What really struck us was how the cold weather didn’t stop the people from living their lives outside. In fact, the weather brought the whole city together to celebrate the cold. – Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck, forward
Before reading ahead, a few words on format: like many art books on animation, The Art of Frozen struggles to tell the story of the production holistically. You may find the reading experience much more enjoyable after having watched the film as there are plenty of spoilers, and my review will contain some story spoilers as well. Given the scale of Frozen, you will find that containing the process in an art book clearly proves especially challenging in this case.
Announcing: Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter (Official Japanese Site)
Keep your eyes peeled for this female protagonist coming soon to a TV near you in Japan, autumn 2014! Based on the book by Swedish author, Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking), the TV series will be directed by Hayao Miyazaki's son, Goro Miyazaki (Tales of Earthsea; From Up on Poppy Hill). Production will be completed by Polygon Pictures.
Annie Awards 2014 Recap
This year was generally a great success for women in the animation industry. Please see below for all female winners, and consider looking at the nominees for more fantastic work to peruse [here].
June Foray Award – Alice Davis
Best Feature Film – “Frozen” directed by Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck
Best Short Film – “Get a Horse!” directed by Lauren MacMullan
Best Student Film – “Wedding Cake” by Viola Baier / Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
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Heroine of the Day – Diane Disney Miller
Supporter of the arts, philanthropist, and Walt Disney’s eldest daughter. Founder of The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco.
Normally, as you have probably already realized, I try to keep work out of this project as much as possible. In many ways it is easy to dodge politics because I have no ties to a studio, and I work independently. However, today I feel compelled to share with you my love for Diane Disney-Miller.
Heroine of the Day – Caroline Thompson, Screenwriter & Director
Happy Halloween! Best known for her work on both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, Thompson is also an accomplished writer for live-action films. I would love to see her adaptation of The Master and Margarita animated! Read an article on her work [here] or a short interview with her [here].