Alright everyone listen up.
I’m about to defend these fine ladies’ character designs for a minute, and you guys are going to listen.
So first of all, yeah, their faces are pretty eerily similar. They pretty much look exactly the same in their promotional pictures, but I think we have to remember the fact that they’re actually sisters. Like, honest to gosh, they share genetic information of course they’re going to look really similar.
And actually, I kind of like the fact that they made them look so similar, because it provides a completely blank canvas that the animators could play with. And they did so beautifully. Their almost identical faces really did a lot for Anna and Elsa’s characterization. I mean, just look at that gif.
When they’re in motion, they look completely different. And it isn’t just in this one gif, it’s throughout the entire movie. Elsa tends to look more closed off. Anna’s features are more open—just look at their eyes and mouths.
Elsa tends to switch between emotions, positions, etc. more gracefully. Her features and limbs are constantly pulled in tightly, towards her center. That’s why her mouth lifts up more, her eyelids are more prominent when she speaks, and her movements are minimal, which all really speak to her story line and her character.
Anna, on the other hand, doesn’t have as strong a center as her sister. Her movements are abrupt and exaggerated by her shoulders, hands, and joints. Her mouth opens wider when she speaks, the whites of her eyes are more prominent, and her eyebrows are pretty flippin dramatic.
Yes, we know they look similar in stills and everything, but can we please acknowledge the characterization and thought that went into animating both, and how two nearly identical faces look completely different as a result of that?