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The Frozen Directors' Character Guide
Co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee talk us through their leads…

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The animating geniuses at Disney have taken winter to heart this year with their all-singing, all-shivering new animation Frozen. Co-directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter on Wreck-It Ralph), the film is a Nordic-set tale of friendship, family and fear. Featuring pet reindeer, deconstructable snowmen and a real ice queen, Frozen has plenty to offer. Empire sat down with the film’s creators to get a first hand account of the thinking behind the film’s protagonists…

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Our heroine is Anna, the younger of the two sisters at the start of the story, and a normal girl who is not cursed with her older sister’s powers over snow and ice. She’s voiced by Kristen Bell, and is a world away from the poised princesses of old Disney.

Frozen 2013 (Anna)

Jennifer Lee: “Anna’s this fearless, optimistic girl. She’s kind of quirky and weird, but she doesn’t give up and is dead set on not only saving her kingdom but her relationship with her sister, who accidentally caused an eternal winter. We both love characters that have flaws, that the audience can really see themselves in. We don’t like characters just up on pedestals, that are too perfect.”

“We really feel like we built Anna together with Kristen Bell. She is so funny and so smart and fearless in herself, and there’s a lot of Kristen in Anna. She really wanted to do the kind of Disney heroine that was more like the ordinary girl, and like her, and us.”
 

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