We recently visited the Walt Disney Animation Studios to learn about all things Frozen 2! Disney’s newest project is quickly becoming the most anticipated animated film of the year! We had the opportunity to hear from the brilliant filmmakers and artists who worked on this project for over 3 years.
All of our favorite Frozen friends are back to take on a new adventure. However, this time they will encounter new friends, foes, and a new season.
We got introduced to a tiny salamander, Bruni. The overall goal with Bruni was to make him as cute as possible. After some sketch work by Bill Schwab, Art Director of Characters, the animators worked on this little guy’s strut. They referenced real salamanders to get Bruni’s movements just right. Bruni made us all laugh and smile and we have a feeling audiences will love him too.
Next, we focused on a character that we think a lot of people are pretty curious about. The water horse known as the Nokk. The Nokk is a beautiful and mythological creature from the Dark Sea. The creators even visited an equestrian center to familiarize themselves with real horses and their characteristics. They thought of the Nokk as a warrior and protector of the Dark Sea, and he will only allow the worthy safe passage.
Our friends, both old and new, encounter a new kind of land in this installment. A great deal of the film is set in an enchanted forest in the middle of autumn. The animators expressed how they had they felt that winter, more specifically snow, was like a blank canvas for them. Now, they had a much richer color palette to come up with. They even consulted with a Norwegian botanist to gain insight as to what trees would fit into a location like this. As Elsa, Anna, and the rest of the gang venture into this unknown territory the sights are undeniably beautiful, but what else will they encounter on their journey?
Make sure you see Disney’s Frozen 2 in theaters November 22nd to find out!
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