Frozen 2: 20 Interesting Facts Behind The Scenes

In addition to the key Frozen 2 story details that were unveiled either by the footage or the presentations, we learned quite a bit about how the highly-anticipated sequel was made, what went into crafting the story and the world, and various other bits of trivia – all of which should surely intrigue Frozen and Disney fans.

Behind the scenes facts & other trivia

1. Frozen 2 wants to answer five specific questions, according to the filmmakers: “Why Elsa has icy powers? How have they grown since Anna saved Elsa’s life? Why was Anna born the way she was? Where were their parents going when the ship went down? Is there really such a thing as happily ever after?”

2. Frozen 2 has been in development for four years and it’s the fourth sequel Walt Disney Animation Studios has ever made.
Anna is considered the perfect fairy tale character – a person who believes in happily ever after – while Elsa is the perfect mythic character, someone who carries the weight of the world on their shoulders.

3. Frozen 2’s team had a saying going around about what makes a fairy tale story: “Fairy tales don’t tell us that dragons don’t exist. The stories have dragons in them, but the fairy tales tell us that we can slay the dragon.”

4. Anna’s new costume in Frozen 2 was #122 on the list and it was originally created for Elsa. Of course, the colors changed because Elsa can’t wear anything that doesn’t have cool colors.

5. The way Elsa casts her powers is based on modern dance, particularly Martha Graham. She’s supposed to have an elegance about her when she casts her powers and use her entire body, rather than be reactionary as she was in Frozen. Furthermore, they made sure not to copy or even resemble other ice-based animated characters, like Frozone.

6. Frozen 2 has longer shots compared to the first film.

8. Arendelle’s village has been completely redesigned from the ground-up. In the first movie, only certain sections were shown, but now there are sequences in which characters go from one end to another.

9. Artists put a lot of effort into making Arendelle’s village look like a place a person could visit in real life.

10. Everything from the trees to the foliage is accurate to Scandinavia; the team consulted a botanist to make sure they got it all right. Furthermore, all the leaves were hand-paint for variety (and then, of course, copied).

11. The Enchanted Forest is comprised of 12-20 “islands” – mini areas with a variety of trees, leaves, and foliage. Each island was reused in different areas to give the forest some variety.

12. A great deal of importance has been placed on verticality of not only the Enchanted Forest but of Arendelle as well, particularly because it’s the fall season and there’s no longer snow covering up everything.

13. The Nokk is a shape-shifting water spirit, so while it can take any form it wants, it chooses to be a horse. Because of this, the animators studied horse anatomy, locomotion, quadruped motion, and more. It also took seven months to complete the first tech animation.

14. For the art and animation teams, the”goal with this character was to make Bruni as adorable as possible.”

15. Figuring out how to show Gale – a wind spirit without a face – to audiences was tough for the team. So they decided to have Gale use debris from around the forest to make a faux face. She can remarkably even hug characters by wrapping around them, almost like a small, harmless tornado.

16. The Frozen 2 team acknowledges Elsa as the Snow Queen.

17. Just as in the first film, Frozen 2 features storytelling through design. What clothes characters are wearing (including their colors) tell a tale of where they are in the narrative. For instance, Elsa is back to her pre-“Let It Go” self at the start of Frozen 2, wearing dark colors and feeling more reserved.

18. Although the mysterious spirit takes over Elsa’s powers and creates the ice visions, it’s Elsa who’s responsible to conjuring the ice crystals.

19. The animators took singing lessons as research – some of them even continued on their own – and it shows in the animations. Characters take deeper breaths when needed (such as moving).

20. It was challenging to animate the water in Frozen 2 compared to Moana, because they’re fundamentally different. Moana’s water was supposed to be gentle, and in this, the Dark Sea is rough, dangerous, and massive.

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