Disney’s Frozen vs. Shelley’s Frankenstein

This post may be a little tedious, weird, and crazy, so to add to that effect (and to keep you awake), I covered the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen…in Vietnamese.


Now that you’re a bit more awake, we can get started. It might seem far-fetched, but I have a theory. Frozen, Disney’s 2013 hit animated film, and Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s classic tale of horror, are related (or at least have multiple similarities). After all, the titles of both works both begin with the letters “Fr.”


…Oh. Wow. Didn’t notice that.

Ok, that was just for fun. On a more serious note, there are certain themes and elements that are recurring throughout books and movies. Surprisingly, something as childlike and innocent as a Disney movie can have many similarities to a horror tale, such as Frankenstein.

No matter the type of media, character development is always important. Lead characters are generally intriguing, to say the least. They determine the course of the plot and will usually have a couple unique, self-defining traits. In the case of Elsa from Frozen and Victor from Frankenstein, both have spent a large majority of their youth in solitude, Elsa because she has magical, dangerous powers, Victor because he was obsessed over bringing a non-living creature to life.

Things are about to get magical for Victor, as well. His creation becomes a real-life monster. Elsa has been called a monster for her powerful and dangerous abilities, whereas Victor regards his creation as a monster.


Coincidence? I think…yeah, this is probably a coincidence.

Victor then travels to the summit of Montanvert, hoping the views of nature will revive his spirits. Guess who else retreats to an icy mountain when in despair?



So Victor’s crossing the glacier on the top of the mountain and he notices the shape of his monster speeding towards him. Oh, hey…Frozen features a monster on an icy mountain, too!


Meet Marshmallow.

Throughout Frankenstein, Victor loses multiple family members at the hands of his monster. In Frozen, Elsa temporarily loses Anna because of her monstrous powers.


She’s not permanently frozen, though, because it’s Disney and you can’t have anything too depressing. Unless, of course, we’re talking about The Lion King.

Unlike Frozen, Frankenstein does not have a happy ending at all. The correlations between two seemingly completely different pieces, however, show that all works follow a similar structure: strong lead characters with a passion or unique quality, a quest/hero’s journey (in Frozen, it’s Anna’s quest to find and help Elsa use her powers for good; in Frankenstein, it’s Victor’s quest to track down the creature), a striking setting, and captivating antagonists.

Enough of my nonsense thoughts. Next time you watch a movie, remember that if you really try, you can probably relate it to something you’re reading in English class.

2 thoughts on “Disney’s Frozen vs. Shelley’s Frankenstein

  1. I’d like to add the moment when Olaf the snowman finds the fireplace. Eerily similar to the moment in which the monster finds fire for the first time – both are excited to find warmth for the first time, then both are startled and repelled by the extreme heat when touching the fire.

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