Among the songs that were deleted from Frozen,"Life's Too Short" was one that had a version recorded with the voices of Idina Menzel and Kristin Bell.The song was written during the time when Elsa was going to be a villain,but was replaced with the reprise of "For the first time in Forever" once "Let It Go" was written.Although I enjoy listening to this song with Menzel's and Bell's voices,even when I watch that version,I can see why it wouldn't have tied in very well with the completed movie. The song starts off with Elsa and Anna appearing to make amends and form a new beginning with their relationship since Elsa's secret was finally out.They sing the exact same lines,in that they finally understand and life is too short for them to not be a part of each others lives:Anna longs to know Elsa,who,in turn,wants Anna to see who she really is.Elsa even asks Anna if he would like to live in her palace instead of insisting that she must leave.She's also seen holding hands with Anna and holding her shoulder,which is ironic,considering that in the film,Elsa constantly refuses to touch Anna ou be touched herself.
However,a major turning point occurs after Elsa learns about Arendelle.The girl shifts 180 degrees from how previously they were acting,and what they say and do makes them seem out of character in comparisons to their personalities on the film.Elsa and Anna have a heated argument about each other,even literally turning their backs on one another at one point.Some of the things they say and do include the following:
-Anna offers Elsa the gloves,expecting her to come back and have things be exactly be the way they were before,except they would be Friends now. In contrast to what she's like in the film,Anna never would have returned the gloves and expected Elsa to act as though nothing had happened.She would've encouraged Elsa to use her powers for good and helped montrer Arendelle that she's not a monster like everyone believed her to be.The gesture causes Elsa to become hostile to Anna,so she tries to kick Anna out,first par physically pushing her and then creating a new set of doors as an exit.
-When Anna sees the doors,she sings,"There it is! The door toi l’amour to slam in my face!". This line also wouldn't make sense because in the film itself,during the reprise,Anna sings that she finally understands.By this,she means she realizes why Elsa had to shut her out all those years,so she knew that Elsa did not truly l’amour to "slam doors" in her face.For the same reason,Anna sings "to let toi treat the people down there as coldly as toi always treated me," it sounds out of place,as if she has no understanding of Elsa's past behavior,while she had claimed to have earlier in the song.
-When Elsa has her turn to sing,she calls Anna a fool twice,"You're the fool who married a stranger!" and "to listen to a reckless fool,who only ever sees things she wants to see".In the film itself,even though Elsa thought Anna's rushed engagement wasn't a smart idea,there's no way she would have called Anna a fool.It's clear that the last thing Elsa would never,ever wanted to do was to hurt Anna,including par being mean to her,and calling her a fool would have done it.Ironically,during the reprise,Elsa calls herself a fool for believing that she could be free.
A great contrast from how happy,friendly and open they were to each other at the beginning,the song ends with Elsa and Anna,who are now mad at each other,saying that the other person doesn't know how life has been like for them.Anna begins to run after Elsa when later she runs deeper into Elsa's palace and Elsa creates ice obstacles as she does,hoping to turn Anna away.After Anna finds Elsa behind a door,Elsa waves her hand,shooting ice from it,which strikes Anna in the chest.
Based on what the girls do and say when they start to fight,especially how it contradicts a few of their lines and what they are like in the final film, "Life's Too Short" would have been very out of place had it been included in the final film.In particular,it sounds like it was meant for the movie when Elsa was suppose to be the villain.While the version with Menzel and Bell's voices do sound amazing,rewriting Elsa's character and not including "Life's Too Short" was the right way to go entirely.
As always,Smell ya' later!
A great and emotional reprise of the song in which the sisters realise the error of their ways.