Frozen (2013)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 43 mins

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Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.

Cast: Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Kristen Bell

Crew: Chris Buck (Director), Jennifer Lee (Director), Christophe Beck (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Release Dates: 29 Nov 2013 (India), 28 Feb 2016 (Singapore)

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Did you know? The Platinum-certified soundtrack of this movie held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart as many as seven times. Read More
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as Elsa - Snow Queen
as Olaf
as Anna
as Duke of Weselton
as Oaken
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
as Young Elsa
Supporting Actor
as Kristoff
as Young Anna
as Teenage Elsa
Supporting Actor
as Additional Voices
Supporting Actor
as Hans
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor



Production Company
Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Production Supervisor


Screenplay Writer


Music Director
Music Label
Playback Singer


Sound Designer
Foley Artist
Foley Editor
Sound Effects Editor


Production Designer
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Casting Director


Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
The Duke's guards shoot several arrows into the Snow Monster's arm. The arrows disappear in the next shot.

In the scene where Kristoff and Anna are riding on the sled, in the first shot of them in the sled, Anna's hair is behind her, flowing in the wind. In the next shot, her hair is in front of her, resting on her chest.

Anna is shown from the front as she ascends an ice staircase inside Elsa's ice castle. There are giant ice pillars to Anna's right and left. They should reflect the side of her face, but instead the reflections show her face from the front.

When Anna and Kristoff fall off the cliff after being chased, they are still tied by the rope. But when they land the rope is gone.

Just before Elsa creates the stairs in "Let it Go" she is near a gap - she runs, and then comes up the same hill again.

In the scene where Marshmallow is chasing the characters off the cliff: Olaf falls first, followed by Anna, then Kristoff last. At the bottom, Anna created a mound of snow where she fell, yet Kristoff managed to get underneath pristine snow, and Olaf.

When Anna, Kristoff and Olaf get thrown by the snow monster Anna does not have her hat on when they are sliding. Her hat is back on in the next shot.

In the shot where Elsa creates the ice wall to push the Duke's bodyguard off the castle her hair is resting on her left shoulder. In the next shot it is flat on her back.
This was the biggest Disney or Pixar animated film of all time in 27 territories, including Russia, China and Brazil. In Korea, this movie remained number one for five weeks after release, and is the biggest animated film, biggest Disney release, and second biggest non-local film of all time.

The Blu-ray and DVD release of this movie was such a phenomenal success, that it marked it as one of the biggest home entertainment sellers for the decade, and the fastest-selling digital release ever.

The Platinum-certified soundtrack of this movie held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart as many as seven times.

The Academy award-winning song "Let It Go" featured in this movie, sold more than 2.6 million copies, while its YouTube clip got over 160 million hits.

This movie provided Walt Disney Animation Studios it's biggest opening ever, and remained in the top 10 films at the domestic box office for 16 consecutive weeks, the longest run by any film since 2002.

This woman-centric tale is Walt Disney Studios' seventh billion-dollar release, and the first to receive the Academy award for Best Animated Feature.

By the end of March 2014, this movie became the highest grossing animated film of all time, beating 'The Lion King', and entered the top 10 biggest films of all time.

'Get A Horse', the 3D animated short seen by millions in front of this movie, comes packed with characters, information, jokes and a surprise cameo from Walt Disney's original animated character Oswald.

This animated movie created by Walt Disney Animation Studios, is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen.

Videos from the movie went viral on You Tube. The "Let It Go" film clip featuring Menzel's performance has been viewed over 121 million times on YouTube as of March 5.

The 'Frozen' soundtrack has sold more than 1 million copies, and spent five (nonconsecutive) weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s the first film soundtrack to do so since 1998, and the first animated film soundtrack to do so since 'The Lion King' in 1994 and 1995. In the top 5 since early January, the album has held the No. 1 or No. 2 spot for eight consecutive weeks. It hit No. 1 on iTunes Overall Album Chart in 31 countries including the U.S. Both the soundtrack and the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," performed by Idina Menzel, are certified Platinum.

'Frozen' has received worldwide acclaim, and stands as the highest grossing Disney or Pixar animated release in over 25 territories including Russia, China, Korea, Denmark, Venezuela and Brazil. It is the highest grossing Disney animated film ever in more than 50 territories including UK/Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, and the Latin America region as a whole.

The movie was a phenomenal success becoming Walt Disney Studio’s seventh feature to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office. 'Frozen' now stands as the second highest grossing animated movie of all time, and the biggest non-sequel animated film ever released.

The movie has won awards and accolades galore, including the Academy award 2014: Best Animated Feature Frozen and last year’s Golden Globe winner for best animated film. It took home the BAFTA Award winner for Animated Feature Film, the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, not to mention four Visual Effects Society awards for Animation, Animated Character, Created Environment, and FX and Simulation.

'Let It Go' won Oscars 2014: Best Song

Deeply influenced and inspired by the Oscar nominated tune 'Let it Go', the creators changed Elsa from a much darker character and Anna to a more feisty character.

Interestingly, it seems that the Trolls work inspired by a combination of cast members from both the stage productions 'Kinky Boots' and 'Book of Mormon'.

Apart from a great deal of information about the making of the movie, the DVD contains a musical surprise about its making.

Apparently the cut song "We Know Better" in the soundtrack is only the first half of the song. The second half sounds drastically different.

Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" at an early table read, helping the final selection process.

The "Do You Want To Build a Snowman" scene almost wasn't in the movie because it involved so much hard work in its creation, but in the end, the work was supremely well rewarded as the end result was magnificent.

There was originally an intro in the movie for Kristoff, that involved action and climbing with pick axes, mountain man-style.

Filmmakers constructed the costumes in 'Frozen' using digital pattern-making techniques and then introduced real-world properties of fabric to make them come to life.

Visiting Norway was obviously essential in coming up with the design aesthetic for 'Frozen' in terms of color, light, and atmosphere. According to Giaimo, there were three important takeaways from the research trip in making Frozen unique to the Disney canon: the fjords, which are the massive vertical rock formations, and serve as the setting for the secluded Arendelle kingdom; the medieval stave churches, whose rustic triangular rooflines and shingles inspired the castle compound; and the rosemaling folk art, whose distinctive paneling and grid patterns informed the architecture, decor, and costumes (the most elaborate in Disney history, designed by Brittney Lee).

Co-director Jennifer Lee, who has no prior animation experience, was given the task to develop the characters and story with more complexity on screen.

Directorial debut of Jennifer Lee.

Initially assigned only to be a screenwriter to begin with after her acclaimed work on Wreck-It Ralph, on November 30, 2012, Disney announced that Jennifer Lee joined veteran animator/director Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf's Up) as co-director. When she came on board of the project, she so quickly understood the story the filmmakers were conveying and worked well with everyone associated with the film and had such a passion for the film, as much as director Chris Buck. In the time frame that they had, in addition, the producers needed two directors and chose Lee. Following the announcement, Lee became the first woman to direct an animated feature made and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Frozen is the first Disney animated fairy tale to be filmed in the ultra widescreen film format since Sleeping Beauty.

The Duke of Weselton is the second consecutive Disney villain to be voiced by Alan Tudyk following King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph. It's also the third consecutive villain to be played by him following that of Wreck-It Ralph and Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman in 42.

In a August 10, 2013 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee that giving Frozen a timeless feel was important to them. In the article, it reads: ""What makes something a classic film is there is that quality that it speaks to you whether it is 1930 or 2013," said Lee, admitting that Cinderella and The Little Mermaid are still her favorite Disney animated features. For Frozen, she related that the directors aimed to make the film both "timeless and timely. ... We just kept pushing to make sure there are themes in this movie that make it relatable." Lee (also a writer on the film) noted that at its heart, the feature is a story about sisters, and John Lasseter helped to elevate that point. "When we were still just discovering the story we'd show John [the work] he'd say 'you have to go deeper.' That is the key to John-You have to have worked each scene to the point where you know exactly what it means and why, and you got the most out of it." Buck-whose favorite Disney animated film is still Pinocchio-added that Lasseter would "also keep us on track ... with so make people and voices in the room, you can start to stray." Incidentally, the two went to CalArts together and "have that same love of Disney. ... I love that classic feel; it is engrained in me."" 1 of 1 fou

Idina Menzel said Frozen is "a bit of a feminist movie for Disney." "I'm really proud of that," Menzel tells Zap2it. "It has everything, but it's essentially about sisterhood. I think that these two women are competitive with one another, but always trying to protect each other - sisters are just so complicated. It's such a great relationship to have in movies, especially for young kids." Kristen Bell said on a similar matter: "I'm really excited to show it to people. I became a part of the kind of movie I wanted to see as a kid," she said. "I always loved Disney animation, but there was something about the females that was unattainable to me. Their posture was too good and they were too well-spoken, and I feel like I really made this girl [Princess Anna] much more relatable and weirder and scrappier and more excitable and awkward. I'm really proud of that."

Michael Giaimo's production design and art direction for Frozen is greatly inspired by the works of 'Mary Blair' (v) in Cinderella and Peter Pan and that of Eyvind Earle in Sleeping Beauty.

Peter Del Vecho explains the decision of having two directors: "In story planning we're always together. That's myself, the head of story, the songwriters and Jen[nifer Lee] and Chris [Buck]; you can't do anything until you get that story working. But after that, we have the ability to keep Jen working on story while Chris is working on animation, and then they come together again in editorial. The idea of two directors is that they can come together to bounce ideas off each another when they need to but also split their duties a little bit so that, essentially, they can get more work done in a straight day."

Prince Hans is named after Hans Christian Andersen, a famed and influential Danish fairy tale poet and author of "The Red Shoes", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Little Match Girl", "The Little Mermaid", and "The Snow Queen"; the last of which the movie is based on. Disney Animation also adapted various Andersen's fairy tales into animated short or feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, The Little Matchgirl, "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" segment in Fantasia/2000, the "Ugly Duckling" plot element in Lilo & Stitch, and the title of The Emperor's New Groove is derived from that of "The Emperor's New Clothes".

The original Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, on which this film is based, is a personal favorite work of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II.

A live reindeer was brought into the animating studio for animators to study its movements and mannerisms for the reindeer character, Sven. Co-director Jennifer Lee said it was the best moment during production for her.

Kristen Bell stated that with Frozen, she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of voicing an animated character ever since she saw The Little Mermaid and Aladdin as a kid. When she was around that same age, she recorded a voice box where she sang a couple of songs from The Little Mermaid, including "Part of Your World". Her Little Mermaid vocal tracks were part of the reason why she got the part of Anna, as director Jennifer Lee said to her that if she hadn't recorded her own vocal tracks from Mermaid, it would've been very difficult to the find the right one to play Anna.

Frozen joins with other Disney animated feature films that have been filmed in the ultra widescreen film format: Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Black Cauldron, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear, and Wreck-It Ralph.

On December 22, 2011, Disney announced that "The Snow Queen" had been put back into development, now entitled Frozen, with a different crew, and was scheduled for the 2013 holiday season release. It was, however, uncertain whether or not the project was still going to be in hand drawn animation or switch to computer animation. Twenty days later, on January 11, 2012, it was announced that the film was now going to be computer animated.

As pointed out in a message board written by an IMDb user regarding the film, Anna, Hans, and Kristof are all named after Hans Christian Andersen: Prince Hans as in Hans, (Krist)of as in (Christ)ian, and (An)na as in (An)dersen.

Frozen is the first Disney animated fairy tale to be filmed in the ultra widescreen film format since Sleeping Beauty.

Frozen joins with other Disney animated feature films that have been filmed in the ultra widescreen film format: Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, The Black Cauldron, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Brother Bear, and Wreck-It Ralph.

During preproduction on the film, the film's production, art, lighting, and design leads teams went to Wyoming, Quebec, Canada, and Norway in order to study and gain an appreciation for the environment for the film, such as walking through snow (Wyoming), make observations of how light reflects and refracts on snow and ice (Quebec, Canada), and to gain an inspirational natural look on ice, mountains, water, and other elements needed for the story (Norway).

Elsa is the second Disney royal role for Idina Menzel. At the end of Enchanted, her character Nancy Tremaine went to Andalasia and married Prince Edward.

Walt Disney Animation Studios attempted several times before to develop Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale "The Snow Queen" into a film in the 2000s but it never worked. They first tried it in 2002, and master animator Glen Keane infamously quit the project, then it was scrapped. "The Snow Queen" was resurfaced again in 2009 and John Lasseter recruited directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Atlantis: The Lost Empire) to helm the project. Producer Don Hahn and writer Linda Woolverton also signed on to the project, alongside Alan Menken and Glenn Slater who were commissioned to write the songs. In 2010, the film was put on hold, rather than be put back in development hell again, as Disney worked out a way on how to make the story work.

A live reindeer was brought into the animating studio for animators to study its movements and mannerisms for the reindeer character, Sven. Co-director Jennifer Lee said it was the best moment during production for her.

The original Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, on which this film is based, is a personal favourite work of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II.

The Fantasia-themed Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, California received a Frozen-themed makeover in anticipation of the movie release.
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