Our obsession with Disney movie Frozen? We just can’t "let it go". And now that obsession is going to start all over again with the arrival this November of hotly anticipated sequel, Frozen 2.
The first film taught us that no bond is stronger than that of two sisters, so to celebrate the return of Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) in Frozen 2, we take a look at some of the best on-screen sister relationships that could thaw even the coldest of hearts...
1. Lilo and Nani from Lilo & Stitch
Before we met Elsa and Anna, there was another pair of Disney siblings that proved the bonds of sisterhood are the strongest there are.
Young Lilo (Daveigh Chase) is raised by her elder sister Nani (Tia Carrere) after their parents are killed in a tragic accident, and while the film predominantly focuses on Lilo and her friendship with the alien Stitch, it is the relationship between the siblings that truly warms the heart.
Their father left behind a family motto – "Ohana means family. And family means no-one gets left behind or forgotten" – and this is one that the sisters continue to live by.
There are actually quite a few similarities between the Frozen sisters and Lilo and Nani, the big one being Lilo & Stitch takes place in the real world, and despite the tiny blue alien of the title, the problems that Lilo and Nani face feel very real as well.
The film certainly doesn’t shy away from reality as Lilo and Nani bicker and fight like real siblings would, but at the end of the day, they always realise that they need each other and will always have each other’s backs.
2. Gamora and Nebula from Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers Infinity War/Endgame
Bear with us on this one, because these two intergalactic siblings don’t necessarily have the most conventional of relationships.
Initially bitter rivals fighting for the approval of their father (biological to one, stepdad to another), the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) have disagreed, fought, and even tried to kill each other on countless occasions.
However, the two eventually realise that they shouldn’t be directing their hate towards each other, as the reason they hate each other is all Thanos’ doing.
Once they are united in their common goal, working to prevent their father from destroying half of all life in the universe, Gamora and Nebula’s relationship goes from strength to strength, which leads to some of the most emotional moments ever seen in a Marvel movie.
3. Katniss and Prim from The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games series introduced us to a bleak dystopian future, in which the poor districts of Panem are forced to compete in a televised fight to the death.
With her mother in a deep depression following the death of her father, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is compelled to act as a surrogate mother figure to sister Prim (Willow Shields), raising her and protecting her at all costs. Katniss assures her younger sister that it is highly unlikely that she will be selected for the Games – however, on the day of “the reaping” when the tributes are chosen, the unthinkable happens and Prim’s name is called.
In an unforgettable scene, Katniss makes the ultimate sacrifice and volunteers to compete in her sister’s place. The Everdeen sisters have an unshakeable bond that provides many of the gut-wrenching and heart-breaking moments across all four Hunger Games films.
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4. Mei and Satsuki from My Neighbour Totoro
In this Japanese classic from animators Studio Ghibli, sisters Mei (Chika Sakamoto) and Satsuki (Noriko Hadaka) move with their father to a new house out in the countryside to be near their mother who is in hospital.
Together, the sisters discover some magical creatures and forest sprites, including the larger-than-life and loveable Totoro. The film is full of charm and wonder, but it is the central relationship between the two sisters that is the true heart of the story.
It proves that fun, friendship and laughter is the way to cope with any situation that life throws at you, and despite their problems, the two sisters always support each other.
5. Kat and Bianca from 10 Things I Hate About You
Loosely based on Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, this teen movie classic from 1999 follows bickering siblings Kat (Julia Stiles) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik).
They’re the definition of polar opposites – Kat is rebellious, sarcastic and doesn’t care what people think, whereas Bianca is very concerned about her image and how others perceive her. When Bianca wants to start dating, her father says she is only permitted to do so if the ill-tempered Kat is dating as well.
With no interest in boys, Kat is tricked into dating Patrick (the late Heath Ledger) by Bianca for her own selfish gain. Now this might not sound like the most loving screen sibling relationship, and despite their differences and questionable actions towards each other, they slowly realise that deep down they do care about each other, and Bianca even sticks up for Kat with a well-placed kick.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.