Everyone remembers Frozen as this ground-breaking movie which displayed the powerful love between two sisters, without the need of including a “happily ever after” love interest. But, the movie wasn’t always intended to be that way. Did you know that in the original plot, Elsa and Anna were not even sisters? Producer of the Disney movie, Peter Del Vecho, has revealed the alternative story for the first time and there are a lot of surprises there.
Elsa’s character design was heavily praised by viewers. A protective elder sister, who shuts herself off from the world so she doesn’t harm her loved ones. But, the Disney princess was intended to be an out and out villain, a fact we have known for quite some time. Apparently, Elsa was supposed to be a self-proclaimed Snow Queen who was abandoned at the altar. Distraught at the predicament, she froze her heart to keep her from ever falling in love again.
Anna, on the other hand, was more or less the same, a “pure-hearted heroine.” However, neither she nor Anna were intended to be royals. So, they weren’t princesses. Anyway, one thing leads to another and we arrive at a great battle with snow monsters that Elsa created. Is this how Olaf came into being?
Del Vecho also added that the film was supposed to have a prophecy about a villain, which said that “a ruler with a frozen heart will bring destruction to the kingdom of Arendelle.” But if you think the prophecy is about Elsa, then you would be wrong. The main villain remains the same, i.e., Hans.
According to the alternate plotline, while the town was preparing to battle out with Elsa, Hans triggers an avalanche to kill her. Desperate to end the Snow Queen, he ignores the fact that the avalanche would also swallow Anna and Arrendelle indicating that he is the one who truly has a “frozen heart”.
Anna then convinces Elsa to use her powers to save the town which she does. Elsa’s frozen heart is thawed and now she can love again.
They had to change the plot because they felt there was nothing new in the story. Also, Elsa’s cold, full-blown villainous avatar who turns good was very unappealing. “We weren’t drawn in. The characters weren’t relatable,” Del Vecho said. Yeah, they’re pretty right about that. If Disney got one thing right with this boring narrative, it was to “let it go”, don’t you agree?