John Lasseter Checks In With Frozen On Once Upon a Time

John Lasseter

ABC’s Once Upon a Time continues to build its fairy tale universe by adding characters from Disney’s Frozen to its fourth season. The hit Disney animated movie was based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, but it was the movie that put it on the forefront of fairy tales. If any Frozen fans are worried the show will ruin the movie, rest assured that the Disney big wigs are working with ABC to make sure Forzen is handled correctly.

“John Lasseter himself flew up to Vancouver,” ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee told reporters of the Television Critics Association. “He’s integrally related to the way we’re doing that. [Once producers] Adam [Horowitz] and Eddie [Kitsis] always have a twist on a story so you can imagine their twist is going to be very different, but it’s the perfect time.”

Kitsis and Horowitz launched another fairy tale spinoff last year, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, though it did not last for a second season. With the popularity of Frozen, a Frozen spinoff series might be a better bet. “We don’t have immediate plans for a spinoff, but those two are so inventive,” Lee said.

ABC falls under the Walt Disney banner which also now includes Marvel and LucasFilm, so Frozen joining Once Upon a Time is the perfect example of synergy. “Now having teased Frozen, it’s a very exciting way for us to use ABC to really take advantage of some of the IP, not just that has lived for centuries in fairy tales, but that specifically comes out of the Walt Disney company.”

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