Frozen shows a realistic relationship between sisters

Kelsee Brady, Campus Carrier staff writer

“Frozen” is one of the best decisions that Disney has ever made. It is not entirely unique in its concept, but it provided a storyline that resonated with my life in a way that no other Disney movie ever has.

First, a little background on me is necessary to understand my stance. I am the eldest of five, but until about 6 years ago, it was just me and my sister, Alexis. To put that into perspective, I was 13 when Frozen came out, and my sister was my only sibling at the time. 

Alexis is five-and-a-half years younger than me, and we argue most of the time that we are together. However, our arguments are only a byproduct of how close we are. I love her with my entire heart, and I would move heaven and earth for that girl. 

“Frozen” immediately stood out from any other Disney princess movie because of the reality and truth behind the bond between Elsa and Anna. Having a sister is not always easy. Every pair of sisters has its ups and downs, and Disney showcased this from the very beginning of the movie. 

At multiple points in the storyline, Anna and Elsa only had each other, and they rescued each other during the film in more ways than one. While Elsa and Anna’s circumstances were not typical, the sisters still had disagreements. Anna wanted to get married to a man that she had just met, and Elsa saw straight through it in typical older sister fashion. Through Anna and Elsa’s disagreement, Disney showed a real relationship in a franchise that can quickly become fantastical and unrealistic. 

Another amazing aspect of this movie was the fear that overtook Elsa whenever she learned that Anna was hurt. Accidents are a normal part of life; however, mine do not involve ice powers. 

Accidents happen, but they can happen even more between siblings who spend so much time together. I can vividly recall the same fear that Elsa felt in Frozen when my sister would get hurt, even if it was not my fault. There is an instinct that comes with being an older sibling. I wish that I could protect my younger siblings from every danger, but as Frozen excellently displayed, it is not always possible to do so. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Frozen also showcased the great parts of having a sister. 

Having one sister gave me a special opportunity because when we were together, we were each other’s friend and playmate. That connection has only gotten stronger as we have grown up. We do not play together anymore in the traditional sense, but we talk all the time and, even though my sister would never admit it, we are best friends. Sisters are automatic, lifelong friends almost entirely because of the amount of time we spend together as children. 

One of my fondest memories of my sister is from a time when we shared a room. We were both awake lying in bed when I somehow convinced her to sing along to Anna and Elsa’s duet from the reprise of For the First Time in Forever when they are in Elsa’s Ice Castle. At the time, it was just a fun duet, and it ended much better for us than for Anna and Elsa, but the lyrics mean so much more than that now. Anna is so determined to help Elsa and Elsa only wants to protect Anna, but they cannot figure out how to accomplish both goals at the same time. 

That is one of the most accurate moments in sisters’ relationship. It’s a bumpy ride, but in the end, both sisters only want the best for the other. 

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