So, the teaser trailer for Frozen has finally been released. I would like everybody to bear in mind that Frozen was originally an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale The Snow Queen. Two years ago, when this project was pulled back out from the Disney gutter where it had lain since 2002, I was ecstatic. You see, I was born in the mid-90’s. When you say “The Snow Queen” to me I get a mental image that looks like this:
The story of Kai and Gerda moved me so much as a child; and while I knew that it was never going to look exactly like the pictures in the book I grew up poring over, I was excited. The original concept art was promising.
Over time, I lost faith in the machine of Walt Disney studios; but after Paperman earlier this year, I had hope for this project as Disney’s saving grace. After all, early in production, rumour was that it was going to be traditional animation. Even after that was debunked, it could still have been Paperman-style mixed media. But it was not to be….
Gone also is the tragic story of bravery, love and redemption and instead, this is our plot synopsis.
“a prophecy trapping a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna (Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (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.”
I hate to say this, but that’s not really an adaptation. That’s taking the name of a character from a fairytale, putting them into the Narnia plotline and removing all the religious allegories to allow for a romance. Also, is it just me or does that sound like exactly the same character as Idina Menzel played in Wicked? She’s going to get type cast as estranged evil sorceress if she’s not careful.
The film has been described as a “cool comedy”. I simply don’t understand how they can still claim that this film is anything to do with the source material they worked from. Yes, Disney has always lightened the stories they adapt to make them more child friendly. However, The Little Mermaid still had a price to pay for her legs, Cinderella’s mother was still cruel to her and Esmeralda was still given the choice between rape and death.
Rapunzel – Tangled
Vanellope – Wreck-It Ralph
But you can’t tell that from the art style or anything.
So now, without further ado I give you the Teaser Trailer.
This tells a short, quirky story of a CGI creature trying desperately to get to a loved artefact against fierce, but altogether unexplained opposition.
Where have I seen that before?
Of course, Ice Age 3, that well-known classic animated film which inspired generations and stunned critics alike. We all remember how great that sequel was….. It’s good to see that Disney is following the example of the true greats in the animation world.