9 'coolest' things we learned about the 'Frozen' phenomenon

1. It almost never happened:  Audiences were getting tired of fairy-tales, Disney reasoned. But they changed their mind with the release of ''Princess and the Frog.'' <span class=meta>(AP/Disney)</span>
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Here are 9 facts and tidbits about the hit film "Frozen" that are pretty cool--pun intended--from the special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" that aired on ABC Tuesday night.

  1. It almost never happened.
    The fairy-tale magic was fading, and audiences were getting tired of it, Disney reasoned more than a decade ago. But the studio decided to give fairy-tales another shot, and from this decision came films like "Princess and the Frog," "Tangled," and of course, "Frozen."

  2. The story changed...a lot.
    Anna was originally a peasant who journeyed to beg the ice queen for help, and Elsa, believe it or not, was originally evil. The best part: Her evil costume consisted of a coat of weasels. Yes, live weasels.
    Makes you see the Duke of Weselton in a whole new light, doesn't it?

  3. "Let It Go" changed everything.
    The Oscar-winning song--which was written in about two days--didn't fit the evil Elsa persona. The filmmakers knew when they heard it that it was time to go back to the drawing board--and rewrite the whole story.
    Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, loved the change. She said, "To my beautiful surprise, she was never ever the nemesis. She was just this misunderstood, beautiful young woman we could all relate to."
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  4. Anna and Elsa know all about being sisters--even in real life.
    Though the pair weren't originally sisters, both actresses got to draw from their experiences to build the characters' new relationship. Idina Menzel has a younger sister, and Kristen Bell, who voiced Anna, has older sisters.

  5. The young actresses who play Anna inspired the character.
    Speaking of the families involved in the film, in the song "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?" the youngest Anna is voiced by the songwriters' daughter, while the 9-year-old Anna is voiced by director Jennifer Lee's daughter. Both girls were an inspiration for young Anna.
    Lee said, "There was a sweet vulnerability and naivete, just purity, and we wanted to capture that."
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  6. If you ask Anna if she wants to build a snowman, you'll probably like her answer.
    Kristen Bell admits that many people have asked the title question of her favorite song. She said, "I always respond with yes, so I have a lot of snowmen to build. A lot."

  7. The animators took their job very seriously.
    Members of the team, which was based in southern California, went to play in the snow in Wyoming so they could draw the characters' interaction with snow more realistically. And Elsa's spectacular ice castle was like their baby--it took them nine months.

  8. All Oaken wants to do is direct.
    Remember Oaken, who ran the only store Anna could find in the blizzard (Think "Big summer blowout")? His voice actor, Chris Williams, is directing one of Disney's next big projects, "Big Hero 6," which aired a cute clip on the special last night.
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  9. I got a fever, and the only prescription is more "Frozen."
    "Frozen" characters will be returning in a new short called "Frozen Fever" this spring! That's worth dancing over, right Olaf?
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