Adaptation #70: What Frozen Things Do In Summer

header070The hosts think that even ‘loosely adapted’ is being a little too generous with Frozen, Disney’s version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen. But they are able to find a few elements of similarity as well as a multitude of reasons to love the film, including the sister-driven plot, the love story red herring and of course, the reindeer duet.

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For similar adaptations, check out our episodes on Epic, Once Upon a Time, Snow White, Emma and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.


Opening Music: Frozen Heart by The Cast of Frozen

Closing Music: Love is an Open Door by Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana

both from the Frozen soundtrack


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

-Dec 13 (US and UK)

-Based on the novel by JRR Tolkien, covered on episode #26: Luckily for Hobbits, Size Doesn’t Matter

-Sequel to An Unexpected Journey, covered on episode #29: Toners for Dwarves

The Monuments Men

-Dec 18 (US), Jan 1 (UK)

-Based on the non-fiction novel by Robert M. Edsel

Main Discussion

The Snow Queen

-By Hans Christian Andersen

-Published in 1845

Frozen (2013)

Screenwriter: Jennifer Lee

Director: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Starring (voices): Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Santino Fontana, Josh Gad, Ciaran Hinds and Alan Tudyk

Next episode: #71 on Team Starkid’s Twisted: An Untold Story of a Royal Vizier
Previous episode: #69 on Francis Lawrence’s film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

1 thought on “Adaptation #70: What Frozen Things Do In Summer

  1. Okay, I know Jess was planning on mentioning this, but she hasn’t yet, so I’ll throw it out there: this movie is also the first time that Disney has had a character betrayal that shocks the audience as well as the other characters. Other Disney betrayals from Mother Gothel, Scar, etc. were done with the audience already being aware of that character’s inherent role as the villain. Hans’s flip throws EVERYONE for a loop because Disney has consistently shown us before that the villains are villains from the beginning, at least from the perspective of the audience. So in a way, Frozen uses our own expectations of Disney against us, and this is probably why I found Hans’s character swap to be so shocking.


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