Friday, March 7, 2014

Do you want to build a snowman? Q&A with FROZEN filmmakers, Chris Buck and Producers, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho #Frozenbluray

****Disney provided  an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event
Pictures provided by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. ****

I love my job, I get to do some amazing things with some amazing people. Recently I sat down with some fellow bloggers and has a sit down Q&A with the Frozen filmmakers Director, Chris Buck and Producers, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho. Not many people have the chance to interview Oscar winners… Well I have been blessed to have interviewed four. That is just amazing!  I was very fortunate to interview these three talented Frozen filmmakers, and last year I was able to do a great Gwyneth Paltrow interview.  When we interviewed the filmmakers they were not yet Oscar winners, but I knew it was only a matter of time until they were, and I was right.

 As most of you movie buffs out there know, Frozen won the Oscar for Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature. The same day they won the Oscar, the movie Frozen crossed the $1 Billion mark at the global box office, a wondrous feat! The three filmmakers were so sweet and personable, they really we nice and made us all feel comfortable chatting with them like old friends.  Here is a sampling of the great Q&A session we had together:

Q: Why was this style of animation chosen? Was this movie originally to be hand drawn or CG?
Chris Buck "I'd grown up on hand-drawn, and then thinking a world of ice and snow what they can do with CG now is so incredible... that made me want to go over to that world to see what we could do. The great thing about this studio is that our legacy is hand drawn and we still have some of the best hand drawn animators in the world, here. They helped work on our movie by doing early character design and doing hand drawn effects…..So it has that feeling of classic hand drawn but it's CG."

Q: Were there any scenes that were cut from the movie that made it to the animation?
 A: Jennifer Lee, “There were quite a few scenes that were cut, but they were still in the drawing stage, they did not make it to animation yet……".

They make sure that the scenes are set before they get to the animation process, because the animation process is difficult and costly, they do not like to cut anything from the animated finished scenes. The hand drawn scenes that were cut, will be on the dvd extras.

 Q: Were you surprised how popular The Frozen Sing-Along became?

A: Chris Buck  "During the holidays Jen was in New York and I was here but we would both been to screenings toward the end of the holidays...and people were starting to sing on their own"
A: Jennifer Lee "It's like with the kids once they start singing, you can't stop."
  A: Peter Del Vecho.  "Originally it was supposed to be 200 theaters primarily in the New York, Chicago and LA areas" grew to over 2,000 theaters and now they are talking about International versions. It was the demand from the audience that made it bigger than we could've ever imagined."

There were to be even more great songs in the movie, one of Jennifer Lee's favorite was cut, a song Kristoff was to sing to profess his love for Anna… but it told too much, too early in the film and gave too much away. So even though they loved the song, it had to be cut from the film. And did you know that Broadway star Idina Menzel (Elsa's singing voice) auditioned for the part by singing Tomorrow from Annie? She changed the song up, and blew them away. I can only imagine how that audition was, she is just such an amazing singer.

 Tori of The TV Mom filmed her interview with the filmmakers and you can watch that right here:         
 I would like to congratulate the great filmmakers on the Oscar win. Sadly I forgot to ask them if they wanted to build a snowman? They could have just visited my home town, it was covered with over a foot of snow at the time.  Look they are standing in the same order as they sat for the interview, on stage at the Oscars!
It was so great of these folks to take the time out of their busy day to talk to us, and give us some great backstage information about the instant classic Disney movie Frozen. We are such big fans and I was humbled to be able to be in the presence of these amazing filmmakers.
Disney's Frozen releases on Digital HD February 25th and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & On-Demand March 18th!

Buy it:
You can purchase Frozen on BluRay on 3/18/14 in stores, but you can pre-purchase on Amazon today!
****Disney provided  an all-expense paid trip for me to cover this great event ****


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Stacey @ Cheap is the New Classy said...

I haven't seen this movie yet, and my niece is so excited to see it again with me! Great interview!

BrettBMartin said...

Oh, how happy they must feel. What an amazing film. And yep. Kids were singing along when we saw the movie 12/23 in theaters. My kids sing it all day long. My 4 year old sings in her sleep!

Ellen said...

It looks like you had an amazing time. I can't wait to see this movie.

Mindy said...

I can't wait to watch this movie with my daughter. I think she'll love it!

Nicole said...

I really liked Frozen and totally get why they won awards. Great music, story and animation! What an amazing opportunity to interview them!

Nicole B said...

We are looking forward to the DVD release date. My kids haven't seen it yet but I have a feeling they will love it just like everyone else does.

Pam said...

I can't believe I still haven't seen Frozen yet! I've heard SO many good things about it, and now that it's gotten awards I really have no excuse!

Candace said...

What a great time you must have had. My kids are absolutely crazy over this movie.

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos said...

I met Jennifer Lee once and she is remarkable to talk to. We LOVE LOVE Frozen in this house, I would have loved to have been there for this. Behind the scenes peeks are the best!

Unknown said...

my toddler is obsessed with this movie. OBSESSED! We both know all the words now.

Mama to 5 said...

love this movie, we saw it 2X! Let it go is my favorite song!

MrsAshley said...

What a great interview! You definitely have me wanting to watch the movie!

Kristin said...

I'm so glad that Frozen has won, what a great movie and an incredible experience to be a part of!

Unknown said...

I havent seen Frozen yet. Looks like a great movie!

Melissa Au said...

What a great interview. Its fun reading some of the questions from the different groups.

tammilee said...

I love this! What a great behind the scenes tour of the movie. It makes it even more amazing to watch the movie.

Unknown said...

Sadly we haven't seen Frozen yet, but I can't wait! This is such a great interview, too.

NPC23 said...

I love this movie and i love the music. Reminds me of Disney movies of our day.

Melanie said...

Ohh how fun.. thanks for sharing a great interview... LOVED it.. I have YET to see the movie and been dying, but soon.. I know it.. I can't wait. Heard SOOOO many good things about Frozen and I love Disney Movies.. thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

haven't seen it yet! Heard great things! Can't wait for DVD release!! :) (wink, wink) MUSIC is amazing ! thx

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