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After all the talk about Disney’s Frozen as an eye-popping fairy tale epic about the bonds of sisterhood, it was a bit surprising to find that the first teaser was… a 90-second short about an anthropomorphic snowman and a weirdly dog-like reindeer. Cute as the video was, it didn’t offer much of an idea as to what the film would really be like.

Fortunately, a new trailer does a much better job of showing off the movie’s grand, gorgeous sweep. The only catch is that it’s dubbed over in Japanese. Oh well. At least we can still enjoy the frightening snow monsters and dazzling snowy landscapes. Check it out after the jump.

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Frozen started off as a pretty straight-up adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Snow Queen. But, as we detailed earlier today, it mutated to become something rather different. Now it is a story of “two sisters torn apart by a big family secret,” with Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) as the elder sibling, who cursed her kingdom to be permanently on ice, and Anna (Kristen Bell) as the younger, who tries to find Elsa after she flees the kingdom.

Based on some of the concept art we’ve seen, I expected one thing from the film — something rather grand and pretty. But this first teaser trailer doesn’t deal with family or curses, and it isn’t “grand,” exactly. It has a much smaller conflict in mind. Take a look for yourself below. Read More »

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We’re fast approaching the part of summer when it becomes so hot and humid outside that ducking into a Smurfs sequel just for the air-conditioning seems like a reasonable life decision. But for the characters of Disney’s Frozen, that’s not ever a problem.

The studio has released several new pics from the icy animated feature, set in a land where it’s always cold. Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), whose accidental curse sparked the permanent chill, has fled the kingdom, leaving her younger sister Anna (Kristen Bell) to track her down and set things right.

Also caught up in the adventure are mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven, charming prince Hans (Santino Fontana), and chatty snowman Olaf (Josh Gad). See images of all of them and get new plot details after the jump. Read More »

We’ve had an eye on Disney’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Snow Queen for years now, as it stopped and started and stopped again and got reworked into the CG adventure Frozen. So it’s exciting to realize that its release date is finally just under a year away. Today, the studio unveiled our best look yet at the upcoming film, in the form of a colorful bit of concept art.

The new image shows heroine Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) and her pal Kristoff strolling through an icy landscape created by her sister Edna (voiced by Idina Menzel). While we’ve seen a few sketches and drawings from the project before, this gives us a much better idea of what the finished product will ultimately look like. Check it out after the jump.

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I didn’t ever expect to see any link between metal and a Pixar movie, but we’re living in a wonderful world. And so the metal band Mastodon, which has already scored Jonah Hex (twice!) and contributed music to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie, will have a song in Monsters University. Weird, right? The info comes straight from the band, and I can confirm that it isn’t a joke. Unfortunately I can’t tell you just how the song is being used, but expect to hear it in a good context to bring the band into the film’s world.

We probably won’t know any more until Monsters University is much closer to opening, on June 21, 2013.

After the break, Pete Docter‘s new Pixar film — the one taking place inside a young woman’s mind — is reportedly titled Inside Out; Disney’s Snow Queen retelling Frozen gets a new logo; and an animation director’s roundtable breaks down the business.

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You’re about to get a glimpse into the process of three projects in radically different stages of development. First there’s Neuromancer, based on the 1984 cyberpunk novel from William Gibson, which is in the early stages of pre-production. Next there’s Disney’s Frozen, the company’s 2013 animated musical which is currently being animated. Finally there’s The Avengers, the year’s most successful movie, which hits the home market in September.

After the jump, you can see concept art from all three projects and read much more about them. Read More »

As Disney’s Frozen picks up steam, we’re getting some new details on the animated Snow Queen adaptation — which, the more we hear about it, sounds less and less like a Snow Queen adaptation. Not that that’s a bad thing.

We’ve known for a while that the movie would center around a female lead journeying across forbidding territory to end the Snow Queen’s spell, but a new synopsis fleshes out the plotline a bit more. For starters, the heroic Anna (Kristen Bell) and the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) are now sisters; for another, Anna will be aided in her quest by a couple of sidekicks, including a reindeer and a sentient snowman. More after the jump.

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An animated adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Snow Queen has been in the development at Disney on and off for about a decade now, but a few encouraging signs suggest we’re finally getting pretty close to seeing the story hit the big screen. Well, relatively speaking.

Late last year, the studio announced a November 27, 2013 release date for a revamped CG version of the project, and followed up a few months later by casting Kristen Bell in a lead role. This week brings several more big updates: Idina Menzel has landed a major part opposite Bell, while the music department has added some exciting fresh blood in the form of husband-and-wife duo Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh). And on top of all that, we also have a new official synopsis. More details after the jump.

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