The Snow Queen has been in various stages of development hell for ages at Disney but it’s confirmed to finally be in serious development as the third in the return to traditional animation after The Princess and the Frog and the new Winnie the Pooh movie. The news comes courtesy of a /Film interview with The Princess and the Frog producer Peter Del Vecho, who also confirmed that he’s producing Ron Clements and John Musker’s next film. /Film also claims to have heard that Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) is writing the music for The Snow Queen, which would indicate it’s another musical.
Actually, as I hunt down info on this, it seems Don Hahn confirmed The Snow Queen was back in development during the D23 convention earlier in the year. Progress City, U.S.A. has some details on that and the history of the project. From what I can gather, the Hans Christian Andersen story can be distilled down to a tale of a young boy and girl who fall in love. Unfortunately, the boy becomes infected with a fragment of a shattered demonic mirror that makes him see only the worst of the world, and ultimately leads to his seduction by the Snow Queen, while the girl goes on an adventure to find and free him. It seems like the film would be filled to the brim with beautiful wintry environments.
I have my fingers crossed that Clements and Musker’s next film is Fraidy Cat, a Hitchcockian story of a house cat in a case of mistaken identity. They were working on that one after completing Treasure Planet but left Disney after it wasn’t greenlit. The pair rejoined Disney when Lasseter took over animation which first resulted in The Princess and the Frog. I adored the concept art for Fraidy Cat and I’ve been hoping it would be revived ever since Clements and Musker were welcomed back by Lasseter. It doesn’t seem that far-fetched when other abandoned projects have come back into development like The Snow Queen and possibly even Joe Jump.
For what it’s worth, here’s the current schedule for animated Disney Pixar releases over the next few years.
- Toy Story 3 – June 18th, 2010
- Rapunzel – November 24th, 2010
- Untitled Winnie the Pooh – Spring 2011
- Cars 2 – June 24th, 2011
- The Bear and the Bow – Holiday 2011
- Frankenweenie – 2011
- King of the Elves – Spring 2012
- Newt – Summer 2012
- The Snow Queen – ???