Those who are looking for Disney’s Frozen to be a mirrored tale of The Snow Queen from Hans Christian Andersen shouldn’t hold your breath. The revealed plot of the film that stars the voices of Kristen Bell and Broadway heavyweight Idina Menzel is said to be a lot different from what people thought it was originally based on. The plot of Frozen is actually proven to be more of a Disney original than anything else.
The official blurb released by Disney describes the film as follows:
“In Frozen, a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Idina Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.”
The Comic Book industry site Bleeding Cool got their hands on an extended synopsis:
“When Anna is cursed by her estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen, Anna’s only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous but thrilling journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape. Joined by a rugged, thrill-seeking outdoorsman, his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman, Anna must race against time, conquer the elements and battle an army of menacing snowmen if she ever hopes to melt her frozen heart.”
The original Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen is about a little girl who sets out on a journey to find her best friend Kai, after the boy is kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen. However, in the synopsis there’s no mention of the boy anywhere, so one can assume that Disney is just using Andersen’s story as its foundation, but are fleshing out new details and plot twists on their own. Luckily they still have the character of the Snow Queen in this adaptation.
Anderson is still credited as a writer of Frozen, along with writer Shane Morris, who’s known for writing The Dukes of Hazzard TV movie. In addition, Frozen has decided to add a character that’s described as a “one-antlered reindeer and hapless snowman.” Frozen has been a story that’s been swirling around the industry for quite sometime. In 2010 the story was shelved due to script problems. Hopefully this means they’ve finally figured out where they’re going with this one!
Frozen will be directed by Chris Buck, who directed Tarzan, and produced by Peter Del Vecho, of The Princess and the Frog fame. The film, which will be animated, is set to hit the big screens on November 27, 2013.