Frozen might be a bonafide Disney classic but it almost had a different, decidedly dark storyline involving a lovelorn Elsa freezing her own heart.
Producer Peter Del Vecho dropped the bombshell on this alternate snowy universe during a recent interview with US mag Entertainment Weekly.
“So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. They weren’t even royal,” he explained. “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.”
It’s impossible to imagine our favourite heroines not being sisters as the main reason we’re such big Frozen fans is because of its celebration of sisterly love between women rather than conventional fairytale romance.
But instead, “self-proclaimed Snow Queen” Elsa was going to be the baddie, having opted to freeze her own heart so she could never love again after being stood up at the altar. That horrible, smarmy Prince Hans was going to trigger an avalanche that destroyed the city of Arendelle, only for Anna to convince Elsa to save everyone just in time. Eventually, her heart would unfreeze after she realises that Hans is the villain, not her.
Luckily the filmmakers decided against that idea after deeming it too unoriginal. “The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before,” Del Vecho said. “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.”
In the Frozen we know and love, the battle is between love and fear rather than good and evil, with Elsa’s self-acceptance of her icy uniqueness a major theme.
Let it go! Time for a sing-a-long: