Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found them to be endlessly fascinating.
Those of you who saw Monsters University were probably treated to this small teaser for the upcoming Disney Animation film, Frozen. Frozen is a retelling of “The Snow Queen,” a fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. It features the voice talents of Kristen Bell (sloths!), Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk and Jonathan Groff. It’s also a musical, with songs written by Robert Lopez (songwriter for Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon and the Scrubs musical episode) and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
The trailer is just a simple tease, though it does a lot to evoke the most popular characters from Tangled, Maximus the horse and Pascal the chameleon. It may not tell us much, but it sure is cute! Take a look:
It’s impossible to tell yet whether Frozen will be able to recapture Tangled’s bottled lightning, but the trailer is cute and fun. The ending got a huge laugh from my Monsters University crowd. The animation seems consistent with the styling that Disney Animation has been putting out, though it’s too soon to tell if the level of painterly texture from Tangled can be replicated. Also, no word yet on Kristen Bell’s singing, though obviously Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff have nothing to prove.
What do you think? Are you excited for Frozen? Was the teaser too abstract for you to get any real sense of the film? Would you rather your animated films not be musicals (I know you’re out there)? Is there any way that this can match Tangled? Let me know in the comments!