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‘Frozen’ producers reveal the film almost had a drastically different ending

And it was seriously dark…

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
Elsa, Frozen

Four years after Frozen stole the hearts of children (and adults) the world over, producer Peter Del Vecho has revealed the film could have been drastically different.

The 2013 mega-hit — which, by the way, was the highest grossing animated film of all time — centres around the story of Princess Anna, who sets off on a whimsical journey to save her sister Elsa from a perpetual winter.

But originally, as Entertainment Weekly reports, Elsa’s character was scripted as an evil villain - albeit with fantastic hair.

“So when we started off, Anna and Elsa were not sisters. They weren’t even royal,” he told the publication. “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 [The Snow Queen].”

He says Elsa’s character was originally planned to embody that of a woman scorned, who had frozen her heart to safeguard herself against the pain of future heartbreak — leading viewers to believe she’s the one in the prophecy destined to ruin Arendelle.

“We started out with an evil female villain [Elsa] and an innocent female heroine [Anna] and the ending involved a big epic battle with snow monsters that Elsa had created as her army,” Del Vecho continued.

He added: “The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before. It wasn’t satisfying,” he said. “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.”

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After throwing around a handful of other options, the movie’s creators decided to lead with a script which examined good versus fear, instead of good versus evil… et voilà!

“When the final piece of the creative puzzle fell into place, that moment was downright, well … heartwarming,” Del Vecho said.

We see what you did there!