Fairytale Retellings & Prompts: Elsa of Arrendelle

This month we’re doing a series called the A-Z blogging challenge where we dive into Fairytale Retellings and provide prompts for writers. Writers are the people making the books, television shows, and movies of tomorrow. For more information on the challenge check out my earlier post here.

Frozen inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” tells the story of a fearless princess who sets off on a journey alongside a rugged iceman, his loyal reindeer, and a naive snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have inadvertently trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.

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Though the Disney retelling has taken over the globe it has had its share of controversy and critics.

Scott Foundas of Variety was less impressed with the film, describing it as “formulaic…somewhat slack plotting and the generic nature of the main characters. Neither princess here is a patch on Tangled‘s babe-in-the-woods Rapunzel.”


I don’t care what they’re going to say

Let the storm rage on

The cold never bothered me anyway

– Let It Go (Frozen)

What about that catchy tune: “Let it Go?” According to Wikipedia, Jaime Ciero sued Demi LovatoIdina MenzelWalt Disney Animation Studios and others involved with the song “Let it Go,” on November 24, 2017, accusing them of ripping off his 2008 single “Volar.”

Ciero dropped the suit in May 2019

In May 2018, it was ruled in court that the original songwriters, Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, would be released from the lawsuit due to the three-year statute of limitations for copyright claims.

Then there were the sexism allegations following a statement by Lino DiSalvo, the film’s head of animation. He said to Fan Voice’s Jenna Busch: “Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, because they have to go through these range of emotions, but you have to keep them pretty.”

The quote was taken out of context as he was speaking specifically about the technical aspects of producing CG characters. He said later, “Translating that emotional range onto a CG character is one of the most difficult parts of the process. Male. Female. Snowman. Animal.”

Despite some of the rough spots in the film’s past, there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to story, music, and characters. Surveys conducted by Fandango among 1,000 ticket buyers revealed that 75% of purchasers had seen the film at least once, and 52% had seen it twice.

It was also pointed out that 55% of audiences identified “Let It Go” as their favorite song, while “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “For the First Time in Forever” held proportions of 21% and 9%, respectively.[170]Frozen was named the seventh-best film of 2013 by Richard Corliss of Time[299] and Kyle Smith of the New York Post.

Don’t forget the sequel Frozen II is already out now. More music, more Elsa, Anna, and plenty of Olaf.

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This Disney classic is just one of the retellings of the “Snow Queen.” If you could write your own version what would change? Music or no music? Sisters or enemies? Tell us what you think.

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. I quite liked it. Don’t get the hooha. But then I like most animated films anyways.

    Here from the A-Z. All the best.

    1. Thanks for coming by. I think for me it was the music. Also as a girl who grew up without a sister, it pulled at my heartstrings a little.

  2. I don’t like much musical movies, and it would be a sisters story 😉
    F is for Free motion

    1. Nice!

    1. Oh sorry, I was commenting on another blog!!

      1. I was wondering, but I left it because I knew you weren’t trying to spam me 😉

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