“I could kiss you!”
I think, perhaps, the most beautiful love story Disney had ever made is that of Frozen’s Kristoff and Anna. It stands out among all the other Disney relationships because of one very important thing: it was real—well, almost, but hey, it’s Disney.
I say “real” because the way Kristoff and Anna fell in love with each other is how it really does happen. No sappy musical duets (though I really wanted them to have one because come on!), no love-at-first-sight kind of thing. And the great thing about this is that we get to see them actually fall in love with each other. It didn’t just happen so instantaneously. But you have to look very closely to notice the subtle hints.
The thing I love about them is that they started off as friends, though most Disney couples actually get to know each other unlike before with Snow White and Cinderella. They’re both strikingly different characters, with Anna wanting the company of others and Kristoff preferring to be in his lonesome. And yet, they’re also very much the same—both being caring, brave, rather juvenile at times, and extremely loyal. I also love their adorable banters and how they completely learn to trust each other after saving each other from the wolves. They are both such strong characters who treat each other equally. Anna stands her ground and doesn’t let herself be intimidated by Kristoff who, one the other hand, isn’t afraid to call out Anna on her questionable decisions (with accepting Hans’s proposal so soon) and when she puts her feet up on the sled.
I think, however, that the most beautiful aspect about their relationship is that we get to see more of how Kristoff fell in love with Anna (and the only other time this happened in another Disney film is with Tianna and Naveen). It’s just a bit different to see how a guy falls in love which we witness with Kristoff. He doesn’t know exactly how to show his love for her because he has lived all his life only in the company of Sven and the trolls. He was never close to any human until Anna came along. And eventually, when Anna saves him from the wolves and from falling off the cliff, he acknowledges her fearlessness and begins to warm up to her. What I really found precious was how Kristoff lets himself be surprised with everything that Anna does, that even though she’s ordinary (and that’s such an important factor in the movie—the way Anna pales in comparison whenever she and Elsa are being compared), he finds something extraordinary in her, anyway. See, when compared to Eugene and Rapunzel, Eugene has a reason to find Rapunzel interesting—her magical hair (though that is, of course, just one of the reasons why). But Anna is just Anna, and that’s what makes her perfect in Kristoff’s eyes. And though subtler, we see that Anna falls in love with him somewhere along the way, too. But it’s just not more obvious because at that point, she still thought that Hans is her true love.
Another angle that I find interesting with their story is that they didn’t really rush into the relationship which is also what I really appreciate about the film. During the climax, though she knows he loves her, Anna goes to save Elsa instead rather than going to Kristoff. It’s not only because she wants to save her sister than herself, but I think it also shows that Anna doesn’t really know what love meant. She was still trying to ponder over what happened between her and Hans so I’m guessing she was a bit reluctant about Kristoff as well. The only form of love she knew and understood at that point was her love for her sister. And that thaws her frozen heart. Also, the ending of the movie was the perfect beginning for Anna and Kristoff. It didn’t end with their wedding or anything like that. Heck, they even just had their first kiss. It leaves them more time to explore the dynamics of their relationship and let it grow even more deeply.
And it also doesn’t hurt that they are so freaking adorable together.
I decided to put this up again since I accidentally uploaded it on my personal blog.