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Warm Up to Disney’s Frozen

Warm Up to Disney’s Frozen

An icy winter wonderland, star-studded cast of singers, a talking snowman and two new Disney princesses.  That’s what we can expect from Walt Disney’s newest animated fairy tale feature, judging by the trailer for Frozen, scheduled for theatrical release on Nov. 27.

Frozen, a 3D computer-animated musical fantasy done in the style of 2010’s Tangled, is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairy tale, “The Snow Queen,” which tells the story of a girl who journeys to save her friend, and a boy who has been carried away to the Snow Queen’s palace. For Frozen, Disney has created a brand new cast of characters and a conflict barely resembling Andersen’s tale, keeping little more than the wintry landscape and the basic plot line of a  quest to to find the Queen.

The upcoming film revolves around Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), the youngest princess in a royal family, who embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, Elsa (Idina Menzel), known as the Snow Queen.  Elsa’s magical powers have turned the climate of their kingdom into eternal winter. Along for the ride are mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his reindeer, and Olaf, the constantly comical snowman.  Every Disney film needs one of those; think Donkey, but just, well, frozen!  Their quest through treacherous landscapes and bitter winter elements will be dangerous, but it will also be full of magical creatures and lots of laughs.

Broadway songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed the original songs for the film. Menzel, Bell and others will lend their singing voices to the soundtrack, including a duet between sisters Elsa and Anna.

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