Chances are you’ve seen Disney’s latest hit film Frozen. You can sing every word of the soundtrack, and you’ve probably seen all the YouTube renditions of the film’s songs. In fact, you’ve probably even bought some Frozen toys, costumes, and other accessories for your kids (or maybe even for yourself) now that Disney finally has Frozen merchandise in stock. Being the Frozen fan you are, you’ve even spotted some of the hidden details in the film. But do you know some of the trivia and stories behind the film?
- Both Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, and Kristin Bell, the voice of Anna, auditioned for the part of Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled.
- Santino Fontana, the voice of Hans, also auditioned for a part in Tangled. Though he did not get the role of Flynn Rider, he was called back to audition for a role in The Snow Queen, as the film was called at the time.
- Over 50 animators worked on the animation for Elsa’s beautiful ice castle.
- Josh Gad improvised several of Olaf’s lines in Frozen in an effort to make the producers laugh.
- Speaking of Olaf, his dance with the seagulls during In Summer is meant as a tribute to Bert’s dance with the penguins in Mary Poppins.
- In the film, Anna is said to be 18 years old, while both her older sister Elsa and Kristoff are 21 years old. Hans is 23 years old when the film’s events take place.
- The giant snow monster Elsa creates was at one point designed to look like a giant version of Olaf. As such, Olaf referred to him as “little brother.” Ultimately, the producers decided not to go this route with the giant snow monster.
- Elsa is the third Disney character played by Idina Menzel. She played Nancy Tremaine in Enchanted and the sorceress Circe in Hercules.
- In tribute to Hans Christian Anderson, the writer of The Snow Queen – the story upon which Frozen is based, the main characters names are Hans, Kristoff, Anna, & Sven. Say their names fast. It sounds like Hans Christian Anderson.
- Does the Duke Of Weselton sound familiar? Alan Tudyk provided the voice for both the Duke of Weselton in Frozen and King Candy in Wreck-It Ralph.
- Frozen was originally planned to be a hand-drawn animated film.
- In order to make Sven’s animation as lifelike as possible, a live reindeer was brought into the studio. The animators then studied it’s movement and behavior.
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