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.

  9. I made sure no one else had made this point yet before I decided to speak up. I left a review with one remark on the Apple podcast app, but as I listen to more podcasts, the more I am convinced I should post here as well. I almost decided against it, but after listening to the second episode of the DL Rage Podcast and hearing you discuss the technicalities of New Orleans Square and Frontierland, I figured my gripe was welcome. Firstly, the pronunciation of Anna’s name is very clear in the movie, yet so many people pronounce it with a short “a” as in “apple” instead of the more open “ah” as in “father.” I don’t know why it bother’s me so much, but it does. Secondly, I agree that Disney’s Frozen does not follow the Snow Queen narrative, but there is a reason for it being so different. There was a special on abc called “The Making of Frozen,” and in that program, they explain that the original story involved a young girl going to the Snow Queen to have her heart frozen because she had just had it broken by a young man. They switched this narrative because the character of the Snow Queen was too flat and shallow, and someone suggested that the girl and the Snow queen could be sisters. That is the basis of the narrative of Frozen. It was originally a story that featured the Snow Queen, but it was not trying to retell the story involving Kai and Gerde. That is why it feels so utterly different from the original Snow Queen story. Love this podcase so far, but I had to get this out here. Maybe you just left this information out, but in case you didn’t know about it, I hope I helped bring a little more light to the differentiation between the movie and the story. Also, not to take away from this point, but when I looked up the names Kai and Gerda, I learned that Kai rhymes with “sky,” not “pay.”


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