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FROZEN (2013): Directors Reveal New Clips, Timeless Theme at D23 Expo


Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee push for a timeless yet timely feel in their upcoming film Frozen. Set in Norway, Frozen is loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and tells the story of Anna and her sister Elsa. Both directors stressed that their upcoming animated feature needed to have a timeless feel.

The Disney film features voices from talent such as Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, and Chris Williams.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lee was quoted saying, “What makes something a classic film is there is that quality that it speaks to you whether it is 1930 or 2013.” She cited Cinderella and The Little Mermaid as her favorite Disney animated features.

This weekend at D23 (Disney D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center), the directors revealed clips from the film. Building from the original concept of The Snow Queen, sister Elsa discovers she has the magical ability to control snow. In the new clip, her magic comes out for the first time – in a negative way – and she runs off.

In another new clip, Anna’s friend Kristoff sings a lullaby to his reindeer, Sven.

Lee (also a writer on the film) noted that at its heart, the film focuses on the relationship between sisters.

Buck was previously nominated for an Oscar for directing Surf’s Up. Frozen marks the directorial debut for Lee, who was a writer on last year’s Oscar nominee Wreck-It Ralph.

Frozen opens November 27.

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Source: Hollywood Reporter

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