Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet who wrote many fairy tales that Disney adapted from to make films and shorts like The Ugly Duckling, the 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid; Piano Concerto No. 2, a segment in Fantasia 2000 (based on The Steadfast Tin Soldier); The Little Matchgirl; and the 2013 animated film Frozen, inspired by The Snow Queen. One of his other stories, Ole Lukøje, was adapted into a 1944 Walt Disney's Little Library storybook, Through the Picture Frame.
His character of Thumbelina appeared in Goldie & Bear.
- The names of Frozen's characters were inspired by conducting an internet search for Norwegian baby names. While completely unintentional, a fan put together the fact that Hans, Kristoff, Anna, and Sven sound like "Hans Christian Andersen".
- He is the first author to meet his creation in a TV episode, followed by Edgar Rice Burroughs, who wrote Tarzan.
- Some of his fairy tales that Disney adapted from to make films and shorts won four Academy Awards such as The Ugly Duckling won an Academy Award for Best Original Short, The Little Mermaid's song, "Under the Sea" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Frozen (while not an adaptation, merely inspired by The Snow Queen) won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and its song, "Let It Go" for Best Original Song.