By now we’ve all seen Frozen for the billionth time and it feels like it’s been around forever. Hard to believe it was released only 3 years ago, today. The film was a massive commercial success, it ranks as the highest-grossing animated film of all time and the third-highest-grossing original film of all time. The film won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award, the Annie Award and the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature. Let it go won the Academy Award and the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Original Song. Of course, we love it more and more each time we hear Let It Go 🙂
There are many details in every snowflake of this movie that you may not have noticed, despite the billionth time viewing. Some fun facts about the film.
Elsa’s hair was originally going to be black. And she has much more hair than the average human. About four times more! The animators did a lot of research into the hair designs of the lead characters, especially Elsa. In Norway, there are lots of braids, but they wanted to do something a little different. So they brought in a New York-based hairstylist named Danilo who came up with some sophisticated designs for Elsa. The average human head has about 100,000 hairs. Anna has about 140,000 hairs, but Elsa has 400,000 hairs on her head. It takes a lot of hair to perfect Elsa’s look!
Disney Animation held a “Sister Summit” where they gathered all of the women on the team that had sisters and asked them questions in order to better understand the sister relationship.
John Ripa sketched Elsa while Idina Menzel sang in the studio to capture Menzel’s passion while singing.
A group of artists went on a research trip to Norway to gain inspiration for Arendelle’s design. Arendelle was inspired by Nærøyfjord, a branch of Norway’s longest fjord Sognefjorden, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site; while a castle in Oslo with beautiful hand-painted patterns on all four walls served as the inspiration for the kingdom’s royal castle interior. Several landmarks in Norway appear in the film, including the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim and Bryggen in Bergen.
The rock crystals the trolls wear are inspired by the Northern Lights.
Our next destination is Norway, for the Northern Lights! Check this out! I guess I know what dresses Miss Honey will take along 🙂
The official crest of Arendelle is a crocus, a symbol of rebirth and spring.
The idea of Kristoff as an ice harvester came late in production.
During Olaf’s song In Summer, the backgrounds and shapes were changed to look more like Olaf 🙂
Elsa’s ice castle is based on the science of snowflakes. If you look closely at her cape, you’ll see snowflake detailing. The floor of the ice palace Elsa builds is in the shape of a snowflake. The columns of her palace – the ones that rise up from the floor – are actually arms of a snowflake. She’s surrounded by snowflakes in her new icy home.
Sven, the Frozen reindeer, is modelled on Frankie, the Labrador! It turns out reindeer don’t do anything, they just stand there! As Disney Animation discovered when they brought a reindeer into Disney for research. That’s when they thought about approaching Sven as an excited dog. He’s like an inquisitive pooch that sniffs around the place. John Lasseter liked the idea and said ‘My Labrador, Frankie, is always in your face and licking you. It’s perfect.’
Rapunzel and Flynn attended Elsa’s coronation.
And today, little bears found out that Hong Kong Disneyland is getting a Frozen land. And a Marvel Superheroes zone. Hong Kong Disneyland said in a statement there would be new attractions launching almost every year, from 2018 through 2023. Guess which Disneyland we are visiting again?!?
We have time to plan the visit. The Kingdom of Arendelle is scheduled to open in 2020. Hong Kong is the smallest Disneyland, but the bears have a soft spot for it. It was the first Disneyland they visited! And previous home of diamond in the cute, little Jay 🙂 And it’s only an 8 hour flight away.
Little bears got 31/31 on the Frozen quiz, I only got 15/31 😦 So clearly I have to pay closer attention when watching it for the billionth and one time!