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Old 08-18-2012, 11:15 PM   #76
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Inside Walt Disney Animation Studios Today

After we viewed the short “Tangled Ever After” our host, Disney animator Darrin Butters, entered the stage to introduce our next presentation. He talked about what makes a good Animated film. First you need a story to tell, then you need appealing characters, and you need to place them in a believable world. Voila! That’s all you need!



Well it is a little more complicated than that, but it’s a start. We were introduced to Chris Bock, whom I can not find a picture of anywhere online. He worked on Tarzan, Surfs Up and coming over the Holidays in 2013, Frozen.



His first favorite movie was Pinnochio and the first production that he worked on was Fox and the Hound. As he put it he has “been around the block” with respect to the various studios, and he is very glad to be back working at Disney.

This story is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s, The Snow Queen. In this movie we will visit a very beautiful new world.



The soundtrack is being written by Bobby Lopez and Kristin Andersen-Lopez who have written for Disney before, Finding Nemo The Musical and songs for Winnie the Pooh. Also Bobby Lopez’s first two musicals were Avenue Q and the Book of Mormon. Not bad?



The emotional connection in this film is the two sisters. One is destined to be queen and the younger sister Anna is a free spirit. She is not really royalty material, and will be played by Kristin Bell. The older sister, Else is the perfect role model for the queen and the townspeople love her. She has a dark secret though, she can control ice. There is a tale that someday the kingdom will be ruled by one with a frozen heart. Because of her secret, she fears that it may be her to which the fable refers. She is played by Idina Menzell.



Somewhere the sisters have a falling out and Elsa’s magic powers are revealed to the people. She flees the village and creates an ice palace far away guarded by evil snowmen. A freeze takes over the village and Anna fears that the only one who can save them is Elsa, so she goes on a quest to find her sister.





Along the way, of course she has to meet a huntsman or some other male type to “save the day” and that’s where Kristoph comes in.



He joins her quest, and along the way they meet Elsa’s “first snowman”. Now in describing Olaf (whom there are no pictures of in Google images) Chris asked how many of us made pancakes, and then he said, “You know how you usually throw out the first pancake? Well, that’s Olaf.” At that point Darrin Butters comes out with a hand puppet of Olaf and they ran some pretty funny jokes.

So anyways, Olaf joins their Quest to beat an army of threatening snowmen, and thawing a heart of ice. In the end the two sisters make amends and everyone lives happily ever after.

Because this presentation was definitely divided into features, I will post updates after each feature so I can keep them coming faster.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:33 AM   #77
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I am all caught up, wow all the drawings! I love them. Now I need to see Tangled! Thanks for sharing!
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I love the concepts of Frozen. And the cast sounds awesome. I can only hope that the music lives up to the promise of the composers and Idina's amazing vocal talents.

I keep saying this...but thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.
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I am all caught up, wow all the drawings! I love them. Now I need to see Tangled! Thanks for sharing!
I can't believe you haven't seen Tangled! It was such an awesome movie!

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I love the concepts of Frozen. And the cast sounds awesome. I can only hope that the music lives up to the promise of the composers and Idina's amazing vocal talents.

I keep saying this...but thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.
I forgot to mention in the update that they had a singer come in and sing one of the songs, I think it was one of Elsa's songs once she was exiled. It was very beautiful.
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November 2013 seems so far away.
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Very nice updates. "Frozen" will be a very interesting movie to see. Maybe I will want to see the movie even more when we hear about it at next years D23 Expo.

Great job Alison on your latest update.
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Thanks again for the updates, and I loved the story about the ducks.... I can just picture them "bowling" ducks into each other, trying to get that money shot...

The Tangled clip was very cute.... And yes I think it would have been difficult to write that up without pictures...
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Dear Alison, thank you very much for your answer and also for your great presentation about Frozen. This movie seems great. I hope that.
Have you see something about character design for Anna, Elsa and Kristoff? could you describe me what are they? are they beautiful? what is the style and look of Anna (blonde, brunette, redhead?..), Elsa (Snow Queen's outfits or human/princess look?), Kristoff (color hair?) etc... Were the designs finished, concept-arts, Cgi ?
The story seems beautiful. I love this story about the legend of the frozen heart, it's interesting and new.

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November 2013 seems so far away.
I know and if we look too forward to the movie's release, our DISmeet at WDW will be over then!

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Very nice updates. "Frozen" will be a very interesting movie to see. Maybe I will want to see the movie even more when we hear about it at next years D23 Expo.

Great job Alison on your latest update.
Thanks, I'm sure there will be much more about it at the Expo next year.

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Thanks again for the updates, and I loved the story about the ducks.... I can just picture them "bowling" ducks into each other, trying to get that money shot...

The Tangled clip was very cute.... And yes I think it would have been difficult to write that up without pictures...
It's easy to imagine duck "bowling", but how can you describe a horse as a ring bearer, in drag, tarred and almost feathered and put it in a believeable world, and the host animator indicated. The Disney storytellers are amazing to be able to do that and we all thought it completely feasible!

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Dear Alison, thank you very much for your answer and also for your great presentation about Frozen. This movie seems great. I hope that.
Have you see something about character design for Anna, Elsa and Kristoff? could you describe me what are they? are they beautiful? what is the style and look of Anna (blonde, brunette, redhead?..), Elsa (Snow Queen's outfits or human/princess look?), Kristoff (color hair?) etc... Were the designs finished, concept-arts, Cgi ?
The story seems beautiful. I love this story about the legend of the frozen heart, it's interesting and new.

thank you very much.
Most of what they had was background art. I believe that it was CGI, the backgrounds looked that way to me. They had a couple pictures of Anna and Kristoph with Olaf, I think she was blonde. I don't think they showed us Elsa except for a few early concept pencil like drawings. They showed some of her evil snowmen, but nothing was on the screen very long, they were really overloading us with information and pictures, but I was also taking notes, so I wasn't staring at the screen the whole time they were talking.

Kristoff might have had red hair. They were far from finished at least what they showed us, and with over a year to go, I'm sure we wouldn't see things like that until the next Expo in Summer 2013.
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You're right, I absolutely thought it was feasible imagination is amazing!
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Ooh if Frozen comes out Nov 2013 it might be playing on the Fantasy when we cruise.
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Love the breakdown of all the animators! So cool to read about them and to see how they worked.

I can't view the video right now, but will be back to see it!

Thank you for providing us with all this fantastic information. You do such a great job in re-living the presentations, that i'll never need to attend one of these conventions as long as you're on the DIS!
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Thank you very very much, dear Alison! I really love your words and your great report about Destination D. You make a great job with a lot of informations. Thank you!

I'm happy Anna is blonde and Kristoff red hair, it's new and interesting.
Are the evil snowmen frightening or funny and comedic? I know I ask a lot of question, but I'm too curious!

Thanks again by advance, dear Alison.
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OMG I am LOVING this trip report. I love behind the scenes stuff for movies, I can't imagine how much fun those panels are!!!

Is Frozen going to be computer animated, or a return to traditional 2D? I am so freaking excited for that movie.

Can't wait to read and see more from you!!
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Isn't it funny how cynical we can be of live action shows when the stunts look fake, yet with animation, we'll believe just about anything!

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Ooh if Frozen comes out Nov 2013 it might be playing on the Fantasy when we cruise.
That would be nice! It would probably be one of the evening features.

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Love the breakdown of all the animators! So cool to read about them and to see how they worked.

I can't view the video right now, but will be back to see it!

Thank you for providing us with all this fantastic information. You do such a great job in re-living the presentations, that i'll never need to attend one of these conventions as long as you're on the DIS!
Now that your baby shower is over you MUST come back and watch it!

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Thank you very very much, dear Alison! I really love your words and your great report about Destination D. You make a great job with a lot of informations. Thank you!

I'm happy Anna is blonde and Kristoff red hair, it's new and interesting.
Are the evil snowmen frightening or funny and comedic? I know I ask a lot of question, but I'm too curious!

Thanks again by advance, dear Alison.
Don't quote me on any of this! I'm relying on my memory of the pictures and that's not so good! I think it's the next session after the one I'm covering that has all the other animation you were asking about. Sorry the updates have been so slow, life and the Sparkly Boo Boo thread have gotten in the way!

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OMG I am LOVING this trip report. I love behind the scenes stuff for movies, I can't imagine how much fun those panels are!!!

Is Frozen going to be computer animated, or a return to traditional 2D? I am so freaking excited for that movie.

Can't wait to read and see more from you!!
Thanks for your compliments. I think Frozen is going to be a combination of computer generated and hand drawn. The backgrounds that they showed us looked very CGI. I'm sure this next summer at the D23 Expo we'll get a lot more information on it. But again, probably no pictures.
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