Frozen (2013 movie)
Logo for Frozen
|Directed by||Chris Buck|
|Produced by||John Lasseter|
Peter del Vecho
|Screenplay by||Shane Morris|
|Story by||Hans Christian Andersen|
|Music by||Christophe Beck|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Box office||$1.275 billion|
Frozen is a 2013 American computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy movie based on 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 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.
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. 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.
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.
- "Frozen Heart" (sung by a group of icemen)
- "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" (sung by young Anna)
- "For the First Time in Forever" (sung by Anna and Elsa)
- "Love Is an Open Door" (sung by Anna and Hans)
- "Let It Go" (sung by Elsa; most popular Frozen song)
- "Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People" (sung by Kristoff)
- "In Summer" (sung by Olaf)
- "For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)" (sung by Anna and Elsa)
- "Fixer Upper" (sung by the trolls)
- "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.
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. It was later shown on ABC on December 14. 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.
Frozen II (2019)[change | change source]
The full length sequel, Frozen II, was released on November 22, 2019.
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