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Nov 3, 2014

This Fan Has A Wild Theory That "Frozen" And "The Shining" Are The Same Movie

Heeeeeere's Elsa!

Blogger Mary Katharine Ham has developed a theory that Disney's Frozen is more than a bit inspired by Stanley Kubrick's classic horror movie The Shining.

She starts by comparing Frozen's setting of Arendelle (left) to The Shining's Overlook Hotel (right).

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Ham then looks at the movies' main characters, Elsa and Jack Torrence.

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She argues that in both films, "The menacing main character is a danger to family members, whose volatility increases after a long isolation inside a giant, ornate, high-ceilinged building in a cold, desolate landscape".

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By Ham's logic, Anna in Frozen is just like Danny in The Shining: "An innocent protagonist, touched by the supernatural...forced to play childlike games alone in incongruously cavernous hallways."

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Snowman Olaf serves the same purpose as Wendy Torrence in The Shining, a "somewhat goofy supporting character who knows our principal characters better than anyone and will sacrifice anything to protect our innocent protagonist from danger."

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In Frozen, Kristoff is just like The Shining's Hallorann, the "snowsuit-clad rescuer" whose personal experience of the supernatural bonds him to the character in danger.

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This makes Frozen's duplicitous Hans the equivalent of The Shining's sinister Grady, "both refined but evil", with a fateful role to play in unleashing the main characters' destructive impulses.

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Ham also spots the similarities between the end scenes of both movies.

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Read Ham's theory in full here.

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