Do you want to build a snowman?
Greetings! Welcome to Dreaming of Love, Crystal's one-page shrine to Anna from the animated film Frozen by Disney. Long before I saw the movie I wanted Anna to be someone I liked. When I finally saw it that was exactly the case. I love Anna for her fearlessness and her desire to help her sister, Elsa, but more than anything I love how much she cares about her sister. While all my friends went and made Elsa shrines I had to be the one to make an Anna shrine, because she needs some love too. Be warned that this site is going to be filled with unmarked spoilers about Anna and the entire story of Frozen so you may want to watch your step! If you happen to have any comments or questions regarding anything around the site feel free to contact me. Other than that I hope you enjoy your stay!
Introducing the heroine.
Birthday: June 21st 1820
Age: 18 (5 at the beginning of the movie; 19 in Frozen Fever)
Family: Queen Iduna (mother, deceased); King Agnarr (father, deceased); Elsa (older sister)
Voices: Kristen Bell, Livvy Stubenrauch (as a child; speaking), Katie Lopez (as a child; singing), Agatha Lee Monn (9 years old; singing)
Anna is one of the main characters you'll see in the CGI-animated Disney movie, Frozen, released in theaters in 2013. She is a princess of Arendelle and is the younger sister of Elsa, the queen of Arendelle. We first see Anna as a young child, trying to wake her sister up so that they can play together. After some struggle Anna gets an idea and asks Elsa, "Do you want to build a snowman?" which gets her up and out of bed. The two play together for a while, until Elsa accidentally hits Anna in the head with her ice powers. Elsa's screams wake up their parents and they rush the dying Anna to the rock trolls who are able to heal her, but at the cost of her memory of her sister having powers. From that point on the two are separated from each other, until coronation day where everything begins.
In Frozen Anna is voiced by Kristen Bell, an American actress, singer, and film producer who is best known for her role as Veronica Mars on the UPN/The CW television series of the same name from 2004 to 2007. She served as one of the prime inspirations for Anna's character whose facial expressions and rhythm when recording her lines were used in Anna's animated movements. I think it's awesome, and while I don't know much about her I adore her as Anna. I can't imagine anyone else doing the amazing job she did (and honestly, I don't want to). She makes Anna more relateable to me because of her voice.
Not your everyday princess.
Anna is not quite like your typical Disney princess. While many are beautiful and graceful, Anna is far from it. She's a klutz and often acts before she speaks or thinks, oftentimes coming out as awkward as a result. But I guess that's why I love her so much. Anna is also daring, fearless, eccentric, spunky, optimistic, many of which could have likely been a result of being isolated for the majority of her life. Despite all that though she's kind and caring, and can be a bit protective, especially when it comes to her sister, Elsa, but hey, it's what sisters do. Anna can also be a bit naive at times as she's a hopeless romantic and believes in love at first sight, and that it's okay to marry a man you just met if you love each other. However, she is quite capable of taking care of herself and doesn't need a hero to save her.
Anna is also a bit self-conscious as she looks down upon herself and is constantly comparing herself to Elsa. She thinks of herself as nothing more than ordinary in comparison to Elsa's radiance. Because of the rift between Anna and Elsa she feels this more so and feels that Elsa doesn't love her, and is especially hurt when they fight. Despite this however Anna is willing to do anything for Elsa, and is the only one who does not consider her a "monster" when her secret is revealed while everyone else does. After all, she loves Elsa above all else, and would even give up her own life to protect her (which, in truth, she does).
Love for a sister.
The relationship between Anna and her sister Elsa is something truly incredible, and is the driving force behind the movie. What began as something innocent between sisters turned into something tragic, and very nearly cost Anna her life. Since then Elsa has isolated herself and Anna is left wondering why.
As children, Anna and Elsa would have fun playing in the snow due to her Elsa's magical powers. They would build a snowman and slide down snowhills. However, when ignoring her sister's warnings to be careful, Elsa accidentally struck her sister in her head, freezing her and rendering her unconscious. While Pabbie of the rock trolls was able to bring Anna back to normal, he removed all memories of Elsa's powers from her, keeping only the fun times they had together. It was there that sets the separation of the girls; Pabbie warns Elsa to learn how to control her powers, otherwise fear will be her enemy. Since then, Elsa moves into her own bedroom and distances herself from Anna, leaving the poor girl confused on why she doesn't want to be with her anymore like they used to.
Almost every day, Anna would knock on her sister's door, asking if she wanted to build a snowman, hoping that she would come out and play with her. At every asking, Elsa tells her to go away, leaving her sad. Eventually she just stopped knocking on Elsa's door, until one day tragedy struck and their parents died during a storm while on a voyage to somewhere. Anna knocks on her door one more time before crying.
"Elsa? Please, I know you're in there. People are asking where you've been. They say have courage and I'm trying to. I'm right here for you. Just let me in. We only have each other. It's just you and me. What are we gonna do? Do you want to build a snowman?"
Three years have passed. It is coronation day as Elsa is now of age to become queen of Arendelle. Everyone is preparing for her coronation, while Anna is excited for the castle gates to be reopened once again after so many years. It's also the first time the sisters are reunited since the incident. They both have a wonderful moment together until Anna brings up that she wishes they could both have more happy moments together as they did before. Elsa is still haunted by the memory of Anna's near death and says that it isn't possible, making Anna once again depressed and believing that her sister truly doesn’t like her anymore.
While walking away from her sister, she meets again with Prince Hans of the Southern Isles, who is a guest at her sister's coronation party. The two spend a bit of time together with the prince asking for her hand in marriage and the princess accepting the proposal. Thrilled at the engagement, Anna tells her sister the good news, while Elsa is surprised and wanted to talk in private. However, Anna wants Elsa for her to speak publicly about what she has to say, which begins an argument between the two sisters and Elsa rejecting the marriage. She then declares the ball over and the gates to be closed.
Anna is shocked and tries to make Elsa reconsider her decision, removing one of her gloves and exposing her hand as she tries to leave. Anna confesses that she doesn't want to live like this anymore, in which Elsa coldly replies for her to leave if she doesn't want to stay. With her heart broken once more by another rejection, Anna confronts Elsa asking what has she ever done for them to be like this. Elsa calmly tries not to answer her questions and be irritated by them. However, it seems it's no use as her sister strikes more questions, causing Elsa to lash out, exposing her powers by creating an ice wall between herself, Anna and the guests. Elsa then runs away from Arendelle, terrified.
Anna tries chasing after her, but it's no use; Elsa is gone. Snow begins to fall. In her escape Elsa accidentally cursed Arendelle into an eternal winter. Confident she can bring Elsa back and stop the winter Anna goes after her. With the help of Kristoff and Olaf Anna is able to find Elsa atop the North Mountain in a shiny ice palace she had made. When Anna tries to convince her to come back to Arendelle Elsa says she won't go back and that she's happy and tells Anna to return to Arendelle and enjoy the summer. However, Anna says that Arendelle is cast under an eternal winter and that Elsa can undo it if she comes back with her. Although Elsa claims she doesn't know how to stop it Anna has complete confidence in her.
Anna's attempt to bring Elsa back to Aredelle fails and Anna is once again accidentally struck my Elsa's powers. This time in the heart. She then creates a giant snow monster and kicks the three of them out of her palace. When Anna is at a loss on what to do next her hair starts to turn white and she becomes cold. Because of where she was hit the only way to cure her is through an act of true love. Figuring Hans to be the one to cure her they hurry back to Arendelle, but as it turned out he was just using her as a means to become king and locked Anna in a room, leaving her to die.
In the meantime Elsa is also back in Arendelle after being captured by Hans and a search team when Anna had not returned. Although Elsa is able to escape the conditions worsen at Arendelle and a white out is started. After Olaf frees Anna the two hurry to find Kristoff who Anna learns loves her. When the white out clears Anna finds Hans standing over a distraught Elsa and runs in to intercept the attack, turning completely into ice before the sword strikes, shattering once it hits Anna and throwing him back. Elsa cries and hugs her frozen sister, silence filling everywhere. Suddenly, something happens and Anna begins to return to normal. Anna's sacrifice to protect her sister was an act of true love.
As the two hugged each other tightly, Elsa realized that love was all she needed and was able to return Arendelle to normal, ending the eternal winter and bringing back summer. The two embraced again in a sisterly hug, but not before Anna punched Hans in the face so hard that he was knocked off the boat. The two are seen again at the castle and Elsa turns the courtyard into an ice rink. All appears normal in the world and the citizens appear to be accepting of her powers. Elsa then states to Anna that they are never closing the gates again, and the two are able to be together as sisters, just like they once were and should have always been.
The others along the way.
Like with any leading lady there are those who help or hinder her on her journey. Anna is no exception. Here are the people whom I feel to fit those norms. Listed in the order they appear.
Prince Hans of the Southern Isles is the first person whom Anna meets after the castle gates are opened. Their first meeting involved Hans accidentally running into Anna while on his horse, knocking her into a boat by the dock. Though Anna is annoyed at first, and even responds angrily to the situation, her reaction changes once she is able to look at him. After that it seems to spark an interesting connection between the two; something along the lines of love at first sight. Although Anna has to leave right away they meet again at Elsa's coronation and at the coronation ball. Then they share in song where Hans proposes to her where Anna enthusiastically accepts.
When I first saw Frozen I was all about supporting Anna and Hans as a couple. Of course, that was before I learned what a lying scumbag Hans was. When Anna was dying from her frozen heart and needed true love to cure her Hans shows his true colors. He did not love Anna and was only interested in becoming king. In his own kingdom that would not be possible as he was the youngest of thirteen sons, and the last in line. If he were to be king he would have to marry into another family, which was what he had planned to do with Anna. He would marry her and then stage an accident with her death. This fails, and once she is cured and Arendelle is back to normal she punches him in his lying jerk face, just like he deserves.
Kristoff collects ice for a living and was raised by rock trolls. He is always seen with his reindeer Sven who loves carrots. He always seems hyper, and acts more like a dog (Sven I mean). The guy also loves ice; he is seen crying when he sees Elsa's ice castle. When Anna first met him at the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post when trying to find Elsa she learns that something unusual is happening at the North Mountain and thinks it must be Elsa. When Kristoff is kicked out of the shop for calling the owner a crook Anna pays for the items he was trying to buy and orders him to take her up the mountain.
While at first the two don't get along all that well––Kristoff even almost quitting on her when his sled is destroyed when running away from wolves––things slowly change over time. He begins to care about her more and even tries to help her when her hair starts turning white after being struck by Elsa accidentally. When they learn that they need an act of true love to thaw her heart he takes her back to Arendelle as fast as he can and leaves once she is safe in the castle, seemingly for good, but when he learns that Anna is in danger he hurries back to help her. While Kristoff is not the one who thaws her frozen heart I think he is still important to Anna, and that they both love each other, as they kiss at the end. Dawhhhh.
Olaf is a snowman Elsa and Anna once made when they were young kids. When Elsa fled from Arendelle out of fear when her secret is revealed she begins to sing, and in doing so she makes him again. This time however he comes to life! When Anna and Kristoff are climbing the mountain to find Elsa Olaf appears and startles everyone silly. After they calm down he introduces himself as Olaf and that he likes warm hugs and dreams of summertime. Anna then remembers making him with Elsa. Although Olaf may come off more as a comic relief I think he is important when it comes to Anna. For one, he helps her find her way up the mountain to where Elsa is and he helps her escape from Ardendelle castle when it begins to freeze over. He also convinces her that Kristoff loves her. Honestly, he's pretty awesome.
Why is Anna my favorite?
Before I had seen the movie I remember talking to a friend about Frozen. Most of the details are hazy at best, but that basically got me wanting to like Anna before seeing the movie. After I finally saw it that was exactly what happened. Right from the first moment I saw her Anna was instantly my favorite character from Frozen. While Elsa is awesome, Anna stood out to me more. I loved her fearlessness, and her desire to help her sister, even when she learned about Elsa's powers. Anna was the only one to not freak out and call her a monster. When Elsa fled Arendelle all Anna could think about was finding her sister and bringing her home. She never once gave up on her.
Another thing too is Anna is guilty of making me cry a lot. From the first moment she knocks on Elsa's door and sings "Do you want to build a snowman?" I'm bawling (I swear I can't listen to that song without crying the entire time through). What does this have to do with loving Anna? I have no idea, but I felt it was something worth mentioning. I think maybe because I have a sister, too (although technically I'm the older one, but I can easily pass for the younger one). We don't spend that much time together, but I love her more than anything. Don't get me started on Anna's sacrifice.
About the site.
Dreaming of Love is a one page shrine dedicated to the character Anna from the animated film Frozen. This shrine was created as part of the annual Amassment One Page, One Month Shrine Marathon which took place in August 2015. The shrine was opened on August 29, 2015.
It was actually my friend Mayumi who made me want to make an Anna shrine to begin with. She had her shrine to Elsa and had convinced me I should make a shrine to Anna so that we could partner them. I don't remember when this was unfortunately and it took me forever to get myself motivated to work on this site. Then the annual One Page, One Month Shrine Marathon came along and I got stuck on two subjects I wanted to shrine. I originally chose the other subject to go with, but when I couldn't get the DVD's from my sister I changed my subject to Anna instead as I have easier access to Frozen since this movie is mine. Motivation was super tough, I think because I'd never done an animation shrine before. I couldn't have made this site without Mayumi's help and support. ♥ I'm really glad I was able to make this shrine because Anna needs some love too.
Currently we are on version 2 of the site which was made by me using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 and then coded by hand using Notepad. I was looking through my Disney images folder and found myself inspired to revamp this shrine. I think it's a good thing because to be honest I never really liked the previous layout. I like this one much better! The image used in the layout was found at Disney Wiki and patterns used were found at Subtle Patterns. Fonts used are called Mademoiselle Camille and Times New Roman. Credit goes to Disney Wiki for some information used on this site, and a special thank you to Mayumi for helping me write up part of Elsa's section. Previous layouts used may be found at my layout archive.
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