Does Frozen Include an Homage to Watchmen?

Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
March 17 2014 10:20 AM

Does Frozen Include an Homage to Watchmen?

Frozen's "Let It Go" sequence (right), Dr. Manhattan on Mars (left)
Frozen's "Let It Go" sequence, complete with crystal palace (right), seems almost modeled on the Dr. Manhattan sequence from Watchmen (left).

Images via DC Comics, Disney

Various people have noted that the “Let It Go” sequence from Frozen bears a surprising resemblance to the Mars sequence from Watchmen. Both sequences find our heroes (Elsa in Frozen, Dr. Manhattan in Watchmen) exiled in a distant, lifeless location contemplating whether to wield their powers, because they have been accused of being dangerous to others. Both sequences culminate in our heroes deciding to unleash their powers, which they demonstrate by raising giant crystalline palaces out from the ground.

Whether or not the most famous sequence in Frozen is an homage to Watchmen, this hasn’t stopped fans of each from mashing the two together in videos and fan art. The best of these mashups—and the one that best demonstrates the unlikely similarities between these two sequences—comes from Alex Wolinetz, who combined Dave Gibbons' Watchmen illustrations with the lyrics from Frozen. We asked Wolinetz to reprint his mashup in full here, so you can check out the whole thing below and make up your mind for yourself.




Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer. 


Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 19 2014 1:05 PM Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 17 2014 4:23 PM A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Oct. 19 2014 4:33 PM Building Family Relationships in and out of Juvenile Detention Centers
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 20 2014 7:00 AM Gallery: The Red Planet and the Comet
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.