Frozen, was inspired by Hans ChrisƟ an Andersen’s 1845 fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” Frozen 2” embraces the tenants of fairy tales and stories within mythology that were oŌ en wriƩ en to explain the inexplicable. The all-new story takes place three years aŌ er the conclusion of the first movie: Elsa is queen and Anna is happy to have everyone she loves—Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven—under one roof. The bond between sisters is strong—and anchors the story. But, according to the filmmakers, there is an underlying current of unrest and angst that ultimately leads to a great adventure—one that will bring clarity to everything we know about these characters. “‘Frozen 2’ is even bigger and more epic than the fi rst,” says Buck. “But most importantly, in the end ‘Frozen’ and ‘Frozen 2’ work together to form one complete story.”
10 Fun Facts You May Not Know
SLEEPING BEAUTY –
Artists behind the creation of the enchanted forest were inspired by the artist Eyvind Earle, who was a celebrated part of Disney Animation in the 1950s and behind the ethereal backgrounds and color choices in “Sleeping Beauty.”
Filmmakers were particularly inspired by Earle’s grouping of trees and his verticals. Turn-of-the-century Russian painters whose work showcased intriguing use of light in their landscapes also inspired filmmakers.
INVISIBLE ANIMATION –
When it came to animating Gale, the wind spirit, filmmakers were challenged with creating a character that was basically invisible. Ultimately, they decided to use everything Gale affects—from leaves and debris to another character’s clothing or hair—to showcase Gale’s movements. Swoop, a new technology created at
Walt Disney Animation Studios helped bring Gale to life.
WALK ON WATER –
The water spirit, known as the Nokk, presented artists and technicians with another challenge. Nokk is not only made of water, but it also has to perform in and on water. Add to that an introductory scene that takes place at night in the Dark Sea. Filmmakers gave the character a volume with a slight shimmer against the dark background, authentic horse-like movement and water effects on its mane and tail. Nokk is inspired by Nordic folklore, taking the form of a horse with the power of the ocean.
HAIRY SITUATION –
“Frozen 2” is the first feature to utilize new proprietary software— a hair solver simulator called Beast, which helped filmmakers achieve art-directed curls for Anna, Kristoff’s wind-blown locks and a new style for Elsa.
FIRMLY PLANTED –
Filmmakers consulted with a botanist from Oslo, Norway, to ensure their enchanted forest was made up of authentic vegetation. Among the 10 varieties of trees are the aspen, which features predominantly in the film. Also featured
were ground cover plants, including bearberry, crowberry, bracken fern, and fireweed—selected for their ability to contribute to the specific color palette of the enchanted forest.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? –
Bruni the salamander was known as Sally during production.
SNOWMAN SCRATCH –
Songwriter Robert Lopez, who co-wrote seven original songs with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, has worked with the voice of Olaf, Josh Gad, for so long he has a pretty good handle of the star’s voice and delivery. In fact, filmmakers tapped Lopez to do some of Olaf’s scratch recordings, including songs and even some
dialogue. Gad starred in “The Book of Mormon” (score and book by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Lopez) on Broadway between March 2011-2012.
STONY EXPRESSIONS –
Earth giants are massive creatures formed by the earth. They form the rocky riverbanks when sleeping, but when they are awakened, they’re capable of intense destruction—uprooting trees at will and hurling giant boulders at
those who anger them. The earth giants were both characters and environments in “Frozen 2,” so both
teams played a role in their creation.
MUSIC BY THE NUMBERS –
“Frozen 2” soundtrack features original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and an original score from Christophe Beck. The soundtrack features 7 all-new original songs. The score features 19 tracks. There are 2 music releases available: The “Frozen 2” soundtrack is available from Walt Disney Records beginning Nov. 15, 2019. The “Frozen 2” vinyl cast songs soundtrack and “Frozen 2” digital deluxe soundtrack, including a score by composer Christophe Beck, are also available on Nov. 15. There are 3 end-credit artists who have recorded unique versions of songs for the film: Panic! At The Disco, Kacey Musgraves and Weezer. The score was recorded with 91 of Los Angeles’ finest players—the largest Beck has ever recorded with. Kristoff’s song “Lost in the Woods” is inspired by the 1980s glam rock songs (he even gets wind in his hair).
17 TINY REINDEER –
In “Frozen 2,” Jonathan Groff lends his voice to the mountain man Kristoff, who finds himself struggling to express his feelings to Anna. The character’s emotions take center stage in the new original song “Lost in the Woods,” in which Groff voices not only Kristoff but Sven and more than a dozen other “backup” reindeer.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough. We can not wait to see this in theaters November 22, so in the meantime here are some fun printables to do with the kids in anticipation of the film!Frozen Inspired Activity Sheets for MultiCutural Maven
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