During tonight’s primetime special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making An Animated Classic,’ the Walt Disney Company outlined future plans for the franchise, confirming some long withstanding rumors as well as brand new information on how the company plans on building on the successes of the wildly popular film, in addition to the already confirmed Broadway musical production, Disney On Ice’s Frozen on Ice and the upcoming book series from Random House.
Also on the horizon for Frozen is a series of brand new animated short which features the entire Frozen cast with an all new song. The short is titled ‘Frozen Fever’ and will debut in spring 2015. In Frozen Fever, it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but Elsa’s icy powers may put more than just the party at risk.
Disney has made no announcement on what the short will be attached to at this point. While many are speculating it may be attached to Cinderella, this could be a hint at the inevitable 3D Blu-ray release of Frozen, which would have been released in October prior to announcement of the Sing-Along Edition DVD.
Frozen co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck also took the opportunity to field questions from fans on Twitter, revealing many behind-the-scenes facts including the following:
- The events Frozen take place over the course of one week in July. Originally it was going to be many months, but the story was condensed to fit the new timeline.
- Anna was born on the summer solstice (June 21), Elsa was born on the winter solstice (December 21)
- Hans was ‘never quite good, but for a while, he was sort of dumb. Sociopaths are more interesting.’
- It took eight official drafts to write Frozen, although some scenes required many additional rewrites.
- The filmmakers considered giving the trolls the ability to control the Northern Lights.
- Olaf knocks over the white queen in the game of chess, symbolizing Elsa reaching her low point.
- Although the pacing is often blamed for ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ almost getting cut, Lee says the original lyrics were too dark (sad) for the film. Lee later said it was never not going to be in the film, just not with the original lyrics.
- A deleted scene connects a young Kristoff witnessing the healing of Anna to the pair as near-adults.
- Deleted song ‘Spring Pageant’ was ‘kind-of’ the opening number in an early draft according to songwriter Bobby Lopez
- Many pages were written on the origins of Elsa’s powers but at the end of the day, it wasn’t what the film’s message was
- ‘Fixer Upper’ was key to setting up the relationship between Anna and Kristoff and sets up Anna’s decision in the third act
- There was a regent who stood in for Elsa prior to her coronation, but he was cut for time
- Chris Buck feels he is most represented by the character of Kristoff, but the online quiz identified him as a Sven
- The filmmakers met with the writers of ‘Once Upon a Time,’ but had no creative input on the Frozen characters in the television series
- When asked why the Blu-ray didn’t include something with the magnitude of the special, Lee said they were just lucky to get the movie done on time and added ‘ABC just finished [the special] last week.’
So successful was ‘The Story of Frozen,’ that the television and Twitter event had both #MakingFrozen and #AskFrozen trending worldwide.