Frozen is one of those movies that comes along and stays with you. It's hard to forget and it's a film that literally everyone at any age will totally fall in love once they watch it. The sisterhood between Elsa and Anna, the one and only Olaf who brings all the laughs, the epic song that is "Let It Go." So imagine what it would've been like if the movie's ending was completely different? Well, it almost was!
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, a producer of the Disney movie Peter Del Vecho spilled all the untold secrets of the movie and basically, the whole story was originally not like the finished version, with Elsa being a legit even snow queen who wasn't even related to Anna. Can you even imagine it?! Here's the full breakdown of all the changes:
Elsa and Anna weren't sisters in the original version.
"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," Peter said. So the girls would've been total strangers otherwise and that sister bond between them is such a driving force in the movie. Hard to imagine it any other way!
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Elsa was pure evil because she had a broken heart, all because of a guy.
"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," Peter explained. So what led her to creating this army? She was angry at the world because she was left at the altar on her wedding day and as a result, she froze her own heart, taking away her ability to love ever again.
Elsa wasn't going to end up being the actual real villain though.
The concept of the movie was that "a ruler with a frozen heart will bring destruction to the kingdom of Arendelle," and that would be Elsa, or so Anna and those watching would think. Elsa ends up creating this army of snow monsters, which Kristoff and Anna are trying to ward off. Prince Hans decides to set off an avalanche to stop Elsa's army, without caring that he was putting all of these beloved charters and Arendelle itself in massive danger. This is when Anna convinces Elsa she needs to use her powers for good and to save everyone. So in the end, it wasn't Elsa who was evil, it was Hans, who has a "frozen heart" since he's simply a cruel person and in the midst of all of this, Elsa's actual frozen heart would thaw, letting her be able to love again.
Why the Plot Changed
As Peter explained, everyone working on Frozen felt like this wasn't the ending or even storyline the movie deserved, since they knew it was just meant to say more.
"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," Peter said.
And that's when the concept came up that in order for Elsa's heart to unfreeze, she didn't need it to be about true love's kiss of be about a guy in general. Why not have it that Elsa and Anna are actually related and Elsa is simply scared of herself, and it takes her sister Anna saving her as the true selfless act of love that thaws her heart. And the rest is history.