The Disneyfication Of Pocahontas And The True Story Of Uleleh

1385 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
In our previous post, The Disneyfication of Pocahontas and the True Story of Uleleh, we explored the origins of the Disney film Pocahontas and discovered that it has a deeper, more complex history than we thought. In today’s post, we delve into another Disney film, Frozen, which is said to be based on the fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Interestingly, there are speculations that Andersen’s fairy tales were actually inspired by Norse mythology, so we decided to examine The Snow Queen for these literary remnants. Join us as we peel back the layers of history to see how an ancient culture eventually gave rise to a 21st-century Oscar-winning animated film.

Since 1943, Walt Disney Animation Studios had been struggling to bring a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen to the big screen. Walt Disney himself seized upon the idea while he was considering filming a biopic of Andersen, the celebrated Danish author who also penned The Little Mermaid and The Emperor’s New Clothes. The biopic didn’t pan out, and neither did a film adaptation of The Snow Queen.[1]

But the idea had taken root, and for the next several decades, the studio made repeated attempts to turn the fairy tale into a feature-length film. Finally, in 2013, Disney came out with Frozen, which is loosely based on The Snow Queen.[2] Frozen, which won the Oscar for “Best Animated Feature Film,” is the story of two princesses, sisters, who become estranged when the older…

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