At first glance, the story appears to be the same as any other Disney princess tale. Anna instantly falls in love with a visiting Prince named Hans (Santino Fontana), and they decide to get married. Elsa denies them her blessing, fleeing, and Anna races after her, leaving Hans in charge. On the way, she encounters a magical snowman, Olaf (Josh Gad), and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), who help her. When Anna gets hurt, Kristoff rushes her back to Hans for a true love’s kiss, only to find out that Hans was bad all along. He tries to kill Elsa, intending to take over the throne, but Anna rushes in to save her sister, risking her own life in the process. Turns out, the “act of true love” Anna needed was a sister’s love — an interesting twist on a tired trope.
The movie took an extremely long time to come to fruition, with versions being considered or further developed all the way back in 1937, shortly before the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as revealed in the book The Art of Frozen. The film had story issues up until 2012, when some last changes to the plot revived Frozen and created the hit franchise that exists today. When it was finally released Disney was happily surprised that Frozen made $1.2 billion worldwide.