ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

As the most popular Disney movie of all time, Frozen has attracted an enormous amount of curiosity and generated more fan theories than you can shake a stick at, but what are the biggest unanswered questions in the animated smash hit?

Below I investigate some of the things that left us guessing about the movie and weigh up some of the possible answers, but if my theories leave you cold, feel free to leave your own in the comments!

6. Why wasn't Elsa more messed up?

The premise: While fiendishly distracting us with 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman,' Frozen begins with a pretty depressing storyline for the infant Elsa.

After accidentally injuring Anna with her mysterious ice powers, Elsa is seemingly imprisoned in her room for her entire childhood. Obviously this is meant to ensure everyone's safety, but it is also essentially a harsh punishment for something that Elsa had no control over.

We never really see Elsa leave the tiny room she stays in before her coronation and viewers are given the impression that she basically lived in total isolation for at least ten years.

In fact, when Elsa's parents die she is clearly suffering from Stockholm syndrome because she chooses to stay in her bedroom-prison even after nobody is forcing her to be there.

The isolation obviously affected Elsa deeply, but why isn't she totally deranged after going through so much in her formative years?

Elsa never really knew the world outside
Elsa never really knew the world outside

Possible Answer: Essentially, Disney movies are made with children and young people in mind and the storylines have to be concise to pack the required emotional punch into a short time.

The whole storyline of Frozen centers around Elsa conquering and controlling her fear and anxiety, so as a character she needs to have suffered some hardships.

Elsa's imprisonment is only really implied and, while she obviously distanced herself from Anna because of the guilt she felt, the ice princess probably had contact with trusted advisors.

After all, would you really let the Queen of Arendale become a terrified recluse and not offer any sort of support? She is royalty after all.

5. How did Elsa get her powers?

The premise: We all know that Elsa was born with incredible ice powers that can both create things of great beauty and literally freeze a person's heart into submission, but how did she get them in the first place?!

After all, none of the rest of her family are affected. We can eliminate the possibility that one of her parents had the ice power and learned to control it because they would have been able to council their young daughter.

It is also impossible for Elsa to be the only person with this gift because the mountain trolls knew how to advise her parents, so they must have seen these powers before sometime in their long history.

We know Elsa was born with her powers
We know Elsa was born with her powers

Possible Answer: Maybe this is a storyline that will be delved into in Frozen 2? We already know from the trolls that Elsa was born with her ice powers and not cursed, so it's possible the powers are hereditary. Maybe there is a relative in Elsa's family history who also possesses the spectacular ability?

A lot of genetic anomalies skip a generation, so could there be a magical Grandparent or Great Aunt or Uncle out in the wilds that Anna and Elsa are yet to meet?

4. What happened to Kristoff's parents?

The premise: Frozen made it pretty clear that Kristoff was raised by trolls, but what it doesn't make at all clear is how he became orphaned in the first place.

Possible Answer: Due to Kristoff's trade as an ice harvester, it is often suggested that he followed his deceased father into the profession.

This makes sense because an eight-year-old could not survive on their own in the icy wilderness and one of his father's former colleagues could have been caring for him before the trolls took him in.

The fate of Kristoff's mother is a total mystery, while it's plausible his father died harvesting ice, we know nothing about his mom to speculate.

3. Who ran Arendale when Elsa and Anna's parents died?

Question: When Anna and Elsa's parents die, Elsa is still wrestling with her powers and definitely isn't in charge of the day-to-day running of Arendale, so who is?

Possible Answer: It isn't uncommon for there to be a council to rule when a monarch who is too young or inexperienced to succeed the throne, but who this could have been is uncertain.

2. How does Elsa survive in her barren ice palace?

The premise: When Elsa builds her giant ice palace while singing the smash hit 'Let It Go,' it's undeniably architecturally impressive, but how does she actually live there?!

There doesn't seem to be any furniture which can't be the most comfortable living environment, but more crucially there isn't a bite to eat in sight!

Possible Answer: I think the question below might hold the key to Elsa's survival!

1. If Elsa can create life, does that mean she's some sort of god?

The premise: Elsa seems to have the ability to create fully sentient being from nothing, so that does make her some sort of god?

We saw Elsa create both Olaf and Marshmallow, so it seems like her powers stretch beyond mere weather magic and put her in the realms of some sort of powerful ice deity!

It also seems like her emotions are largely in charge of what she creates - for example, Olaf was wrought from childhood nostalgia and Marshmallow was born of Elsa's rage about her solitude being invaded. This obviously has huge implications for future movies and the sheer scope of Elsa's abilities.

It certainly points to the fact that she could create her own food in the barren ice castle!

Possible Answer: I think we will have to make our own decisions on this one!

(Source: Dorkly and Buzzfeed)


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