"Frozen" wasn't always supposed to look this way. Disney's monstrous hit was originally intended to look like it was done by hand-drawn animation, à la "Aladdin" or "Beauty and the Beast." While in production, the film was tentatively titled "Anna and the Snow Queen" and was supposed to follow the lead of 2009's "The Princess and the Frog," which was also drawn in the old-school style.
But when "The Princess and the Frog" underperformed at the box office, Disney changed "Frozen" to look like its more updated films (see: "Tangled"). Disney seems to have made the right choice, considering "Frozen" is now the highest-grossing animated film of all time ... and a cultural phenomenon ... and the inspiration for hundreds of viral videos.
Now, in an awesome stroke of Internet, Disney virtual development artist Cory Loftis posted some of the original artwork from the old "Frozen" universe to his Tumblr.
"I’ve seen this stuff floating around really low rez," Loftis wrote, "so I thought I’d go ahead and post it myself." As E! News points out, most of the images depict the "Love is an Open Door" scene between Anna (Kristen Bell) and Hans (Santino Fontana):
We also get to see the ice monster and wolves shown with Anna and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff):
See more original "Frozen" images at Cory Loftis' Tumblr.