How many times have you seen Disney’s Frozen? If you have small children, you can probably count that number in the hundreds. What if there was a major subplot taking place that you weren’t even aware of? Could you believe you could possibly miss something after “Letting It Go” so many times?
According to one blogger, the answer is yes. Ben from the YouTube channel SuperCarlinBrothers has a new video in which he lays out a very intricate theory about Frozen.
From The Snow Queen to Frozen
Like a lot of Disney’s animated films, Frozen is based on a classic fairy tale. In this case, it’s The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Disney’s version differs quite a bit from the original tale, though.
Andersen’s story was about an evil troll called “the Devil,” and his magic mirror. The mirror distorts its reflection, showing only dark and evil imagery. The troll attempts to fly the mirror up to heaven to make a mockery of God and his angels. Unfortunately, the trolls drop the mirror and it falls to earth. The impact shatters it into millions of tiny pieces, some no larger than a grain of sand.
One of those tiny shards lands in the eye of a young boy, turning him into a dark and angry person. The rest of the story involves a quest to rescue him and restore him to his former self.
Hans is the Magic Mirror
The new theory is that the character of Hans in Frozen is actually a personification of the magic mirror. Ben uses several examples to advance this idea. First of all, Hans is never alone in any scene. On the other hand, he seems to actively mimic (or reflect) the actions and attitudes of those around him.
When we first meet Hans, Anna is singing about meeting someone new and awkwardly bumps into him. At first, Hans seems to be a lot like Anna. He’s happy, bubbly, and a little clumsy/goofy. As he and Anna sing together, he actually repeats some of her words back to her.
Later, his attitude changes when the Duke of Weselton confronts him about finding Elsa. He mirrors back the Duke’s own authoritarian tone. When Elsa is confronted and captured, Hans at first seems to reflect Elsa’s own fears about his powers. In the dungeon, he echoes her sympathetic nature when he tries to get her to end the unnatural winter.
When he finally reveals his true colors to a dying Anna, the mirror analogy returns. At first, he’s seen speaking to his own reflection in the window. Then he removes his gloves, just as Elsa does when she “lets it go.” This is supposedly because he’s no longer mirroring the others around him and is “letting it go” himself.
Here’s the full video — watch it yourself and see what you think:
What do you think? Could Hans be Frozen‘s version of the magic mirror from The Snow Queen?