Frozen is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray next month. When it does, this reporter will celebrate by marathoning it on a loop for a week straight. But in the meantime, I'm stoking my anticipation and yours with a string of deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
Tipped by io9, these clips show us some of the paths almost taken by directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. The first one features Anna and Elsa in a rare moment of bonding. In the final film, it seems that Elsa is always closing the door--quite literally--between she and her younger sister. But in this clip, Anna barrels into their dressing room like the spitball of energy she is, throwing on one gawdy dress after another, while making a mess of the place. It's a lovely moment that illustrates how different the temperaments of these two are, but as Lee points out in the intro, it worked better for the drama of the narrative to keep them separated. One element here that was definitely abandoned from the final film is that you see Elsa touch Anna, something she fearfully avoids in Frozen.
In the second clip, we see an early animatic of Anna and Kristoff's meet-cute. It's a little unclear where this scene takes place, but it seems like Kristoff pulls into the kingdom of Arendelle here. While Lee and Buck ultimately shifted the pair's meetings to the mountains as Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna, there are elements from this scene that found their way into the final film, like Anna getting coated in snow, and Kristoff's and Sven's carrot-sharing.
In this extended clip, you can see the cast--including Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Josh Gad (Olaf), Santino Fontana (Hans) and Alan Tudyk (Duke of Weselton)--recording their lines in the studio. It's a delight to see that sisters Anna and Elsa recorded together, and that Gad seems to have improvised some of Olaf's one-liners.
And lastly, Babble shared this feature. Lee and Buck talk about the themes and the art design. Plus, they take a look back at the concept art that inspired them with Alice Davis, the wife of legendary Disney animator Marc Davis.
Frozen is still in theaters in 2D, 3D, and Sing-Along forms. It will hit DVD/Blu-Rau on March 18th.