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Inspiration for Frozen: Vintage Walt Disney Studios 1938 Analysis

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Inspiration for Frozen: Vintage Walt Disney Studios 1938 Analysis
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Two original 8 1/2" x 14" legal-size typed mimeographs of an analysis and a treatment written by Dorothy Ann Blank (writer, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs) for The Ice Maiden, adapted from Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, which is the inspiration for the 2013 two-time Academy Award winning animated feature, Frozen. The Treatment, dated June 7, 1938, is a 12-page general summary of the Snow Queen storyline and includes Blank's observations and notes, as well as her suggestions for songs and direction. The Analysis is dated June 15, 1938 and includes Blank's ideas for adapting the story into a feature. Blank writes, "The chief reason that the story SNOW QUEEN seems an ideal subject for a cartoon feature is that it has, in addition to a definite plot, a strong underlying theme." The 5-page document ends with Blank's conclusion: "The most valuable thing Anderson says in this little fairy tale, which is fanciful and fantastic at times, highly amusing at others, and occasionally deeply pathetic, is... No one is ever so lost that a simple, child-like faith cannot touch him... No one can grow so old or so clever that something truly simple cannot make him see the true values of life... childhood is never really gone. It is a great message of hope. If we could make a picture which would be, like Anderson's story, fanciful and fantastic, and put into it our own unique entertainment value spiced with high comedy--yet retain this underlying theme--I think we would have made something truly fine. D.A.B." Truly prophetic words! Indeed, Disney did finally make this feature film, after years of revisions in adapting Anderson's dark original story into one that appealed to modern audiences, and was rewarded this past year with two Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature. These two documents, by a celebrated writer, represent some of the earliest work on what is to become Frozen. The timespan from exploration for a feature in 1938 to the release of the film in 2013 was 75 years! These historic documents come from the collection of Walt Disney's personal secretary, Inez Henderson, and remain in very good condition.