It is no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love Frozen. In fact, my coworkers all wanted to know exactly when I'd seen it because they all guessed that it was something I'd be excited (and hence, amusing) about. On the other hand, I've heard a good deal of people talking about how disappointed they were in the film. I can see where they're coming from, but the fact remains that it's probably the most popular Disney movie since The Lion King. Why, you may ask, is it so popular if so many people thought it wasn't really as good as it could have been?
My explanation is this: The creators of Frozen gave every audience member someone they could relate to.
Think about it: the characters are presented with a problem, namely that Elsa has locked herself away (later it evolves to the kingdom being frozen, but for now let's focus on Elsa's introvertive behavior). We are then presented with several reactions to her solitude:
We have Anna, who doesn't have a complete understanding of why her sister refuses to see her and thus assumes it is her fault.
We have Elsa herself, who believes she is a danger to everyone around her and therefore locks herself away in order to protect people from herself.
Then of course we have the irritating, want-to-punch off-a-boat people who manipulate other peoples' emotions for their own benefit.
We are then introduced to calm, collected Kristoff, who is able to see past the conflicting emotions and look at the problems logically.
And last, but not least, we have the slightly clueless but endlessly wise Olaf.
One problem: five different perspectives. Five different people that everyone in the audience would be able to relate to in some way. I think this is what makes Frozen so popular. It's not a story about two sisters and their problems. It's a story about you.
Fare thee well, friend!