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The Reason Why Elsa in ‘Frozen’ Was Written as a Hero Instead of a Villain


If you read about the story of Disney’s 2013 blockbuster smash ‘Frozen‘ and how the movie eventually got made, you’d learn that the project had a long history at the studio before the animated project even began production. The script, which was loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen,’ had been in what Hollywood calls “development hell” for years, as the story was constantly being scrapped and rewritten to disappointing results.

It wasn’t until John Lasseter took interest in the project that the movie began serious development in 2008. At the time, Lasseter had just been put in charge of Walt Disney Animation as part of Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006.

MTV has highlighted an interesting anecdote from a new profile of Lasseter on Wired: The site reveals that Elsa was originally written as a villain in the original versions of the script. But it was Lasseter who championed that Elsa should be more of a heroine instead. Lasseter looked at Elsa as someone who felt alone and doomed because of her powers, and how she carried the guilt with the possibility of accidentally hurt someone she loved – her sister, Anna. Lasseter reportedly thought of his own son when he was 10 years old and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. His son reportedly was despondent after his diagnosis, and wondered why he was born with his condition. Lasseter thought that Elsa would feel the same way.

It’s a fascinating story about how ‘Frozen’ could have turn out much different from the movie we all saw and loved last year. For the complete article on Wired, click here.

You Think You Know ‘Frozen’? Think Again!

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