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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kristen Bell Will Star In Frozen, Disney's Snow Queen Film

Kristen Bell has just been cast as the lead in Disney's animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, which will be titled Frozen. Frozen will tell the story two friends, a boy and girl, and the girl's quest to save her friend after he has been kidnapped by the Snow Queen.  The movie has taken on various forms over the last few years and will now be  a computer animated film as opposed to the previously announced version as a hand drawn affair.  It remains murky if Alan Menken(Beauty and the Beast) is still attached to do the music, but Chris Buck the director of Disney's Tarzan is confirmed to be helming the film which will hit theaters on November 27, 2013.

One thing that isn't made clear by THR is exactly what character Bell will be playing.  While it confirms she will be playing the "lead", by providing both the speaking and singing voices, it is less clear whom they consider the lead to be.  It would seem equally reasonable to imagine Bell as either the Snow Queen or the young protagonist, so this detail still needs a little sorting out.  Either way, I take this as great news.

Kristen Bell is an actress I am really fond of, and deserves to have a higher profile career than she currently has.  I am always interested in anything she attaches herself to and it is extremely hard to go wrong with Disney Animation.  Even the fact that the movie will be computer generated isn't off-putting to me.

I would love to see more cell-animated films coming out of Disney(like the criminally underseen The Princess and the Frog) I can't complain simply because it isn't hand-drawn.  Just a couple of years ago I would have argued that Disney Animation should have ignored CG animation, let that be the exclusive realm of Pixar, and stayed with traditional animation.  Tangled made me eat alot of humble pie.  I absolutely adored Tangled and it proved to me beyond a shadow of doubt that a computer animated Disney film can work.  Tangled not only matched the warmth, beauty, style and most important spirit of a their classic hand drawn films, but showed that CG animation could bring something unique and exciting to these movies as well.  I have no interest in seeing more generic kiddie CG films like Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt; but seeing more films in the mould of Tangled is makes me very happy indeed.

I want to know what you think.  Are you disappointed that the movie won't be hand-drawn?  Did Tangled change your perceptions on Disney Animated movies?  Which part do you think is more likely for Bell, the Queen or the girl?  Leave a comment below and let your voice be heard!

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