"Olaf's Frozen Adventure," an animated short that opens this week, follows the eponymous snowman (voiced by Josh Gad) on a journey around Arendelle to explore holiday traditions on behalf of royal sisters Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell).
Disney has released the first musical snippets from the upcoming Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, featuring the likes of Olaf (Josh Gad), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) belting out holiday-themed tunes from the animated featurette. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure finds the goofy snowman and his trusty reindeer steed Sven on a mission across the kingdom after Elsa and Anna realize Arendelle is lacking in holiday traditions.
Luke Evans are Josh Gad have received major props for their acting and singing chops as Gaston and LeFou, respectively, in Disney’s new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Naturally, we wondered if the two stage-and-screen stars were looking to expand the adventures of Gaston and LeFou in a spin-off extending beyond the realm of the Beast’s kingdom.
In new images posted to his Facebook page, Beauty and the Beast co-producer Jack Morrissey has revealed some early images from the live-action update to Disney’s cartoon classic. While we didn’t get a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle or Dan Stevens in Beast mode, the new images, which include concept art, B-roll footage, and a screen grab from the upcoming 25th anniversary home release of the 1991 animated feature, reveal our first look at several key characters and show how closely the production is hewing to its source material. “Here’s a fine piece of concept art of Ewan McGregor as Lumière and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth,” writes Morrissey.
All we get is a copyright credit to Disney themselves, but the skill behind them looks rather professional to us - it could conceivably be a current or former Disney animator, or simply form part of the film’s very early concept designs, even though it does show identical scenes from the final movie. While we’ve not heard much from the ‘Frozen’ brand in recent months, having seen its two-year plus craze final die down, but no doubt we’ll start to hear more when the sequel begins production. ‘Frozen 2′ was about as inevitable as the sun rising, considering the first animated movie, directed by Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, was a phenomenal global hit that amassed in excess of $1.2 billion. At present, there’s no details about where ‘Frozen 2′ will take us, only that Kristen Bell (the voice of Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad, (the loveable Olaf), and at least one of its co-directing team will return in the shape of Jennifer Lee.
We’ve learned a little more about the anticipated ‘Angry Birds’ film that hits cinemas next year, and - get this - it’ll be an origin story (of sorts). According to Empire, the film’s producer, John Cohen, says the animated movie will show us what the birds were like before they became, ahem, angry. “This movie is going to be the origin story of how that conflict came to exist.” It’s great to see the production actually giving audiences what they want - an explanation of how they came to be a collective of hotheaded, feathered miscreants, so will appease fans when it makes its way to cinemas in around eight months time. The film stars a number of high profile actors that are lending their vocal talents to the production, including: Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Keegan-Michael Key, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, and Maya Rudolph.
This exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Frozen Fever (above) shows filmmakers and cast reuniting for the follow-up short film to their Oscar-winning smash hit Frozen (the short played theatrically in front of Cinderella). The bonus clip above is from the Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection, and will only be made available on Disney Movies Anywhere starting this Sunday.