Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

‘Once Upon a Time’ season 4: Creators detail adding ‘Frozen’ characters, how they may change

The hit fairy tale drama on ABC, Once Upon a Time, returns later this month with new characters, more drama and plenty of surprises. Once added characters from the hit film Frozen: Elsa (Georgina Haig), Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster) into the universe.

Creators and and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis hope pays dividends as they discuss the upcoming fourth season.

Georgina Haig as Elsa Anna  Elizabeth Lail Once Upon a Time season 4 photo“There’s always pressure when you’re making a show to try to outdo yourself, and I think in this case, there’s a huge amount of — not just pressure, but responsibility that we feel,” Horowitz tells The Hollywood Reporter. “These are beloved characters who we want to do justice and we’re doing our best and we’re very excited about what we’ve come up with.”

The duo openly talk about the development process, creatively talking about this move prior to Frozen‘s release and how this has been different.

“…it is a slightly different approach in that starting with the pilot, everybody knew who Snow White was and that was part of Emma’s disconnect with being able to believe what was going on in Storybrooke, because she was so well aware,” Horowitz explained.

“We’re instead approaching these characters as though they are a real part of the universe that we’ve created. And while our real, old characters aren’t aware of them, they are, as you will see, connected into the Once universe — and that’s really where our hopeful twist comes. We’re not trying to change these characters or redefine them, because we love the movie so much and what they did with them. We’re instead trying to surprise the audience with how they become involved with our characters and our world,” he finishes in the Sept. 18 article.

Kitsis addresses the possible spin on their Storybrooke versions.

“There are times we take liberties as we’ve done with Peter Pan and other characters, but Frozen we really feel like they are so well-defined and we were so inspired by what we saw up on the screen last November, that we don’t want to change those characters. It’s much more about Anna — what we love about her is that she’s fearless and she never gives up on the people she loves. She has no problem going off into the middle of the storm to find her sister. What happens when a true believer like that gets in front of the devil himself, Rumplestiltskin, who sees the worst in everyone? What happens with these two kinds of characters? In fact, what happens when Elsa, who is somebody who wanted to run away, meets another character who loves to run away, Emma? It was really about keeping the characters exactly who they were in the movie but seeing how they would interact with other characters on Once Upon a Time and telling a new story.”

Check out the insightful full interview at THR HERE

The “Frozen-arc’ is said to be 11-episodes. likely to conclude mid-season and transition in a similar way the Wicked Witch story was handled.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Josh Dallas, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Raphael Sbarge, Sean Maguire, Jamie Chung, Lee Arenberg and Giancarlo Espisoto are all due to return.

Get some of the top stories on The Dispatch covering ABC’s Once Upon A Time HERE

Check out two of the teasers below.

Once Upon A Time returns on Sept. 28, 2014

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