There were plenty of drafts for Frozen so buckle up because I’m about to tell you about some of them (illustrations included)
You see, there was going to be a movie (think Fantasia and Fantasia 2000) that will be only with Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales (The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Brave Tin Soldier and The Little Match Seller, among others). All this projects were drafted after some development. However, Disney did The Little Mermaid in 1989, The Steadfast Tin Solder as part of Fantasia 2000 in 1999 and did The Little Match Girl as a bonus feature on the Little Mermaid DVD. They kept wanting to do The Snow Queen but it was just another drafted project.
They started working on the movie around 2008 but back then it was just an adaptation of the original fairy tale. On this first draft the Snow Queen (later Elsa) was the villain since she is in the fairy tale. Probably the best thing about this character was that her coat was made of her pet arctic ermines (which was really visionary thinking about animating all that since they would have to move separately and all that hair!)
Concept Art by: Minkyu Lee
Concept Art by: Claire Keane
The very first draft of the movie which was different from the fairy tale included the outtake “We Know Better” and had the characters be sisters. Basically, the girls (Anna and Elsa) were good friends when they were younger. As they start to grow up they start to drift apart and Elsa turns “bad” and then runs away.
Concept Art by: Claire Keane
Concept Art by: Victoria Ying
Elsa was going to be the villain of the story (and she had an army of evil snowmen) but it wasn’t working then Disney decided to make both of the sisters “good” and add another villain. Blame Let it Go too. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote the song around Elsa being the villain. They showed the song to Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, co-directors of the movie and they loved it but it didn’t fit so much with the character Elsa was back then— so the character changed and the story was built around the song. However, all the publicity the movie did before coming out made people think that she was the villain.
After this it gets messy because the movie was in constant evolution.
There were a lot of scenes that were taken away and edited because of time and because they weren’t working for the movie. Some of them include Kristoff in action, Anna and Elsa hanging in Elsa’s dressing room, a different version of Anna and Kristoff meeting, Kristoff buying his sled, Anna and Hans hanging around inside a boat during the coronation, Anna chasing a pig, Hans giving Anna a snow globe, Kristoff singing a lullaby to Anna when realizing his feelings for her, also a Kristoff and Anna duet in which they “literally walked on each other’s shoes”, Olaf naming Marshmallow and calling him his little brother among so many other scenes. (links include something visual to said scenes, not all of them have something sorry).
In some drafts there was more time that happened in between the scenes. In an old draft, Anna stayed in Arendelle for a couple of months after leaving after Elsa. In the meantime the storm kept getting worse and worse.
And the outtakes aren’t terrible. Without them we wouldn’t have the songs we have now. Like how out of We Know Better we have Do you Want to Build a Snowman?, You’re You turned into Love is an Open Door, Reindeer Remix is now Reindeers Are Better than People. The prophecy was another draft of the movie and the plot revolved around it but it foreshadowed and made the movie predictable and they took it away.
So yeah… Frozen-volution to the actual film. I would pay actual money to know more about the movie.
Also, in honor of the original fairy tale they named the characters after Hans Christian Andersen— Hans, Kristoff, Anna and Sven.
We’re always talking about drafts and headcanons here on the blog. You can check this tag for only headcanons. (A headcanon is what you believe the characters would do in a situation on what happens to them without breaking the character. Meaning, not going Out of Character (OOC) ).