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.
Later tonight, at 8:00 pm ET/PT, the ABC television network will air ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ an hour-long special that promises to go behind-the-scenes of what Disney refers to as the most successful animated film at all time.
ABC has provided us with a screener of the television special and we are pleased to report that it was (for the most part) an absolute joy to watch from start to finish. Narrated by Josh Gad (voice of Olaf), the special incorporates interviews with stars Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Jonathan Goff (Kristoff/’Sven’) along with co-directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, character lead animators Becky Bresee (Anna), Wayne Unten (Elsa), Hyrum Osmond (Olaf), Brittney Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho and John Lasseter.
In our recent review of the ABC television special, ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic,’ we noted that some of the new behind-the-scenes footage included the daughter of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Katie, and the daughter of writer/co-director Jennifer Lee, Aggie, performing the singing voice of Anna alongside Kristen Bell in ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’
The Oriental Land Company, owners and operators of the Tokyo Disney Resort have announced that they will be honoring the success of Disney’s Frozen with a special event, titled ‘Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy,’ to be held at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park starting January 13, 2015 and ending on March 20, 2015. According to the press release, ‘guests will find opportunities to experience the beautiful world of Frozen, with family and friends.’
Celebrating at the park during the winter season, guests are promised ‘a lovely world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s magical power.’ The park will feature special menus and approximately 25 specially themed merchandise as well as decorative snow and ice crystal, ‘reminiscent of the film’s atmosphere.’
ABC has announced it will air an hour-long special titled ‘The Story of Frozen: Making an Animated Classic’ which will premiere on the ABC television network on September 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The special promises to share the behind-the-scenes secrets in producing Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought Frozen to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from Frozen stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer and artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter — the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big screen animated musical. Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle — the fictional kingdom — and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film’s unforgettable look and feel.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has confirmed our earlier report that the ‘Sing-Along’ edition of the smash animated hit Frozen will be released on DVD and digital on November 18, 2014. As we previously announced, Disney Store has begun taking pre-orders. Amazon has also begun listing the title.
The DVD will contain both the standard theatrical cut as well as the special edition sing-along cut that played in theaters earlier this year. Also included will be the Mickey Mouse Get A Horse! short as well as the ‘Breaking the Ice – The Real Making of Frozen’ six minute featurette that was initially promised on the original Blu-ray release but was never delivered.
A lot has been made recently of a new series of chapter books ‘continuing’ the adventures of Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, available from Random House in 2015. While news of the books isn’t exactly news — the only thing to really come of it was the cover for the first title, we also now have a synopsis for the third title in the series and between books 2 and 3, Frozen fans have some interesting adventures to look forward to.
Ahead of any official announcement, Disney Store has begun taking pre-orders for a DVD format of the Frozen: Sing-Along edition that enjoyed a theatrical run earlier this year. According to Disney Store, the DVD will be available to own on November 18, 2014.
According to the DVD’s description on the item page, it will include the full theatrical sing-along cut as well as a digital copy of the film. Also promised is an unspecified, ‘never-before-seen’ bonus.
Based on prior experiences with Disney Store, the lack of a Blu-ray version on the site does not preclude one from being available through other retailers as Disney Store has been slow to adopt the Blu-ray format.
ABC Studios has just shared these photos from the upcoming fourth season of ‘Once Upon a Time’ featuring characters from Disney’s animated hit, Frozen. Pictured in the gallery below are stills from the series featuring Georgina Haig as Elsa, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff and who we presume to be Sven. Also cast for the show are Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Tyler Jacob Moore as Hans and John Rhys-Davies as Pabbie.
As part of the Frozen weekend on Disney Channel, Walt Disney Records and Vevo have released the full music video for ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ featuring twenty-six stars of Disney’s hit programming, which you can find embedded below.
Actors participating in the monumental event include: JAKE SHORT, BRADLEY STEVEN PERRY, KEVIN CHAMBERLIN, SABRINA CARPENTER, PEYTON LIST, GRACE PHIPPS, JOEY BRAGG, KARAN BRAR, SKAI JACKSON, ROWAN BLANCHARD, SARAH GILMAN, TYREL JACKSON WILLIAMS, KELLI BERGLUND, BLAKE MICHAEL, LEIGH-ALLYN BAKER, DYLAN RILEY SNYDER, PIPER CURDA, AUSTIN NORTH, OLIVIA HOLT, JORDAN FISHER, PEYTON CLARK, LEO HOWARD, MADDY WHITBY, MORGAN TOMPKINS and CANDICE HUCKEBA.