“Hi everyone, I’m Olaf, and I like warm hugs!”
A snippet of memory given life, this magical snowman embodies all of the sisters’ love and dreams. Elsa creates Olaf almost in passing as she sheds the restrictions put upon her by a loving if misguided parent. As soon as he’s formed he’s forgotten as she attempts to put all those childish hopes behind her.
When Anna runs into Olaf, she sees right away what he really is – hope. Wandering in a frozen world, moving forward only on the faith of the sister she knew as a child, Anna wasn’t certain about anything. Olaf’s spirit is infectious and filled with such pure joy. This spirit propels Anna through every difficulty. She taps into that childish wonder and delight and attempts to persuade her sister again and again.
“Oh, I love it. It’s so cute. It’s like a little baby unicorn.”
[touches his new carrot nose excitedly]
Olaf’s presence reminds us of what needs remembering, but he’s also such fun in the moment. As the buck toothed, nose-less snowman toddled up behind Christoff, Anna and Sven, the words sung by Anna to her sister through a door sprang to mind: “Do you wanna build a snowman?”
Each moment is infused with magic. We see Anna’s desire to preserve dreams, specifically Olaf’s dream of heat (though the practical Christoff wants to set him straight). When Sven snaps at the treat protruding from the magical snowman’s bone free head, Olaf sees it as a motion for friendship. Speared by an icicle he remarks, I’ve been impaled, as if such a new experience deserves such delight. Who wouldn’t want to preserve such an inspiring yet simple nature?
“Oh, I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved the idea of summer, and sun, and all things hot…”
It’s his ability to knock you on your butt with his wisdom that really endears Olaf to you. He jumps right in to save the shivering Anna, risking loss of life with no regret. In the bargain he learns of heat, fulfilling his own dream. Anna is too recent to love to really know it’s character. So it’s Olaf who has to point out to her that it’s actions that show love, not words…
Yes, yes, I wanna build a snowman. Such is the magic to be found in the wildly popular Disney animation, Frozen.
This month I’m participating in a writing challenge to post everyday in April (except Sundays) called the A to Z Challenge. I’m exploring my love of characters, find the full list here. Read some of my other writing posts here. What characters do you love?