Lasseter recalled his son Sam's anxiety during the early stages of his condition with tears in his eyes, stating, "I thought of Sam, and I was thinking of Elsa. Her service dog is demonstrating a blocking posture, so she can be alerted if anyone approaches her from behind which can cause a startle response or anxiety. Aurelia, Autumn.
Since these viewers rarely see depictions of themselves as they really are—most Hollywood films prefer to represent disability as either monstrous or heroic, as discussed above—the representation of disability as the PWD experiences it is both refreshing and empowering. As Anna races around the castle, Elsa fears she may hurt herself and panics, accidentally hitting Anna in the forehead with a blast of ice. According to Bancroft, the guiding principles to creating a cutely proportioned character are a large head and a small body because "these are the proportions of small children"