Queen Elsa In ‘Once Upon A Time’ — What To Know About The ‘Frozen’ Character
1. Elsa has superhuman powers.
As seen in the final seconds of the Once Upon a Time finale, Elsa leaves an icy track wherever she goes. Elsa has similar powers in Frozen, and before she learns to control them, they nearly kill her beloved sister, Anna. Elsa has the ability to turn anything to ice and she accidentally forces her hometown of Arendelle into a never-ending winter with her powers! In the film, she constructs a beautiful ice palace for herself and creates a stunning ice gown with just a flick of her wrist. However, her powers can be used for evil. She discovers that potential when she tries to flee from the men who mistake her for a monster and try to capture her.
2. Elsa is not a villain in Frozen.
While Elsa may appear to be a big, bad villain in the Frozen trailers, she’s anything but evil. Elsa is actually severely misunderstood. She has to harbor her heartbreaking secret from Anna and from the rest of the world for most of her life, until she is forced to become queen after her parents die at sea and the truth comes out. Elsa then escapes from Arendelle so she can finally be free from society’s expectations of her.
3. Elsa’s most important relationship is with her sister, Anna.
At the heart of Frozen is the relationship between Elsa and Anna. Elsa constantly protects Anna — whether she’s preventing her little sister from getting married too soon or keeping her away from her potentially dangerous powers. Anna has Elsa’s back too. Before Prince Hans (Santino Fantana) can kill Elsa, Anna steps in to save Elsa and proves that true love between sisters conquers all.
Side note — does anyone else think that Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna in the Disney flick, should play Elsa on Once Upon a Time? Yes, please!
4. Elsa defies Disney princess stereotypes.
Elsa is the epitome of fierce and she never chases a man. She is perfectly content with ruling Arendelle on her own. When Anna wants to marry Prince Hans after just meeting him, Elsa tells Anna that she can’t marry a man she just met. Unlike Cinderella, Ariel and Snow White, Elsa doesn’t want or need a man. Elsa is sassy and bold and a totally new kind of Disney heroine!
5. Elsa’s story is based on a fairy tale.
Once Upon a Time sure does love its fairy tales and Elsa hails from a classic! The character of Elsa was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, published in 1845. In the tale, the Snow Queen takes a little boy to her ice castle and agrees to release him if he can spell “eternity” with pieces of ice from around her palace. When a kiss from his friend Gerda melts his heart, the two are able to spell “eternity” and leave the ice castle for home.
It’s worth noting that in Frozen, Elsa can really sing. Elsa is voiced by the incredible Idina Menzel and sings the powerhouse tune “Let It Go,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Let’s hope we see some of that music on the show!
HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see Elsa on Once Upon A Time? Do you think they should keep her character the same or change it up for the show? Let us know!
— Avery Thompson