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By this point, everyone probably knows which movie Frozen is from 2013. But for those who have been living under a rock in recent years and missed this, let’s have a quick overview: Frozen is an American animated film from Walt Disney, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, set in the fictional Scandinavian kingdom of Arendelle. It is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” from 1845. The film’s main original voice cast includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, and Santino Fontana. Now that this is clear, let’s jump to ten fun facts and trivia that you probably didn’t know about this immensely popular animated film!

Frozen theoretically took 70 years to complete…

Yes, you read that right! Walt Disney had wanted to make this film since the 1930s! The story never quite felt right, and it was put aside until the 1990s when Disney tried to revive the project, and again in 2000. It wasn’t until 2008 that the story finally started coming together, and Frozen was born. But it was worth waiting 70 years, wasn’t it? [source]

Elsa was originally meant to be the villain in the film…

In the original draft, Elsa was actually meant to be the villain. Early sketches show her with blue skin and black hair, looking very menacing! She was also not intended to be Anna’s sister but an evil Snow Queen who cursed the kingdom. But over the years, Disney realized they wanted a film about siblings and familial love instead. [source]

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”…

Frozen is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”. The original story was about two children, Kai and Gerda. Kai gets a shard of ice in his heart, and the wicked Snow Queen kidnaps him. His friend Gerda must rescue him from the Snow Queen’s palace before it’s too late! There are a few nods to the original story in the film, including character names and the Northern European setting. [source]

Not even the director knew about it until someone pointed it out…

If you have a keen eye, you might spot two other Disney favorites making a quick appearance in the film! Near the beginning of the movie, when Anna leaves the castle for the first time in forever, you can see Rapunzel and Flynn as part of the crowd of guests who have come to the palace! Rapunzel has her short brown hair here, which means it must have taken place after the events of the movie Tangled. This appearance has led to theories that Anna, Elsa, and Rapunzel are all related, although it has never been confirmed by Disney themselves! [source]

Not the first time Idina Menzel played a princess in a Disney film…

Idina Menzel is known for playing Elsa, but it’s not the first time she appears as an animated princess! In the 2007 film Enchanted, she plays Nancy, who spends most of the movie as a human but transforms into an animated character at the end when she decides to marry Prince Edward. This marriage makes her a princess, which means Elsa is actually the second Disney princess Idina Menzel has portrayed! [source]

The animation studio studied real reindeer to capture Sven’s appearance…

To ensure they accurately captured and depicted Sven’s appearance, a real reindeer was brought into the animation studio for animators to study! Using real models is a fairly common technique at Disney that has been used since their very first films, like Snow White, and sometimes the animators themselves act as models. They also brought in a live bear cub to the studio for the film Brother Bear! [source]

Kristen Bell’s daughter isn’t a fan of the movie…

According to Kristen Bell, who voices Anna, her own daughter is not a fan of the movie. Unlike most young girls, she isn’t interested in Frozen and prefers not to watch it when it’s on TV. Kristen has also mentioned that the film can be a bit scary for her since she was quite young when it came out. To be fair, it must be quite strange to hear your mom’s voice in such a famous movie! [source]

Elsa is Disney’s oldest princess…

Officially, Elsa is the oldest Disney princess (or should we say queen?), and that’s because, in the second film, she is in the mature age of 24! Yes, 24 is the oldest age for a Disney princess so far – the youngest being Snow White, who is only 14 years old! Anna is apparently 21 in Frozen 2, making them the oldest princesses and the oldest siblings in a Disney film to date. Most of the princesses are 16 years old, including Merida, Ariel, Aurora, Moana, and Mulan, while Jasmine from Aladdin is 15, and Pocahontas and Rapunzel are 18 years old. Tiana and Cinderella are both 19, and Belle is 17. [source]

Disney consulted a snow expert…

CGI can be very tricky to animate, and snow is particularly challenging, which is why the filmmakers brought in a snow expert (yes, it’s apparently a thing) to help them with the movie. Animators had to animate hundreds of snowflakes and numerous icy scenes, and they wanted to get the look just right, so they made sure they had the best in the business to assist them. [source]

Do You Want to Build a Snowman” was almost cut from the film…

The popular and acclaimed song Do You Want to Build a Snowman” is almost as iconic as “Let It Go“, but the song was almost left out of the movie altogether. According to Kristen Bell, the song was cut and only returned at the very last minute! The song is about Anna trying to connect with Elsa as she becomes more isolated and appears at the beginning of the film when they are children. Josh Gad has said it’s his favorite song in the entire movie. [source]

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