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What does Disney's movie "Frozen" have in common with Hans Christian Andersen's book, "The Snow Queen"?

Asked by Yellowdog (8217points) 1 month ago

Disney attributes its movie “Frozen” to being inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story. But I see little in common.

Actually, C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe” are far more similar to The Snow Queen.

To say the Disney movie was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale is like saying The Wizard of Oz inspired The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe because they both have a lion and a witch.

The stories have almost nothing in common.

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ragingloli's avatar

There is a queen with ice powers.
Really, the movie, terrible as it is, has as much in common with the original story, as it has with Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando.

Zaku's avatar

They both have children in them, too. ;-)

Maybe it was a grab by Disney for name recognition, and to reduce people giving them a hard time for not including more non-white people?

ragingloli's avatar

I do not remember any non-white characters in that movie.

Yellowdog's avatar

I think Frozen is a pretty good movie, especially for its Norwegian flavor (very rare in movies) and the frozen, bucolic, winter scenery. Pretty decent music, too.

But it has nothing to do with the original story. The “Snow Queen” in Frozen is essentially a good character who cannot control her powers at first. In the Hans Christian Andersen tale, the Snow Queen is an evil character like the White Witch in The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, who takes a boy hostage—

In the Andersen story, as the Disney film, a victim is saved from an eternal frozen state by the power of pure love. But the victims are entirely different roles / characters.

The stories have nothing else in common and no coinciding roles.

Zaku's avatar

@ragingloli What do you mean? There’s a reindeer, trolls, and a Spanish dignitary. ;-P

No, good point. I probably mis-wrote by saying “more”. But if were “Disney’s amazing magical all-original-IP world of Frozen”, they couldn’t cite the source of the whiteness as being “beloved fairy tale author Hans Christian Anderson”...

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