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Anna

Background information

Animators

Becky Bresee
Mark Henn
Daniel Peixe
Randy Haycock
Andrew Chesworth

Voice

Kristen Bell
Livvy Stubenrauch (5 years old; speaking; Frozen)
Katie Lopez (5 years old; singing; Frozen)
Agatha Lee Monn (9 years old; singing; Frozen)
Hadley Gannaway (5 years old; Frozen II)

Lea Salonga (Filipino dub)

Portrayed by

Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon a Time)
Patti Murin (musical; debut)

Performance model

Honors and awards

Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Animated Female of 2013

Character information

Other names

Princess Anna
My lady
Feisty pants
Queen Anna

Occupation

Princess of Arendelle (formerly)
Queen of Arendelle

Likes

Her family, romance, freedom, being with Elsa, chocolate, Joan of Arc, acceptance, appreciation, parties, sandwiches, Krumkake, Flangendorfers, horseback-riding, the truth, reading stories, sunflowers, vikings, charades, flirting with Kristoff, sliding down on a snow sled

Dislikes

Isolation, rudeness, betrayals, freezing cold weather, Elsa shutting her out, embarrassing herself, heights, losing loved ones, her hair turning white

Siblings

Other relatives

For the first time in forever, nothing's in my way!
―Anna[src]


Queen Anna of Arendelle (pronounced Ah-na) is the protagonist of Disney's 2013 animated feature film Frozen and the deuteragonist of its 2019sequel. She is the second-born daughter of King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, the younger sister of Elsa the Snow Queen, and the contemporary ruler of Arendelle. During their childhood, an accident involving Elsa's magic created a rift between the two sisters, leaving Anna devoid of love for many years. Despite this, Anna remained big-hearted and optimistic, albeit socially awkward. When their estrangement incidentally triggered an eternal winter, Anna embarked on a perilous journey to save her kingdom and mend the broken bond between herself and her sister.

Three years after her adventure, a rekindled Anna and Elsa embarked on another journey to confront the elemental spirits of the Enchanted Forest. Upon their journey's end, Elsa chooses to remain in the forest to join the spirits - so she abdicated from the throne, allowing Anna to be crowned Queen of Arendelle.

Anna is loosely based on Gerda, the female protagonist of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen".

Background

Official Description

Anna is more daring than graceful and, at times, can act before she thinks. But she's also the most optimistic and caring person you'll ever meet. She longs to reconnect with her sister Elsa, as they were close during their childhood. When Elsa accidentally unleashes a magical secret that locks the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter, Anna embarks on a dangerous adventure to make things right. Armed with only her fearlessness, a never-give-up attitude and her faith in others, Anna is determined to save both her kingdom and her family.

Development

In the earlier stages of the film's production, Anna's role was vastly different from that of the final project. Instead of being a princess, Anna was a peasant on a quest to have the Snow Queen help free her frozen heart.[3] Not only that, she was of no relation to Elsa in these stages of the film's production. The filmmakers struggled to find the movie's heart through this version, finding it difficult to have a believable and engaging relationship between the two female leads when they truly have nothing to do with one another. However, one of the filmmakers suggested the two be made siblings, and things quickly changed from there. Anna was made a princess, as well as Elsa, who, in turn, went from a villain to a misunderstood heroine.

With these changes, the characters and story were viewed in a more relatable light, as Anna's main goal was to now win the acceptance and love of her older sister; something to which her voice actress Kristen Bell personally related.[4]

Notably, as seen in early animation footage, Anna wasn't always as daring and fearless as she is in the film. In the early test animation for the Marshmallow chase scene, Anna was seen reluctant when diving off the cliff with Kristoff, only doing so at the fear of Marshmallow attacking. However, in the film, this isn't the case, and Anna is seen with immense excitement, engulfing herself in the thrill of the moment.[5]

One of Anna's early designs by Chad Stubblefield (pictured here on the page) revealed that Anna was originally planned to have platinum blonde hair but was changed to strawberry-blonde.

Voice

Anna's voice actress, Kristen Bell, served as one of the prime inspirations for the character. The filmmakers, as well as Bell, wanted a heroine different from the trademark princesses of Cinderella and Belle; one who was clumsy, socially awkward, and constantly spoke before she thought. Anna's supervising animator, Becky Bresee, noted she took much of Anna's animated movement from Bell's facial expressions and rhythm when she recorded the lines.[4]

Personality

A character who is willing to stand beside you and stand up for what's right. Her sister was born with a condition that's shaped a world where Anna doesn't belong.
―Paul Briggs

Unlike her older sister Elsa, Anna is optimistic, energetic, awkward, and generally far from elegant. She is also free-spirited, and has garnered an extrovert mentality after years of living within the confines of the castle gates without her sister's company. As a result, she is quick to make friends and craves affection and companionship, though this serves as potentially her greatest flaw, as she can sometimes be too trusting towards strangers - an issue brought to attention with the introduction of the malevolent Prince Hans.

Anna's most valued asset and the true object of her affection is her relationship with her sister. Since childhood, Anna has been attached to Elsa and greatly admired her abilities, to which she saw as unique. Throughout most of the film, Anna is also the only individual to express faith that Elsa was not a monster. This is in contrast to the Duke of Weselton, Kristoff, as well as the entirety of Arendelle's populace, who were all notably skeptical towards Elsa's benevolence, and feared at what she was capable of. Against all these odds, however, Anna remained hopeful, and fiercely assured that Elsa's true nature was gentle and caring; so much so, that she willingly threw herself into the dangerous terrains of the mountains to retrieve her sister from exile, only armed with the belief that the strength of their bond would be enough to motivate Elsa to return, which is an example of Anna's powerful sense of hope and optimism. Anna relies on these traits to carry her through her hardships, and though she still faces overwhelming struggle, her buoyant mentality ultimately led to the restoration of both her kingdom's welfare, and the relationship with her sister.

It should be noted that despite her optimism, Anna also struggles with her self-confidence on occasion. The lack of explanation regarding her forced separation from Elsa would lead Anna to believe that she was the issue, and that Elsa simply wanted nothing to do with her. As time would go on, she would begin to fall into a state of mind that manifested itself into a need for love and companionship that would cause her trouble with Prince Hans. This would also explain why she is so quick to find romance, as "For the First Time in Forever" shows that she's looking for someone to act as her companion, no longer wanting to be alone. She also makes remarks such as "It's just me" and "No, I'm completely ordinary", which also indicates her low opinion of herself.

Anna also tends to act before she thinks, and can be rather impulsive and quick-tempered at times, which causes quite a bit of trouble. Throughout the film, she made several imprudent decisions as a result of this trait, such as accepting Hans' suspiciously hasty marriage proposal despite barely knowing him and provoking the beastly Marshmallow despite his ferocious size and power grossly outweighing her own. She can also be quite stubborn as she initially refused to accept the possibility that Hans was not her true love, despite the valid criticisms regarding the idea from Elsa and Kristoff, only coming to realize the truth once Olaf points out about how she has no idea on what true love is as well as how Kristoff really loves her when she is almost dying near the end of the first film. Furthermore, she repeatedly went against Kristoff's advisement (such as letting him face a pack of wolves alone while she remained out of harm) throughout their adventure. Balancing this out is the fact that Anna is fearless, intelligent, quick-thinking, good in a crisis and highly skilled in self-defense, allowing her to overcome various challenges, including those caused by her own lack of impulse control. She held her own against Marshmallow (despite their difference in assets), a pack of wolves, and was solely responsible for the downfall of Hans.

In the end, despite her flaws, Anna is an extremely sweet, selfless, and loving character. Numerous times throughout the film, she puts the safety and well-being of others before her own, showing great loyalty and admiration for her friends and family. Though clumsy and comical, she has a strong sense of purity and heart, as well as fearlessness and good judgment in a crisis which ultimately aids her in overcoming obstacles.

Frozen fever shows a much more mature side of Anna's personality. While excited over celebrating her birthday with Elsa, she spends the day more worried over Elsa's health and pushes her to rest, caring more about Elsa's health than her birthday highlighting her selflessness, especially after her sister almost falls off the clock tower. She also assures Elsa that she hasn't ruined her birthday, but also states that taking care of Elsa is the "best birthday present ever".

In Olaf's Frozen Adventure, she shows concern when Elsa feels bad about not having a holiday tradition and searches for one, which she finds in the attic. She takes charge and orders everyone to gather for a search and rescue when Olaf goes missing, demonstrating her leadership skills. Anna was also realized that her and Elsa's childhood memories of creating Olaf were her family's traditions as Anna kept giving Elsa Christmas gifts based on Olaf which reminded her and Anna on their happy childhood and how much they still loved each other. This allowed Anna to accept that having the family and friends she has made as the greatest gift she's ever received.

In the 2019 sequel, Anna has shown to be a little more mature though she still retains some aspects of her personality. She finds happiness in no longer being alone, having her sister back as well as Olaf, Sven, Kristoff, and the gates open. Although no longer being rash and impulsive, she is also shown in wanting to connect more with her fellow Arendellians. Anna has also become very protective of Elsa, loving her life the way it is and not wanting to lose her sister again, Anna insists on accompanying Elsa though her journey and tries persuading her against too many dangerous choices, indirectly pushing Kristoff away in the process , something she realizes and apologizes to him for later. After the apparent 'deaths' of Elsa and Olaf, Anna breaks down being rendered virtually alone again, but she manages to pull herself together to fulfill Elsa's wish and destroy the dam to lift the curse. She shows great leadership qualities in leading her fellow Arendellian soldiers in leading the Earth Giants to destroy Runeard's dam, something which Elsa and the other spirits recognized and stated Arendelle deserves to stand because of her doing what was best for everyone, acknowledging her as a great and noble leader, whom Elsa recognizes as the best person to be queen. After Elsa's return, the resurrection of Olaf, and engagement to Kristoff, Anna accepted that it's okay for her and her sister to separate so long as they maintain contact with one another. In the three years since the first movie, Anna has fully grown up as she becomes a responsible and cheerful Queen who continues to look after the needs of Arendelle.

Physical appearance

At 18 years of age during the original film[6] and 21 during Frozen II,[7] Anna has a slender build and fair skin. She has turquoise-blue eyes, rosy cheeks, thin pink lips, a small nose, long strawberry-blonde hair, mostly tied into two braided pigtails, bangs down her forehead, and a light dusting of freckles (a trait that she shares with her sister Elsa, although due to being slightly older, Elsa appears to have fewer freckles than Anna); her face is also slightly rounder than Elsa's. When she wears sleeveless dresses, it is shown that she has some freckles on her shoulders in addition to the ones on her face. She has a platinum-blonde streak on the right side of her hair due to an accident in which she was struck by Elsa's magic during childhood. The platinum-blonde streak remained for years until the curse on Anna's frozen heart was broken and the streak was removed along with it.

All of her outfits have rosemaling, reflecting the movie's Norwegian setting.

In her coronation dress, Anna wears a black sweetheart bodice with dark green off-the-shoulder straps and rose, teal, blue, and purple prints on it, and has greenish-gold trim, a black satin-laced necklace with a bronze pendant of Arendelle's symbol, an olive drab pleated skirt with sashes consisting of the following: asparagus centers with pink, crimson, dark olive green, olive drab, and blue prints on it between cream sides and dark green pleats, both cream petticoat and frilly knee- length pantalettes, white stockings, and a pair of black ballet shoes. She wears her hair in a bun, and a part of her hair is braided and used as a headband, a green comb-shaped barrette with a couple of satin ribbons green and chartreuse attached to the back of her hair, and dark pink lipstick. She also wears a teal cape with a cyan bow as a clasp for the cape, sapphire oval-cut hem with an azure line, blue dots on each cut, and small sapphire dots all around the cape.

The winter outfit that Anna acquires at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna is a traditional Norwegian clothing called "Bunad". The design consists of a medium-length, dark blue skirt consisting of a lavender round-cut lining with points, with each rose and periwinkle print similar to a rose around the skirt on each point, and each periwinkle bush-like print on each of its round edges with a black bodice with gold trim and green, red, yellow, and purple rose prints on it, a light blue long-sleeved blouse, and black heeled leather boots with gold linings and magenta soles. She also wears a magenta bonnet with purple lining, lavender fluff, and matching white print on the back, a pair of blue mittens with navy blue palms, and a detachable magenta cape with a matching cap, purple linings, and small Byzantium tassels on the edge of the cape with a silver brooch consisting of a pair of hearts with gray prints attached to her cape and magenta lipstick. On occasion, she wears a pair of crystal clear ice skates.

After Anna's heart is frozen, her hair turns silvery-white. When she is thawed out, her hair returns to its original state without the platinum blonde streak.

In Anna's summer attire, her hair is once again braided in pigtails without her streak. She wears a timber wolf wrist-length blouse with light blue vertical linings, a pinafore dress consisting of both a light gray bodice with green linings, vertical gray hairlines, and four green buttons placed vertically on the bodice with black hairline laces attached, a dark gray skirt with a light gray lining, crimson, green, and lavender flower prints all around on it, and lavender, green, and olive drab bush-like prints between each flower prints. She also dons a white petticoat, a pair of matching heeled leather boots with gold linings and brown soles, the same color and shape of the brooch, and on occasion, the same color ice skates.

In Frozen fever, Anna wears her hair a bun but with a yellow sunflower and three ribbons hanging down (in the colors of dark green, light green, and teal) in the back. She wears a navy blue bodice which has olive, crimson, green, and orange prints on the front with copper linings, and a light chartreuse short-sleeved blouse that has a pink and gold brooch in the middle that turns purple and gold later on. On top of this, Anna wears an apple-green sleeveless cropped gilet with teal, dark green, brown, orange, and chartreuse rosemaling on the front and back. She wears a teal skirt with yellow, olive, and brown sunflower prints with darker teal stalks and leaves with smaller olive, dark teal, and purple designs between each sunflower, and a small dark teal leaf design on the left, middle part of the skirt . Above the sunflower is a wavy looping yellow line with light teal dots above each loop. She wears light olive stockings, pale olive-yellow petticoats, black ballet flats, a friendship bracelet, and dark pink lipstick. Elsa used her powers to change this dress by adding sunflowers to her bun and skirt using crystalline ice and creating a hidden ice petticoat to make the skirt more voluminous.

In Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Anna wears her hair in a bun for the majority of the special, but reverts to her standard braids when she and Elsa are leading the search for Olaf. Her attire is comprised of a sky blue dress with bells and goats patterned motif around the hemline, using the same fabric as the tablecloths in the ballroom.

In the beginning of the sequel, Anna wears a beige gown with kitten heels. Her hair is tied up in a bun with a piece of wheat on the side. Her hair is in her usual braids, and she wears a lime green nightgown when playing charades with Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. During their travels to the Enchanted Forest, Anna wears a purple and magenta long vest and a black long-sleeved dress with gold trim, a brown belt around her waist, and gold pants underneath. She accessorizes with long black boots and a gold cross pendant. She later removes the vest during her travels in the cavern and luring the Earth Giants to destroy the dam.

As Queen of Arendelle, Anna wears her hair in a bun similar to that of her mother and Elsa when she was crowned queen in the first film and wears a black shirt with buttons to close it, a tropical rain forest dress with mint green trim, and a teal cape with purple underside. She also wears a tiara similar to the one her sister wore.

Abilities

We know what her superpower is: her superpower is love! She saves the day with love.
―Chris Buck

Unlike Elsa, Anna was born without magic and lacks any sort of enchanted abilities; she relies solely on fearlessness and optimism to guide her through perilous situations. According to directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Anna's "super power" is the strength and purity of her loving heart.[8] Because the love she harbored for her sister was so powerful, Anna managed to successfully navigate through a death-defying journey through the Norwegian wilderness, facing off against cursed weather conditions, supernatural beings, and the elements of nature, itself. It was her devotion towards Elsa, and refusal to view the latter as a villain, that would ultimately lead to the resurrection of their familial bond, Elsa's total control of her powers through love, and the salvation of the kingdom of Arendelle.

Quite notably, however, Anna has exhibited examples of above-average physical strength, and has proven herself to be quite powerful in this regard; she doesn't seem to notice, as she has accidentally caused physical pain to characters such as Kristoff (when she nonchalantly threw a bag of carrots to the mountain man, but with far more force than intended) and Olaf (when she made an attempt to gently insert his carrot nose onto his face, only to jab it in forcefully and giving the snowman a "head rush" by mistake) as a result of underestimating her own strength. During "For the First Time in Forever", she was seen dancing with and subsequently flinging a bust with ease. During a wolf attack, she held her own, using Kristoff's lute to smack one of the wolves away from the sled - which had brutal results for the wolf. The most noteworthy example of Anna's physical capacity is perhaps following the climax of the film, where the princess punched the traitorous Prince Hans off a ship, with a substantial amount of force strong enough to send the prince flying off of his feet.

In addition to her physical strength, Anna is also shown to be very fast and agile. During "The Next Right Thing", Anna was able to leap from separate ledges several feet apart. She was also able to outmaneuver the Earth Giants, although she was nearly crushed before being rescued by Kristoff. While in the first movie Anna had difficulty climbing she was shown to be able to climb well in the sequel.

Anna also has an incredible amount of endurance in harsh winter conditions, as she was able to navigate through post-blizzard terrains with a simple cloak and ball gown for over twenty-four hours or so, without too much negative effect other than some initial discomfort towards the unexpected cold. Following the purchase of her winter gear, she seemed entirely unaffected by the weather and only fell into the danger of freezing to death due to the frozen curse accidentally placed upon her heart by Elsa in the midst of her journey, as its power froze the princess from the inside out. As a young child she was also unaffected by the snow figures she and Elsa played with in the enchanted forest she made with her ice magic (barefoot, no less).

Appearances

Frozen

At a young age, at Anna's behest, she and Elsa would spend much of their time using the latter's powers for their own enjoyment, against their parents' wishes. One night, five-year-old Anna[9] suggests they build a snowman, to which eight-year-old Elsa agrees. The sisters head into the castle's throne room and create a winter field of snow. During their playdate, Elsa accidentally strikes Anna in the head with her magic, rendering her unconscious and turning a streak of her hair platinum blonde. Horrified, Elsa calls their parents, King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, for help. Iduna and Agnarr travel with their daughters to the Valley of the Living Rock, where they request the assistance of magical trolls led by a shaman named Pabbie. Pabbie is able to save Anna by cleansing her body of all magic, including memories of magic. Though this leaves Anna with no recollection of Elsa's powers, Agnarr declares that it's for the best.