Director's Cut Of Frozen To Carry "R" Rating
A slightly surprising development emerged from Disney this morning when it was announced that a special edition release of Frozen would feature a Director's Cut version that will likely receive an "R" Rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The studio is being tight-lipped on a lot of the details, but there is speculation that one of the missing scenes that will be restored to the movie will be the much rumored sauna love scene between Princess Anna and Kristoff at the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post. Originally, the scene, which contains partial nudity, was meant to illustrate the internal conflict that Anna was facing due to her engagement to Prince Hans Westerguard of the Southern Isles. Ultimately, it was decided that the love scene was not essential to the story, and was removed in order to retain the "PG" rating that was deemed more family friendly.
Another scene that has been mentioned in fan forums quite frequently is an especially violent moment in which Queen Elsa decapitates one of the guards sent to kill her. The sequence, which creators were very upset to remove, was not completed in time for inclusion in the film due to the failure of the animators to realistically create the blood spatter effect. Now that they have had more time to work out the problems, it is very likely that this scene will be included in the updated edition.
Reaction from parents was generally very positive. Jenny Guilderson, a mother of two, said, "I think it's great that Disney is spicing things up. I mean, parents need to be entertained, too!" She was unsure if she would let her children watch the Rated "R" version, but did not rule it out as a possibility. "I would much rather have their anatomy questions be answered by an animated film than have an uncomfortable conversation with them myself," she added.
However, it is not just parents that are weighing in. Paul Nelson gave his opinion by saying, "I've been in love with Prince Anna since the movie came out. Last week was my fourteenth birthday, so I made a wish and blew out the candles. It looks like my wish came true."
The new release of Frozen is expected to be available in September, and will be available in Blu-Ray and digital distribution through all of the major services. Be sure to have that photo ID ready when you head to the store!