Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a six-part documentary series about the final year of production on the hit animated sequel, arrives today on Disney+. As you can read in our review, the series provides one of the most in-depth looks behind the scenes of making a feature length animated movie. That means cameras were following everyone during some of the most intimate, vulnerable moments that aren’t typically seen by the general public. Naturally, that added even more pressure on top of what the filmmakers were already dealing with. Read More »
Whenever a new movie comes out, there are featurettes that show us generic footage of the cast and crew in production, whether it’s on-location or somewhere on the studio backlot. There are interviews providing vague information about the story and characters along with some sneak peeks of the movie we’ve yet to see. Even the traditional special features included on home video releases of movies don’t often dig much deeper than that. But Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, a new documentary series available exclusively on Disney+ starting on June 26, provides an unprecedented look at the creative process of making a Walt Disney Animation production, showing the challenges of making a movie that is being anticipated by millions of fans around the world, including moments where production doesn’t always go so smoothly. Read More »
2013’s Frozen was about two estranged sisters finally coming together again after years of separation, with their small family restored and everything seemingly set up for a “happily ever after” ending. But directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck didn’t think the story of Elsa and Anna was finished, and even though the dynamic has changed between the characters, the sequel presents them with new challenges as Elsa experiences a far-off voice calling to her in the night.
Several weeks ago, /Film sat down with Lee, Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho for an early Frozen 2 interview, and now we can finally share it with you. The filmmakers told us about how Anna has “everything to lose” this time around, the element of this sequel they’re most proud of, crafting this new story in the shadow of the first film’s mega-hit status, and letting the characters guide the story instead of the other way around. Read More »
Not long ago, we had the chance to speak with directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck along with producer Peter Del Vecho in the Walt Disney Animation building during an early press day for Frozen II.
We’ll have an extensive article all about the new sequel very soon, but first, let’s dive into some interesting tidbits from my three-on-one interview with these filmmakers about the future of Walt Disney Animation. We touch on the changes Lee has made since taking over for John Lasseter as Walt Disney Animation’s president, and the circumstances that would need to present themselves in order for a new hand-drawn feature film to be released under the Walt Disney Animation banner. Read their comments below. Read More »
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney Animation in Burbank to take an early look at some footage from Frozen II, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2013 mega-hit. Returning directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck and their team spent the last four years making this film, which is only the fourth sequel in Disney Animation history (not counting direct-to-video movies). Read on to discover what we learned about the film’s story, its new characters, the changes to Arendelle since the original movie, and much, much more. Read More »
Walt Disney Animation is still enjoying a resurgence in popularity that began after Ed Catmull and John Lasseter were respectively named president and chief creative officer of the company. After starting off in a promising new direction with the movie Tangled, Disney Animation has churned out hits like Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and Moana. And it’s all thanks to one of Disney’s riskiest endeavors of the 2000s.
The hiring of John Lassester and Ed Catmull came as part of Disney’s deal to acquire Pixar Animation in 2006, which made Steve Jobs the largest shareholder in the company and a member of Disney’s board. However, if Jobs had gotten his way, the resurgence of Walt Disney Animation might have never happened, because he proposed the idea of shutting it down entirely. Read More »
Elsa tries to escape an island by icing her way over crashing waves. Anna takes a dramatic leap of faith across a dark chasm. Kristoff and Sven lead a large herd of reindeer toward an unknown destination. What the heck is happening in the teaser for Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen 2?
Despite this being the sequel to the highest-grossing animated movie in history, the actual plot for this follow-up has largely been kept under wraps. But a new report has revealed the main thrust of the movie, and we’ll get into the details below. Fair warning: spoilers ahead.
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You’re going to have to let go of “Let It Go” soon: a new Frozen 2 song will take its place. Co-director Jennifer Lee confirmed that four new Frozen 2 songs have already been written for the highly anticipated Disney sequel, one of which she described as the “evolution” of the insanely successful “Let It Go.” So get ready for this potential earworm to play at every department store ad nauseam for the next 50 years.
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It’s official: Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are replacing John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar, respectively. Lasseter, a long-standing creative force at Disney, is stepping down in light of possible misconduct allegations. Lee and Docter were previously announced as interim replacements for Lasseter, but now it appears their new roles will be permanent.
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Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 sci-fi novel A Wrinkle in Time has been a staple for young readers for decades. A made-for-TV adaptation was released in 2003, and when L’Engle was asked if it met her expectations, she responded, “Yes, I expected it to be bad, and it is.” (Harsh!) The author died in 2007, so it’s a shame she wasn’t able to see Ava DuVernay’s new movie, a thematically honest and largely accurate adaptation that cost over $100 million.
One of the women responsible for bringing the story to the big screen is writer Jennifer Lee (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen). I had the chance to sit down with Lee at the film’s junket last week and chat about working with DuVernay, the ways she diverted from the original novel, and the unexpected timeliness of this story in the wake of a recent national tragedy. Read More »