Frozen (2013 movie)

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Logo for Frozen
Directed byChris Buck
Screenplay byShane Morris
Story byHans Christian Andersen
Produced byJohn Lasseter
Peter del Vecho
StarringKristen Bell
Idina Menzel
Music byChristophe Beck
Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release dates
November 27, 2013 (2013-11-27) (United States)
December 1, 2013 (2013-12-01) (Togo)
December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) (France)
December 6, 2013 (2013-12-06) (United Kingdom and Ireland)
January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31) (Sweden)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.275 billion

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

The movie is about a princess named Anna and her sister Elsa, who becomes the queen of Arendelle. There is also a talking snowman called Olaf. In the movie, Elsa sings a song called "Let It Go", which soon became very popular. 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 to create snow and ice and work with them, but she loses control of her powers and puts the people of Arendelle in danger. Not wanting to hurt anyone, Elsa runs away and builds an ice 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 ice seller, and Olaf, a funny snowman created by Elsa who dreams of seeing the summer.

A prince named Hans wants to marry Anna, but later reveals that he only wants to marry her to take down Elsa and get her royal status. As Hans raises his sword over Elsa, Anna stops Hans and freezes because of the cold. Elsa weeps out of love for 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
  • Additional Voices Matt Adler, Jack Angel, Stephen Apostolina, Annaleigh Ashford, Reid Burton, David Arnott, Kirk Baily, Jenica Bergere, Gregg Berger, Dave Boat, Paul Brigg, Catherine Cavadini, Doc Kane, Stephen J. Anderson, June Christopher, Robert Clotworthy, Lewis Cleales, Randy Crenshaw, Peter Del Vecho, Wendy Cutler, Debi Derryberry, John Cygan, Paul Eiding, Terri Douglas, Pat Fry, John DeMita, Sandy Fox, Eddie Frierson, Earl Ghaffari, Jean Gilpin, Jackie Gonneau, Nathan Greno, Nicholas Guest, Kyle Hebert, Todd Haberkorn, Clark Spencer, Bridget Hoffman, Nick Jameson, Lex Lang, Christian Lanz, Neil Kaplan, Daniel Kaz, John Lavelle, Jennifer Lee, Patricia Lentz, Dave Kohut, Carole Jeghers, Rosanna Huffman, Daamen J. Krall, David Lodge, Maurice laMarche, Anne Lockhart, Jeremy Maxwell, David Michie, Daniel Edward Mora, John Lassester, Sherry Lynn, Danny Mann, Katie Lowes, Mona Marshall, Dara McGarry, Scott Menville, Jonathan Nichols, Paul Pape, Courtney Pelton, Bobbi Page, Jasper Randall, Nick Pitera, Jan Rabson, Vic Mignogna, Raymond S. Persi, Jean-Michel Richaud, Lynwood Robinson, Tucker Gilmore, Gabriel Guy, Pepper Sweeney, Gerald White, Chris Williams, Cristina Vee, Bruce W. Smith, Fred Tatasciore, Russi Taylor, Frank Welker, Jim Ward, David Zyler, Colette Whitaker, Marlon West Additional Children's Voices Ava Acres, Tylee Brown, Tyler Ganus, Carter Sand, Jadon Sand, Katie Silverman.

Production[change | change source]

Plans to make a movie based on The Snow Queen were started in the 1940s. 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)

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 II (2019)[change | change source]

The full length sequel, Frozen II, was released on November 22, 2019.

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. "Olafs Frozen Adventure is sure to heat up the holiday season". 3 October 2017.
  6. "Olaf's Frozen Adventure -". ABC. Archived from the original on 2018-12-05. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. "Olafs Frozen Adventure". MovieWeb.

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