The infamous line that annoys a lot of Disney fans, including myself. I felt like I should just give an FYI as to why exactly this whole "thing" in Frozen bothers me, because I think some people are unclear. Plus, I felt like writing an article, so why not? 1. Anna's motivation is pulled out of nowhere.
In writing, there's the thing called set up and payoff. Throughout the whole first sequence of the film, which is essentially Anna's entire childhood, not one instance indicates that Anna would be a romantic. Her motivation is so specific, bizarre and contrived. I know some people are like "it makes sense that she'd want a companion". Yeah but that specific type of companionship? No, it makes no sense that she'd specifically want a "beautiful stranger tall and fair".
If the writers gave a crap, Anna's main desires would be to a) confront Elsa and try to understand why she's been shut out and b) just experience the outside world in general, not this tacked on romance nonsense. When Cinderella, Jasmine, and Rapunzel first set foot out of their isolation, love was the farthest thing from their minds (it would come later but that wasn't the focus) they were too busy enjoying the freedom they've been deprived of, because they were written like freaking normal people.
of if the writers really gave a crap they would have at least tried to set up her motivation properly. All they had to was write a quick ten-second scene early in the movie where Anna's reading a romance novel of romantic fairytale, that's it. At least then it wouldn't be such a bizarre ass-pull on the writers part. 2. It's extremely heavyhanded and annoying.
As Cheshire Cat Studios zei in their Frozen analysis "[Frozen] was so determined to let us know what it was doing". Cue Anna going on and on about how "it's true love" in response to both Elsa and Kristoff saying "you can't marry a man u just met". (no crap Sherlock) This whole aspect of the film could have easily been cut out. Hell, Hans could still be the fake-out love interest without all this obnoxious dialogue.
But of course, the writers had an agenda to push. It's just like Belle's inventing skills in the 2017 remake. It has no impact on the plot, no impact on the main relationship (Belle/Beast) and it's only shoehorned into the film only once and never brought up again. In Frozen, it's shoehorned multiple times rather than once but it still has no real importance to the globaal, algemene narrative. In fact, Anna's still implied to "live happily ever after"....with a man she just met. (Kristoff) If they really wanted to drive the message home pagina then Anna would have just stayed single, but I liked said, the writers don't truly give a crap. 3. It mocks and misrepresents the older DP films.
Disney fans have explained endlessly why this aspect bothers them, we won't get into it here.
So yeah, just thought I'd clarify why it irritates me as well as other people, it's fundamentally bad character writing and it's annoyingly and condescendingly "in your face". Honestly, I kinda feel bad because the revival era gets so much flak already. lmao