Disney's Frozen has been very popular since it's release in 2013 (I still have Do You Want to Build a Snowman? stuck in my head) and there are talks of making a sequel. While most people are in love with the movie, I am one of the few who felt like it was more hype than anything else. I felt they could have dug deeper into the story than what we saw in the theaters. I did enjoy the theme of sisterly love, being a strong women, not needing to be saved by a man (though Disney has had a lot of female characters being strong and confident as well as saving the day, but that's another article).
However, I feel that when these kids grow up and see Frozen as adults, they will be wondering why they loved it as a kid. Now, I am not knocking the film completely, I just want to express an alternative story plot that would have made Frozen live up to the hype. I feel that the best place to reference is from a genuine Disney Classic: Beauty and the Beast.
Elsa as the villain!
Ok, I know what your going to say, "Elsa can't be the villain, she is the main character." That's correct, she is one of the main characters, but hear me out. Elsa could start off as an innocent little girl whose powers are unmanageable. She tries to hide them, her parents hide her away, but of course everyone finds out and vilifies her.
Naturally, she runs away and becomes isolated. Now alone, she realizes that all of her life she was hidden from the world and who she truly is. Because everyone knows about her powers she can finally be herself and Let It Go.
It sounds like the very beginning of the movie, which it is. Yet here is where I would make the change. I would allow her to develop her powers, still innocently, but with the bitterness and rage built up over the years her mind becomes tainted, as is reflected in her powers. Her despair consumes her and drives her powers to cause storms throughout Arendelle.
...sort of how Beast was.
Remember the beginning of Beauty and the Beast? Beast wasn't that kind hearted fellow before Belle.
In fact, the reason he becomes the Beast is because his anger consumed him, causing the curse that affected the entire castle. He lost sight of what mattered and it costs him his humanity. That is how I thought Elsa would be; her powers could have consumed her, making her view the world as cold and heartless. And her depression fueled the blizzard and her negative powers.
Remember, Beast was depressed as well. Because who could ever love a beast?
"It's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm so...well, look at me!"
"I'm just fooling myself. She'll never see me as anything...but a monster. It's hopeless."
So he lashes out at his servants and isolates himself in the the West Wing. Likewise, Elsa lashes out at Arendelle in the form of a blizzard. Elsa could have been trying to reinvent herself in a way that she thought was truer to who she really was.
Pitfall of the current Elsa
The one thing that bothered me about Elsa was that when she finally feels free to be herself. she literally sings:
"I don't care, What they're going to say......It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through No right, no wrong, no rules for me I'm free!"
Singing her independence and becoming a brand new woman!
Yet, we still have the same insecure Elsa, even after her manifesto of change. I understand that's her nature, but if you're going to sing for five minutes about how your going to change and "let the storm rage on" then I want to see this happen! A significant change that would have created conflict when Anna came, making Anna's attempt to save and reunite with her sister more meaningful.
Anna delves into her sister's storm
I liked Anna's character very much. Her positive, happy go lucky personality really added a good contrast to my version of Elsa. I saw that during her journey to save her sister, the blizzard presented fragments of Elsa's inner thoughts. These thoughts could have been in the form of angry snowmen, glimmers of Elsa's past, etc. (It would have been really cool to see this visually) in order for Anna to better understand what was really going through Elsa's mind. When Anna finally meets Elsa, she is different in a way that disturbs her. She is not the sister she knew.
Like Belle, Anna insists on helping her sister no matter what. This could create great conflict and really drive home the relationship strain between the two. Anna tries to make her sister come back but Elsa won't do it; she knows the town still thinks of her as a monster. She acts negatively towards Anna, putting more distance between them. Despite this, Anna still believes in her sister and loves her, even with her negative powers; just like Belle loved the Beast even though he was a... well, a beast.
Elsa may have started to soften a bit from Anna's interaction with her. But during that time, the townspeople start storming the ice castle in order to destroy Elsa and the Blizzard (Kill the Beast reference?). Elsa starts to fight them off and causes the storm to grow even larger. Anna attempts to talk to the townspeople, urging them to stop the fighting, but she is hit by one of Elsa's snowmen, turning her into an ice sculpture. Elsa realizes that her new attitude towards life hurts those that she cares about and she starts focusing her energy on removing the evil from her powers. Her sisterly love helps save Anna's life.
Frozen already had a villain in Hans
I personally felt Hans wasn't that strong of a villain... even Gaston was more intimating.
It was as though he just woke up one day and said, "You know what? I think I would like to be the bad guy today." Just randomly.
Every story needs a villain who would be the villain then?
Not every story needs a physical person to be an arch villain. Sometimes the best villains are the ones not seen. In my version of Frozen, the villain is Elsa's depression. The negativity, the sadness, and the despair mixed with Elsa's powers could make snow monsters that she couldn't control. Once Elsa was able to love herself (and her sister), then she was able to destroy what her depression had created. It would have created more of these guys:
And less of this guy:
What do you guys think? Feel free to leave your comments.