Why You Should Actually Be Bummed About The Success Of “Frozen”

It could spell the official end of traditional animation.

Frozen is, without a doubt, a beautiful movie. It’s clearly a labor of love, full of heart and warmth.

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The songs are memorable and catchy, and it’s easy to see why the film earned $1.2 billion at the box office.

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But did you know Frozen was initially planned as a traditionally animated feature?

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Development began under the title Anna and the Snow Queen, but development stalled until 2011.

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Disney had plans to usher in a new age of hand-drawn animation, beginning with The Princess and the Frog.

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When that film underperformed at the box office, Frozen was retooled to be a computer animated movie, similar to Disney’s earlier success Tangled.

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The move clearly paid off, as Frozen was an unbridled success. But one has to wonder, wouldn’t it have been successful as a hand-drawn cartoon? Concept art exists of what the film might’ve looked like, and it’s lovely.

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Even if it wouldn’t gross over a billion dollars, it’s hard to imagine a traditionally animated Frozen not being a hit.

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Just imagine—there’s another universe out there in which a hand-drawn Frozen gave way to a new era of classic cartoons.

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But alas, it wasn’t meant to be…

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