New concept art for Disney’s upcoming princess movie, Frozen, has leaked online. For those unfamiliar with the film, Kristen Bell voices a young dreamer named Anna who teams up with “a daring mountain man” to find the Snow Queen (Idina Menzel) and put an end to a spell that has trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. Broadway vets Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh) tapped to pen original songs for the feature. Chris Buck (Tarzan) is onboard as director. I’m glad Disney has another animated musical up their sleeve, but it will be computer-animated, so it looks like the studio has gotten skittish when it comes to 2D because The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh underperformed at the box office.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Frozen opens November 2013.
Walt Disney Studios has made an official announcement regarding their new animated feature Frozen, and along with it comes the first full synopsis. The film was actually borne out of the long development of The Snow Queen, which was put on hold in 2010 due to story issues. The pic came back with a new title and a November 2013 release date, and now Disney has confirmed a voice cast consisting of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, with Broadway vets Robert Lopez (The Book of Mormon) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh) tapped to pen original songs for the feature.
Bell voices a young dreamer named Anna who teams up with “a daring mountain man” to find the Snow Queen (Menzel) and put an end to a spell that has trapped their kingdom in eternal winter. Chris Buck (Tarzan) is onboard as director, and the fairy tale-esque story combined with the addition of two talented songwriters hints that Frozen may harken back to Disney’s earlier animated films. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the synopsis.
bits of news about some highly anticipated projects. First up, and to the surprise of no one, the studio confirms that The Avengers will be in 3D. This was already assumed, given that all of Marvel’s recent movies have been post-converted to the format. In other Marvel news, the studio has shifted an untitled project from June 2014 to April 4th, 2014, a month before the opening of another untitled Marvel project that’s scheduled for May 16th.
The nature of the untitled Marvel projects is currently unknown. They could include a Captain America or The Avengers sequel, but the studio is also working on spinoffs for Hawkeye, Black Widow, and S.H.I.E.L.D. so those are other possibilities as well. Hopefully the studio will announce their full development slate soon, but for now it looks like this: The Avengers in May 2012, Iron Man 3 in May 2013, Thor 2 in November 2013, Untitled Marvel 1 in April 2014, and Untitled Marvel 2 in May 2014. Hit the jump for info on Pixar’s now-titled movie about dinosaurs. [Update: It appears Frozen is the new title of The Snow Queen and has nothing to do with Pixar. More after the jump.]
Disney will follow up Beauty and the Beast 3D with The Lion King 3D. Speaking with producer Don Hahn in London, Empire got some quick info about upcoming Disney projects. While there’s still no release date for the 3D version of 1991′s Beauty and the Beast (it was originally slated to open in February before it was pulled from the schedule; it’s now projected to open sometime in 2011), the studio is already working on giving the 3D treatment to The Lion King. Said Hahn, “I’m actually trying to work out a 3D conversion of The Lion King. I’ll be doing that when I go back to the States in a couple of weeks.” However, he added that we shouldn’t expect to see the final product any time soon.
He also provided a brief update on Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2—which hired the original writers to pen a script back in November—saying that while there hasn’t been much news on the project, it’s still moving forward. “If you’re a fan, pretty soon you’re going to be very, very, very happy.” Roger Rabbit 2 will be, unsurprisingly, in 3D. Hahn also provided an update on the adaptation of a classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Hit the jump for what he had to say on that project.