Behind The Scenes

Sue Berry Behind The Scenes of FROZEN

When a princess with the power to turn things into ice (Elsa) curses her home in infinite winter, her sister (Anna) teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. That is the story line from Disney’s musical animated powerhouse FROZEN.  The film continues to set box office records, including the highest-grossing animated film (over 1 billion dollars).

It took 600 people over two and half years to complete FROZEN – equivalent to three million hours!  But a more interesting fact is that the movie’s Oscar winning song had a profound effect on the direction of the story.  The original script called for Elsa to be the villain of the movie (she was originally NOT ANNA’S SISTER and was created with blue skin, spiked hair and wore a coat made from live weasels).  But after producers listened to the character’s major song, they concluded that the themes of personal empowerment and self-acceptance were too positive for a villain to express.  Thus, the story was rewritten to have Elsa as a protagonist sister and free to (along with millions of off-key children) belt out the film’s hit song “Let It Go”.

Quick Note: Say the names of the characters quickly:  Hans, Kristof, Anna, Sven.  Does it sound like Hans Christian Andersen? The screenplay was based on this Danish author’s fairy tale and the characters were named after him.

What is the gift on everyone’s mind this holiday season?

Anything FROZEN of course!