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Disney’s Frozen Synopsis Released (Girl-led Adventure Film Confirmed!)


As we edge slightly closer to the November 23rd, 2013 release date of Disney’s new animated adventure film Frozen, Disney has presented eager fans with an official synopsis included within a recently published press release:

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen.

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”

Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with anorchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch.

Frozen will be computer animated and takes inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen‘s story The Snow Queen. Whereas his tale involves a boy falling under the evil spell of the Snow Queen, forcing his childhood female friend to save him, Frozen seems to be replacing the boy-in-distress narrative with an adventure story shared by both a girl and a man. Though Disney certainly seems to be working within the trend of female-fronted action/adventure films geared towards teens and children, most notably demonstrated by extremely successful release of The Hunger Games adaptation and the wildly anticipated Brave by Disney Pixar, it remains to be seen whether or not Frozen will give us the strong female lead and complex female villain young girls deserve. Hopefully Frozen will not fall into the obvious trap of letting the bravery of the mountain man overshadow Anna, allowing her to take center stage and save the day in her own right.

Adding to the potential awesomeness of this flick is definitely the casting of Idina Menzel as the Snow Queen — given her excellent portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked, it seems that she just might have the whole misunderstood witch thing down pat! Hopefully we’ll see an awesomely multi-dimensional female villain in addition to the heroine Disney seems to be promising its fans.

(via geektyrant.)

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  • Frodo Baggins

    Why have you turned from traditional animation, Peter Del Vecho? Were two dimensions not enough for you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208921 Nikki Lincoln

    Idina Menzel? Now I’m really praying the Queen has a song or two…

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  • http://wolfsilveroak.insanejournal.com/ Wolf

    *headdesk repeatedly at the thought of Disney butchering one of my favorite fairy tales*

  • Michelle Fitzgerald

    I read the synopsis and instantly though of Oglaf’s snow queen so I was then picturing Kristoff boning the Snow Queen to end the eternal winter >.> or to follow how the story went Anna doing it ^_^

    The general setup leaves me frowning though. I already feel like I know every beat that is going to happen in this movie already.

  • julia051

    Still more excited for Wreck-it-Ralph. The thing is, I don’t see the point of using CGI unless they are trying to rehash Tangled’s success over again. At least Tangled had 70ft of hair to animate, this does not.

  • Anonymous

     Did you think they butchered all the previous ones? Disney always changes the story somehow when it adapts a fairytale, that doesn’t stop the resulting movies from being good.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m more than a little disappointed that they felt compelled to give the female protagonist a male companion in her adventure. Nothing wrong with male characters and male/female teams, but the original fairy tale was just Gerda going it alone, gaining help from a roster of diverse, all female allies along the way, to rescue her largely absent, male, best friend. It was a big Bechdel test win, surprising for a 19th century fairy tale. I’m just disappointed Disney felt an entirely female led story might be too much of a risk. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited for Wreck-It Ralph too, and I wish this could have been traditionally animated.  However, I am excited because I’m hoping they’ll use the CGI for some really interesting crystal and ice reflective surfaces…

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    I Will now have to embark on a three day rant about this crap about my single. favourite. Story. Ever. Why, why, why, why (and may I say I support my desk headbutting collegue) Even the awesomeness of the drawing or o the casting of menzel will ever make this better.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to add that I know that my response to this is silly and emotional, but well, the snow queen tends to be an emotional subject to people, and we’ve all gotten silly about a press release at some point :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208921 Nikki Lincoln

    I really liked Tangled but that animation style tripped me out. 

  • http://roseeclipse.livejournal.com/ Rose Jones

    Sometimes the Disney twist makes a fairy tale more fleshed out such as “Beauty and the Beast” and sometimes they take a very different turn such as the original ending of “The Little Mermaid”. They had to because kids would be crying in the audience to see their heroine turned into foam instead of marrying the prince. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was a horror novel but they turned that into a Disney musical AND had some dark Gothic moments. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed it.

    When it comes to “The Snow Queen” I just don’t see why Disney has to alter the original story so much. It’s already got a heroine who goes on a  journey to rescue her best friend from a powerful force. And while the Snow Queen is the antagonist, I don’t get the impression that she’s a “villain” in the classic sense. Gerda doesn’t destroy her (but then where would the epic-battle-scene be?) but through courage and worthiness, is allowed to go free with Kay. As much as I love “Wicked”, this is one fairy tale that doesn’t need musical numbers and tap-dancing polar bears. It’s a great story just the way it is and I keep wishing that Studio Ghibli would do a great adaptation of “The Snow Queen”.

  • http://roseeclipse.livejournal.com/ Rose Jones

    Reading this news just after seeing “Snow White and the Huntsman” makes me feel disappointed as well. Gerda, as she is known in the book, is aided by several companions along her journey including animals, people, and magical beings. But maybe Disney thinks the audience wants a “daring mountain man” more than a robber girl who threatens to slit your throat before going to sleep.

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  • Ella Sutton

    As we edge slightly closer to the November 23rd, 2013 release date of Disney’s new animated adventure film Frozen, Disney has presented eager fans with an official synopsis included within a recently published press release:

    http://www.kiaofgreer.com/

  • Anonymous

    I know, I know these things happen in adaptations and it’s Disney’s think to popularize one version of a fairy tale but…I am seriously bummed that it’s not more based on the Snow Queen. Like the whole girl saving her childhood friend and all the obstacles she has to overcome. It’s one of my absolute favorite stories and…gah. I will probably still see it because Disney usually does well with fairy tales but still sad. 

  • Anonymous

    No I totally feel you. And I’m usually the one arguing to the purists about how films are different and all film adaptations will be a departure from the source material…but in this I’m legit upset. 

  • kinka chu

    The Snow Queen is not one of my favorites, but I loved how the female character went through perilous journey to save the one she loved. Now it seems Disney is determined to bastardize that plot all for the sake of following a well formulated cookie cutter story line we’ve seen done to death. I’m not saying the movie will be bad because of this, but it’s plain to see Disney has no desire to change their formula since Tangled had a similar set up and went over so well while Brave is being dragged through the mud for the females independent nature. The synopsis is disappointing, but i’ll hold off for when I’ve seen it before passing any judgement. I certainly hope they don’t make the mountain man a pretty boy. I’d like to see an actual rugged character for a change. Burly, broad shoulders, with stubble on the chin and not TO appealing to the eyes. I don’t know. Perhaps I’m growing out of the whole boy band look. 

  • kinka chu

    Same here. Is it to much to ask that a girl can stand alone and be the hero in her own story? Is this such a foreign concept that it can’t possibly be imagined, let alone done? I’m all for love interest’s when it helps the story, but when you are forcing one that isn’t needed all for the sake of merchandising or such, I start to have a problem with that. It feels like a major slap in the face, saying the girl CAN NOT get the job done without that male counterpart there. If he’s comic relief, alright. But don’t take Anna’s thunder away from being a determined, spirited person just so you can ship their relationship in the end.

  • Anonymous

     Exactly. I love love interests, 60% of the stuff I read is romance focused but…this is a story that needs to be about the one girl facing down trial after trial and yes meeting allies along the way but never staying with them

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G3WURFCM6BWXPEMTXIHZVIK64M Vixon

    I want to see a film like that. But it seems Disney prefers to play it safe and instead of marketing to one group and making it something spectacular, they are trying to snag everyone into their net and end up creating an OK film that a fraction will truly enjoy. Nothing ground breaking, nothing memorable or timeless about it. Just a one hit wonder they can market the crap out of and move on to the next quick buck.

    I wish the suits would stay in their offices and allow the artist’s full reign with their ideas. Glen Keane (god bless his soul) was screwed out of his project with Tangled. He was promised a movie all of his own to create, ready to give us a dark, twisting tale that had no safety nets around it. But the suits destroyed it, and his faith in the company he’d been with for decades, and rewrote the entire thing to what we have now. They also had the audacity to pull the plug on Fraidy Cat (an Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery themed movie).