The Director of ‘Frozen’ Says That Elsa and Anna Are Related to…Tarzan?!

Is it really a fan theory if it comes from the director of the movie?

First, let’s back up: We all know the theory that connects Frozen to Tangled and The Little Mermaid, right? The one that says the King and Queen of Arendelle were actually en route to Rapunzel and Eugene’s wedding when they perished at sea? Hence, why the Tangled characters make a cameo in Frozen


Look, they’re right there in the bottom left hand corner! Post-haircut!
Using our amateur cartography skills, we know Corona = Germany, Arendelle = Norway, and The Little Mermaid takes place off the coast of Denmark, so what if the sunken ship Ariel finds is actually the King and Queen’s?


Well, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee kind of confirmed the first part in a Reddit AMA, when they were asked point-blank where the King and Queen were going. As for the latter, you should be looking to a different Disney movie:

Vis-à-vis, Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) have a brother and that brother is Tarzan! Could these parents really be the same people?

Buck recently reconfirmed his theory to MTV News, explaining, “When you’re working on [an animated] feature, you have a lot of time to think about stuff because it takes four years to make one.”


He continued:

“I said, ’Of course Anna and Elsa’s parents didn’t die.’ Yes, there was a shipwreck, but they were at sea a little bit longer than we think they were because the mother was pregnant, and she gave birth on the boat, to a little boy. They get shipwrecked, and somehow they really washed way far away from the Scandinavian waters, and they end up in the jungle. They end up building a tree house and a leopard kills them, so their baby boy is raised by gorillas. So in my little head, Anna and Elsa’s brother is Tarzan — but on the other side of that island are surfing penguins, to tie in a non-Disney movie, ’Surf’s Up.’ That’s my fun little world.”


Well…OK! “I say, whatever people want to believe, go for it,” Buck continued. “If you want to tie them all together, then do it. That’s the spirit of Disney.”

Meanwhile, we will add a Tarzan cameo to our wish list for Frozen 2.

Now, find out how Idina Menzel’s son uses Frozen to charm the ladies:

‘Frozen 2′ news: lovable snowman Olaf to have more screen time; sequel will explain Elsa’s powers

The team that introduced Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and the song that you cannot escape from will soon be back with a sequel to “Frozen.”


Disney made a lot of fans happy with their announcement last March that “Frozen 2” is in the pipeline and is expected to return to the big screen before 2018.

John Lassiter, Disney‘s Chief Creative Officer, said they enjoyed making the movie so much that they are taking fans back to that world.

“Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we’re taking you back to Arendelle,” Lassiter announced. “We are so excited about that.”

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Unfortunately, that is all that Lassiter had to say about the movie and as always, Disney has been characteristically quiet on what fans could expect from “Frozen 2.”

But fans are not letting a little secrecy stop them from formulating their own theories on what “Frozen 2” will be about. According to some reports, the strong bond between Anna and Elsa were surprising considering they were separated at such an early age, so fans are hoping that the sequel will touch on this.

Of course, everyone wants to know how Elsa discovered her powers and how the two sisters’ relationship will progress.

Stars, Idina Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Josh Grad (Olaf) and Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) are reportedly back on board and will reprise their beloved characters.

In other good news, the 34-year-old Grad’s Olaf will be getting more screen time, as fans hearts have apparently melted for the lovable snowman.


Eva Bella, the talented 13-year-old who lent her voice to the young Elsa, is also back and has excitedly shared that she has been going to the studio regularly to record.

Frozen 2” is expected to blow audiences away once more when it opens in theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

‘Frozen Fever’: Meet The Snowgies, The Frosty Little Characters On March 13

The plot of the short film centers on Anna‘s birthday, in which Elsa and Kristoff both prepare to give her the best birthday. In the middle of things, Elsa gets a cold, which caused her icy powers to do something unexpected.


The members of the voice cast include Kristen Bell, who will reprise her role as Anna, Idina Menzel as elsa, Jonathan Groff as Kristoff, and Josh Gad as Olaf.

The film is set to be piloted by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, along with Peter Del Vecho and Aimee Scribner as producers. It will be produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios and Motion Pictures.

New lovable characters, which will be called “snowgies“, will be introduced in “Frozen Fever“. They are created as “mini-Olafs” through Elsa’s sneeze. Are they going to replace the “Olaf” the fans have known?

Producer Peter Del Vecho shared his thoughts about these tiny snowmen in Yahoo! Movies.
“We realized we wanted Olaf to remain pure, so quickly it evolved into these fun little snowballs we call ‘snowgies‘ that bring a lot of mischief and fun to the short,” he said.


Could the snowgies be the ice version of the minions?
As per Inquisitor, the snowgies may resemble the minions since these tiny snowmen have similar appearance and possess high-pitched tiny voices.

“Frozen” was released last November 22, 2013 and it got an estimated domestic gross of $400 million and an estimated foreign gross of $873 million, for an estimated worldwide gross of $1 billion. The film also got two Academy Awards – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song “Let It Go”.
Frozen Fever” is slated to premiere in theaters and cinemas along with Walt Disney Pictures’ Cinderella on March 13, 2015.


How Anna and Elsa from ‘Frozen’ would look if they were real humans

For almost two years now, little girls, grown women and dads have wondered if they are the real-life incarnate of Disney’s icy princesses from Frozen.

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The Australia-based digital artist recently created real-life portraits of Queen Elsa and Princess Anna as a part of his “Real Life Disney” series.

Queen Elsa:


Princess Anna:


Anna looks a bit like a more demure Pippi Longstocking, while Elsa bears a striking resemblance to an Olsen twin sans oversized sunglasses. According to The Daily Dot, “The artist’s technique involves a combination of digital painting and photo composition,” so he may actually have taken inspiration from images of famous actresses.

Väätäinen’s series includes real-life portraits of other iconic animated characters, including Tinkerbell, Esmeralda, Belle and Jasmine.

So there you have it, folks — you’re not Elsa or Anna. Let it go now, please.

"FROZEN" Elsa visual development art. ©2013 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

‘Frozen Fever’ will warm kids’ hearts

It’s hard to let Frozen go, and now you don’t have to.

The Oscar-winning movie’s devotees can revel in the effervescent seven-minute animated short film Frozen Fever for more icy fun (*** out of four; not rated; opens March 13 with Cinderella).


Directed by Frozen filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, Fever is centered on a surprise birthday party for Princess Anna (Kristen Bell) thrown by her older sister, Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel) in the Norwegian-flavored kingdom of Arendelle.

Elsa wants to make it a perfect day for her sister, so she enlists the help of Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Sven, as well as Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad).

The good-natured tale revisits some key moments from the 2013 hit and adds some vivid imagery, including emerald-green dresses for the royal sisters. Given the massive popularity of its predecessor — Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time — the short is bound to appeal to legions of fans.

As Elsa showers Anna with gifts and special experiences for her birthday, Elsa begins to sniffle and show signs of sickness. Anna worries that she might be catching a cold.


Elsa dismisses the idea. Besides, she says, “A cold never bothered me anyway.”

(The idea for that line might have come from comments Menzel has made about children singing those lyrics from the Frozen hit Let It Go, not realizing the original line was “the cold never bothered me anyway.”)

The short, which will run in theaters with Disney’s live-action Cinderella, opens with Elsa putting the finishing touches on a beautiful, four-tiered, turquoise-colored ice cream cake, decorated with sunflowers. When she goes to wake her younger sister, Anna is fast asleep and sporting her signature tousled bedhead, a familiar image from the original movie.

This sequel of sorts features an original tune, Making Today a Perfect Day, by Frozen‘s Oscar-winning musical team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, with the lyrics “We’re making today a perfect day for you.” It’s not as catchy as most of the Frozen soundtrack, but it’s pleasant. It’s also likely to become a song heard at thousands of little girls’ birthday parties.

Although Fever is not as exhilarating and inventive as the original, it’s still a treat to see an abridged tale of these two sisters in a warmhearted spinoff.

There Probably Won’t Be A Proper Sequel To ‘Frozen’ For Some Time


Frozen Fever” is a clever name for Disney’s short-film follow-up to “Frozen,” and not just because the seven-minute mini-movie is built around Elsa having a head cold. In the 16 months since “Frozen” was released in theaters, the animated musical has broken box office records, won two Oscars, sold millions of copies of its soundtrack and spawned enough viral videos to fill two YouTubes. Put it this way: The official trailer for “Frozen Fever” has nearly 18 million views.

“I still can’t believe that,” co-director Jennifer Lee said to The Huffington Post about the number. “A trailer for a short!” added co-director Chris Buck.

Such is life in the world of “Frozen,” which is why Lee and Buck were initially a little intimidated about going back to the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. It was only after the idea to build the short around Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) trying to throw Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) a birthday party while also battling a head cold that things clicked into place.

“Whatever pressure we had for the future went away a little bit,” Buck said of cracking the plot. “We know these characters pretty well. We know what works for them and what doesn’t work for them. So at that point it’s all about having fun.”

Part of their enjoyment came from stretching what audiences might expect from Elsa, who spent most of the first film locked in a kingdom of isolation. In “Frozen Fever,” she shows a goofy side that rivals anything Anna did in “Frozen.”

“Elsa was much more of a tragic figure in ‘Frozen,’” Lee said. “Now she’s a lot of fun. Idina loved it. There was a lot of laughing when we recorded her for the song ['Making Today a Perfect Day' from 'Let It Go' writers Robert Lopez and Kristen-Anderson Lopez] and the short.”

But while Lee and Buck are thrilled with the finished product — and Lee is currently writing the book for the forthcoming “Frozen” Broadway musical — don’t expect “Frozen Fever” to become “Frozen 2″ any time soon.

“It was really nice to do a short and just get back with these characters who we love without the pressure of having to do a huge sequel,” Buck said. “We’re going to take a little bit of a break from the ‘Frozen’ stuff before diving into anything else.”


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Sneak peek: Disney’s new ‘Frozen Fever’ coming in March


Just as kids were preparing to “Let It Go,” Disney is back with a new “Frozen” Film.

The seven minute short movie is called, “Frozen Fever,” and will air before Disney’s “Cinderella,” which will be released March 13.

The short film reunites the award-winning creative team behind the 2013 blockbuster, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the duo who gave us the ironically titled “Let It Go,” have also committed to supplying a new song for “Frozen Fever.”

The original movie told the story of a princess named Anna and her older sister, Elsa, whose icy powers drove a rift between the siblings and threatened the survival of their homeland. Throw in a talking snowman named Olaf and an outdoorsy companion named Kristoff, and you have “Frozen,” has earned more than $1.27 billion worldwide.

In “Frozen Fever,” Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff are all reunited for Anna’s birthday, which may be put at risk because of Elsa’s chilly abilities.


Elsa, Anna & Olaf Return In ‘Frozen Fever’

Yes it’s new animation from Disney, starring the characters from Frozen and all of the original actors who voiced them.


No, it’s not a new movie. Though it is sort of a sequel.

Frozen Fever is a seven-minute short film that Disney is playing in theaters, attached to its live-action Cinderella. Set after the mega-hit movie, it’s a little slice-of-what-life-is-like-after-Frozen among this new family unit consisting of Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven.

To illustrate their unusual dynamic, there’s a portrait glimpsed in the short film that depicts all five characters in a way that’s inspired by Awkward Family Photos. Here it is.


USA Today reports that the plot centers around Elsa’s attempt to throw a big birthday party for her sister Anna. But it wouldn’t be terribly entertaining if everything went according to plan, would it? The party hits a snag when Elsa catches a cold — and given her unique powers, it’s safe to say that her control over all things ice and snow are going to go a little haywire.

You can also expect to see plenty of Olaf, who ought to be having the time of his life since Frozen Fever is set… wait for it… “in summer.” Aka, the season Olaf wanted to experience so badly he sang a song about it.

Disney scored a goliath-sized win with Frozen, the 2013 animated movie that introduced audiences to the Nordic kingdom of Arendelle. Its terrific mix of likable characters, incredible animation and unforgettable songs catapulted it to the status of being the most successful animated film of all time.

Frozen Fever is, of course, just a little morsel to tide audiences over until the inevitable sequel arrives. No, Disney hasn’t announced any such movie yet, but come on. You know it’ll happen. (We love Disney as much as anybody, but it’s no secret that ol’ Mickey has turned “milking a cash cow” into an artform.) Not to mention more shorts, video games, books and the equally inevitable Broadway adaptation.

Kids will be excited by two of Frozen Fever’s developments in particular:

1. There’s a brand new song written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote all of Frozen’s songs.
2. Both Elsa and Anna will sport brand new dresses, as you can see above. (Cue the doll makers!) As in Frozen, Elsa conjures her own dress out of ice — but this time it’s a summer look.

Cinderella and Frozen Fever arrive in theaters on March 13, 2015. Don’t be surprised if showings start selling out early, after this announcement.


Sneak peek: ‘Frozen’ returns in ‘Frozen Fever’


Even in the middle of winter, the world is yearning for a new Frozen. And it’s here.

The filmmakers who brought us the animated hit musical Frozen in November 2013 have created a seven-minute short centered around Princess Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and the snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

Frozen Fever will show in theaters before Disney’s live-action Cinderella, out March 13.

“The gang is back together. And literally it’s like we never went away,” says Gad. “Every day we’re reminded of Frozen in our lives. So it feels like a continuation of a saga that has many parts still untold. It felt like coming home again after a short absence.”

The first revisiting of the now-beloved characters features some surprising changes, including older sister Elsa’s attitude. Elsa, weighed down by her royal duties in Frozen, has lightened up so much that she’s throwing Anna a birthday bash.

“It’s another side of Elsa the audience hasn’t seen before and we hadn’t really played with in the original feature,” says Chris Buck, who reunited with Jennifer Lee to direct the short.


The birthday plans go awry when the powerfully magic Elsa comes down with a cold on the big day.

“Elsa doesn’t get a cold in the usual way,” says Lee. “She’s special. Surprising things occur that wreak a little havoc.”

The short features a new song from the husband-and-wife team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who won an Oscar for Let it Go. Parents, be warned: The new song is catchy.

“If history is any indicator, kids will go nuts,” says Gad.

Life for the two princesses has changed in other ways. Olaf and Kristoff (along with Sven, the non-verbal reindeer) add to a highly unorthodox family. Their goofy portrait, inspired by the website, hangs in the castle.

“There’s a slight dorkiness to the painting,” says Lee. “But it’s the best thing they could all wish for, just that ordinary family feeling.”

The Frozen landscape is also changed, as the kingdom embraces warm weather and Anna’s summer solstice birthday. The directors promise other surprises as well. But the sister’s rock-solid support for each other doesn’t change from Frozen, which took in more than $400 million at the box office.

“We continue this story of these two sisters, who only had each other growing up together,” says Gad. “They are still supporting each other. That’s what this is about.”


Watch ‘Frozen’s’ Olaf Sing ‘In Summer’ In Six Different Languages (Exclusive)

It’s impossible to imagine the worldwide success of “Frozen” without Olaf, the naïve snowman who is positive that summer absolutely kicks ass. His charm and desire to see the warmer months is something that’s cute no matter where you are on the globe, and I’d like to submit the following video as evidence.

The exclusive clip above is a portion of a longer video that will hit Disney Movies Anywhere, the studio’s online streaming service, tomorrow (12/5). In the full version, you’ll be able to hear Olaf sing his ode to summer in 17 different languages.maxresdefault

As a part of the video release, I spoke with the voice of Olaf, Josh Gad, about “In Summer,” and he shared the story behind its creation.

Gad had been attached to the movie since its early days, when it was a 2D animated movie called “Anna and the Snow Queen Elsa.” This was even before Robert Lopez, who Gad worked with on “The Book of Mormon,” and Kristen Anderson-Lopez signed on to write the songs for the film.

That version of the movie eventually went away, and the project was put on hold for some time. After the release of “The Book of Mormon,” Disney revived it as the 3D movie we know today and hired Lopez and Anderson-Lopez.

Because of Gad’s history with the music team, they were able to tailor fit “In Summer” to the singer. “By the time I first heard that song, it was absolutely, 100 percent Gad-ified, as you called it,” Gad said. “Bobby and Kristen wrote exactly for my range, for what they knew comedically would be my sweet spot. The second I got in there and recorded it, I felt like a kid in a candy store.”

As for when we might see Olaf again in another feature, Gad was less forthcoming than Idina Menzel, but he thinks it’s something that will happen eventually. “I don’t have a comment [on 'Frozen 2'], but what I will say is that the idea of this story continuing and the desire to see what else these characters have in store is something I think is constantly discussed in the ranks,” he said. “I think that when the creative team has an idea that’s worthy of following up ‘Frozen,’ I think that’s when they will. It may be a long time from now. It may be in a couple years. I actually really don’t know.”


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