On her website, writer Mary Katharine Ham has outlined a pretty convincing case for why "Frozen" and "The Shining" are actually the same movie, including eerily similar locations, characters, and underlying themes that seem too close to be coincidental.
Of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel in the 2013 Disney flick) and Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), Ham writes:
Let's talk about a movie in which the menacing main character is a danger to family members, whose volatility increases after a long isolation inside a giant, ornate, high-ceilinged building in a cold, desolate landscape.
And of Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and Danny (Dan Lloyd), Ham shared this analysis:
An innocent protagonist, touched by the supernatural, is locked out of a forbidden room inside a giant, ornate, high-ceilinged building in a cold, desolate landscape, and forced to play childlike games alone in its incongruously cavernous hallways.
Ham also links Olaf and Wendy; draws comparisons between Anna's and Danny's injuries inflicted by Elsa and Jack, respectively; and points out the parallels between Anna and Olaf's escape from the castle and Wendy and Danny's escape attempt from the hotel. While a casual observer might call Ham's claims a stretch, some of her connections are also scarily accurate.
The blogger acknowledges the suspension of disbelief required to take her theory seriously, while also adding a tongue-in-cheek thesis about Kubrick's vision:
I mean, it's not "The Shining," y'all. It's Disney's "The Shining." So, Kristoff doesn't get an ax plunged into his chest, Olaf doesn't have to face "Heeeeere's Johnny!" and Anna and Elsa and Olaf and everyone can live happily ever after. ... My theory is of course that Stanley Kubrick, in his genius, was predicting with eerie accuracy the highest-grossing animated film of all time, 33 years before its release.
We may need to watch "Frozen" with the lights on from now on.
[via: Mary Katharine Ham, h/t The A.V. Club]