Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), top, and Anna (Kristen Bell) in "Frozen." (Disney)Link
Sven the reindeer in "Frozen." (Disney)Link
Olaf the snowman in "Frozen." (Disney)Link
Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) rides Sven in "Frozen." (Disney)Link
Hans (voiced by Santino Fontana), left, and Anna (Kristen Bell) in "Frozen." (Disney)Link
A movie poster for "Frozen." (Disney)Link
In Disney’s upcoming animated musical “Frozen,” fearless protagonist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) teams up with mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) to find Anna’s Snow Queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel), who has trapped their kingdom in endless winter. As epic as their journey may be, the first trailer focuses instead on a comedic battle between reindeer Sven and snowman Olaf over the latter’s carrot-nose.
“Frozen,” out Nov. 27, features songs by “The Book of Mormon” composer Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan”) and Jennifer Lee, a screenwriter for “Wreck-It Ralph” and, with “Frozen,” the first woman to direct a feature at Disney Animation. Buck first pitched the idea to John Lasseter, Disney Animation’s chief creative officer, in 2008, proposing an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Snow Queen.”
“One of the things that was very important to me was to bring back the sincere fairy tale,” Lasseter said earlier this year. “I didn’t understand why the previous leaders felt like the modern audience wasn’t interested in the sincere fairy tale anymore.”
But don’t expect another Disney princess from “Frozen,” Lee told The Times.
“What I like about doing a fairy tale today is, audiences want something big and meaty,” she said. “It’s not as simple as some of the classics like ‘Cinderella.’ It’s not focusing on princess stories as much as family stories. It’s one ordinary girl’s struggle to help save the world, with her sister as the main obstacle.”
– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark
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