In the original plan for Frozen 2, Anna proposes to Kristoff at the end of a song outlining his struggle to pop the question.
A musical outtake from Frozen 2 revealed that the Disney sequel started with a better version of Anna and Kristoff’s engagement, overthrowing tradition by having Anna take a knee. In the three-minute pop duet “Get This Right,” Kristoff sings about how he wants to make his proposal to Anna perfect. When he loses his nerve, Anna steps up to pop the question instead.
In the version of Frozen 2 that made it to the theaters, the comedic and touching song was scrapped in favor of Kristoff’s laugh-out-loud interlude, “Lost in the Woods,” which references every great cheesy ’80s power ballad. The music video-esque sequence includes shots of singing reindeer, dissolve transitions and the perfect diva hair toss. It’s arguably the most enjoyable part of the feature film, but doesn’t put a lot of emphasis on Anna and Kristoff’s real-life relationship, instead taking a look only at Kristoff’s feelings for her. In the song, Anna is a silent representation of desire, harkening back to Disney’s bad old days of picture-perfect romance and unrealistic expectations.
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In the final version of the film, Kristoff eventually overcomes his nerves to ask Anna to marry him, speaking straightforwardly and from the heart. Anna tearfully accepts in a few frames of animation that capture every woman’s dream reaction — eyes watering, big smile, makeup still perfect. This scene is a good example of two steps forward, one step back. Disney branched out from the model prince character by showing Kristoff’s nerves at proposing, but then undermined Anna’s fiery, independent spirit by putting her back in the Disney princess box.
In contrast, “Get This Right” embraces the unconventional gender roles that made Frozen such a success in the first place. The song encapsulates all the pressure put on men to demonstrate their love through over-the-top romantic gestures. Kristoff wants to make his proposal perfect, the opposite of his usual awkward charm. “I meant to write it in the sky,” he sings. “I meant to get down on one knee. I planned to really try to be the opposite of me.“
In a chaotic series of events that matches those in the movie, all Kristoff’s plans backfire — he’s too nervous, the candles start a fire and, to top it off, he forgets the ring. A more realistic take on his character shows Kristoff backpedalling, ashamed of his failure. Kristoff knows he loves Anna but he can’t seem to find the right way to say it — like many people, he’s “never been in love before” and doesn’t “know what (he’s) doing.” That’s when Anna comes in. In a move that is spot-on for her character, Anna sees Kristoff’s struggles and decides to take the lead. Instead of passively waiting for him to get it right (and watching him walk away) Anna rescues the romance by asking Kristoff to marry her. Her blurted question sums up her and Kristoff’s relationship.
The role Anna takes in this version of the engagement is much truer to Frozen’s story. In the first and second films, its Anna’s stubborn independence that saves the day. Despite Anna’s lack of supernatural powers, she refuses to give up. Her character is a refreshing change of pace for Disney. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Anna takes an active role in events, even when everyone is telling her not to. Anna’s actions are often the reason for the sisters’ success or failure. Her unswerving loyalty to Elsa and dominant personality are the opposite of the quiet, submissive, female trope.
Anna’s surprised reaction to Kristoff’s proposal in the film is out of tune with her usual character. The scene lessens the strength of their relationship by making it more conventional. After struggling with his proposal for the entire film, Kristoff’s flawless proposal and Anna’s acceptance seem phony. “Get This Right” ends with a verse that shows how Anna and Kristoff are a good couple because of their imperfections. Their relationship is a work in progress. When Kristoff pledges to be the man Anna wants, she responds with “Guess what? You already are.” When he says “I wanna make your life so good,” she says “You’re doing pretty good so far.“
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