“Once Upon a Time” is hoping to capitalize on “Frozen” fever by introducing princess sisters Anna and Elsa. Mountain man Kristoff is also going to appear on the show, but there’s no word about him having a reindeer sidekick or a CGI snowman to accompany him on his adventures.
“Once Upon a Time” will pick up where the animated movie left off, so the show isn’t going to risk upsetting “Frozen” fans by altering Elsa and Anna’s backstory. So it’s very unlikely that Elsa will be a bona fide villain like Peter Pan or the Wicked Witch. However, she could cause chaos by losing control of her icy powers once again, and she might have an icicle to pick with Mr. Gold for keeping her locked up inside that vault.
In the rush to bring the “Frozen” ice queen and her sister to the small screen, “Once Upon a Time” skipped over quite a few Disney princesses. This doesn’t mean that the princesses listed below will never show up on the show, but any previous plans to introduce them during season 4 were probably put on ice so that the ice queen could be brought to life.
Princess Tiana from “Princess and the Frog”
When it was announced that “The Walking Dead” actress Sonequa Martin-Green had been cast as a season 2 character, there was speculation that she would be playing some variation of Princess Tiana. However, “Once Upon a Time” didn’t visit Mardi Gras during the Roaring Twenties, and Martin-Green’s character turned out to be a magic-hating menace. Perhaps the writers skipped over this recent princess because they’re concerned about creating a talking CGI frog for Tiana to lock lips with. But if the White Rabbit can be brought to life for “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” then I don’t see why “Once Upon a Time” can’t have an amorous amphibian prince.
Princess Jasmine from “Aladdin”
This is the biggest princess that “Once Upon a Time” has skipped so far. It’s sad that Jasmine and her pet tiger haven’t popped up, but at least the princess and her Prince Ali weren’t wasted on “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.” There’s a slim chance “Once Upon a Time” will visit the hot deserts of Agrabah while ice queen Elsa is in town. The show needs another real villain now that Zelena is gone, and Jafar fits the bill. Fortunately, the evil sorcerer didn’t die in “Wonderland” – he’s still out there somewhere, patiently waiting to be released from his genie bottle. Michael Socha is set to join the “Once Upon a Time” cast during season four, so perhaps another showdown with Jafar is in the cards for the Knave of Hearts. It would be fun to see him forced to team up with fellow thief Aladdin, and obviously Princess Jasmine would have to pop up to play peacemaker if this scenario ever happened.
Pocahontas from “Pocahontas”
Because she’s based on a real historical figure, it would be a bit awkward to introduce this Native American princess However, here’s an idea: maybe the real Pocahontas didn’t actually die in her early twenties. Instead she found a portal that deposited her in the Enchanted Forest, and she’s been surviving there ever since, preferably with a gray bear and a black panther, because it’s about time “Once Upon a Time” showed “The Jungle Book” a little love.
Princess Giselle from “Enchanted”
How great would it have been if “Once Upon a Time” scored an Amy Adams cameo last season? Emma and Henry could have bumped into Princess Giselle while they were living in NYC. “Enchanted” definitely deserves a little shout-out for merging the real world with a fairy tale world just like “Once Upon a Time.”
Princess Kida from “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”
“Atlantis” wasn’t a very popular Disney movie, but it would be fun for “Once Upon a Time” to visit the underwater world. The most obvious way to do this would be through mermaid Ariel, but it looks like her story might be all wrapped up. Perhaps the writers could find some excuse for Captain Hook to set sail in search of the lost empire.
While it’s sad that these Disney royals haven’t graced viewers with their presence just yet, it is nice to know that “Once Upon a Time” still has plenty of stories to tell once the “Frozen” arc ends.
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