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Princess Profiles: Anna

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*WARNING – This Princess Profile contains Frozen spoilers, don’t read it if you haven’t seen Frozen and you don’t want to get spoiled.*

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Anna is Disney’s newest princess that will join the princess franchise. She debuted in Frozen this Wednesday and already stole the hearts of many cinema goers. She’s kind, funny and sometimes a little awkward but no one can hate her thanks to the excellent voicing work of Kristen bell. In this edition of the Rotoscopers Princess Profiles I will discuss Princess Anna.

Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she’s also very optimistic and caring. She longs to reconnect with her sister, Elsa, since they were close during their childhood. But when Elsa accidentally hit Anna with her ice powers (and almost killed her) they get separated to protect Anna. Anna doesn’t understand why her best friend ignores her because all Anna’s memories of Elsa’s powers are erased by the mystical trolls. When Elsa accidentally unleashes her magical secret and locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter after her coronation, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.

Anna is a great character; Kristen Bell did an amazing job voicing her and making her so realistic. Anna is hilarious but also very awkward because she says and does things at the wrong moment, what makes her even more relatable. Anna’s life is pretty sad: can you imagine getting separated from your best friend (and sister) at the age of 4? And losing your parents at the age of 15? It’s heartbreaking to see Anna’s pain and Kristen Bell did an amazing job in the song “Do You Want To Build a Snowman?” Seeing the scene is so emotional, but only hearing the song and hearing Anna’s pain is heartbreaking as well.

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One of the first things Anna does when they finally open the gates of the palace for the first time in a very long time is meeting a prince: Prince Hans from the Southern Isles. It has been her dream for a very long time to find true love and, after meeting Hans, she ultimately thinks she’s in love. It’s not impossible for someone falls in love so quickly but because it has been her dream to find true love for such a long time she really thinks she is in love. That night they get engaged, but Elsa doesn’t approve their marriage. When Elsa unleashes her powers and runs away, Anna goes on a journey where she ultimately discovers what true love is. Not only for her sister, but also for a guy (Kristoff), who eventually becomes her boyfriend. This time she doesn’t fall in love with him because she wants to find true love, but because it is true love.

Let’s talk about Anna’s design because a lot of people have been complaining about that she looks too much like Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled. To me, when I see this character I’m not seeing Rapunzel but I’m seeing Anna. Yes the designs have similarities but all Disney characters have and with Anna you should look beyond that. Her personality is so different from Rapunzel and technology has improved the last couple of years, so Anna’s character has a lot more details and when you are going to compare these two you’ll definitely see differences. I prefer Anna’s design, because I think Disney did an amazing job on her face and hair and like I said before the details (just look at the freckles on her shoulders!). I love the dress she wears in summer and I hope the Anna face-character will some day wear this in the Disney Parks.

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Before I saw Frozen, I always liked Elsa more than Anna. I thought Elsa was much cooler and I didn’t care as much about Anna’s story as I did about Elsa’s story. I mean, come on, Anna can’t control snow and ice! But after seeing Frozen my opinion changed, Elsa was great but Anna was such an amazing character. She is a good balance of being both hilarious and emotional. I loved the emotional scenes where you see her all by herself on the funeral of the king and queen or when she’s looking for Elsa in the blizzard even more, and not to forget the amazing songs she has and the amazing performance by Kristen Bell.

A lot of people will relate Anna’s awkwardness. And not only girls because at some points I, as a guy, could totally relate to her as well (for example when she made jokes at inappropriate moments). At the same time I also think people who feel they’re all by themselves, thinking no one really cares about them can relate to her and hopefully understand that they aren’t alone after seeing Frozen. Because of these points I think a lot of younger children, teens and maybe even adults can relate to her. That’s why I love Anna so much.

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About Max

Max is an animation addict from The Netherlands. His favorite animated movies are Beauty and the Beast and Ratatouille, and he is a big fan of everything Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks related. He loves reading and collecting art books and one day he hopes to work for a major animation studio. Follow his art blog: http://maxdenhartog.tumblr.com