You can’t simply forget about the highest grossing animated movie ever made, the highest grosser of 2013 and one of the finest creations in the history. Yes, we are talking about Frozen which won millions of hearts around and is still praised for its perfection even after 4 years.
In an interview with EW, the Producer of the movie, Peter Del Vecho revealed how many times the story was modified during the filming and how it would have ended (there was a deleted scene that depicted a story in which Elsa was the villain) and here’s what he said.
The problem was that we felt like we had seen it before. It wasn’t satisfying. 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.
Making them related (Elsa and Anna) led us to the idea of her living in fear of her powers. What if she’s afraid of who she is? And afraid of hurting the ones she loves? Now we had a character in Anna who was all about love and Elsa was all about fear. That led to making Elsa a much more dimensional sympathetic character, and instead of the traditional good vs evil theme we had one that we felt was more relatable: Love vs Fear, and the premise of the movie became that love is stronger than fear.
He further added to his explanation,
One of the things Chris Buck (director) had in most of the versions of the film was a moment when Anna’s heart was frozen and needed to be thawed. Chris said, “Does it always need to be true love’s kiss that solves that problem? Does it always had to be the man who comes in and rescues the female? Could it be something different? and that led to a different ending.
What would have happened if the director didn’t decide to change the ending and make something different from what always has been? It would have been much much different and normal and surely wouldn’t have had made as much money and respect as it did today.