(WARNING: SPOILERS. If you haven't seen Frozen yet, you've probably heard all about it from your friends. Still, if you are deathly afraid of SPOILERS I would urge you to turn away now.)
If you thought you had finally escaped the Frozen Fever, I have bad news for you, because this article is all about a new Easter egg I found hiding in Disney's Frozen. If you weren't paying attention, this might have flown right over your head leaving you none the wiser. I know I've seen the movie at least a dozen times, and it wasn't until I saw it again at a special outside viewing that I discovered this wonderfully hidden secret. This one thing tells you everything you need to know about the entire movie, before it even hits the ten minute mark! So what exactly is this secret Frozen fact nobody has told you about?
Frozen Heart Foreshadows the Entire Movie!
Frozen Heart is the first song and scene of this now iconic movie. Sure, at face value this song might seem like a silly way to talk about ice and introduce us to some of the characters we'll see in the movie, but when has Disney ever been about face value? The song hints at future scenes, big reveals, and gives us some awesome details about the Snow Queen herself. If you have't heard it in a while, refresh you memory:
Here are the ways Frozen Heart foreshadows the events of the movie...
Queen Elsa is dangerously beautiful
Later in the movie, we learn from Elsa's parents that she was born with her powers, but had we been paying attention, we would've learned that from the very first song.
The very first lines tell us:
"Born of cold and winter air
And mountain rain combining"
This describes exactly what Elsa is made of, and as we see her throughout the movie, we are reminded of how true these words are - not only about her powers but about her personality as well. However, that's not the only thing the Ice Harvesters tell us about Elsa:
"This icy force both foul and fair
Has a frozen heart worth mining"
"Sure," the ice harvesters are telling us, "her powers cause horrible damage and she ignored her sister for years even after her parents die, but hey, she's pretty too and strong and has a heart of gold." The Ice Harvesters might have been the only people ever to say nice things about Elsa. And then a bit later, they have these wonderfully nice words to say about the Queen:
So remember, even though Elsa is a beautiful woman, she's also totally awesome, full of dangerous cold power.
Hans revealed as the villian
The Ice Harvesters are even so nice as to tell us all about Hans and his evil ways, nearly an hour before they are even revealed to us! The next few lines tell us:
So cut through the heart, cold and clear
Strike for love and strike for fear
See the beauty, sharp and sheer
Hans strikes Anna in the heart twice, both in completely different senses of the word. The first time he strikes Anna's heart full of love, as they sing their wonderful duet. However, the second time is completely different and we learn his true motives very clearly. One could even say he cut through Anna's heart in a cold blooded move, and in revealing himself to be the true bad guy, he struck Anna's heart with fear and heartbreak. The Ice Harvesters warn us that all though he's a beautiful man, just like a knife he's sharp and sheer.
Let It Go
Otherwise known as "the song you'll never stop hearing". Just for fun the Ice Harvesters sing about what will inevitably become the generation defining song of the decade. First they sing:
Hyup! Ho! Watch your step! Let it go!
Hyup! Ho! Watch your step! Let it go!
Long before Elsa even gets her chance to appear on the screen, these icy men are already filling our ears with "Let It Go!" And then, the men tell us all about Elsa's powers and what we'll see following the Let It Go sequence:
Ice has a magic, can't be controlled
Stronger than one! Stronger than ten!
Stronger than a hundred men!
Throughout the course of the movie, we constantly see that Elsa can't control her magic, but when she does and creates the ice castle it's stronger than anything we've ever seen. She also builds this awesome guy who could easily take on a hundred men:
And finally that brings me to the most important line of the entire song:
Beware the Frozen Heart
This one line has so much meaning, and ends the song telling us everything we need to watch out for in the movie such as
- Hans' Frozen Heart and his wicked ways
- "Elsa be careful not to kill you sister!"
A Frozen heart is also a metaphor for hiding your true self:
- Kristoff hides his true feelings under his toughness, or his Frozen heart
- Elsa hides her powers under her reservedness
- And Hans hides his true intentions from everyone through his charming ways (Curse you Hans and your smile too!)
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit of information hiding in all this frozen heart business is that as Anna is getting struck in the heart with icy magic, giving her a frozen heart, you can hear an oboe play a reprise of the "Frozen Heart" song specifically the lines:
"Cut through the heart, cold and clear! Strike for love and strike for fear! There's beauty and there's danger here."
So what do you think? Was Frozen Heart a clever Disney move to foreshadow the entire movie? Or should I just Let it Go?