"Frozen" is on the way!
|Elsa in "Frozen."|
This is a highly anticipated film. Two of the characters are scheduled to become Disney Princesses in 2014! They are Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel). This should be a fun holiday treat for everyone.
The official description from Walt Disney Animation Studios:
In "Frozen," fearless optimist Anna (voice of 'Kristen Bell' ) teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voice of 'Jonathan Groff' ) and his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.Josh Gad stars as the voice of Olaf, Alan Tudyk voices the Duke of Weselton, and Jonathan Groff is Kristoff.
Prince Hans is named after Danish fairytale poet Hans Christian Andersen. He was the author of "The Red Shoes", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Little Match Girl", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen"; the last of which the movie is based on.
This is hardly the first Hans Christian Andersen fairytale to be turned into an animation film. Disney Animation also adapted the following Andersen tales into animated short or feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, The Little Matchgirl, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment in Fantasia/2000, the "Ugly Duckling" plot element in Lilo & Stitch, and the title of The Emperor's New Groove, derived from that of "The Emperor's New Clothes".
Walt Disney Animation Studios has been hard at work trying to film this particular tale. "The Snow Queen" was to be turned into an animated film in the 2000s, but it never worked. They first tried it in 2002, and master animator Glen Keane infamously quit the project, then it was scrapped.
"The Snow Queen" rose from the dead again in 2009, when John Lasseter recruited directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) to helm the project. Producer Don Hahn and writer Linda Woolverton also signed on to the project. The famed composers Alan Menken and Glenn Slater were commissioned to write the songs. In 2010, however, the film was put on hold again as Disney tried to put together a better script.
"Frozen" is filmed in the ultra-widescreen film format, the first since 1959's "Sleeping Beauty."
You may view my full review of "Frozen" here.
I point out some hidden "Easter Egg" type images in "Frozen" here.