Producer Reveals More on ABC's 'THE STORY OF FROZEN' Special; Confirms Broadway Plans
In an interview with TVGuide.com, FROZEN producer Peter Del Vecho revealed more details about ABC's upcoming 'STORY OF FROZEN' behind-the-scenes special, set to air next Tuesday, September 2. He also confirmed plans for the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of the film as the "next logical step" for the FROZEN universe.
The special will be "the first time that a lot of the creative team has gotten back together to really think about all that's happened since the movie released. There will be interviews with John Lasseter, myself, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee the directors, our art director Michael Giamo, Robert and Kristen Lopez who wrote the music. The music team will talk about technology and really a lot of the things that went into making FROZEN the film it became," Del Vecho said. "It's not currently on any of the DVDs. That's what I think is what makes the special interesting is we go into a little bit more depth, and people get a chance to hear from the filmmakers themselves. A lot of questions they might have might get answered."
Later in the interview, Del Vecho stated that "it's too early" to talk about a big screen sequel but that development on the Broadway adaptation of FROZEN is well underway. "There's no specific timeline for that. Jen will be involved in that, Chris will be involved. It'll get produced from our theatrical unit. That's the next logical step for the project," he said.
The rest of the interview touches on FROZEN's Once Upon a Time storyline, Anna and Elsa's amazing hair, deciding to frame the plot around the princesses' relationship as sisters, the success of "Let It Go" and the growing FROZEN fandom. Read the interview in full here.
"The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" is an all-new, original special in a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Lincoln Square Productions and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The special ventures behind-the-scenes for an exclusive look at the origins and evolution of the Academy Award-winning film FROZEN, now the biggest animated feature of all time. A breathtaking and fantastic saga, the special tells The Real Story of making a modern movie based on a timeless tale that nearly overnight became a cultural touchstone for legions of fans.
Viewers will get a rare look inside Walt Disney Animation Studios and unprecedented access to the creative team that brought FROZEN to life. Throughout the one-hour special, the audience will hear from FROZEN stars Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, the directors, songwriters, producer and artists and chief creative officer John Lasseter -- the team who dreamed of making a cherished Hans Christian Andersen story into a big screen animated musical. Viewers will take a journey to the beautiful Norwegian villages and landscapes that inspired the look of Arendelle -- the fictional kingdom -- and see images and footage from the research trips to Norway, Quebec and points beyond that helped create the film's unforgettable look and feel.
This special will also include some exciting announcements about the next chapter of FROZEN and a never-before-seen preview of FROZEN characters Anna, Elsa and Kristoff on an upcoming episode of ABC's smash-hit "Once Upon a Time."
The program will culminate in an exclusive sneak peek at the action-packed comedy-adventure "Big Hero 6," currently in production at Walt Disney Animation Studios - under wraps until now - as the team prepares their next big-screen epic.
"The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" features interviews with "Frozen" stars Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) and Idina Menzel (voice of Elsa) as well as Walt Disney Animation Studios' chief creative officer and "Frozen" executive producer John Lasseter, Academy Award-winning filmmakers, including directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, producer Peter Del Vecho, and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. This one-hour special will also feature exclusive insights and commentary from art director Mike Giaimo and talented artists from the art direction, animation and effects teams. The exclusive sneak peek of "Big Hero 6" is presented by the film's directors, Don Hall and Chris Williams.
"The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. Jeanmarie Condon is Senior Executive Producer and Rudy Bednar is Director of "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic."