[188], The film had its US broadcast debut on December 11, 2016, airing on ABC under the Wonderful World of Disney anthology. [71] As for her approach to the role of Anna, Bell enthused that she had "dreamed of being in a Disney animated film" since she was four years old,[18] saying, "I always loved Disney animation, but there was something about the females that was unattainable to me. [33]:14, In March 2012, Jennifer Lee, one of the writers of Wreck-It Ralph, was brought in as screenwriter. "[56] In earlier drafts, Anna openly flirted with Kristoff at their first meeting, but that was changed after Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn pointed out that it would confuse and annoy viewers, since Anna was already engaged to Hans. [104][105] Decorations, such as those on the castle pillars and Kristoff's sled, are also in styles inspired by Sámi duodji decorations. But at the same time I feel like once we hand the film over, it belongs to the world, so I don't like to say anything, and let the fans talk. At the time of release, it overtook Toy Story 3 to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and also the fifth highest-grossing film of all time and the highest-grossing film of 2013. "[311] She also mentioned that Disney films were made in different eras and were all celebrated for different reasons, but a 2013 film would have a "2013 point of view". [73][74] The songwriters were also present for the table read; Anderson-Lopez said "Lasseter was in heaven" upon hearing Menzel and Bell sing in harmony, and from that moment forward, he insisted, "Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel have to be in the movie! [267] Another reason that contributed to the film's success in the market was that Disney took great care in choosing "high quality"[269] voice actors for the Japanese-dubbed version, since Japan's pop music scene had an important role particularly with teenage audiences. [71][127], Like other Disney media products which are often localized through Disney Character Voices International, Frozen was translated and dubbed into 41 languages (compared with only 15 for The Lion King). But that was close. Namely: Albanian,[136] Arabic (TV dub), Karachay-Balkar,[137] Persian[138] and Tagalog. [191], Frozen earned $400.7 million in North America, and an estimated $880 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $1,280,802,282. "[35][52][83] Acting coach Warner Loughlin was brought in to help the film's animators understand the characters they were creating. [293][294], Scott Foundas of Variety was less impressed with the film, describing it as "formulaic", though he praised its voice acting and technical artistry: "The tactile, snow-capped Arendelle landscape, including Elsa's ice-castle retreat is Frozen's other true marvel, enhanced by 3D and the decision to shoot in widescreen – a nod to the CinemaScope richness of Sleeping Beauty and Lady and the Tramp... That's almost but not quite enough to make up for the somewhat slack plotting and the generic nature of the main characters. 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[355][356] The film's massive popularity resulted in an unusually severe merchandise shortage in the United States[357][358][359][360][361] and several other industrialized countries in April 2014,[362][363][364][365][366][367][368][369] which caused resale prices for higher-quality limited-edition Frozen dolls and costumes to skyrocket past $1,000 on eBay. "[266] Disney's head of distribution Dave Hollis said in an interview that "It's become very clear that the themes and emotions of Frozen transcend geography, but what's going on in Japan is extraordinary. "[72], – Idina Menzel, on her impression of Frozen[69], Idina Menzel, a Broadway veteran, was cast as Elsa. [223], In North America, Frozen is the twenty-sixth-highest-grossing film,[224] the third-highest-grossing 2013 film,[225] the fifth-highest-grossing animated film,[226] the highest-grossing 2013 animated film, the twelfth-highest-grossing 3-D film,[227] and the second-highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film. [309][312], On November 24, 2017, musical artist Jaime Ciero sued Demi Lovato, Idina Menzel, Walt Disney Animation Studios and others involved with the song "Let it Go," accusing them of ripping off his 2008 single "Volar." Even before then, Harvey Fierstein pitched his version of the story to Disney's executives, but was turned down. [123][128] Boucher supervised the recording of Anderson-Lopez and Lopez's songs from July 22 to 24, 2013, then Stone supervised the recording of Beck's score from September 3 to 6 and 9 to 10. [49] However, the final version differed sharply from the earlier ones. [34] The studio has a tradition of screening animated films in development every twelve weeks, then holding lengthy "notes sessions" in which its directors and screenwriters from different projects provide extensive "notes" on each other's work. The film finished in second place over the traditional three-day weekend (Friday-to-Sunday) with $67.4 million, setting an opening weekend record among Walt Disney Animation Studios films. [171] According to Official Charts Company, more than 500,000 copies of the film were sold in its two-day opening (March 31 – April 1, 2014). [91] Tonic also aided in animating fur and hair elements such as Elsa's hair, which contains 420,000 computer-generated strands, while the average number for a real human being is only 100,000. [351][352][353] In the space of a single business quarter, Iger went from speaking of Frozen's "franchise potential" (in February 2014)[354]:8,13 to saying that it was "probably" one of Disney's "top five franchises" (in May 2014). Marshmallow places the crown on top of its head and smiles. [124], Regarding the sound of Frozen, director Jennifer Lee stated that sound played a huge part in making the film "visceral" and "transported"; she explained, "[i]n letting it tell the story emotionally, the sound of the ice when it's at its most dangerous just makes you shudder. "[396] In March 2016, Bell stated that voice recording for the film was due to start later in the month,[397] but in September of that same year, she retracted her earlier comments as mistaken and explained that she had been working instead on other Frozen projects such as the upcoming holiday special. According to him, it lent a hyper-reality to the film: "Because this is a movie with such scale and we have the Norwegian fjords to draw from, I really wanted to explore the depth. Statement, Website [18][48] The filmmakers listened to a series of vocal tracks Bell had recorded when she was young, in which she performed several songs from The Little Mermaid, including "Part of Your World". "I actually film myself acting the scene out, which I find very helpful," said animation supervisor Rebecca Wilson Bresee. [81] "There is a real feeling of Lawrence of Arabia scope and scale to this," he finished. [135], Since 2013, some local TV stations and independent studios have been dubbing the movie in their local languages, creating some unofficial dubs. "[295] The Seattle Times gave the film two out of four stars, stating "While it is an often gorgeous film with computer-generated fjords and ice sculptures and castle interiors, the important thing that glues all this stuff together – story – is sadly lacking. [263] Gavin J. Blair of The Hollywood Reporter commented on the film's earnings in Japan: "Even after its $9.6 million (¥986.4 million) three-day opening, a record bow for a Disney animation in Japan, few would have predicted the kind of numbers Frozen has now racked up. "[41] As Frozen approached the first anniversary of its release, Menzel mentioned the film's continuing popularity in an October 2014 interview: "It's just a remarkable thing. Hans confronts Elsa outside, claiming that she killed Anna, causing Elsa to break down and abruptly stop the storm. To protect her sister from her increasingly unpredictable powers, Elsa ceases all contact with Anna, creating a rift between them. The 53rd Disney animated feature film, it is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen".The film depicts a princess who sets off on a journey alongside an iceman, his reindeer, and a snowman to find her … [201], Frozen became Fandango's top advance ticket seller among original animated films, ahead of previous record-holder Brave,[202] and became the top-selling animated film in the company's history in late January 2014. If you don't, it will suck". Princess Elsa of Arendelle possesses magical powers that allow her to control and create ice and snow, often using them to play with her younger sister, Anna. [278][279][280] The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 241 reviews, with an average rating of 7.69/10. People didn't get back to me for comments and the sad thing is that's the way the internet works. [236][237][238] It is also the highest-grossing Walt Disney Animation Studios film in more than 45 territories,[230] including the Latin America region (specifically in Mexico and Brazil), the UK, Ireland, and Malta, Russia and the CIS, Ukraine, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and China. [33]:10 In March 1940, Walt Disney suggested a co-production to film producer Samuel Goldwyn, where Goldwyn's studio would shoot the live-action sequences of Andersen's life and Disney's studio would animate Andersen's fairy tales. Snowman. [71][127] The foley artists received daily deliveries of 50 pounds (22.6 kg) of snow ice while working, to help them record all the necessary snow and ice sounds for the film. [132] For nearly 15 dubbed versions, they cast Elsa's singing and speaking parts separately, since not all vocalists could act the part they were singing. Vice president of Disney UK Anna Hill later commented that "We're delighted that Elsa is a popular name for babies and it's lovely to hear that for many families, it is actually their siblings who have chosen it," and that "Elsa's fight to overcome her fears and the powerful strength of the family bond" were relatable to many families. [78][80] "We had a very short time schedule for this film, so our main focus was really to get the story right but we knew that John Lasseter is keen on truth in the material and creating a believable world, and again that doesn't mean it's a realistic world – but a believable one. "[303], Several viewers outside the film industry, such as evangelical pastors[304][305][306] and commentators,[307] argued that Frozen promotes normalization of homosexuality, while others believed that the main character, Elsa, represents a positive image of LGBT youth, viewing the film and the song "Let It Go" as a metaphor for coming out. [84], Another challenge that the studio had to face was to deliver shots of heavy and deep snow that both interacted believably with characters and had a realistic sticky quality. It's very organic how that happens. [189] The airing achieved over 6.6 million viewers, lifting ABC's usual ratings on Sundays. Minnie Jogger (12 months-5 years) €12 €16. [73] Before they were officially cast, Menzel and Bell deeply impressed the directors and producers at an early table read; after reading the entire script out loud, they sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" together as a duet, since no music had been composed yet. 1 in Blu-ray and DVD sales on the Official Video Chart. ... 9-12 Months (28) 12-18 Months (26) 18-24 Months (19) 2 Years (4) 3 Years (19) 4 Years (19) 5 Years ... Disney Store Minnie Mouse Red Baby Costume Body Suit. [394], On March 12, 2015, Disney officially announced that a feature-length sequel to Frozen was in development with Buck and Lee returning as directors, and Del Vecho returning as producer. I felt horrible for him," she said. [83] For further authenticity, a live reindeer named Sage was brought into the studio for animators to study its movements and mannerisms for the character Sven. [56], While developing the story, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck drew influence from several sources. "[41] He cited a number of reasons for the film's popularity: "There are characters that people relate to; the songs are so strong and memorable. [170] In the United Kingdom, Frozen debuted at No. He also said that "while it lags the tiniest bit on its way to the conclusion, the script... really delivers; it offers characters to care about, along with some nifty twists and surprises along the way. We found the perfect match in Takako Matsu and Sayaka Kanda, and they really added a whole new dimension to the storytelling. "[261] The story of two sisters who were separated as they grew up held real-life overtones for many audience members who had siblings, and the struggle of Elsa to overcome the shame and fear of her powers was also relatable. [47]:8:42 "The whole second act was about Anna trying to get to Hans and to kiss him and then Elsa trying to stop her". [38] Instead, Eisner's successor Bob Iger negotiated Disney's purchase of Pixar in January 2006 for $7.4 billion, and Lasseter was promoted to chief creative officer of both Pixar and Disney Animation. "[267] He further explained that audiences of this age range have a vital role in shaping Japanese pop culture and "Frozen has so many elements that appeal to them, with its story of a young girl with power and mystique, who finds her own sort of good in herself. [84] Elsa's supervising animator was Wayne Unten, who asked for that role because he was fascinated by the complexity of the character. Peppa Coat (12 months-5 years) €25 €28. €7.87. [198] On March 2, 2014, its 101st day of release, it surpassed the $1 billion mark, becoming the eighteenth film in cinematic history, the seventh Disney-distributed film, the fifth non-sequel film,[199] the second Disney-distributed film in 2013 (after Iron Man 3), and the first animated film since Toy Story 3 to do so. Newborn. Anna and Hans develop a romantic connection during the coronation festivities, and he impulsively proposes to her, but Elsa objects when they seek her blessing. My kids singing Frozen song gives me chills", "Amy Adams only interested in 'strong female roles, "Ben Affleck: 'My 2 older daughters could give a s—t about Batman, "Kevin Costner: My Home Is 'Frozen Obsessed, "Vince Vaughn Jokes That Frozen Is Probably Damaging His Daughter Lochlyn—Watch! [211][283] Surveys conducted by Fandango among 1,000 ticket buyers revealed that 75% of purchasers had seen the film at least once, and 52% had seen it twice. [89] The film's "look development artists" (the Disney job title for texture artists[90]:58–59) created the digitally painted simulation of the appearance of surfaces, while other departments dealt with movement, rigging and weight, thickness and lighting of textile animation. [33]:6 Development began under the title Anna and the Snow Queen, which was planned to be traditionally animated. [302] In an August 2014 interview, DiSalvo re-emphasized what he had been trying to explain all along when his statements were taken out of context – the difficulty with turning any kind of animated character from a series of sketches on a 2D emotion model sheet into a properly rigged 3D character model: "Translating that emotional range onto a CG character is one of the most difficult parts of the process. [393], In addition, Arendelle was featured as a world in the 2019 video game Kingdom Hearts III, which adapts the plot of the film. [49][50][51], Buck and Del Vecho presented their storyboards to Lasseter, and the entire production team adjourned to a conference to hear his thoughts on the project. "[288] Richard Roeper wrote that the film was an "absolute delight from start to finish. Only Olaf is unimpeachable: Get this snowman a spinoff feature to call his own. [56], Actress Kristen Bell was cast as the voice of Anna on March 5, 2012. He thought Frozen managed to capture the spirit of the Disney Renaissance films and early Disney features such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella. H&M will send you information regarding your bonus points and other information regarding your membership, unless you opt-out from such messages by changing your profile settings,contacting customer service, or clicking the unsubscribe link in the bottom of our emails. Hot on the heels of the 90th anniversary, it's impossible to imagine a more perfect celebration of everything Disney is at its best. The song "Let It Go" was particularly praised. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, the Frozen soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media and was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media (with credits going to Christophe Beck as composer); the song "Let It Go" won the award for Best Song Written For Visual Media, with credits going to Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez as songwriters and Idina Menzel as performer. crew. [174] As of the end of 2014, the film earned $308,026,545 in total US home media sales. But the characters didn't resonate. "[91] The tool also proved to be particularly useful in scenes involving characters walking through deep snow, as it ensured that the snow reacted naturally to each step. Since snow doesn't have any connections, it doesn't have a mesh, it can break very easily. The tool was capable of depicting realistic snow in a virtual environment and was used in at least 43 scenes in the film, including several key sequences. Following her 21st birthday, Elsa is to be crowned queen of Arendelle. It was also pointed out that 55% of audiences identified "Let It Go" as their favorite song, while "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" [32] Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez joined the project and started writing songs for Frozen in January 2012. [255], Ray Subers, writing for Box Office Mojo, compared the film to Disney's 2010 animated feature Tangled by saying that the film's story was not as "immediately interesting" and that "marketing has yet to sell this to boys the way Tangled did". [54][55][56] Before Lee was brought on board, the efforts of the previous screen and songwriters had "imploded",[47]:9:07 which allowed the songwriters "to put a lot of [their] DNA" into the new script. Neither princess here is a patch on Tangled's babe-in-the-woods Rapunzel, while both Hans and Kristoff are cut from pretty standard-issue hero cloth until a reasonably surprising third-act twist somewhat ups the ante. It was important to see the scope and scale of Norway, and important for our animators to know what it's like," Del Vecho said. [183] By late January 2014, the two companies had settled the case; the settlement stated that the distribution and promotion of The Legend of Sarila and related merchandise must use its original title and Phase 4 must not use trademarks, logos or other designs confusingly similar to Disney's animated release. Anna ventures out to find Elsa and end the winter, leaving Hans in command. Back at Disney, The Snow Queen, along with other Andersen fairy tales (including The Little Mermaid), were shelved. [377][378], Meanwhile, the producers of Once Upon a Time (made by Disney-owned ABC Studios) independently conceived of and obtained authorization from both ABC and Disney for a Frozen-inspired crossover story arc in the show's fourth season, which was first revealed at the end of the show's third season in May 2014, which was broadcast in fall 2014. It can be compressed into snowballs. [119] It was revealed on September 14, 2013, that Sámi musician Frode Fjellheim's Eatnemen Vuelie would be the film's opening song, as it contains elements of the traditional Sámi singing style joik. ", "UCLA's mathematicians bring snow to life for Disney's "Frozen, "A material point method for snow simulation", "Making of Disney's Frozen: A Material Point Method For Snow Simulation", "Disney's "Frozen" to Warm Hearts This Week", "Countdown to Disney "Frozen" : The flaky design idea behind the look of Elsa's ice palace", "6 surprises I learned about "Frozen" fresh from filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios preview event", "Disney's Frozen Movie and Sitron the Fjord Horse", "Female Directors are Changing the Story in Disney Animation", "Bark Up or Down? "[299][300][301] However, a Disney spokesperson later told Time that DiSalvo's quote was widely misinterpreted, stating that he was "describing some technical aspects of CG animation and not making a general comment on animating females versus males or other characters. Anna spots Hans about to kill Elsa; she leaps in the way and freezes solid, stopping Hans. show;[5][149][150] Disneyland and Epcot both offered meet-and-greet sessions involving the film's two main characters, Anna and Elsa. "[336], In May, columnist Joel Stein of Time magazine wrote about his young son Laszlo's frustration with the inescapable "cultural assault" of Frozen at preschool and all social and extracurricular activities, and how he had arranged for a Skype call with lead actress Bell after Laszlo began asking why the film was made. 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