At first, I was really excited. I’ve only read The Snow Queen recently, but I am still in love with the story. The idea of having this great story be adapted into a Disney animated film sounds like such an awesome idea. It’s the classic story about love, friendship, and going on a quest to save someone. The best part is that not only does the main female character (a little girl named Gerda) take up the mantle as heroine in order to rescue a childhood friend (a boy named Kai), but this is probably the only Andersen story that doesn’t feature a little girl dying or getting her feet cut off. It would be so awesome to see this fairy tale be added to the Disney Animated canon…
If they were actually following the fracking story, I mean.
Here’s the synopsis for the adaptation, which is going to be titled Frozen:
Anna teams up with a mountain man named Kristoff and his reindeer companion Sven to go on a quest to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, who has banished herself to the mountains into a snow palace, to put an end to the eternal winter she has cursed the Arendelle kingdom to suffer.
…Where the heck is Gerda? Or Kai? Or the Little Robber Girl? The Snow Queen has a sister? What the heck is going on, Disney?
Okay, okay, I’m not mad. I’m not. I actually do like the cast choice, at least for the voice of the Snow Queen. (Idina Menzel is perfect to play her!) However, this is not the story that Andersen wrote. I mean, neither of the Disney movies follow their original sources to the letter, but when you look at both the books/history and then the movies, you can still see the similarities. You can still see that there are some elements to each movie that is grounded with the originally story.
Frozen…Frozen is a completely different story. I mean, I wasn’t hoping for something to follow the story word for word, but I wanted to be familiar with at least some of the characters, to see some of the characters I have grown to love. The only character in this movie that actually is present in Andersen’s story is the Snow Queen herself.
Eh. It’s not as if I’m going to boycott the film or anything. I’ll probably still watch it, if only to entertain my baby cousins. But to see at least some reference to the ice puzzle, or Gerta and Kai would be nice.