This review has two parts that I wanted to share.
Part One: Pre-Frozen
Years ago, my best friend and I were hanging out and aimlessly searching the internet when we happened to find a list of Disney movies that were in the making. I still have no idea how she found it, but she did and we saw titles such as “Rapunzel”, “Frog Princess”, “The Bear and the Bow”, and “The Snow Queen”. We were excited to see fairytale stories coming from Disney again and tried to search for any concept art, but the only thing we could find was the fact that the “Frog Princess” leading lady was going to be African American.
A couple years later, there was an announcement of the “Frog Princess” officially being released as “The Princess and the Frog” and my best friend and I were thrilled to see it was going to be hand drawn. I got a small group together and we saw the midnight premiere and I was excited and hoping Disney was back. After seeing PatF, I searched for the Disney movie list we found and couldn’t find anything. All I could find was concept art for “Rapunzel: Unbraided”. I even found an animation test clip on YouTube. As we well know, “Tangled” came shortly after that and I will be honest. When I saw the trailer for the movie, I was very iffy. But I was still going to see it either way. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep close enough tabs on “Tangled” in order to see the midnight premiere. It snuck up on me. But when I went to go see it, with my best friend, I was VERY happy to see what it truly was. It was beautiful. It had Alan Menken. I was starting to really feel Disney was on its way to a Revival.
After Tangled, I wanted to see what else Disney had coming up and I found an article about how Disney was not going to do any more Princess/fairytale films. I was devastated. The fairytale movies are what I believe made Disney…well, Disney. But it was all about the sales, and that made me sad. I was trying to find anything on “The Bear and the Bow”, but all I could find was a few concept art pieces that didn’t give much about the plot. Then I tried to find anything about “The Snow Queen” and the only concept art I could find was a woman in a white dress. The more research I did, the more I found out about how The Snow Queen has been a Disney project since Walt Disney’s time! It has gone through so many “what ifs” and brainstorming and I was intrigued. This was an adaptation Walt Disney wanted to see come to life, and I wanted it to happen. But I was wary if I was going to see Disney’s adaptation since it was a fairytale.
When I saw a trailer for “Brave”, I noticed similarities between it and The Bear and the Bow, especially how the title was designed. Then after watching the film, I realized it was the same film, just a different title. What I loved about Brave was how different it was from other Disney films. It actually focused on the relationship between mother and daughter. That is extremely rare in a Disney film. And it was beautifully executed. I was feeling hopeful that maybe I was going to see The Snow Queen. Brave was fairytale-ish, so maybe they changed their minds on not doing those type of films. But then “Wreck it Ralph” came out, which is not a fairytale, and I thought I was wrong. Even though I liked Wreck It Ralph, I was hoping to see The Snow Queen be released. I just wanted to see this movie.
Then I got a tumblr account. Boy, did that change my “Disney researching” ways. All I did was scroll through the #disney tag and then boom—I found a post about Frozen. When I realized it was the previous Snow Queen story that I had been waiting for, I was SO excited to see it. And that is when I became a part of the Frozen fandom. I never felt so anxious to see a Disney film and I believe it was because of how I knew about it all those years ago and how I was able to watch the process of how the movie was turning out ever since the beginning of the year. As I watched concept art being posted, the first draft of Elsa and Anna, the announcement of Broadway songwriters and actors/actresses being the voices, etc; I had a gut feeling that this movie was going to be big. I knew this movie was going to make Disney history…and I was right.
Part 2 of the review will be posted later.