You know the songs. You know who your #Frozen spirit animal character is. You even know about Oaken and the fact that Elsa was originally going to be a villain. And you definitely know the songs. But did you know just how insanely different the original plot, ending, and characters were going to be?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Peter Del Vecho finally let fans in on the big secret about how the Frozen we saw a gazillion times was completely different than the first draft. It involved an army of snow monsters (not just one), Elsa freezing her own heart, and...well, read it in his own words:
“So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. They weren’t even royal. So Anna was not a princess. Elsa was a self-proclaimed Snow Queen, but she was a villain and pure evil — much more like the Hans Christian Andersen tale. We started out with an evil female villain and an innocent female heroine and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army…”
He went on to say that instead of opening with that catchy ice harvesting song, the movie was going to begin stating a prophecy that “a ruler with a frozen heart will bring destruction to the kingdom of Arendelle.” We get to meet Elsa and Anna, who aren't even related, and Elsa really is an evil snow queen.
Still conscious? I'm just getting started!
Instead of Anna getting burned by Hans, Elsa was going to be the woman scorned; the story had her being left at the altar. She didn't take it too well; she turned her heart to ice so she would never love anyone else ever again. Besides, she believes that the prophecy applies to her, so why even try, right?
You can fill in the middle of the movie yourself; not much was given about that part. But jumping to the final act, Elsa attacks the heroes and heroines of the story with an army of snow monsters. Remember this guy?
Yeah. An army of those.
Hans, whose role as a evil jerk acting like a nice guy didn't really change, triggers an avalanche, trying to kill Elsa. Everyone else in Arendelle would die too, but Hans didn't care.
You know you want a freeze frame of that.
Cue the #Disney happy ending!
In the end, Anna convinces Elsa to use her powers for good and stop the avalanche, Elsa unfreezes her heart, and Hans is outed as the cold villain from the prophesy in the beginning of the movie.
So, why did it change? Del Vecho explains:
“The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before. It wasn’t satisfying. We had no emotional connection to Elsa — we didn’t care about her because she had spent the whole movie being the villain. We weren’t drawn in. The characters weren’t relatable.”
I bet they never guessed back then that the Frozen movie we saw would turn out to be the game-changer that it was!
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