So is Once Upon a Time a series about fairytales, or Disney, or both? Because Frozen is not a real fairytale, it is a Disney movie, just like Wreck-it-Ralph is not a game, it is a Disney-movie. Having Elsa would be stupid enough, but at least she is a queen with vague snow powers. Having Anna and Kristoff along is not having fairytale characters in the show, it is like having Hiro and GoGo in OUaT, because they are Disney characters. What, they aren’t fairytale characters and OUaT can’t have characters not in at least fairytale-esque stories? WELL THEN THEY CAN’T HAVE FROZEN, EITHER, BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS IN THE ACTUAL SNOW QUEEN FAIRYTALE? GERDA, KAI/KAY AND THE SNOW QUEEN, NOT PRINCESS ANNA, KRISTOFF AND QUEEN ELSA.
Ungh, sorry for rambling. It’s okay to like Frozen or OUaT, but this is driving me crazy right now.
Frozen is (loosely) based on The Snow Queen, which IS a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Anna is loosely based off the protagonist of the original story, who was named Gerda, while Elsa is a composite character of Kai and the Snow Queen. So those two, at least, are definitively fairytale characters. You don’t have to have magical powers yourself to be a fairytale character. (Most fairytale heroes, in fact, are not magical themselves but rather ordinary people who encounter magic.)
Even if it wasn’t based on a classic fairytale, are you actually arguing it wouldn’t at least fall into the category of “fairytale-like story”?
More to the point: Once Upon a Time has never been remotely shy about using the Disney versions of these stories where they want to. Ariel, Prince Philip, Prince Eric, Ursula and Maleficent (and others? can’t remember) all get their names from the Disney adaptations, not the original fairytales. We’re introduced to Belle wearing a version of her iconic yellow dress from the Disney animated movie. Mulan is arguably not a fairytale character either, yet she’s included because of the Disney movie. And the show is absolutely peppered with references to the Disney adaptations.
Further: OUaT is clearly defining “fairytale” loosely, anyway. Is Peter Pan really a fairytale? Or The Wizard of Oz? Modern fairytales, maybe. But then, why can’t Frozen fall into that category as well?