Frozen synopsis climbs the mountain

Posted by CB Droege

Disney has detailed its latest CGI holiday film project.

Frozen (originally titled The Snow Queen after the classic 1845 Hans Christian Andersen fairytale upon which it’s based), was stuck in development hell over at Disney for nearly a decade, then, at the beginging of this year, we finally got word that development on the film was underway.

A new title was announced, and we soon learned the film would be full CGI a la Tangled (the new title seems in the same vein as well) which caused some fans disconcertion. Not me though, as I loved Tangled, especially compared to Princess and the Frog, Disney’s last attempt at a hand-illustrated fairy tale film.

The original story is about a mystical being who follows winter as it moves about the earth, making her palace in the permafrost of Spitsbergen (Northern Norway).

Technically, The Snow Queen comprises seven separate, yet interwoven tales, and it was unlikely that Disney would make a film that covers them all - braided projects just don’t work well. Thus, we were left guessing at the plot. Now, however, we have an official synopsis:

In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Idina Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

It seems like it’s an adapted version of the tale in which a little girl has to climb the mountain to rescue her friend who was picked by an evil mirror and trapped inside the queen’s palace. It also sounds yet more like the studio is trying to milk the formula that worked so incredibly well for Tangled: A guy and girl travel together toward some goal, meeting quirky characters and odd monsters along the way. At least one of them will likely have a silly pet, and romantic tension will be their constant companion.

If it’s as well-written as Tangled however, I’ll be willing to give it a break on the lack of innovation. Frozen is slated to hit theaters November 27, 2013.