Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad stars in a new animated film this November with Frozen. This new movie revolves around the fearless Anna (Bell) who teams ups with Kristoff (Groff) as they take on an epic journey which involves encountering Everest-like conditions, a very funny snowman named Olaf (Gad) as they race to find Anna’s sister, Elsa (Menzel) whose icy powers trapped the entire kingdom in an eternal winter. Frozen will surely bring a new Disney adventure to families this Thanksgiving. Check out the latest news for this upcoming film below:
“Interview with The Creative Team of the New Film – Frozen
This winter, Disney fans are in for a real treat with Frozen. It’s a fairytale feature where we get not one, but two heroines! Idina Menzel (Wicked) and Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) voice sisters Queen Elsa and Princess Anna. They’re torn apart when Elsa (Menzel) loses control of her ice powers and is exposed to her kingdom, when she accidentally encapsulates it into an eternal winter. While she’s seen as a monster, her sister Anna (Bell) is determined to get through to her and repair the damage.
The amazing people behind Frozen promise to bring a tale of two sisters who’d do anything for each other. ScreenCrave went behind the scenes at Walt Disney Animation Studios and spoke with the film’s creative team.
Head of Animation Lino DiSalvo on bringing in Idina Menzel to meet the animators in order to give her character her real-life traits:
Lino DiSalvo: I’d moderate like an Inside the Actors Studio. We’d talk about technique, singing and breath. It was a huge thing for us [animators] on this film. It’s something that we very, very much wanted to get right. So, having Idina come in, talk about her singing technique — which is something that was very important to us — because obviously the Elsa character sings an amazing song.
Elsa animator Wayne Unten describes detailing the performance of the song “Let it Go” with Menzel’s physical technique:
Wayne Unten: So, like if you notice like when she’s singing, she takes a breath. And then when she says ‘Past is in the past,’ there’s this thing she does I’m taking from her performance that’s really cool. You notice she takes a big breath. See it in the diaphragm. You can see like all the neck tension. If it makes it more believable, I’ll put it in there.
How Kristen Bell’s personality aided Anna animator Becky Bresee:
Becky Breese: I think the voice lends itself well, so you are taking bits and pieces. And, you know, she’d do things like she’d bite her lip a lot, and so we put that into the character. She is very… perky, yes. Yeah, it worked well for her.
Art Director Brittney Lee on creating the look of Anna:
Brittney Lee: So, I grew up on Disney fairy tales, and it’s absolutely been a dream to be able to work on this film. All of the female characters are wearing petticoats and undergarments. And a lot of that was informed by the research (of Norwegian garments).”
The rest of the interview can be read at Screen Crave.
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