Cool as ice

Dis­ney gives pop­u­lar folk tale a cool makeover in Frozen.

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Dis­ney has given a chilly makeover to a tra­di­tional fairy­tale in its lat­est an­i­mated re­lease Frozen, which could be in the run­ning for an Os­car.

The movie is based on Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen’s The Snow Queen – 25 years af­ter Dis­ney’s last An­der­sen adap­ta­tion, The Lit­tle Mer­maid – even if it takes sub­stan­tial lib­er­ties with plot and char­ac­ters.

The stu­dio’s 53rd fea­ture­length film, which has had pos­i­tive re­views ahead of its re­lease in the United states, brings to fruition a project which was on Walt Dis­ney’s wish list al­though he never made it.

“Walt Dis­ney was pas­sion­ate about try­ing to do a ver­sion of this,” the film’s co-pro­ducer Chris Buck told at a press con­fer­ence to present the film at Dis­ney’s Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia stu­dios last week.

Fel­low co-pro­ducer Jen­nifer Lee added: “Un­for­tu­nately, we dug for some orig­i­nal ma­te­rial but noth­ing re­ally sur­faced ... But we knew that this was spe­cial for him.

Al­though the ex­act rea­son Dis­ney him­self did not make a film of the 1844 An­der­sen tale, Lee – who co-wrote 2012’s Os­car-nom­i­nated Wreck-It Ralph – said she was not sur­prised.

“it’s a very hard story, it’s very sym­bolic, the snow queen her­self is not clearly drawn,” she told re­porters.

The mak­ers of Frozen – ex­pected to make the an­i­mated fea­ture short­list for next year’s Academy Awards in March – got round the dif­fi­cul­ties by mak­ing sub­stan­tial changes.

The two main fe­male roles – the snow Queen her­self, and Gerda – have been trans­formed into sis­ter princesses elsa and Anna.

elsa, who trans­forms ev­ery­thing she touches into ice, flees her king­dom af­ter mis­tak­enly con­demn­ing it to an eter­nal frozen winter.

Her sis­ter goes search­ing for her, aided by rugged moun­tain man Kristoff and a snow­man.

“There are a cou­ple of very pow­er­ful el­e­ments, like this lit­tle girl who has noth­ing but the power of love and who fights the neg­a­tiv­ity,” said Lee.

“Fear is a big thing in our so­ci­ety. so the idea of this lit­tle Anna, who’s an or­di­nary per­son who just has this giant heart, try­ing to go up against the power of fear to fight her way through and save her king­dom and save her sis­ter at the same time, was so rich.”

elsa is voiced by ac­tress id­ina Men­zel, who told AFP: “The main thing was to main­tain a vul­ner­a­bil­ity, that no mat­ter how pow­er­ful she is, there is a sad­ness and a lone­li­ness to this char­ac­ter.

“in the be­gin­ning, she was writ­ten more like a tra­di­tional vil­lain and then, when they started work­ing on it, they changed

Get The Star Mo­bile App Now! her and made her a much more com­pli­cated char­ac­ter and not a svil­lain at all, just some­one that was mis­un­der­stood.”

Vis­ually the wide-screen Cine­mas­cope film is stun­ning. An­i­ma­tors trav­elled to nor­way to gain knowl­edge and in­spi­ra­tion to ren­der the snow-shrouded and ice-en­crusted land­scape.

As if to or­der, large swathes of the Us were gripped by a ma­jor winter storm last week, leav­ing tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans fac­ing travel chaos as they headed off for Thanks­giv­ing fam­ily re­unions.

Mu­si­cally it fits into the Dis­ney tra­di­tion of show­tune songs, with a score by Robert Lopez, who wrote hit mu­si­cal come­dies The Book Of Mor­mon and Av­enue Q.

Frozen has a 90% pos­i­tive au­di­ence rat­ing on the Rot­ten Toma­toes movie re­view web­site, which de­scribes it as “beau­ti­fully an­i­mated, smartly writ­ten, and stocked with sin­ga­long songs.”

Frozen is pre­ceded by a short, Get A Horse! by Lauren MacMul­lan, which com­bines pas­tiches of black-and-white Mickey and Min­nie sketches be­fore plung­ing into 3D vir­tu­os­ity. — AFP Re­laxnews

Frozen is now show­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide.

Anna (voiced by Kris­ten Bell), Olaf the snow­man (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in a scene from the an­i­mated fea­ture Frozen.

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