Frozen is Disney’s 53rd animated feature and from what I have seen, the snowscaped movie is gorgeous. During a media preview, attendees spoke with film creators about the look of the film, the inspiration, and of course the characters.
The two sisters of Frozen are Princesses Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Princess Anna (Kristen Bell). Elsa has magical and potentially dangerous power that she suppresses for years to protect the people she loves. An unfortunate turn of events causes Elsa to go into hiding. She creates an ice kingdom for herself that causes the land of Arendelle to an eternal winter. I can’t wait to see the entire film!
Here are 10 fun facts that I learned about Frozen.
1) The animated film is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen.
2) Film makers visited different parts of the world for inspiration on bringing the snow capped animation to life. The Ice Hotel in Quebec helped animators understand how lighting works against ice. Ice is treated as a character in the film and the beautiful color palette is constantly shifting and changing. It’s a light show!
3) Rosemaling is a Norwegian decorative painting that is found throughout the movie. The flower motif pattern can be found on the characters clothing, furniture as well as architecture in Frozen.
4) The Arendelle kingdom is influenced by the scenery in Norway. The castle is nestled along the fjords and mountains and its construction is based on stave churches found in Oslo. The rooflines of these churches are triangular and the look is charming, rustic and elegant.
5) The average human has about 100,000 hairs. Elsa has 420,000 strand of hair in this film! Rapunzel only had 27,000! you know, in the years since Tangled, they have really worked a lot to develop and push and further what animators do with all of the grooming, hair simulation and hair rendering. I think this final product looks fantastic.
6) Disney created a snowflake generator to create 2000 different snowflakes. No two snowflakes are alike but they all have six sides. Pay close attention to Elsa’s cape while she is in her ice castle. It’s a snowflake!
7) Elsa created Olaf. He is the symbol of love between the two sisters. Elsa and Anna created snowmen as children and this is a happy memory that is dear to the both of them.
8) One frame took thirty hours to render. Four thousand computers were working on the film at one point.
9) “Let It Go” is Elsa’s song and is sung by Idina Menzel. Elsa is powerful character with vulnerable side to her. Idina is the same way with a gentle spirit.
10) It was very important to Kristen Bell (Anna) to have a relatable heroine.
I definitely want to visit the countries that influenced this movie. The landscapes are breathtaking! Not only does the film look spectacular, but it also offers conflict and humor. Frozen will be in theaters on November 27th.
– That’s IT Mom Tee
* This is not a sponsored post. I attended a media event for review purposes.