21 ‘Frozen’ Facts That Make Us Ready for Winter
Anna, Olaf, Kristoff & Sven in Disney's 'Frozen.'
How many animators does it take to change a light bulb?
If it's a real light bulb, probably just one. If we're talking about a light bulb changing sequence being drawn up by the folks at Disney, it would likely take a village.
We didn't see any light bulbs being animated while visiting Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank last month, but we did see the Northern Lights in some enticing first footage of Disney's next animated wonder, "Frozen." And while the footage was certainly impressive, seeing how many artists it takes to bring such fantastical ideas to life was just as remarkable.
Along with a select group of journalists, we basically had the chance to go to animation school with some of the best in the business. Here's what we learned:
1. The main theme of the film is "the power of love over fear," says co-director Jennifer Lee.
2. The film is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," but strays from the story while keeping "the essence of it," according to co-director Chris Buck.
3. They had an amazing ending early on, but they spent the next four years trying "to earn that ending," says Lee.
4. The goal is to make something that's "timeless yet timely," says Buck.
Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, in Disney's 'Frozen'.
5. "Kristen Bell for Anna was the very first person that we saw. We did a lot of casting to find Anna, but she just hit it out of the park. From the beginning we loved her, and she just kind of became Anna and Anna became her. I don't know which one is which," says Buck
6. "What I love about [Bell] is that she just wanted to just push the boundaries of what we could do. She, like me, believes that girls can be funny," says Lee.
7. Olaf the snowman (Josh Gadd) isn't just funny, he's also got a "big role to play representing the innocent love in the scale of fear versus love," says Lee.
8. The musical team behind "The Book of Mormon," Kristen and Robert Lopez, wrote original songs for "Frozen," but "the songs have to earn their way into the film," says producer Peter Del Vecho.
9. Rigging is "making our characters able to move," says Frank Hanner, character CG supervisor, "the process of rigging is we take that digital sculpture, and we start building the skeleton, the muscles, and we attach the skin to the character, and we also create a set of animation controls, which our animators use to push and pull the body around."