AFI Movie Club: FROZEN – American Film Institute
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AFI Movie Club: FROZEN

Winner of the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, FROZEN follows a determined princess on her perilous journey to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom.

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Trivia about FROZEN 

DID YOU KNOW? FROZEN is loosely adapted from a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. The Snow Queen was the villain of Andersen’s original story, although, during the development process for FROZEN, the Snow Queen – Elsa – became one of the heroes.

DID YOU KNOW? Walt Disney himself had been enchanted by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Snow Queen and had hoped to adapt it himself in the early days of his burgeoning studio’s success. Those plans never came to fruition during his lifetime, however, and it would be three-quarters of a century before the company would finally bring the story to the big screen.

DID YOU KNOW? The names of many of the principal characters – including Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven – are derivations of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author who originated the story of the Snow Queen upon which FROZEN is based.

DID YOU KNOW? FROZEN marked the directorial debut of Jennifer Lee, who co-directed with Chris Buck, making her not only the first woman ever to direct a major Disney animated feature, but also the first woman to helm a film that grossed more than a billion dollars.

DID YOU KNOW? Before either of them were officially cast, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell famously impressed the producers and directors during their audition by performing a duet of “Wind Beneath My Wings” in harmony.

DID YOU KNOW? The animation of Elsa’s hair was so sophisticated that it required the production to development an entirely new program called Tonic for the task of creating her iconic braid, which was ultimately made up of more than 400,000 individually animated strands.

DID YOU KNOW? FROZEN is one of only three Disney animated features to receive a full-length theatrical sequel – and the first Disney princess movie to get that royal treatment. In addition to FROZEN II, the beloved characters also showed up on the big screen in two theatrical shorts – FROZEN FEVER and OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE.

DID YOU KNOW?FROZEN earned two Academy Awards® – for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Let it Go.”

The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-What are the standard elements of a Disney princess story? How does FROZEN meet those quintessential expectations and how does the film subvert them?

-How is FROZEN different from the original story by Hans Christian Andersen? What themes remain consistent, regardless of changes to the story?

-Why are Han Christian Andersen’s tales so enduring? Can you name any other cinematic adaptations of his stories?

-Why do you think Elsa is so emotionally distant with her sister when they’re growing up? Is she really as “cold” as she works so hard to make herself seem?

-Why do Anna and Elsa respond so differently to the prospect of opening the castle gates?

-Why does Elsa feel like she has to hide her powers? In concealing her powers, is she hiding any other aspects of herself as well?

-Do you think that Elsa was wise – or brave – to run away from Arendelle once her powers were revealed? Should she have stayed to work out her problems?

-Why was Elsa so happy to be alone in the mountains? What did it mean for her to “let it go?”

-What are some different forms of love – and why do you think the true love between two sisters is so powerful?

-Would you consider Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf a family? What makes a family?

-How would you rate FROZEN?


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