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Logo for Frozen
Directed byChris Buck
Produced byJohn Lasseter
Peter del Vecho
Screenplay byShane Morris
Story byHans Christian Andersen
StarringKristen Bell
Idina Menzel
Music byChristophe Beck
Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.275 billion

Frozen is a 2013 American computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy movie. It is produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen.

Frozen is about a princess named Anna, and her sister Elsa who becomes queen. There is also a funny talking snowman called Olaf. In the popular movie, Elsa sings a song called "Let It Go," which became very popular and it is a 52nd movie. Frozen was released on November 27, 2013 and has the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel in speaking and singing roles.

Frozen got great reviews from movie critics. It was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.[1]

Plot[change | change source]

Anna and Elsa are two princess sisters who live in Arendelle. Elsa, now queen of Arendelle, has the power of working with snow and ice, but her power gets out of control and upsets the people of Arendelle. Not wanting to hurt anyone, Elsa runs away and makes her own palace for herself. Meanwhile, Anna sets off in the snow and ice to bring Elsa back and make things right with her. On the way, she meets Kristoff, a friendly iceman, and Olaf, a funny snowman made alive by Elsa and who dreams of seeing summer.

Hans wants to marry Anna, but he tells her he only wants to marry her to destroy Elsa and get her royal status. As Hans raises his sword over Elsa, Anna stops Hans and as a result turns to a frozen statue. Elsa weeps out of love for the frozen Anna, and this thaws Anna back to life. Seeing this, Olaf realizes that an act of true love is what thaws a frozen heart. With the power of love, Elsa stops the icy spell over Arendelle, and all of Arendelle live happily ever after, including Olaf, who is able to see summer with a snow flurry over his head to keep the summer heat from melting him.

Cast[change | change source]

  • Kristen Bell as Princess Anna
  • Idina Menzel as Queen Elsa
  • Jonathan Groff as Kristoff
  • Eva Bella as Young Elsa
  • Josh Gad as Olaf the Snowman
  • Santino Fontana as Hans
  • Alan Tudyk as the Duke of Weselton
  • Ciarán Hinds as Grand Pabbie, the Troll Kin
  • Paul Briggs as Marshmallow the Snow Monster
  • Maurice LaMarche as King Agnarr

Production[change | change source]

Plans to make a movie based on The Snow Queen were started in the 1940's. The writers were not sure how its story could go and so the movie could not be made. Later, in 2011, the writers finally found a story to use for the movie and the production team began making the movie, naming it Frozen. The plans said that Frozen would be hand-drawn, but the team later decided to use computer animation. It took only two years to make Frozen, which was a very fast production time for a computer-animated movie.

Frozen is also probably one of the most difficult animated movies to make. The animation team had to travel to a snowy area in Wyoming so that they could study the behavior of snow and simulate that with a computer.[2] They also used a program that could generate a lot of strands for Elsa's hair. An average human has about 100,000 strands of hair, while Elsa's hair was made of 400,000 strands.[3]

Songs[change | change source]

This is a list of songs heard in the movie Frozen. These can be found on the movie's soundtrack CD. The CD also contains the background music pieces used for Frozen. Most of the songs were made by husband and wife Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, while the movie's background music was made by Christophe Beck. The first song in the movie, "Frozen Heart," was made by South Sami composer Frode Fjellheim and is in a traditional Sami style called Vuelie.[4]

  1. "Frozen Heart" (sung by a group of icemen)
  2. "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (sung by young Anna)
  3. "For the First Time in Forever" (sung by Anna and Elsa)
  4. "Love Is an Open Door" (sung by Anna and Hans)
  5. "Let It Go" (sung by Elsa; most popular Frozen song)
  6. "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" (sung by Kristoff)
  7. "In Summer" (sung by Olaf)
  8. "For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)" (sung by Anna and Elsa)
  9. "Fixer Upper" (sung by the trolls)
  10. "Let It Go" (sung by Demi Lovato; end credits)

Release dates[change | change source]

Country Premiere
 Armenia November 20, 2013
 Georgia November 20, 2013
 Canada November 27, 2013
 Philippines November 27, 2013
 United States November 27, 2013
 Austria November 28, 2013
 Germany November 28, 2013
 Croatia November 28, 2013
 Israel November 28, 2013
 North Macedonia November 28, 2013
 Malaysia November 28, 2013
 Portugal November 28, 2013
 Singapore November 28, 2013
 Bulgaria November 29, 2013
 Bhutan November 29, 2013
 Spain November 29, 2013
 Indonesia November 29, 2013
 India November 29, 2013
 Poland November 29, 2013
 Qatar November 29, 2013
 Belgium December 4, 2013
 France December 4, 2013
 Hungary December 5, 2013
 Cambodia December 5, 2013
 Slovenia December 5, 2013
 Japan December 5, 2013 (limited)
 Slovakia December 5, 2013
 Thailand December 5, 2013
 United Kingdom December 6, 2013
 Ireland December 6, 2013
 Netherlands December 11, 2013
 United Arab Emirates December 12, 2013
 Albania December 12, 2013
 Azerbaijan December 12, 2013
 Kazakhstan December 12, 2013
 Russia December 12, 2013
 Iceland December 13, 2013
 Vietnam December 13, 2013
 Greece December 19, 2013
 Hong Kong December 19, 2013
 Italy December 19, 2013
 Turkey December 19, 2013 (limited)
 Kuwait December 19, 2013
 Mexico December 19, 2013
 Ukraine December 19, 2013
 Uruguay December 19, 2013
 Finland December 20, 2013
 Pakistan December 20, 2013
Kosovo Kosovo December 21, 2013
 Denmark December 25, 2013
 Norway December 25, 2013
 Peru December 25, 2013
 Australia December 26, 2013
 New Zealand December 26, 2013
 Serbia December 26, 2013
 Romania December 27, 2013
 Taiwan December 27, 2013
 Oman December 31, 2013
 Swaziland December 31, 2013
 Argentina January 2, 2014
 Fiji January 2, 2014
 Chile January 2, 2014
 Togo January 2, 2014
 Brazil January 3, 2014
 Lithuania January 3, 2014
 Puerto Rico January 8, 2014
 Sri Lanka January 9, 2014
 South Korea January 16, 2014
 Estonia January 17, 2014
 Ghana January 17, 2014
 Turkey January 17, 2014
 Bolivia January 30, 2014
 Sweden January 31, 2014
 China February 5, 2014
 Morocco February 6, 2014
 Lebanon February 8, 2014
 Bangladesh February 14, 2014
 Japan March 14, 2014
 Senegal March 20, 2014

Criticism[change | change source]

The character Kristoff is meant to be Sami, a member of an indigenous group that lives in northern Europe. Some viewers complained that Kristoff was not a good way to show Sami because he is light-skinned and blond. Although, today, some Sami look like Kristoff, most have darker skin and hair. When making the 2019 sequel, Frozen II, Disney signed a contract with Sami leaders and hired Sami experts to make sure the culture would be shown respectfully.[4]

Sequels[change | change source]

Frozen Fever (2015)[change | change source]

Frozen Fever is a short movie made by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It continues the events of Frozen. It was released with the longer movie Cinderella on March 13, 2015. The movie is about Elsa who catches a cold and finds it hard to surprise Anna on her birthday. Frozen Fever runs for about 8 minutes. It has one new song sung by Elsa.

Olaf's Frozen Adventure (2017)[change | change source]

Olaf's Frozen Adventure is a short movie made by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was released with the longer movie Coco on November 22, 2017.[5] It was later shown on ABC on December 14.[6] The short movie is about Olaf the snowman who is looking for the best holiday traditions for Anna. It runs for about 21 minutes. It has four new songs.[7]

Frozen 2 (2019)[change | change source]

A sequel, Frozen 2, is being made by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It will be released on November 27, 2019.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Team, The Deadline; Team, The Deadline (12 December 2013). "Golden Globe Awards Nominations: '12 Years A Slave' & 'American Hustle' Lead Pack (Full List)".
  2. "Making It Snow in Disney's Frozen | Disney Insider". Oh My Disney. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  3. "Frozen". Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Radhayan Simonpillai (November 19, 2019). "Disney signed a contract with Indigenous people before making Frozen II". Now Toronto. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  5. "‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ is sure to heat up the holiday season". 3 October 2017. C1 control character in |title= at position 1 (help)
  6. "Olaf's Frozen Adventure -". ABC.
  7. "Olafs Frozen Adventure". MovieWeb.
  8. Disney Animation (2017-04-25). "Frozen 2 is coming to theaters November 27, 2019!". @DisneyAnimation. Retrieved 2017-07-17.

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