- Publish Date
- Friday, 31 March 2017, 10:22AM
Frozen has been celebrated as an insanely popular Disney movie. It brings us some of the most famous Disney Princesses in Elsa and Ana - a pair of sisters whose familial bond ultimately leads to their happily ever after.
But that happy message wasn't how the movie was initially meant to end. The original ending was, in fact, way more complicated and less girl power-friendly.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Peter Del Vecho revealed that Elsa was conceived as a straight-up ice queen who literally froze her own heart after her fiancé left her at the altar. Anna, meanwhile, was the good girl with a heart of gold, and neither she nor Elsa were royal or even related to each other at all.
Here's the version of the early draft: Instead of wanting to be by herself, Elsa enlisted an army of snow monsters to attack the other characters. Hans triggered an avalanche to stop Elsa, not caring that he’d kill everyone in Arendelle in the process. He’s revealed to be the “ruler with a frozen heart” from the prophecy, and Anna convinces Elsa to use her powers to save the kingdom. She does, her heart unfreezes, and she’s finally able to love again. The end.
The ending fell flat, though, Del Vecho said, because “we had no emotional connection to Elsa — we didn’t care about her because she had spent the whole movie being the villain.”
So the story started getting tweaked with.
“Making them related led us to the idea of [Elsa] living in fear of her powers,” Del Vecho explained. “What if she’s afraid of who she is? And afraid of hurting the ones she loves? Now we had a character in Anna who was all about love and Elsa who was all about fear.”
Interesting to hear the original concept. We're glad they went with what is the perf version of the story!