Life Before Frozen…

Anna and Elsa dolls

Let me just freak you out with a fact. A year ago, NONE of us had seen Frozen. It was released in early December 2013 here in the UK (and I believe on Thanksgiving weekend in the US) so this time last year, only a handful of people in the whole world had seen it … I’m guessing people who work for Disney, preview audiences, perhaps some press.

Can you even remember what life was like pre-Frozen? Let me remind you…

  1. Your child’s favourite movie was probably Tangled. Or Toy Story. Crazy times!
  2. If someone asked if you wanna build a snowman, your reply would probably be “yeah OK…” rather than singing: “Come on, let’s go and play!”
  3. If you heard someone say: “Take me up the North Mountain” you might think it was a saucy request. Not now, now you know that the North Mountain is where Elsa’s ice palace is.
  4. The most famous Elsa you’d heard of was a lion cub (disclaimer: this may be a reference only people over 35 may get. Watch the 1966 movie Born Free…)
  5. When someone you knew was having a little rant about something, you might have rolled your eyes and said: “Let it go!” Now? You can’t possibly say it without the other person bursting into song…
  6. You could say the name “Anna” without any small child in earshot, correcting you, saying: “No. It’s Auuuunna.”
  7. Toddlers and pre-schoolers had no idea what a fractal is. Now they know all about frozen fractals. And how they spiral all around.
  8. Your naive little mind assumed if you wanted to buy a Disney doll or dress, all you’d have to do is pop to the Disney Store. Ha! (You’d never experienced the frenzy of trying to get hold of Frozen merchandise…)
  9. You couldn’t imagine singing a Disney duet with your other half in the car. Now, every time Love Is An Open Door comes on (because you obviously have the soundtrack CD) you try to emulate the wonder that is this couple.
  10. You’d never plaited your child’s hair. These days, the request for “An Elsa plait please!” comes almost weekly.

Have I forgotten anything about LBF (Life Before Frozen)? Remind me!



  1. November 25, 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Hilarious!! My girls are almost 18 months so we possibly have escaped the chaos that surrounds it however my 5 year old son has been to many a frozen themed party and it’s showing no signs of slowing down!!!

  2. Susannah
    November 25, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    The “Auuuuuna” comment is especially funny/true! And the plait requests. My three year old also insists on wearing many of her outfits with a cape…
    A spot-on blog as always!! X

  3. November 25, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Haha! Spot on as ever lady this really did make me laugh 🙂

  4. Busola Evans
    November 25, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    I think I am the parent of the only three year old girl in the country who has zero interest in Frozen. But Octonauts could easily be my Mastermind specialist subject…!

  5. November 25, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    ha I constantly sing let if go now when people say it, what have I become?!

  6. November 25, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    The good old days when a pumpkin was just a pumpkin (not an Olaf) and a hair band was just a hair band. And I don’t know what sort of North Mountains you know young lady haha xx

  7. November 25, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    There was a time before Frozen?!

    Your (wonderful) list missed that it is a great female empowering film! A sister leaves her love to find her sister!

  8. November 26, 2014 / 4:42 pm

    This really did make me chuckle – especially number 6 as my 6 year old is forever correcting me and even now I still get it wrong!

  9. November 27, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    It’s the fact that all I have to do is see the word Frozen/see a picture of Olaf/be awake and the songs are STUCK in my head all blooming day. And the joke is my lot aren’t the right age for it, so I was the one who got everyone to watch (and I’m the one saying “oh go ON, let’s have a hot chocolate with squirty cream and watch it again…”).

  10. November 28, 2014 / 2:11 am

    It’s Anna here;)
    You made me laugh as even though my Little Girl couldn’t watch it all as she was scared od “bad snowman”, she starts her day with Let it go, Love is an open door, For the first time in forever and od course Olaf song…. Was there life before Frozen at all? And the best thing – all of that Frozen thing (especially songs) make me cry – stupid postnatal hormones… 😉

  11. November 28, 2014 / 11:19 am

    This is brilliant- It didn’t even need gifs!

    Great read, thank you 🙂

  12. December 5, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    As you know we are recent converts, but all of this, a million times. Apparently Eliza told her nursery the other day that she’d spent the weekend with me climbing up the North Mountain. Okaaay.

    • Alison Perry
      December 5, 2014 / 10:34 pm

      Did you find Elsa’s palace?

  13. Karen Bongers
    December 23, 2014 / 12:02 am

    Fantastic post Alison. I am a single mom from the Netherlands and have found your website! My kids do really like Frozen so much! It’s just an awesome movie for them, but also for me!

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