Frozen – Phantoms of Arendelle

The Mouse House’s 53rd animated feature focuses on two princess sisters in the enchanted kingdom of Arendelle. When their parents die in a shipwreck, older sibling Elsa (Idina Menzel) is crowned Queen, but her icy powers accidentally trap the land in eternal winter.

Accused of sorcery (grab your torches and pitchforks!), Elsa flees to a fortress of frozen solitude, while younger sis Anna (Kristen Bell) braves Snowmaggedon-like conditions to find her. During her epic journey, plucky Anna teams up with mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his loyal reindeer, and a buck-toothed snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad).

Do you want to build a snowman? Who could not know this catchy song? Frozen is one of the best Disney movies in the world. Every little fan girl could sing you every song or even be able to say some of their favorite parts of their characters, as well even know the movie word by word, and agree that Frozen is a much better movie then tangled. Tangled may have been a great movie was well, but every Disney movie always has that villain with the same plot also with the same characteristics, and the villain is always a female.

To begin with during the movie a villain is never shown or even mentioned, and you never think there would even be once since Ana and Elsa were fighting about marriage and how Ana felt alone. As well this is where Elsa has to learn that she needs to get over her fears and notice that it is okay that she has powers. Once Ana arrives with Hans after Kristoff took her to Arendelle, Ana is egger to receive her kiss from Hans. Ana is egger to receive her kiss from Hands because Elsa hit her on the heart. If Ana doesn’t receive a kiss from her true love she will freeze. Hans explains his true plans were he wanted to get married with Elsa. Since he would not be able to run for the thrown and he saw Ana so desperate to find true love. Like never before Ana scarifies herself to save Elsa and Ana turns into crystal ice, but since Ana was Ana was the one that did an act of true love her heart heals and she is once again alive and not frozen. Let me tell you the story of Frozen…

Frozen is inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s classic The Snow Queen, about a young girl who saves her friend from a magic mirror and wicked snow spirit. Disney tried for over a decade to adapt the fairy tale, first as a stage musical and then an animated film. But the studio shelved the projects, partly because the original story is fairly dark and doesn’t translate easily into a feature. The breakthrough came when they decided to make the protagonists sisters, one being a more human version of the Snow Queen.

Doing Their Homework: Research was crucial to the preproduction process. Since the animators reside in Southern California, they went to Wyoming to experience what it’s like to trudge through deep snow. The lighting team traveled to the Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada to study how light reflects and refracts in snow and ice. Lastly, the production designer and art direction team visited Norway to get inspiration for the look of the film. The Norwegian influence is evident in Arendelle’s vistas, architecture, and clothing designs.

The Great Snow-White Way: Frozen showcases the talents of several Broadway alums. Idina Menzel, who never met a power ballad she didn’t love, appeared in Rent and won a Tony for her witchy turn in Wicked. Josh Gad costarred in The Book of Mormon, and that musical’s co-creator, Robert Lopez (also of Avenue Q), teamed with his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, to write the film’s eight original songs. You can just bet Disney will turn Frozen into a Broadway spectacle (with subsequent tours) in the near future.