02 – Frozen


In this episode I tell the stories of both Disney’s “Frozen” and Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” to illustrate the vast difference between Disney’s movie and the source material.

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Recommended Reading

The Snow Queen (Illustrated) (Print)

The Snow Queen (Kindle)

The Snow Queen (Online/Free)


Music in the “Snow Queen” segments of this episode composed by:


Find Antti Martikainen’s music on:




Andersen, Hans Christian, Lewis Naomi, “Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (The Complete Collection) [Kindle Edition], Puffin (February 2, 1996)


“Frozen”. Dir. Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. Buck, Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc., 2013. film.,


http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Frozen, “The Disney Wiki – Frozen”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Queen, “Wikipedia – The Snow Queen”

http://www.online-literature.com/hans_christian_andersen/972/, “The Lituratue Network – The Snow Queen”

http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/snowqueen/notes.html, “SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotations for Snow Queen”


  1. I love the podcast. I’m a Disney geek at heart and I really enjoy hearing the story behind the Disney stories. Keep it up!

  2. Loved this episode. My first listen and I was hooked. We watched the Melissa Gilbert version of this story all the time when I was a kid, so it brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for all your research and wonderful work.

  3. Can you please upload more !!!??
    Your podcast is fantastic!

  4. Absolutely love this podcast! Great research done by you and it is very entertaining throughout. Can I request The Hunchback of Notre Dame? 😀

    • Thanks very much. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I actually just ordered the “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo. I’ve never read it, and I haven’t started yet. It may take awhile, but Hunchback is definitely on the agenda. 😀

  5. I had not seen frozen but thought I would give this a listen anyway as I found your Pocahontas to be quite enthralling. This one was awesome and made my long commute to work so much easier.

    I’m hoping you have the “sword in the stone” in your pipeline as it was one of my favourites when I was a pup.

    cheers from Australia

  6. Great stuff! You really put a lot into these episodes! They’re a fantastic listen and what a great and interesting topic to create a podcast for. I’m looking forward to having this podcast in my feed. Keep up the great work and thanks for all the time you take to produce these. As a podcaster I know this stuff takes time and you’re doing a bang up job!

    – Dan

  7. I absolutely love your podcast. Frozen was the first podcast I listened too. I did read the original Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and I found it to be a very dark tale . I guess that’s why I had such a hard time with the animated story Frozen because when they said it was based on the original story by Hans Christian Anderson, when in reality it wasn’t even close. I work in education so it was hard to explain this to small children who have never heard of the original story . Anyways please keep the podcasts coming. My recommendations of podcast I would love to hear about The Little Mermaid and I almost don’t want to say it, but I would love to know the story about Mary Poopins(due to the movie release of Saving Mr. Banks). Thanks

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you like it. The Little Mermaid is on the short list to be done soon, and Mary Poppins is also in the pipeline (but I haven’t read the book(s) yet. lol)

  8. Matteo Masiello says

    I agree Let It Go is a fantastic song but it’s also the most ironic song given the context. Uh, Elsa the cold does bother you! Stop deluding yourself honey, which she does. The story is a great morality tale about deluded thinking caused by fear and awakening to what is really important in life. I see this theme in The Snow Queen story as well.


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