Frozen could have been very different.
Producer Peter Del Vecho has revealed the original ending for the animated movie we’re all obsessed with, which came out in 2013 and is the highest grossing animated film of all time.
“When we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Not the same: Frozen’s original plot and ending is very different to the film we know and love | Disney
The movie would have begun with the audience being told that “a ruler with a frozen heart will bring destruction to the kingdom of Arendelle”, and they then learn that Elsa froze her heart after being jilted at the altar.
During the final battle scene, Elsa’s evil Snow Queen is battling the heroes when Prince Hans creates an avalanche that will destroy Arendelle, revealing him to be the one mentioned in the prophecy.
Anna convinces Elsa to use her powers to stop Prince Hans and save the kingdom, and her icy heart melts because of her act of selflessness.
“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.”