Frozen Review and Bluray Features
27 Nov 2013
Chris buck, Jeniffer Lee
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Elsa’s castle needed at least 50 animators to create.
Academy award for Frozen
Frozen (2013) is the first Walt Disney Animation Studios motion picture to win an Academy Award since Tarzan (1999) in 2000 (also directed by Chris Buck); their first ever motion picture to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year; and their first motion picture to win multiple Academy Awards (Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film) since Pocahontas (1995) in 1996.
Golden Globe for Frozen
Upon winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, Frozen (2013) became the first full-length Disney (non-Pixar) animated feature film to win the award for the category after the studio was nominated four times before. Frozen is also the first Disney animated feature film to win a Golden Globe since Tarzan (1999), also directed by Chris Buck.
Frozen’s soundtrack has spent 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200.
This film took 600 people 2.5 years or three million hours to complete.
Elsa’s power and jokes pertaining to extra-cold winder in 2013 in US
Much of the U.S. had a colder than average winter in 2013, prompting many jokes about the powers of Elsa and Disney’s marketing department.
Producer Peter Del Vecho explained the English title change from “The Snow Queen” to “Frozen”: “The title Frozen (2013) came up independently of the title Tangled (2010). It’s because, to us, it represents the movie. FROZEN PLAYS ON THE LEVEL OF ICE AND SNOW BUT ALSO THE FROZEN RELATIONSHIP, THE FROZEN HEART THAT HAS TO BE THAWED. We don’t think of comparisons between Tangled and Frozen, though. The decision to call the film Frozen was the filmmaker’s decision. The studio’s decision to then call it the Snow Queen overseas was because that just resonated stronger in some countries than Frozen. Maybe there’s a richness to the Snow Queen in the country’s heritage and they just wanted to emphasize that.” As he continued to make his statement, “We’re telling a story about family and relationships and that in itself can be very complicated. A lot of times what you perceive something to be isn’t what it turns out to be – Elsa has to hide for her whole life who she is, even from her sister. That clearly affected her and made her into the character she is. Hopefully, if you look at the story through Elsa’s eyes, you’ll be able to understand what she does, or if you look at it through Anna’s eyes, you’ll be able to understand why she does what she does, but they’re all complicated relationships. WE DON’T THINK OF IT AS A PRINCESS MOVIE. THEY HAPPEN TO BE PRINCESSES, BUT WE DON’T THINK ABOUT IT THAT WAY, so I always get a bit thrown when people talk about this. But I can say we want to make them really believable and not set them up on a pedestal. Our version of these characters should feel really real and be relatable to things you might go through in your life.”
Two different Snowmen (Varying Personalities)
The two snowmen, Olaf and Marshmallow, represent Elsa’s personalities when she made them. Olaf, who was built by Elsa when she played with Anna as a little girl, is friendly and affectionate. While Marshmallow (THE GOLEM-LIKE CREATURE), who was made by Elsa when she wanted Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf to leave her castle and never return, was rough and fierce.
The horses featured in the film are all Norwegian Fjord horses. They are one of the oldest breeds and have been used in Norway for hundreds of years, and as the film shows, are known for their distinct dark stripe that runs through the center of the mane. Manes are typically cut to a Mohawk-like crescent shape to emphasize this feature and the breed’s neck. The one minor liberty taken in the film is this a very short, if robust, breed; horses in this film are shown to be a good 4-6″ taller than their real-life counterparts.
Visit to various countries during pre-production to study various aspects of the film
During preproduction on the film, the film’s production, art, lighting, and design leads teams went to Wyoming, Quebec, Canada, and Norway in order to study and gain an appreciation for the environment for the film, such as walking through snow (Wyoming), make observations of how light reflects and refracts on snow and ice (Quebec, Canada), and to gain an inspirational natural look on ice, mountains, water, and other elements needed for the story (Norway). “We had a very short time schedule for this film, so our main focus was really to get the story right but we knew that John Lasseter is keen on truth in the material and CREATING A BELIEVABLE WORLD, AND AGAIN THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S A REALISTIC WORLD – BUT A BELIEVABLE ONE. It was important to see the scope and scale of Norway, and important for our animators to know what it’s like,” Peter Del Vecho, the film’s producer, said. “THERE IS A REAL FEELING OF LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) SCOPE AND SCALE TO THIS,” he finished
RT/Meta Critic Review
The computer animation of the characters is expressive and detailed (we even notice the freckles on the shoulder of the heroine) while the film-makers work wonders with glacial landscapes in a land of “eternal winter.” (Click here to see)
Frozen, the new animated film by Disney earns its charms the honest way: with smart writing and heartfelt performances. (Click here to see)
The animation is simply superb. Ice has never looked so good, except as the real thing. Technical precision and innovation is expected nowadays in computer animation but Frozen combines that with a gorgeously rich design. (Click here to see)
Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare. (Click here to see)
Frozen is set to heat up the iciest hearts with a stunning, wonderfully proficient 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation that’s straight-from-the-digital-tap gorgeous. Every detail — the tiniest particles of snow, the stony skin of a troll, a thin hair catching the light, dust floating past a window sill, the smallest freckle, strands of reindeer fur, on and on and on — is captured beautifully and as perfectly resolved as the current resolution ceiling allows. Colors are bold and striking as well, with wonderfully saturated hues, vivid primaries, dazzling whites, delicate purples and chilly blues, rich blacks and precise, carefully balanced contrast leveling. The encode is impeccable as well, with only a stray sliver of negligible aliasing here and there. (So negligible I hesitate to even mention it.) Significant banding, artifacting, noise and other villains of animation are nowhere to be found, and there aren’t any troubling eyesores whatsoever. The Blu-ray release of Frozen looks as magnificent as anyone could hope for. Fans will be ecstatic.
If Frozen‘s video presentation doesn’t thaw out your inner child, its DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track certainly will. A full, enveloping soundfield is only the tip of the iceberg, as the film’s sound design makes the most of every channel at its disposal. Big, bountiful low-end output delivers deep, earthy thooms, lends weight to every clash and eruption of magic, and presence to any element that needs to make an impact. The rear speakers match the LFE channel oomph for oomph, spreading the snowy vistas and fire-lit interiors of Arendelle around the listener so effectively that it’s tough not to marvel at the directional prowess of it all. Pans are smooth and transparent, effects effortlessly whiz from one end of the room to the next, and the soundscape is only rendered that much more involving and convincing by each element showcased. Dialogue remains crystal clear, notably grounded and perfectly prioritized from start to finish as well, without a single exception. All told, Disney has conjured up an early front-runner for best animated AV presentation of the year
- D’Frosted: Disney’s Journey from Hans Christian Andersen to Frozen (HD, 7 minutes): Learn about Walt Disney’s desire to develop a feature film centered around a Snow Queen, the long and winding road that led the studio to Frozen, and follow the filmmakers and famed Disney costume designer, Alice Estes Davis as they (all too briefly) track the film’s 70-year history and eventual production.
- The Making of Frozen (HD, 3 minutes): A musical behind-the-scenes EPK… of sorts… with Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and the Frozen team. Trouble is — or rather, the joke is — it’s nothing but a song that repeats “How did we make, how did we make, how did we make Frozen?” without ever offering an answer.
- Deleted Scenes (HD, 7 minutes): Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee introduce four deleted scenes, presented via storyboards, concept art and voicework. Scenes include “Never Underestimate the Power of Elsa,” “The Dressing Room,” “Meet Kristoff #1″ and Meet Kristoff #2.”
- Music Videos (HD, 16 minutes): Four different versions of the end credits song are included: the first (“Let it Go”) in English by Demi Lovato, the second (“Libre Soy”) in Spanish by Martina Stoessel, the third (“All’alba Sorgero”) in Italian by Stoessel, and the fourth in Malaysian by Marsha Milan
- Animated Short: Get a Horse! (HD, 6 minutes): Mickey Mouse stars in this fourth wall-busting short
- Original Teaser Trailer (HD, 2 minutes)