Frozen 3 gets the opportunity to tell Arendelle’s toughest narrative to date together with the adaptation of the following classical fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the author of this story that Disney established Frozen on. Disney’s adaptation tells the story of Elsa (Idina Menzel), a queen cursed to a life of permanent winter as a result of her shaky power to create ice and snow. The sequel Frozen 2 expanded the franchise’s world past the kingdom of Arendelle, introducing the Enchanted Forest and the Northuldra individuals. Frozen 3 could provide additional worldbuilding — by incorporating elements of Andersen’s narrative The Wild Swans.
Frozen is now the most successful 3D-animated name of all time, with both installments being at the top 15 all-time highest-grossing movies; it’s won two Oscars, two Grammys, and a massive loyal following. The first film, released in 2013, sparked a cultural phenomenon that had children all over the world singing the Frozen soundtrack for hours on end, and all media bombarded with information, song covers, themed events, parodies, and all types of homages.
The two fairytales share thematic elements of sisterly love, vulnerability, and forfeit. Either as enemies or allies, Queen Elsa and Princess Elisa provide an interesting parallel that may be exploited in various ways. As is the case with all of the past adaptations, Disney should alter the story to make it suitable for young generations, and these changes will dictate whether Elsa’s assignment is to help Elisa turn her brothers back to normal or whether Elisa somehow becomes Elsa’s dark reflection.
The Wild Swans has been adapted many times earlier, including an animated short film narrated by Alien celebrity Sigourney Weaver and a Soviet animated attribute. But despite its popularity, the narrative has yet to be adapted as a major Hollywood production. This does not mean it is less worthy of being a feature movie, though, since Frozen endured the same problem for decades. This also further joins the two tales, permitting the chance of turning the two most overlooked classical fairytales into the biggest possible Disney adaptation — or maybe even a shared universe of sorts.
From the first Frozen movie, Elsa takes her individuality and opens to be adored how she is. In Frozen Two, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa amend the errors in the past and make peace with their history. Now, with their narrative well recognized, Frozen 3 needs to raise the stakes for the sisters and the kingdom of Arendelle to their maximum degree. What better choice than bringing another classical fairytale to the big screen for the first time? Andersen’s The Wild Swans is a perfect candidate.