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Disney has so far resisted the temptation to make a Frozen sequel — quite a feat, really, considering the icy adventure is the highest-grossing animated movie of all time. But it seems they may only be able to hold out for so long.

Idina Menzel, who voiced Elsa, has stated that a Frozen 2 is “in the works” and that she hopes to return. Read the Idina Menzel Frozen sequel comments after the jump.

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Idina Menzel‘s Oscar performance of Let It Go was overshadowed by John Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” mishap, but she hass quickly refocused attention on the song. The star of Frozen appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the popular ‘Let it Go’ with Jimmy Fallon. Better yet, they did it as one of Fallon’s signature bits. He occasionally adapts songs with his house band, The Roots, playing children’s instruments such as xylophones, triangles, tiny keyboards and more. That’s what happened last night. Check it out below. Read More »

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Walt Disney Animation Studios has released character images for their upcoming 53rd animated feature film Frozen.

The story follows “fearless optimist Anna” (voiced by Kristen Bell) who teams up with a rugged mountain man named Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and “his loyal reindeer Sven in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), “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.”

The movie is set to hit theaters this Thanksgiving, but we can meet the cast of characters now. After the jump you’ll find images of all the main characters, along with information about their roles.
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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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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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