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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).

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

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".

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."

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."

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.

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.

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

Read Ham's theory in full here.