new Frozen short

The ABC special The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic is airing right now on the east coast of the US, and the show features a big announcement. The spring of 2015 will see the release of a new Frozen short called Frozen Fever. The short film will be directed by returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and will feature the core characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. The short will also come complete with a new song from Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

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Another childhood classic is making its way to the big screen. Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee is set to adapt A Wrinkle in Time, the 1962 novel by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s a big step forward for the Disney project, which has been in development since 2010. Hit the jump for more details.

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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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There aren’t a whole lot of women working as feature animation directors, but now Disney is giving a leg up to someone new. Jennifer Lee, who was a co-writer on Wreck-It Ralph, has also worked on the script for the upcoming Disney animated feature Frozen, which will feature the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel in a take on the old tale The Snow Queen.

Now Lee has been named as co-director of Frozen, alongside Chris Buck (Tarzan director, Surf’s Up co-director).

After the break, get the plot recap of Frozen, and read about how Gus Van Sant is writing a strange superhero movie, and The Disappearance of Alice Creed director is going post-apocalyptic. Read More »

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