They really should rename the title of this article to: How “Frozen” Director Jennifer Lee Managed To Butcher The Snow Queen Drastically
Disney has changed tons of stories and made movies of them for a very long time now. This isn’t anything new.
Aladdin: Aladdin’s mother was there the whole time. I’m pretty sure there were 2 genies. One from the lamp and a weaker one from a magic ring.
Cinderella: The step-sister’s cut off their toes to force their feet into the glass slipper and the prince doesn’t realize it until he’s halfway back home when some birds start chipping something about blood trailing behind them. Then the prince notices. Dork.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Quasimodo dies in the end. Starvation, I think. Forget having that sequel.
Pocahontas: Pocahontas was a child (around 10-13) when she met John Smith and there wasn’t even really a romance between them.
The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid exchanges her tongue for legs. All sorts of stuff happens, but more or less the Prince marries a princess from another kingdom, not the Little Mermaid, and the Little Mermaid dies and turns into a spirit in the end.
Hercules: Don’t get me started on how screwed up and confusing those Greek gods actually were!
Those are just the ones I remember offhand. Hopefully I didn’t get too many facts wrong. I’m going from memory. There are tons more. Somebody should write a book on all the “reinvented” tales Disney tells. XP
Most of those changes that you listed had to be done because kids watch these movies. They wouldn’t show girls getting their toes cut off or Ariel dying in the end of her movie. However, the changes that Disney made to The Snow Queen didn’t involve taking out parts that weren’t viewable to children. They took out good themes and several characters from the original story and created their own story which was in need of more drafts. It’s just pretty laughable to me when people say Frozen is an adaptation of/based on Snow Queen because those are totally different stories and the only thing they both share is an ice lady.