Anonymous asked: Any thoughts on Frozen so far? :3
Well, to start off, I’m cautiously excited for it? Ever since Indina Menzel starred in Enchanted, I really wanted to hear her sing, and it looks like the movie is gonna be amazing on the musical numbers so far.
I also adore that the story’s focus is on two sisters and their relationship with each other, since that is a very cool way to update the tale, in my thinking. :) (and also because I don’t have much of a good relationship with my sisters, so I’m interested in this purely because of the vicarious living it might offer.)
I must say that I do agree with some of the criticism that Frozen could’ve been updated to another culture, like Mongolia (which I would LOVE since Mongolia and the Mongol people are SO underrepresented in fiction!!) I must say that the animation is lovely and whilst they aren’t able to tell The Snow Queen directly, it looks like they’ve kept the story’s essence, which is the best way one can go about an adaption.
I’m also excited that Frozen is going to be releasing in November! Not on my exact birthdate, however, like Rise of the Guardians was last year, but it’s slanted to release in the US on November 27th, which is only 6 days after my 22nd birthday! I will probably try to end up seeing it as a birthday gift to me type of thing ;P
Ohhh! And I’m so excited for Kristen Bell as Anna! Kristen Bell is one of my fave actresses (ever since I saw her in When in Rome) and I’m eager to see how she does as a voice actress. :D
And those are my thoughts on Frozen so far. I’ve also written about it here if you’re interested.
I am looking forward to this film, too! Actually I am pleased it will take place in Norway and Lappland. It may be in Europe, but Scandinavia is very underrepresented in movies and animation except for Viking references. H C Andersen was Danish, and the Snow Queen story was meant to take place in this region. The movie staff incorporated Norwegian locales (Kjeregbolten), 19th century Norwegian formal and folk costumes, Scandinavian braided hairstyles and even the horses are Norwegian fjordings. I do agree Mongolia would be a great setting for a story, and I would like to see more Disney films in non European locales. But this is a European locale that is very unique and outside mainstream “fairy tale” European culture. Plus they do put some emphasis on the Lapplanders (Sami). The Sami are an Asiatic people who live in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Russia and who traditionally depended on reindeer herding and hunting. Frozen character Kristoff seems to have some connections with Sami culture. He wears Sami clothes and owns a reindeer. He has a complexion like the Sami (darker blond hair and brown eyes and Asian-influenced features). I’m guessing he is a Sami or has part Sami ancestry.
There is even some speculation that some of the music in the movie may incorporate elements of Norwegian composer Frode Fjellheim’s Eatnemen Vuelie. This song is a Norwegian hymn interwined with a traditional Sami joik style http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYqQgOs65ho