What Disney’s Frozen nearly looked like

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It is currently the fifth highest grossing movie of all time, it has inspired a new generation of wannabe princesses and made the phrase, “Let it go,” seemingly a part of the lexicon for children of all ages. However, the Frozen we all know had been in development for a long time and was even considered to be animated in the traditional hand drawn style that Disney is famous for.

The origins of Frozen can be traced back to the 1940s when Walt Disney was working on a series of short films based on the tales of Hans Christian Anderson that were designed to be part of a biography film about the author. At that time he found it difficult to relate the character of the Snow Queen to modern audiences so the project was shelved. In the proceeding years the idea would resurface on and off at the studio, particularly during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period that many call Disney’s Renaissance years thanks to big hits such as The Little Mermaid (another Hans Christian Anderson tale), Aladdin and The Lion King. It resurfaced in a variety of different guises and at one point was set to be a musical at Disney’s theme parks. Eventually at the end of 2011, following the success of Tangled, it was confirmed that the movie now known as Frozen, would be released in 2013. But still nothing was known as to what the animation style would be and this stayed that way until January 2012 when Disney confirmed that the movie would be computer generated (CG) and it would also be in 3D.

Fast forward two years and the changes and the years in development hell certainly appear to have paid off for Disney, as audiences worldwide cannot get enough of the movie. However, one cannot help but wonder what it would have looked like if it had of stayed true to the Disney roots and been a traditional 2D hand drawn animated feature as opposed to a 3D computer animated project.

Well wonder no more, as thanks to Disney visual development artist Cory Loftis, we can now see what this would have been like via some concept art that he produced for the movie. The art is mainly centred around, “The Love is an open door,” song sequence, however Loftis does also include other gems such as the snow monster, Marshmallow. The images can be seen by clicking on the pictures below to enlarge them. How do you think the movie would have looked in this style? Would it have still been a hit? And more importantly do you think Disney made the right decision? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: Cory Loftis’ tumblr | SlashFilm | Studio System News

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