- “Frozen” is the highest-grossing animated film ever.
- It’s getting a sequel, “Frozen 2,” which is set to be released in November.
- Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Oscar-winning movie.
With a talking snowman, a sister-focused storyline, and some of the catchiest Disney songs in recent years, “Frozen” is not easily forgotten. The animated film grossed over $US1 billion at the global box office and won several awards, including the 2014 Oscar for best animated feature film.
Ahead of the film’s November release, let’s take a look back at the original film. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about “Frozen.”
The story wasn’t originally about sisters
Although royal siblings are on-brand for Disney, the original concept for “Frozen” didn’t involve sisters. The story was completely rewritten after movie creators heard the Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go.”
The film set a lot of records
“Frozen” was the first Disney animated feature film to be directed by a woman. It’s also the highest-grossing animated film ever, making director Jennifer Lee the first female director to gross over $US1 billion at the box office.
Animators needed new software to animate Elsa’s hair
With 400,000 strands of hair on Elsa’s head, Disney moviemakers needed a new way to keep track of all the computer-generated threads. They created a new software program, Tonic, to help bring Elsa’s platinum-blonde braid to life.
Walt Disney started working on what became ‘Frozen’ in the 1940s
In 1943, Walt Disney started working on a film about Hans Christian Andersen and his works, including “The Snow Queen,” on which “Frozen” is based, but the project was shelved. The studio brought it back out after it saw success with 2010’s “Tangled.”
Did you catch the ‘Arrested Development’ references?
There are at least three “Arrested Development” references scattered throughout the 102-minute animated film. One of the most apparent is the reference to sandwiches in “Love Is an Open Door,” which one of the composers told Entertainment Weekly was an “unconscious callback to ‘Arrested Development'” that ended up making the final cut.
Elsa almost looked entirely different
Disney artist Claire Keane said that while she was making early designs for Elsa, she was inspired by Amy Winehouse. Keane shared early concept art with MTV and said she imagined the character with a “deep, soulful voice and dramatic mood swings.”
The snow queen wasn’t always the hero of the story
While Elsa ultimately becomes a hero in her and her sister’s story, she was originally a villain. In one of the movie’s early drafts, Elsa was stood up at the altar, froze her heart, and made an army of snow monsters that she set upon the protagonists.
The movie’s most famous song was written in 24 hours
Songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez told Billboard they made the demo for “Let It Go” in just one day after taking a walk through Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, jumping on picnic tables and singing to embrace Elsa’s attitude.
Some of the characters are named after Hans Christian Andersen
The villain Hans, love interest Kristoff, princess Anna, and reindeer Sven – Hans-Kristoff-Anna-Sven – are named after Andersen.
Idina Menzel first auditioned for ‘Tangled’
Idina Menzel auditioned for a role in “Tangled.” Though she didn’t get the part, Menzel told We Got This Covered that Disney’s creative people kept her in mind for “Frozen” and ultimately cast her as Elsa.
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