Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:40am

Here’s Your First Look at Frozen’s Elsa on Once Upon a Time

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Fringe’s Georgina Haig was certainly inspired casting to play Frozen’s ice queen Elsa, who’s abandoning Arendelle for Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time this fall. But we’ve been waiting for our first official look at the character to see if she can really channel Elsa.

White-blonde braid? Yep. Fierce expression? Right there. Sparkly blue gown? Well... we’re not the hugest fans of her costume.

Her dress is certainly intricate and brings to mind Elsa—but kind of in the way that an (admittedly upscale) Halloween costume is just a tad off from the design it’s meant to emulate. You can see it more if you look at the two Elsas side-by-side:

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We’ve also been spoiled by excellent cosplay designs over the last few months, like these two takes:

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best Elsa cosplay Frozen Once Upon a Time Georgina Haig costume

It’s a small quibble, because obviously it’s still early days and Elsa’s costume will be the least of her worries. The creators have hinted that, while the Queen of Arendelle won’t get a love interest during her time on OUAT, she’s still very much in the beginning of her journey toward not being a villain.

Photo: Katie Yu/ABC

Cosplay by tomiaaa and doxiequeen1

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10 comments
Deana Whitney
1. Braid_Tug
Cosplayers did it better. It's in the fabric choice, and the costume department went cheap. I know, they have a number of people to dress, but if they are going to make it a two piece with a bodice, than the top fabric could be much better and closer to the look of square sequins.

The current fabric looks like they raided the blue mermaid fabric.
But the underdress is nicely done.
Jennifer B
2. JennB
Villain? Elsa never was a villain. Did they watch the movie?
Chris Nelly
3. Aeryl
@2, Have you seen the show? There are very few villains who don't get stories explaining why, though they may do evil things, they aren't really villains.

Also, the only character that gets good costuming on this show is Regina. In all the FT flashbacks for Snow, Cinderella, Belle and Ariel, there outfits have looked pretty generic, as far as ball gowns and dresses go.
Jennifer B
4. JennB
@3
I watched the first two seasons on netflix about a year ago and I agree with you about the villains on the show. That doesn't change the fact that Elsa is not a villain in Frozen. She doesn't "do evil things."
Chris Nelly
5. Aeryl
I haven't seen the movie, but she sics a giant snow monster on her sister, isn't that "Evil"? I mean, I understand a bit and know that she feels she has a good reason for doing so, but still, that's pretty bad.
Edward101
6. Edward101
@5
Elsa didn't "sics a giant snow monster on her sister." She summon a guardian to kick them out of her castle. Only when Anna stupidly antagonized the guardian after being kicked out did the guardian got all hostile on Anna and her party. If you watch the movie, you would know.
Erica Collier
7. scifibard
@3 I'd have to disagree. The villains are villains...they just aren't irrediamable. Sure, they have Reasons for why they went evil...but they still went evil. They became villains, often self-proclaimed mine-is-an-evil-laugh-now-die villains. What they often get are redemption arcs, which isn't the same as saying they were never really villains to begin with.

Most of Elsa's apparently-evil acts were accidents, misunderstandings, and a lack of control pitted against fear and anger. And were relatively harmless by OUAT standards. She locks the land in winter...accidentally. And thinks it will go back to normal if she stays away, and is horrified it doesn't work that way. As #6 pointed out, she summons a guardian to kick Anna out, mostly because she feels Anna is safer far away from her. It's only once Anna antagonizes it that it turns more violent, of its own inclanation, and even then no one actually gets hurt. Elsa weilds ice defensively but holds back from killing even when her attackers are not showing her the same restraint (she almost decides to kill after they've consistently not taken non-fatal defeat as an answer, but is easily persuaded otherwise).

None of that at all compares to Regina's massive murder toll, or the other villains, some of whom reform and some of whom do not.

So it will be interesting to see if OUAT decides to have Elsa become a bit darker before "reforming" in order to fit their normal arc.
Chris Nelly
8. Aeryl
@6, That isn't any better. She still unleashed a monster on her sister, whatever her motivations. That's bad, and as she was the creator of the monster, that makes her culpable for her actions, not Anna, for understandably assuming her sister would never knowingly unleash a monster capable of hurting her.
C R L
9. Maac
Oh my wow. I feel so much better now not being along in thinking that dress is a bad Halloween costume. Gracious, that first cosplay is just stunning.

(Why am I on a Frozen roll today? I blame the Robitussin high...so much Robitussin... Bear with me, I love you all... I just followed links!)

Context is a vital thing. Elsa's unleashing of all her concsious self-defenses is not bad, no more than someone who believes they have a disease refusing to sleep with a bunch of people is bad, regardless of what those other people know or believe. Elsa believes that she is deadly, and is trying to keep vulnerable people away from her. She is mistaken, but calling her a villain doesn't make contextual sense. Being a protagonist, or being a good person in general, doesn't mean that all one's actions will turn out perfectly, as if in a nonvariable vaccuum. Information has been kept from both Elsa and Anna, and they are both operating as best they know how, not in self-interest, but each in the interest of her sibling's well-being. Anna's whole memory of their childhood accident has been wiped without her consent, and Elsa has never been taught that her power is controllable or that any outcome other than terrible accidents is possible.

E.g., If I have been convinced that I have ebola, or plague, and I tell you this, and you physically insist on trying to hug and kiss me and bring me home because you don't know the extent of what this illness is and what it can do, and I plead and cry and then finally push you away and you fall on your bum, I'm not a villain. Nor are you, really. (Especially if you're completely okay and wind up with just snow on your skirt.)
C R L
10. Maac
Elsa... is a victim. Moreso than I'd like, really. (I have many issues with this film.) She's about two steps away from being a distress damsel in need of rescue. She is literally hidden away in a tower until loved ones come and get her. The only things standing in the way of total damsel-in-distressdom is the fact that she has stupendous amounts of power that she is expressly thwarted from learning how to control due to cartoonishly (no pun intended) bad parenting, and the fact that the menace to her and her family from neighboring royalty wanting to kill her (the actual villain of the tale) is positioned as a distinctly secondary problem to the real, primary thing that threatens herself and her land: her primal terror of her own self and her power. (And the fact that her choices actually matter a great deal in the end, just as much as Anna's, at least according to one interpretation --[color=#ffffff"> Otherwise, ) This is not sobstory backstory, it's story, the first half of the film.

And love for her sister ultimately drove her to remove herself completely from her sister's presence, from her country, and from civilization entirely, to her ice tower -- this is what her parents taught her was appropriate, so she took it to the next level.

She calls up a scary-looking creature -- one that never actually harms anyone -- in the same way medieval craftsmen set out gargoyles. Or let's say, even things more dangerous than gargoyles, because yes, the creature was waving its arms around and stuff -- say, a fence of spikes, or a moat. You can indeed fall into a moat, but you have to go up to the moat and make some effort to interact with it first. And yes, someone might accidently fall into your moat when you really just meant it as a repellant, not a weapon. You can make a bad decision or a choice that works out poorly without being The Villain. Elsa attempted to ward off people from her self-imposed exile because she thought being near her could cause her baby sister Anna to [i]die, and at that point she was not entirely wrong. The creature may sweep them out of the ice castle, but its mere touch is not going to accidentally freeze them to death, stop their hearts and turn them into statues, the way Elsa knows she could, purely by accident. So she makes a buffer. When Anna refuses to leave, despite Elsa begging her to, she does get accidental ice in the heart. And then they all have to fix that.[color=#ffffff"> . (Er, according to one interpretation.)

So no, Elsa is not a villain, Elsa doesn't need redemption. She needs an insulated practice gym. [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dach1nPbsY8]In [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dach1nPbsY8]a place nicely equipped for the purpose.

She needs to master a skill, not change her nature. Her nature is beautiful.

(Think talented girls forced to bury their talent throughout the ages because their gifts are not ladylike or acceptable. Girls who are not trained because it is not the done thing. Dangerous girls. Girls that must be controlled.)

I don't think Anna's loyalty and refusal to back down was wrong either.

Oh, and that expression on her face in that picture above isn't fierce, it's joyful. Because of the whole being outside for the first time in twelve years and stuff. Joy, with, for the first time, a tiny touch of her carefree childhood mischievousness back. Hee — fierce joy, perhaps.

I don’t know what live-action Elsa is doing with her face.

...Now, what she does on OUaT would be villainous if it weren't completely nonsensical. I just... I can't even figure it out, really. I hope they go somewhere acceptable with this.

Petulant. That's what it seems. Except it's like petulance being playacted. She caves immediately with no real assurance these are nice people, just like she put up the wall with no real assurance that they were bad. I can't put myself in TV Elsa's head at all. Feel very thwarted.

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