Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ newest feature film, Frozen, has just released its first look in the form of concept art. Newly announced director, Jennifer Lee, has been appointed to tag-team this animated comedy-adventure that explores the cold tundra of a new world created by The House of Mouse. Get an idea of what to expect after the break.
Despite the title, this has nothing to do with three friends being stranded on a chair lift for the weekend, fending off wolves, frostbite, and hypothermia.
From the directorial talent behind Tarzan and Surf’s Up, Chris Buck along with Jennifer Lee (screenwriter for Wreck-It Ralph) will combine their creative minds to deliver Frozen, a tale of magic and fantasy. Like most animated stories these days, Frozen will team up two unlikely characters who will come to meet trolls, snowmen, and reindeer.
Frozen will also be another musical that Disney Studios can claim under their arsenal (The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast; The Lion King). Robert Lopez, a three-time Tony Award-winning writer for The Book of Mormon, has been called in to help write music for the film.
Here’s the official plot synopsis of Frozen via Disney:
“When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.”
Anna will be voiced by Kristen Bell, who is widely known for her roles in live action films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Couples Retreat, and Hit and Run. Unbeknownst to me, Bell has also performed on Broadway in The Crucible and Tom Sawyer.
The Snow Queen, Elsa, is voiced by Tony Award winner Idina Menzel who is highly recognized for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked. Menzel has also been seen on the big and small screen in Rent, Enchanted, and as Rachel Berry’s biological mother on Glee.
Here is your first look at Frozen courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios:
In a recent interview with EW, the co-directors sat down to share some more details on the image above.
“We wanted to push it to the extreme. The unnatural quality of the ice emphasizes this is not, you know, sky-made ice, but ice made by someone.” – Lee
“You’ll see that shape throughout. It’s very subtle, but that’s basically [evidence of] Elsa’s magic. That’s her signature.” – Buck
The directors have also given more insights as to who Anna and Kristoff are as characters. Anna will be more relatable, flawed, but fearless; she wants to do the right thing. Kristoff, however, is a little more aloof, a poor soul trying to understand the complexity of the female species. See a closer look of both characters below.
Frozen journeys into theaters November 27, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D in select theaters.