You’ll be swept along
WALT Disney Animation Studios latest film, Frozen, is a comedy-adventure inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.
Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey – teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven – to find her sister, Elsa, 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.
“Our film is inspired by Andersen’s classic tale, The Snow Queen,” says director Chris Buck, “and yet Frozen is a story distinctly our own – wonderfully emotional, with plenty of action, adventure, magic and unforgettable characters.”
Director Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay, says: “Our story started as a simple idea about the power of family and has grown into something more grand than we could have ever envisioned. It’s about fear versus love, told through a family’s epic journey – their struggle to overcome fear and find the true meaning of love.”
Produced by Peter del Vecho, Frozen is executive produced by John Lasseter. “We’ve always felt that we’re making a really special – almost magical – film,” says Lasseter. “We are incredibly proud of this film. Frozen honours our heritage at Walt Disney Animation Studios with its timeless roots, yet its strong characters, incredible storytelling and stunning visuals are totally made for today’s audiences.”
Buck and Lee (the first female director in Disney Animation feature history) teamed up to direct the film. “When Jennifer first joined the team as writer, it became clear that the individual sensibilities Chris and Jennifer brought to the table were almost magical,” says Del Vecho. “They were so in sync with the needs of the story that they made a dynamic directing team.”
Kristen Bell, who provides the voice of Anna, says: “Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have this perfect balance. Chris has such a history with Disney – he’s captained so many ships and he brings all of that experience. Jennifer brings wonderfully weird new ideas and champions the film’s core themes, and I love how the two of them dance together, bouncing ideas off each other that result in these wonderful scenes. It’s easy as an actor to work alongside that.”
The voice cast also includes Santino Fontana as Hans, a handsome royal who catches Anna’s eye, Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton, Chris Williams as Oaken, and Ciarán Hinds as Pabbie.
Set in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, Frozen features a stunning backdrop that was inspired by Norway’s spectacular landscapes – from its snow-capped mountains to its tranquil fjords. “The environment plays an integral role in our story,” says Lee. “Elsa has this magical power to create snow and ice, but she can’t control it and accidentally triggers a massive winter storm that threatens her homeland.”
With a breathtaking palette, Frozen takes cues from Norway’s unique architecture, culture and traditions, immersing audiences in its environment. “This story has an epic scope with the rare ability to sweep you in – you believe this place exists – and feel its magic. You forget you’re watching a movie,” says Del Vecho.
● Frozen hits theatres across South Africa in 3D on December 20.
features the voices of Idina Menzel as Elsa, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff and Josh Gad as the snowman Olaf.