Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
One of our movie’s biggest messages is the power of true love and the different kinds of love that exist. It’s an elegant and simple message and also hard to execute. You have to do it in such way that it feels natural and organic and acceptable from everyone’s perspective in the movie. Jennifer Lee: When we told Ed Catmull about the ending of the movie, he said we really had to earn it. He said change everything if you have to, but you really have to earn it. If you do, it will be great, but if you don’t, it will suck. We knew we had to create a much bigger movie to really earn our ending. On a pivotal scene: Jennifer Lee: There’s a scene in the movie where Elsa builds her palace out of ice and sings her showstopper “Let It Go.” It was a very challenging scene because visually, it could all look like plastic. At least 50 effects artists and lighting artists worked together to create that long shot. It took 30 hours to render one frame—that’s 4,000 computers rendering one frame at a time! The creative drainage or breakage of that shot was phenomenal, especially to see that in this highly emotional moment. It represented everything that we did for the movie…that scene really represented the journey of every member of our team, every department. Favorite animated characters or movies: Chris Buck: The first movie that I ever saw was Pinocchio, and soft in my heart. Jennifer Lee: I’m going to exclude Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph because they’re my babies. The movie that really had a big impact on me when I was a kid was Cinderella. I got the book first and then saw the movie when it was rereleased in theaters. I had a tough childhood and it really helped me to see how Cinderella coped with things in her life when they were hard. She knew things could be better. I held on to her all my life. On the state of feature animation: Chris Buck: There’s a lot going on so that’s very exciting. As soon as we finish our movie, we can look out of our hole and see what’s happening out there. The industry is healthy because there are a lot of animated movies being made by different studios. The audience loves animated movies. The top movies at the box office each year are animated movies. It presents us with the challenge to create movies that tell stories that the audience hasn’t seen before, that continue to surprise and entertain them. I remember when I got into the industry, there were very few animated movies. I began my career on The Fox and the Hound. Back then, you had a Disney movie every few years, and the other side of animation was what we had on Saturday mornings on TV. For me, everything has changed for the better tremendously. Jennifer Lee: Animation is a medium through which you can create anything, and technology is constantly evolving and giving us new ways to reimagine the medium in ways that what we’re giving the audience is always something that’s slightly different than before. As long as people never lose sight of the fact that the story has got to be fabulous, the sky’s the limit. We just have to keep pushing the story, and luckily we have John Lasseter who will push, push, push for the best stories we can come up with.
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Directors, Frozen On key moments of inspiration: Chris Buck: