read all 3 of your articles on “thawing a frozen heart” and want to thank you. I thought there were SO many great insights in there that apply to relationships that I would never have thought of. After reading this article from Mercy River, I felt I understood better a positive message to get out of Anna’s role in “Frozen”, but I was still struggling to find the meaning in Elsa’s journey. Thanks to your articles I have drawn great new meaning in Elsa’s part of the story as well, and even though I’m in a great marriage, I can still apply a lot of your comments to my own marriage relationship (like realizing that criticizing is really a form of wanting to connect, and finding different ways of expressing that). Very inspiring, thank you for posting the link!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey Denton - Great article! And true principle! But. . . not actually accurate. In the film, Elsa DOES melt Anna’s heart. Anna doesn’t. It’s Elsa’s act of true love (recall that it’s an irony that Cristoff [sp?] was not able to do it, Elsa was) that saves Anna when she’s a frozen statue. So, while it’s true in real life that it’s up to us to melt our hearts of ice, it’s not accurate to claim that this is what the movie teaches, since, well, that’s not actually what happens. So. . . yeah. Now I’ll slink back to my hole. Still love your message.ReplyCancel

    • Dana - Aubrey Denton–Sorry, but you are wrong. The last thing Anna does before she freezes is step in front of Elsa to save her (Elsa’s) life. The sword bounces off her as she becomes fully ice, but she couldn’t have predicted that–she expected to die for her sister. It was her own act of true love that saved her.ReplyCancel

      • Beedoo! - It may have been an act of sacrifice, but it’s still not, as the author says, saving herself. She may have been a victim of ice in the heart, but the one who put it there ultimately removed it, not herself… which is probably actually the better point to make. How much “ice” have you thrown into people’s hearts without knowing it? How many wrongs have you done without bothering to apologize about them? /mini-sermonReplyCancel

  • Jess - YES! Now *this* is the movie I took my kids to see–twice.ReplyCancel

  • Hubers - Loved your thoughts!
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  • Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com - Great message! Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • John - I read this article expecting some more entertainment (i.e. seriously crazy rant) but this time I was surprisingly uplifted. Thanks for a great perspective!ReplyCancel

  • Lyn Montes - Love it. Thanks you for sharing your perspective. I think I’m going to check out the movieReplyCancel

  • Lise - WOW!!! I loved your take on this. I know so many people in my life that are keeping ice in their hearts and almost caring for or nurturing that hurt. How sad that they can’t “let it go” ;).ReplyCancel

  • Tasharoo - Beautifully said! (are you a song writer or something?);)
    Thanks for this post!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - Wow!! Beautifully written! Definitely. Makes me take a look at my own heart. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Beautiful, and oh so true! Thank you. :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Meteer - What it means to me…”Let the WORLD go! Let bad habits go. Let your fear and discouragement go! Let sin and your natural man go! Let what ever’s stopping you from reaching your potential GO!” and when we do, we’ll have an immense power and peace that comes with obedience and love, because we are of DIVINE origin, and have no boundary to what we can do and become throughout eternity!ReplyCancel

  • leethie - I loved reading these thoughts. It helped me see in a new way how the opportunities to show charity or “acts of true love” are a blessing because without them we wouldn’t have a chance to prove ourselves and “thaw our hearts.” I often struggle to be grateful for trials and these thoughts give me hope to be more Christlike. Thanks for the inspiring words :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina - Throughout most of the movie my thoughts were turning over the verse that says “perfect love drives out fear.” Elsa was driven by fear, but learned the lesson that love melts that fear in the same way Christ melts away OUR fears with His love.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - I posted this on a friend’s facebook, but I’d like to repost it here: People seem to forget that Elsa also saves Anna from entering into a really bad marriage, and Anna gets pretty mad about that, tears off Elsa’s glove, which results in Elsa’s secret being exposed to witch-hunters. Both sisters hurt each other profoundly, but purely on accident out of ignorance. So, I do believe the sisters are even.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - I walked out of the movie believing I saw the first glimpse of Christ’s act of love. If Anna would sacrifice her life for her sister or vice versa and the lady next to me was balling… I thought how much more has He sacrificed for me.ReplyCancel

  • Shawna - I love it when people look for positive and enlightening things rather than find the negative/ fault on others. I also love how you emphasize the I, unlike others who drag the whole church.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Bless YOUR heart. Thank you for finding the good in this movie. I’m so tired of all the negative blog posts about it, and I think your outlook is SPOT ON. Whether we look for the good or the bad we’ll find it, and this isn’t the first time you’ve found the positive in what others have deemed a negative situation. Thank you for being a beacon of light to the rest of us.ReplyCancel

  • SHAY - Thank you so much for these beautiful thoughts. I have been so worn down with all the negative people always find in things. Thank you for your positive outlook and your wonderful testimony. It was exactly what I needed.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - I whole heartedly agree with your commentary on frozen hearts and miracle of forgiveness. I think the other great lesson of the movie is that of perspective. Growing up Anna considered herself the isolated one and the one Elsa refused to play with yet she had no idea Elsa was just as isolated and lonely. Neither of these sisters truly understood the trials the other sister had to bear (I kind of blame the parents for this and have a hard time understanding why the harsh separation). Not until they opened up and shared their feelings could they truly be friends and help each other. I think Frozen shows the importance of not judging and working to love and understand each other. Sometimes we hide our trials and really there are many who would help us if we would let them.ReplyCancel

  • Liah Villarreal - Thank you Whitney for your thoughts…I agree with the others that its the best Ive read! We finally saw the movie last Saturday & loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Citizen - The Song: Let It Go”
    Is it a song with a great message, or a terrible one?
    Should we stop hating who we are, hiding in the shadows, and live our life open and without hypocrisy?
    Should we let go of everything we value, give in to all temptations, and totally ruin every one else’s lives because we don’t want to try anymore as it’s just easier that way?

    I think “Let It Go” is about something else entirely – it’s about avoiding emotion. Avoiding any and all feeling. It’s about how most people feel, “sad is bad, guilt is bad, vulnerability is bad, and since I can’t feel happiness or connection or love without risking those things – I’d rather feel nothing at all.”

    http://thoughtsofasimplecitizen.blogspot.com/2014/02/let-it-go-song-about-avoidance.htmlReplyCancel

  • Rachelle Moser - I love the movie frozen.my favorite movie by far.I do see spiritual strength from it.I also think it is getting way too overanalyzed and everyone is gonna take what they want from it depending on what they are going through at the time in their life.thumbs up to Disney.ReplyCancel

  • Alex White - Love your point of view…but honestly, did you have to bring it back to a religion? That seems to be the sole purpose of anyone nowadays when they are analyzing stuff! You should’ve left that out. Let the religious take what they want from it and the nonreligious take what they will. Again, great analysis!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I love your take on this. I enjoyed this move because I saw it as love conquers all. Elsa was living in fear and it wasn’t until she realize that it was love that would thaw the cold (fear) that had crept in. Anna always loved Elsa, even when Elsa was shutting it out and it was her love for Elsa that helped Elsa realize that Love conquers. Really like the positives in this move :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Jean - I immediately saw parallels between Frozen and the Gospel. “Fixer Upper” to me, is basically saying we are all sinners who need God’s love. There is a line that says, everyone is a bit of a fixer upper, but the best fixer upper fixer that can fix a fixer upper is true love!ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Thank you Whitney for this uplifting article that helped me better understand a positive message to get out of Anna’s journey. I was very moved by it, as it rang true to many things I’ve seen in my own life. Thank you for your beautiful music too – got to see you at TOFW last year in Pasadena and have been enjoying your music ever since! (Still would love to see that parody you did of “Do you hear what I hear” online- couldn’t find it on youtube!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen Crum - Think you are spot on in your assessment of this theme, however I also see a very strong theme that you missed. That is: hiding your feelings and talents br7ngs destruction. Only by allowing yourself to embrace these things can you begin to overcome fear and begin a process of healing from past hurts.ReplyCancel

  • hot stuff - I think it’s about sister fisters, which is hot stuffReplyCancel

  • Denise - I love the positive you focus on. Why oh why can’t there be more of this today.ReplyCancel

  • Amelia - This show reminds me of The Little Mermaid, which I first saw when I was 11. All I saw was a beautiful mermaid with a beautiful voice. Now as an adult I watch it with my girls and with an adult perspective I see so many horrible examples and choices I wouldn’t want my daughters to make, but do they even pick up on that? I don’t think so. They just see what I saw, a mermaid with a pretty voice. As adults we read into things way too deeply and Frozen is one of those movies that has been read too deeply and unless we point it out to our kids, they won’t even think of it. My kids belt out Let It Go all day long but they’re still lovely, obedient, and darling.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - Wow! You have no idea how much I needed this today! I have seen this movie twice and I cried like a baby both times. I lost my only sister to MS 8 years ago. She had the spirit of an angel. She was never judgmental, never hateful, and loved everybody. I had (and still do) ice in my heart because my mother put it there. My sister melted it with the absolute unconditional love that she gave me. Today, I struggle with the ice that remains in my heart for others. I yearn to love as my sister loved. It shouldn’t be hard. But, when you are raised in the environment I was raised in, you have to unlearn the things you were taught. It’s not easy. Your words are giving me a lot to think about! I can’t thank you enough!ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne - What an answer to a prayer! I am the 2nd counselor in our Young Womens (Beehives) and the girls have been BEGGING for a “Frozen” movie night, so I finally gave in and we’re doing it for our activity tomorrow night. I thought, “I somehow need to provide a gospel message to these girls…,” (as I like to do with all our activities) but I have been stumped as to how to tie this movie in with a gospel principal, especially with all the negative stuff out there about the movie. Now I know exactly how to approach this with these sweet girls. THANK YOU!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beedoo! - Sorry, but… wat? Anna was frozen. It was Ilsa’s love that saved her, not her own. It’s like the author of this never even saw the movie.ReplyCancel

    • JB - Um, no, you must have not seen the movie. Yes, Anna was frozen, but she stepped in front of a sword to save Elsa, so it was sacrifice and love for Elsa that thawed Anna.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - Agree 100%. I also love that the act of true love HAD to come from her. Everyone assumed that an act of true love towards her would thaw it but she was shown 2 acts of love that didn’t work. She herself had to show the love. Great commentary.ReplyCancel

  • anonymous - Very well written. I agree with all of it except the whole god and christ concept. God has nothing to do with it because god doesn’t exist. Take god out of the equation it is all the same and has the same meaning.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Great write-up on the movie. You’ve motivated me to watch it with my children. Thank You <3ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - I love this – thank you for a beautiful, faith-filled interpretation of the story! The very first time I saw it I thought: “of course – perfect love casts out fear.”ReplyCancel

  • Sherry Briggs - Thank you for the encouraging words.ReplyCancel

  • Lazarus - Anna gave up herself to save Elsa. Who else was willing to give themselves up for us? That is the message my wife shared with our kiddos right after the movie!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - I agree with the point you make. I don’t see it as Elsa’s fault though as she sacrificed her relationship with Anna because she thought it would protect her. It was her parents who were wrong in shutting her away from Anna and everyone. Elsa was hurting as much as Anna.ReplyCancel

  • Kylee - I do agree with this. I myself have a frozen heart due to someone else’s actions towards me. I am still working on my thawing process, I wish it happened as fast as it does in the movie in real life! But it takes time and effort. I have forgiven but it’s the trust and love I’m trying to search my heart for again. I will get there! I believe forgiveness is a huge part of thawing your heart. Even if you never speak to the person again you have to forgive, “Forgiveness, the prisoner it frees is you”. If you hang on to that bitterness your heart could be frozen forever. I also believe the dual message is about sisterly love. Girls shouldn’t always just dote on the notion of Prince Charming always being the one to save the day. Sometimes it’s your sister. Your brother, your best friend, your mom or dad, even your kids. Their true love and acts of it can also save the day. Also, you can’t marry a man you just met! Haha I love that!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Tindall - This is such an awesome post. I am a mother of boys and I liked this movie enough when we saw it in the theater that I bought it for myself. Like you I have been beyond flustered with all the hidden messages and such blogs going around.

    This Disney Movie was the first in awhile to break the mold for me. I adored that this movie set the example, that true love doesn’t happen instantly. That all people do not have honorable intentions, and that I can show my boys this and teach them that they don’t need to be a prince charming.

    Then the even more important message to me is that TRUE LOVE goes beyond romantic love and is seen in other relationships as well. Loved your post. I have debated doing a frozen review as well and would love to link up too it if I decide too.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - I have not seen this movie yet, but my friend says this is her ultimate favorite Disney movie now and this also makes me want to see it even more. Thank you for thisn positive perspective.ReplyCancel

  • Zain Hubert - Good outlook though I see the movie this way:
    When one sells their soul to the “ice” that person can do nothing because sin (in the Christian worldview) traps and causes bondage. Often one can’t “melt the ice in their hearts” because they don’t have the power to and even if they are a part of the Christian faith. Apologetically speaking we do nothing in Christianity other than follow Christ’s commandments. We have no power to do anything else and honestly we don’t even have the power to follow the previously stated. Also, I admire your moxie to say something counter to common talk, but from an apologetic standpoint, theres more to the argument youve made. be wise as a serpent bit innocent as a dove. I wish you the best of luck in your search for TRUTH and understanding of TRUTH.
    Be careful to see the pit and traps Satan has set out for the lambs, they seem innocent but are deadly like poison.ReplyCancel

  • Angee - This is the best “interpretation” I’ve read yet. And it resonated strongly with me. Something I need to apply. Thank you for this! I needed it today.ReplyCancel

  • April - I was so not expecting this flood of emotions to hit. This hit the spot right on. Thank you, Sister :) I needed this.ReplyCancel

  • Heather McKinstry - AWESOME! I’ve heard there have been negative comments, but I’ve avoided reading them because what you’ve written is exactly how I feel! I will be sharing this parallel in our school’s chapel this week.ReplyCancel

  • Kara - These are thoughts I’ve had on the movie myself, glad to see agreement. Though, I must say I am never tired of a new Let It Go Cover – people are just expressing their creativity and I think it’s wonderful so many people are seeing a message they love in it and doing creative things with it <3ReplyCancel

  • Kirstin - Wonderful, Insightful, Life-giving words. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • DMG - It is not ‘Frozen’ that teaches the condition of our hearts. It is God’s Word that states it. In Isaiah 64:6- “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” Romans 3:10 ” “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE ” The “ICE” in our hearts is called “Sin”. It is solely through repentance and faith in Jesus that our “FROZEN”, icy- sinful heart is made clean before Him. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 “..repent and believe in the gospel” Mark 1:15

    The unselfishness of Jesus Christ/God Almighty is that he died in our place. It is a glorious message for not only adults but for children also. Can children understand the gospel? See here: http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA123ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - Could not agree with this post more. Thank you for stepping up with this!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Johnson - I totally agree.. Thanks for your article..ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Wilson - Well stated! I totally agree with your thought process. Each of us are in control of our hearts and when we choose to allow others to claim control we lose so much.ReplyCancel

  • RenRen - I thought it was about how Elsa let fear control her life, not about the state of her heart, but how she pushed others out of her life. And it didn’t feel like Anna’s heart was frozen towards her sister, she kept loving her, even after all those years of neglect which she could have become bitter towards her sister, she didn’t. I see it as a display of Christ like love, not the power to thaw ones heart, but by showing Christs love to others so that it may thaw other peoples hearts. All in all, it was a wonderful movie with many different interpretations.ReplyCancel

  • Joshua - You people are idiots. Frozen is not about a gay agenda, a religious agenda or otherwise…. It is a story… Plain and simple…the fact that you over analyze it is astonishing… Take it for what it is worth… Jesus Christ has nothing to do with this story…ReplyCancel

  • Em - 1 John 4:18
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
    Since Anna LOVED Elsa all fear was cast out because of her act of perfect love towards her sister. I was so moved by the storyline of this movie & the fact that the movie reminded me of that scripture, that perfect love does cast out all fear. I love seeing all the different perspectives from all different people. X xReplyCancel

  • Katherine - I love your perspective and I think you make an excellent point!ReplyCancel

  • Saint - Beautiful!

    When I Googled to see if others were as inspired by Frozen as I was, I was sadly disappointed to find that 90% of all articles were negative, and all dealing with the ‘homosexual agenda, trying to turn your kids gay’, instead of reaching the conclusion you had, and the feeling that I had after watching it.
    You are spot on, hitting the nail on the head.

    This is, like all others, a movie, and while the creators may have (or have not) had an ulterior message they wanted to convey, as humans, we all take our own viewpoints from it, and mine was like yours – positive and hopeful, with regards to sharing the love of Christ, and not letting the hate of the world get to you. So refreshing to see this.

    Thank you, and many blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Ann McKay - Thanks for your perspective. I’d like to use some of your comments in a talk at my granddaughter’s baptism – would that be ok with y’all?ReplyCancel

  • Yunii - Thanks for one’s marvelous ponitsg! I quite enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and will often come back sometime soon. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great job, have a nice evening!ReplyCancel

  • shelly - Each movie of disney is one miracle travelling. Beautiful scenery, particular plots and splendid costumes, Frozen the snow queen elsa cosplay costume is one example.ReplyCancel

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