'Frozen' producers reveal darker alternate ending
Posted March 31
Disney’s “Frozen” originally had a different ending, one much darker and colder, producers associated with the film, Entertainment Weekly reported this week.
“Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho told Entertainment Weekly that Elsa and Anna weren’t sisters in the original version of the film, which culminated with Anna battling Elsa's snow monsters.
In the original version of the film, Elsa turned evil after she was left at the altar by her fiancé. She then sought revenge on the kingdom of Arendelle, bringing destruction with the help of snow monsters, Del Vecho said.
“With all the movies we were work on, eventually the film tells you what it needs to be and if you’re smart enough to listen to that, it leads you to a different direction than perhaps your preconceived notion,” Del Vecho told EW. “So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. 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. …”
The original ending also included the hero Kristoff saving Anna during the fight, while Hans, who was Anna’s brief romantic interest in the final version of the film, set off an avalanche that only Elsa could have stopped, EW reported.
Del Vecho said the original ending felt too familiar to keep.
“The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before,” Del Vecho says. “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.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about a darker version of “Frozen.” Screenwriter Jennifer Lee told website Den of Geek! in an exclusive interview that Elsa was the villain in previous versions of the film and that she was a little more dominant of a character.
She said the original song “Let It Go” changed her mind about the story’s direction.
“We were so blown away by it, we really wanted it to be powerful and to resonate, so I went and rewrote the whole first act, just for that song,” she told Den of Geek! “There was a lot of back and forth.”
And back in 2014, Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna in the Disney flick, told BuzzFeed the original movie included a more “prissy” version of Anna.
Bell said she asked producers and writers to rewrite the character to make her more relatable.
"I never saw a Disney Princess that I identified with when I was growing up," she told BuzzFeed. "They all had good posture, they all woke up batting their eyelashes, no one had bad breath; I couldn't relate. I wanted someone who talked way too much, for way too long, and tripped over her shoelaces. I wanted to see someone that felt like me."
“Frozen” clearly nailed it with the revised version. Box office numbers for the film reached over $1.2 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. It holds the record for highest earnings during the Thanksgiving three-day and five-day openings. It’s also No. 9 on the all-time worldwide numbers, according to Box Office Mojo.
“Frozen” also received two Oscar nominations for original song and best animated film. It won both awards.